FRI 10/21 7:30pm

Zapion & Rosa Noreen: An Evening of Middle Eastern Dance & Music

A dedicated teacher and an elegant performer, Rosa Noreen's singular style of belly dance is influenced by her ballet background and years of study of Egyptian dance. Known for her classical lines and friendly approach, Rosa delights students and audiences alike.

A student of the late Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, Eric LaPerna, formed Zapion in 2010. Zapion plays folk, classical and art music from the Turkish and Arab traditions, as well as Iranian and Balkan music. Zapion got its name from a Greek Taverna Udi Al used to perform at in the 70s, and are doing their best to keep the music he loved alive.

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SAT 10/22 7:30pm

Ryan Casey & Off Beat present ‘Unbound’

Tap dancer Ryan Casey returns to The Dance Hall with his new show Unbound, a rhythmic romp through classic literature.

Off Beat is a performing ensemble dedicated to presenting engaging, inventive, rhythm-based work that takes tap dancing off the beaten path. Under the artistic direction of award-winning performer and choreographer Ryan P. Casey, the company infuses its original choreography with quirky humor, poetry, characters, and more. The ensemble has performed with the Inside/Out series at Jacob’s Pillow, Symphony Space, Massachusetts Dance Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, The Dance Complex, Providence Performing Arts Center, and numerous other venues. Their new show, “Unbound,” will debut and tour this fall.

Casey was recently named one of the "25 to Watch" in Dance Magazine, in which he was noted for his "freakishly clean footwork reminiscent of Fred Astaire." Last year, he earned a choreography grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and was praised in the New York Times as a "gangly dancer [;who]; can morph from a giraffe into a grasshopper with the graceful fold of the limbs." His company, Ryan P. Casey & Dancers, has performed throughout the Northeast, including the Inside/Out series at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

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SUN 10/23 4:00pm

Love Songs and Other Trivia:

An Afternoon with Peggo Hodes & Friends

Peggo and Paul Hodes met to play music when Peggo advertised in the Boston Phoenix for a husband under the
guise of looking for a guitar player to round out her folk duo. Two kids, seven albums and thirty-seven years later, theyre still making music together. He plays by ear. She is a classically trained vocalist. Happily, the talented multi-instrumentalist Kent Allyn, their long-time collaborator, helps them bridge both musical worlds and make it through rehearsals unscathed. In the early days, Peggo and Paul toured and played music for kids and families, winning two Parents Choice awards for their innovative kid friendly rock and roll. With Kent, theyve played fairs, festivals, concerts, coffee-houses, band shells and the White House.

These days, they weave together elements of pop, jazz, traditional folk, singer-songwriter, and originals that feature Peggos wide-ranging vocal abilities, Pauls bluesy bent, Kents rhythmic and harmonic flavors and a whole lot of humor. This is their first hometown Dance Hall appearance and they are delighted at the short commute.

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FRI 10/28 7:30pm

Taylor O’Donnell Quartet: JAZZ & SOUL

Contemporary vocalist Taylor ODonnell comes to the Dance Hall with a powerful quartet to pay tribute to the soulful voices who influenced her unique, commanding sound over the years. This group performs an array of inventively arranged R&B and soul favorites, along with original compositions by ODonnell. Using their deep roots in jazz, the musicians will interpret tunes by artists such as Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. The trio includes Tom Robinson on rhodes, Rob Gerry on bass, and Eric Von Oeyen drums.

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SAT 10/29 7:30pm

Arte del Duo CD Release

featuring Mili Bermejo, voice / Dan Greenspan, bass

Vocalist Mili Bermejo and bassist Dan Greenspan celebrate the release of Arte del Dúo, their first duo album in two decades at The Dance Hall in Kittery. 

Since first joining forces over a quarter-century ago, Bermejo and Greenspan have created a recorded library of timeless music with a number of cherished partners.  For those fortunate enough to experience them in live performance, however, the lingering memory of this brilliantly skilled and totally compatible couple is likely to be the moments when they stand alone.  We have always wanted to make pure music, Greenspan explains, and have always included duo tunes in our sets.  The pair releases Arte del Dúo on October 7, 2016 via Ediciones Pentagrama.

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FRI 11/4 7:30pm

The Wondertwins, (Billy and Bobby McClain) return to The Dance Hall to present an exclusive, one-night only encore performance of "To Hip-Hop, with Love." This is the second appearance at The Dance Hall by the award-winning duo since their wildly successful appearances last year at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Yard, and the Music Hall Loft. Six-time winners of Showtime at The Apollo Theater, The Wondertwins have appeared with Maurice Hines' Club Harlem and toured internationally with Bobby Brown's Don't Be Cruel in the UK, and Purple Rain's Apollonia's Since I Fell For You tour in Singapore.

With the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime, The Wondertwins create a distinctive style all their own.

Former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre executive director Judith Jamison has praised The Wondertwins as "absolutely beautiful, strong, powerful, and electricmade for Broadway" and Maurice Hines noted that the identical twins "dance in the same spirit as the great brothers of dance before them."

"To Hip-Hop, with Love" is made up of three separate pieces: "Broadway to Hip-Hop," "Sounds of Movement," and "L.OV.E." With an eclectic soundtrack of music ranging from legendary rappers Busta Rhymes and KRS One, to the classic voice of Sammy Davis Jr., and even poetry from Maya Angelou, "To Hip-Hop, with Love" offers a kaleidoscopic view of African-American entertainment traditions.

Boston natives Billy and Bobby McClain have worked for 20 years as teachers in Boston Public schools, and spend their summers as directors of Project RISE, an educational summer program for inner-city students in Braintree, MA. They are also award-winning natural bodybuilder competitors, and were high school all-star basketball players, recruited by many Division I schools.

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SAT 11/5 7:30pm

Tribute to ‘Yes’: South Side of the Seacoast

DREADNAUGHT, EQUAL TIME, SETH WARNER and FUTURE MEMORY-- four bands, one special night, performing the music of quintessential progressive rock band YES.

In the early days of the band, in addition to creating their own complex original music, Yes performed cover versions of songs from The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Richie Havens, and others, reworking the music in their own intricate style.

This tribute show will do something similar with the music of Yes. Each band will interpret Yes's music in very different styles from prog to folk to free jazz. Even if you're not familiar with the music of Yes, this is sure to be an eclectic and exciting night of music.

Prog rockers Dreadnaught, described as "Zappa meets Yes at Willie Nelson's BBQ," have also been called "one of the best-kept secrets of the whole U.S. progressive rock scene" by the Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Regarding the creative improvising group Equal Time, John Book of The Run-Off Groove says "...the intensity has to be heard and experienced to be believed." Rounding out the show's lineup are Portland's superlative Seth Warner, who will bring his unique mixture of folk and blues, and Seacoast area avant-groovers Future Memory with their electric improvisations.

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