Many of the Pittsburgh’s best dancers and dance troupes put on a PrideFest showcase

By Steve Sucato A highlight of Pittsburgh’s annual PrideFest celebration is its dance showcase, curated each year by local dance aficionado Richard Parsakian. The showcase offers an eclectic mix of local professional dance talent, from ballet to belly dance. This year’s showcase, part of PrideFest’s free June 16 street fair on Liberty Avenue, Downtown, highlights seven troupes on two stages (at Sixth Street and 10th Street). One … Continue reading Many of the Pittsburgh’s best dancers and dance troupes put on a PrideFest showcase

Geeks and Gamers

Geeksdanz dancers in “Challenge Mode” – (L to R) Sophia Levine, Laura Herbert, Jamie Campbell, LaMar Williams, Ella Mason, and Patty Petronello. Photo by Ben Peoples. By Steve Sucato Pittsburgh’s newest dance troupe, Geeksdanz, “is on a mission is to introduce dance to audiences that would not normally be drawn to it,” says founder/artistic director Ellen Deutsch. For the group’s first full-length production, Challenge Mode, Deutsch and … Continue reading Geeks and Gamers

The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble delves into tragedy with ‘Paving the Road of Survival’

By Steve Sucato The final program in the August Wilson Center’s series “Great Collaborations: The Alliance Between Blacks and Jews in the Twentieth Century” is the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble‘s Paving the Road of Survival. It features two moving works inspired by dark chapters in the human experience. The first, Christopher Huggins’ gripping, Holocaust-themed “The List,” was premiered by Dance Alloy Theater in 2010. The 20-minute work … Continue reading The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble delves into tragedy with ‘Paving the Road of Survival’