The Warwick Dance Collective is a ballet and contemporary dance company, formed this year by Warwick resident Melissa Padham-Maass, who is a dancer and choreographer. The Warwick Dance Collective is based out of the newly opened Warwick Center for the Performing Arts.
The recently developed dance company will make its debut performance with “Patriotic Suite” at the Warwick Summer Arts Festival’s (WSAF) evening of dance and musical entertainment on Sat., Aug. 5 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, located off of Forester Ave. in the Village of Warwick. The WSAF has added this special line-up to the festival schedule in recognition of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, marking the 150th anniversary of the corporation of the Village of Warwick.
A special guest performance finds local ballet dancer Pierson Hall, joining the Warwick Dance Collective for the performance. Pierson has been studying dance since he was four- years-old beginning with hip hop then tap and jazz. He began ballet classes at the Black Dirt Dance in Pine Island.
Seeking a pre-professional program, Pierson auditioned and was accepted to the tuition-free program for boys at the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. While there he had the opportunity to appear in productions of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and Swan Lake. Pierson, nearly 15, will be attending the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in the fall on a Full Merit Scholarship.