Queensborough’s Annual Dance Program Concert Springs to Life May 11 and May 12

Published: May 05, 2023

Internationally Renowned Choreographers Will Add Special Flair

What: Queensborough Community College Dance Workshop Concert

When: Thursday, May 11th, 2023, at 8:00 pm and Friday, May 12th, 2023, at 8:00 pm

Where: Queensborough Performing Arts Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave, Bayside, Queens, NY 11364

Queensborough will present its annual spring dance program in the newly renovated Queensborough Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature Queensborough dance students who will perform choreography by guest artists Raphael Xavier, Robert Battle, Bakary Fall, and Queensborough’s Associate Professor of Dance Emily Berry. Berry is also the Founding Director and a co-creator of B3W Performance Group, a social impact arts organization committed to collaboration, reflecting, and revealing the world we live in through community-building workshops and multi-disciplinary performances.

“Our professional and rigorous training is designed to help students of all levels reach their goals in the field of dance, and with our workshops, we provide a unique opportunity for aspiring artists to develop lifelong career skills,” said Nicole McClam, Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education & Dance.

14 first- and second-year dance majors will perform eight works by guest artists, faculty, and student choreographers.


Strapped by Robert Battle is an ensemble work created when he was directing his company, Battleworks. Moving Through by Berry is an exploration of grief inspired by and in collaboration with the student dancers. Tea in the Sahara by Raphael Xavier retells Alice in Wonderland from an Afrocentric perspective. Baobab Spirit by Bakari Fall, presents Sabar, the national dance of Senegal.

Queensborough Dance instructor, Kevin McEwen, is the rehearsal director for Baobab Spirit. As a lecturer in traditional African dance ethnography, McEwen has presented his research at several conferences, including the Season of Dance in Barbados and the African Theater Associations Annual International Conference in Nigeria. McEwen’s tireless dedication to supporting young people created a foundation for him to start his own dance company, the Kofago Dance Ensemble, where he provides training and performance opportunities to young aspiring performing artists.

Tickets: $15 – General Admission* $10 – Students and Seniors* Box Office (718) 631-6311 | Monday through Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM

In Person: Visit the Box Office on the Library Building's ground level Monday through Friday, 10 am-4 pm. The QCC Performing Arts Center Box Office is also open two hours prior to curtain. Tickets will be mailed to you within three working days, or if too close to the performance, we will hold your tickets at the Box Office window.

6 students dancing

Press Inquiries:

Contact Alice Doyle adoyle@qcc.cuny.edu 718-281-5591, or Nicole Y. McClam NMcclam@qcc.cuny.edu 240-687-9973


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