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Marisa Ballaro, a College at Brockport alumna, and her dance company, Ballaro Dance, will present a performance of its summer series, Open Air, in and around the college’s brand new community garden and patio at the historic Alumni House at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 24.

The dancers will be accompanied by live music from Boston-based cellist Rob Bethel. After this curtain warmer, the group will lead the audience to Rose L. Strasser Studio in Hartwell Hall for a more formal showing of various pieces from the company’s repertoire.

Ballaro Dance will present a handful of their “greatest hits,” such as Jazz for Six, a fun, carefree ensemble work exploring musicality and gesture, and Stairway to Nowhere, a quirk solo made up of acrobatic feats of flexibility and power. Several new pieces round out the program, designed to engage audiences of all ages.

The Open Air series has featured dance works in outdoor venues across five cities in New York State and Connecticut. Each is set in a unique location, from community gardens to rooftops to farms, and the dancers interact with each space differently during the site-specific performances.

The finale to the special event is a dance class featuring live cello, open to the public. The class takes place on Sunday, August 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“My hope during this visit is to reconnect with the Brockport dance community,” says Ballaro. “I hope to inspire current students to see what their future could possibly hold, and to give back to a community that continues to inspire me.” brockport.edu

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