Story by Benjamin Tate
The Moving Company hosted a dance concert on Sat., Jun. 8 at the Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf. The “Spring in Motion” concert featured a wide array of dances with each one being individually choreographed by members of the dance company.
Dancers were typically in collective groups and danced to a diverse array of music. Among the music pieces were compositions by famed Studio Ghibli music composer Joe Hisaishi, “Love Is All We Have Left” by Irish rock band U2, and covers of popular songs.
Towards the start of the concert, the first few dances were predominantly performed by young girls, from toddlers to preteens. However, as the program progressed, the audience was introduced to collegiate and adult dancers.
Julia Keys, who has been dancing with the Moving Company for years and is now a junior at Skidmore College, did her own personal piece entitled “Better Get Up,” where she danced to a composition entitled “Boogie Stop Shuffle” by famed jazz musician Charles Mingus. Three adult female dancers, Lisa Albornoz, Patty Cook, and Sasha Loberg, went up and performed a piece entitled “Into the Blue,” where they danced to “Bye Bye Blackbird” by Joe Cocker.
In between the two halves of the concert, Linda Mensch and the audience gave a farewell to two students of the Moving Company – Loretta Trinco, who is attending Fairleigh Dickinson University to major in Criminal Justice, and Emma Jakubik, who is attending SUNY Purchase to major in New Media.
“I think that it is a great way for kids to have a head-start early on in life,” said Keys after her performance. “Most of the time, dancers do not start creating their work until they’re older.”
For the final performance, everyone went outside to witness dancers perform a piece called “Circle,” which featured dancers performing in a circle on the lawn of the property.
The Moving Company, founded by Linda Mensch in 1996 in Warwick, is dedicated to the art of dance. It offers classes in jazz and modern ballet as well as more advanced courses. They also provide courses based in power jumps and spins, hip hop, movement for theater, and one-day workshops.
“For myself, when I started dancing, I was very shy,” said Mensch while describing her life and what dance meant to her. “However, it became a very important form of art. It makes me feel good as a person and I like to do art where you don’t use words.”