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Coming soon!


FRIDAY 5/8 @ 7:30PM

RYAN P. CASEY presents GUM SHOES IN TAP SHOES: A TAP DANCE NOIR

Ryan P. Casey returns to The Dance Hall with Gumshoes in Tap Shoes a percussive parody of crime noir interweaving storytelling with the infectious beats of dancing detectives, rhythm-making mobsters and fast-footed femme fatales. Period jazz music from artists like Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini provide a soundtrack for Casey and his talented cast to show off their "rocketing rhythms and stylish moves" (The Boston Globe).


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.


This new piece is a product of his work with the I-ARE (Integrated Artist Residency Exchange) program at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA, through which Casey has been mentored by Executive Director Peter DiMuro and faculty member Daniel McCusker.


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SATURDAY 5/9 @ 7:30PM

Chris Klaxton Group with Taylor O’Donnell

For this concert, Chris and Taylor will be joined by bassist and guitarist Sam Weber, and drummer Jay Sawyer playing a mix of standards, classic jazz fare, and their arrangements of pop/ folk / rock favorites /
standards of today as well as original works by Taylor O’Donnell.


 









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FRIDAY 5/15 @ 8:00PM

SHANGO AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA

Shango, the 20+ member Afro-beat Orchestra dedicated to playing the music of Fela Kuti, Tony Allen and the music they have inspired, was founded by percussionist, keyboardist, dancer, composer and arranger Jonny Peiffer in the summer of
2013. The band has been steadily offering raucous infectious dance parties and ever since and packing venues like The Dance Hall Kittery, The Press Room Portsmouth, and Fury's Publick House Dover, among other venues throughout the Seacoast.


Shango is stacked with the best musicians and dancers from the ME/NH Seacoast. The band features lead vocalist Stu Dias of Soggy Po Boys fame and Mother Superior and the Sliding Royals fame and various other sorts of fame. Other members include keyboardist Mike Effenberger and bassist Nick Phaneuf of Tan Vampire fame, guitarists Jon McCormack and Jonathan Paul, a 6-piece horn section featuring Matt Langley on tenor and practically all of the Soggy Po Boy horn section, dancers and singers, and a 5-piece percussion section. Percussionist Namory Keita, is a native of Guinea West Africa and recent Portland transplant and regularly accompanies Liz Fowler’s dance classes and teaches weekly classes of his own The Dance Hall.


In a recent show Shango featured Ismael 'Bonfils' Kouyate, principal dancer and singer in the Broadway production Fela! the musical, currently on a world tour.


The Seacoast has come to expect that a night out to see Shango is a night of non-stop heavy dance grooves and the biggest sound around.



$12/advance   $15/door

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SATURDAY 5/16 @ 7:30PM

NEOTERIC DANCE COLLABORATIVE presentS-

"Inspired by: LOVE"


An evening of dance curated by Neoteric Dance Collaborative that explores four ancient Greek words for 'love' and how they manifest themselves in our lives - featuring works by Seacoast-based choreographers.


Choreography by Sarah Duclos, Jessica Soucy, Christine Jacques and Trish Harms of Range of Motion Arts, Julie Hebb of The Dance Annex Studio and Catherine Stewart of Tiny Mayhem with narration by Dan Beaulieu of Seven Stages Shakespeare Company.


$12 in advance     $15 at the door

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FRIDAY 5/29 @ 8:00PM

SOGGY PO’ BOYS RETURN!

The Soggy Po boys are back. This New Orleans flavored octet is one of our favorite bands! Come to listen, come to dance.


With a repertoire of New Orleans standards, spirituals, contemporary music, and swing tunes, the Po Boys offer a lively blend of fun
and insanity.



The Soggy Po Boys are:

Eric Klaxton-Saxophone

Colin Mainella-Trumpet

Zach Lange-Trumfit

Nick Mainella-Saxophone

Mike Effenberger-Piano

Stu Dias-Guitar and Vocals

Jim Rudolf-Drums

Claude Fried-Sousaphone


8pm


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SUNDAY 5/31

NIC GAREISS & MAEVE GILCHRIST

Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture while drawing on contemporary elements of music, movement, rhythm and improvisation, Nic and Maeve have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields. The percussion and drive of Nic's footwork combined with Maeve's melodic and improvisational sensibilities make for an explosive duet that delights both
the ears and the eyes.


Workshop: 4-5PM $25/advance $30/door

Appalachian Clogging and Flatfooting

Flat-footing and clogging are solo freestyle forms of American dance originating in the Appalachian mountains with connections to Western European, Native American and West African dance. Using the toes, heels and ball of the foot to strike and slide across the floor, flat-footing is a percussive dance style that articulates the rhythms of mountain fiddle and banjo music. Wear comfortable leather-soled shoes for this class.


Performance: 7:00pm

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