Surfscape Performs Modern Dance on Alma Stage
After working side-by-side with Alma College student dancers last year, the co-artistic director of a Florida-based professional dance company returns to Alma College this fall with her troupe of professional dancers for a modern dance performance.
The Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1st in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, and free for Alma College staff, students, and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
Kristin Bender-Polizzi and Rachael Leonard
Kristin Bender-Polizzi, a 1995 graduate of Alma College, is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Surfscape. Carol Fike, Alma College dance professor and Bender-Polizzi’s former mentor, says the alumna is proof that studying at Alma can lead to big opportunities in the professional world.
“Alma College nurtured Kristin’s roots and gave her freedom and space to grow,” says Fike. “She lived, breathed and ate dance. She took the dance department by storm, directing, choreographing and performing her own pieces. People still think of dance as just a side activity, but she took it on as a major and a profession.”
Bender-Polizzi earned a master of fine arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. For six years, she worked as a dance director at Atlantic High School in Port Orange, Fla., and was named both Dance Educator of the Year and president of the state dance association.
In 2005, Bender-Polizzi met Rachael Leonard, who shared her dream of forming a dance company. With each other’s support, they were able to found Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Surfscape, based in Volusia County, Florida, features 10 professional dancers and aims to introduce audiences to a variety of modern dance forms. Bender-Polizzi couldn’t be more pleased with her group’s accomplishments.
“SCDT consistently strives to create stimulating and diverse works in combination with technical excellence to provide audiences with an unforgettable arts experience,” she says. “With choreography ranging from athletic, to comical, to subtle and refined, Surfscape will engage both dance enthusiasts and the uninitiated into the world of modern dance.”
Fike invites students as well as community members to attend the Alma College performance, whether they are actively involved in the performing arts or not.
“Surfscape provides powerhouse dancing,” says Fike. “You can expect exquisite, exploding technique, colorful creations and expressive moments. Overall, there will be beautiful dancing.”
Bender-Polizzi says she is eager to return to her alma mater.
“We are so excited to share Surfscape with Alma, and I'm also excited as an alum to share Alma with Surfscape,” she says.
Posted: Thu, September 23rd, 2010 at 9:36AM