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Allegro Dance Company based in Wheeling, WV comprised of young men and women from the tri-state area will be tour once again this summer. Allegro was formed in 1994 by Director Anna Pishner Harsh out of love and inspiration of being an Italian-American. Allegro educates, entertains and enriches audiences about the Italian culture. By fusing traditional Italian dance with other dance styles, Allegro provides a unique & contemporary look inside Italy’s past and present. They have toured throughout the US and Italy at festivals, concerts, universities, public schools, parades and
More artful activities are planned for second year
April 5, 2012
After success in its rookie year, the Wheeling Arts Fest will enter its second year this summer with more activities for the public.
The Wheeling Arts and Culture Commission, a public group appointed by Mayor Andy McKenzie, will host the all-day festival from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 14 at West Virginia Northern Community College on the Square, Independence Hall and the Ohio County Public Library. It will feature many forms of art such as visual art, theater, literature, culinary work and music and dance.
A continuing theme from last year is that taxpayer money will represent less than 20 percent of the festival’s budget, despite being a city commission project, said commission Chairwoman Erika Donaghy.
The venue will remain the same as last year – with 16th Street from Market to Chapline streets closed to traffic – because it is “a good atmosphere to create art” and is more “homey,” Donaghy said.
There will be more opportunities for guests to get hands-on experience at the festival.
“This isn’t just an event where you come and look at art,” Donaghy said. “Anyone from a child to 100 years old can come create art.”
The community will be able to come together to create murals, paintings and other compositions in various workshops. Children will have a special area to express their creativity.
The commission will bring back several exhibit types from last year, such as West Virginia Northern Community College culinary students as vendors, Independence Hall hosting historic re-enactments, local author readings at the library and a live artists’ marketplace on the square.
There will also be two stages for dance groups, bands and other performing arts. Donaghy said the stages will run in opposite shifts so there are little interruptions between acts and one can start once the previous one ends. There will be 10 acts through the day.
Local playwright Jeremy Richter is scheduled to present the second act of a play he introduced last year, “Political Little Ones,” based on the case of Lucy Bagby, a young Wheeling woman who was believed to be the last slave returned under the Fugitive Slave Act before the Civil War.
The commission will continue taking artist and vendor applications through April 14. To register, visit wheelingartsfest.com/apply.
Photo provided – The Allegro Dance Company of Wheeling performs during the 2011 Wheeling Arts Fest.
The second annual Wheeling Arts Fest will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at West Virginia Northern Community College Square, West Virginia Independence Hall, and the Ohio County Public Library. The festival is a project of the City of Wheeling Arts & Cultural Commission.
The Wheeling Arts Fest 2012 will include music, theatre, visual arts, dance, literary arts, historical, culinary, and cultural arts. There will be two stages of dance, theatre, historical, and cultural performances throughout the day. Our Artist Market will transport visitors into a live artist community. All of the participating artists at the Wheeling Arts Fest will demonstrate their craft for the community throughout the day. The Artists Market will provide a unique art event where you can view and purchase the works of local Wheeling and regional West Virginia artists.
This project will bring the arts to the Wheeling area and encourage families and those who normally would not be exposed to the arts to experience them in a familiar and comfortable festival setting. This event will serve to heighten cultural and art awareness and foster economic development in Wheeling by bringing crowds to the downtown area that may otherwise not visit. Families will enjoy a fun and educational experience while local businesses will see an upturn in profits from increased traffic in the area. Admission to the festival is free.
Arts and Cultural Commission to Host Dance Gallery
March 15, 2012
Ohio County Library Auditorium
Wheeling, WV – The City of Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission will host “Dance Gallery” at the Ohio County Public Library Auditorium on Thursday, March 15, 2012, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Dance Gallery is an improvisational dance and visual arts event that incorporates audience participation. Featured artists scheduled to present include Patricia Croft, Bob Sako, violinist Matt Pickart, and poet Marc Harshman. Allegro Dance Company, a touring company based in Wheeling, will also feature performers in the showcase.
“Dance Gallery allows the audience to see how visual art inspires choreography,” explains Anna Pishner Harsh, the show’s artistic director. “The artists will create a mini-gallery to discuss with the audience. Based on those discussions, the dancers and musician will interpret and perform each piece live on stage.”
A professional dancer and West Virginia native, Harsh formed Allegro Dance Company in 1994. The company has toured throughout the U.S. and Italy, fusing traditional Italian dance with other styles for a unique multicultural experience.
Dance Gallery tickets are available for $15/person or $25/couple. All tickets must be purchased prior to the event by calling Anna Pishner Harsh (304-242-2826) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.