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Congratulations CoMotion Dance Theatre! The dance program at St. Petersburg College began with a few technique classes but soon grew into something much more. For the past 29 years CoMotion has been enriching the St. Petersburg Area with dance performances.
Prior to the 1985/86 first performance season of CoMotion, there were technique classes in modern, jazz and ballet at St. Petersburg College. There hadn't been a dance performance since the mid- 1970’s. However, that all changed when Nancy Smith and Cindy Hennessy, who were both teaching technique classes, asked the college if they could start a performance program. Their goal was the fill the void that was left behind when The Dancemakers, the only local performing dance company, disbanded after the director left the area.
Over the years, CoMotion has worked with many choreographers and dancers! Several have come from the Tampa Bay Area, including Helen Hansen French from Buglisi Dance Theater, Jeanne Travers faculty member at USF; Sadie Lehmker from Shoes at the Door; Brian Fidalgo, Melissa Torres and Shana Perkins from Moving Current; Leymis Bolanos Wilmott Alyson Dolan, Melissa Coleman, Jahrel Thompson, Mary Richardson, and Erin Fletcher from Fuzión Dance Artists; Courtney Smith from Moving Ethos; and Charlotte Johnson from John Hopkins Middle School. With an average of over 20 dancers in each concert, with two concerts per year, CoMotion has created works for over 1,200 student dancers!
For their 30th season CoMotion is intending to bring back several former choreographers and performers to participate in their performances. There will also be an art exhibit for dance photography at the Leepa Rattner museum and other SPC sites.
So, what’s next for CoMotion? “More choreography and more concerts,” says Nancy Smith.