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Date Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Mountainside Residents to Give Folkloric Dance Recital, Free and Open to Public, Oct. 26

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MARGARETVILLE, N.Y. (Oct. 16, 2019) -- Residents of Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville, operated by HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), will give a free public recital of folkloric dances at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville at 2 p.m. Oct. 26. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

The recital will culminate six months of dance training that the 10 Mountainside residents received from dance educator Columbine Macher from May through this month.

The dances will include original choreography to “Las Chiapanecas” (“The Women of Chiapas”), a traditional melody from Mexico’s Chiapas state; “Tangos,” flamenco-type music from Andalusia, Spain, influenced by traditional rhythms, melodies and dances from Afro-Cuban neighborhoods in Havana; and “Frühlingsstimmen” (“Voices of Spring”), a well-known orchestral waltz by Johann Strauss II.

The Mountainside dancers will answer audience questions after the performance.

The training, in a workshop titled “Moving Mountains,” was funded with a decentralization grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and a grant from the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation of Delhi, with support from the Roxbury Arts Group, the Roxbury Library Association and the MARK Project of Arkville.

The 99-seat Open Eye Theater is wheelchair accessible. Its address is 960 Main St. in Margaretville.

For more information or to make reservations, call the theater at 845.586.1660.