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Initiated in 2008 DansTrax events provide artists and audiences with performance-based projects that celebrate the rich stylistic diversity of concert dance and the cultural influences that have inspired its creators and performers.

DansTrax goals and objectives:
• Provide opportunities for Long Island’s dance artists to work with, and perform works by, national and international acclaimed artists.
• To provide Long Island choreographers with the opportunity to choreograph on intermediate to advanced dancers ages 14 and up. 

BTDG Alumni, Photo: Christine Robinson

• To provide dance audiences with programs featuring works by outstanding national and international dance artists along with works by emerging and established Long Island artists.
• To promote and increase awareness of the cultural contributions of dance as a performing art.

DansTrax ’08: Celebrating a Legacy of Dance launched the first Brookhaven Community Dance Festival August 17-20th.  The festival—comprised of a series of technique classes, choreography workshops, a dance film showcase, and three culminating performances—featured guest artists James Kinney, Victoria Marks, Erika Pujic along with Long Island choreographers Nuala DeGeorge, Mary Giattino, Barbara Mordente, Colleen Murphy, Stephanie Pitocco, Stephanie Vertichio and teachers Kathy Kairns-Scholz and Amy Sybil.  A special appearance was made by North Babylon Union Free School District’s students performing dances from their Dancing Classrooms residency with CoDanceCo.

BTDG Alumni with Forest
Photo: Christine Robinson

At the 5:00pm performance DansTrax honored long-time mentor, dancer, choreographer, and Brookhaven Theater Dance Guild (BTDG) President Forest Bonshire.  Sixteen BTDG alumni came together to re-stage Bonshire’s tap work created as a tribute to Irving Berlin entitled “You’re in the Army Now, Mr. Jones.” 

Festival Performance Program

DansTrax '08: Celebrating a Legacy of Dance and The Brookhaven Community Dance Festival was supported, in part, by the New York State DanceForce with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and Altria Group, Inc.; with funding from the Suffolk County Community Arts Regrant Program under the auspices of the Suffolk County Alliance of Arts Councils, Steve Levy, County Executive; and with the generous donation of space by Stage Door School of Dance; Brookhaven School of Dance, Reflections Dance Academy, and the artistry of the Long Island choreographers and teachers.

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