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Figments Youth Dance Ensemble Presents ‘Moving Forward’ at Two Shows in West Hartford

Members of Figments Youth Dance Ensemble rehearse a piece choreographed by Libby Geisler for their February 2 and 3 performances in West Hartford. Submitted photo

The pieces to be performed in ‘Moving Forward’ have been choreographed by teens from West Hartford and through the area.


The next generation of Connecticut choreographers will premiere original works on stage at the Hoffman Auditorium located in the Bruyette Athenaeum at The University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford during two performances: Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m.

“Moving Forward” is the theme of this concert of modern danceworks conceived and performed by members of Figments – a preprofessional, nonprofit dance ensemble composed of 15 talented young dancers from throughout central and eastern Connecticut.

Appropriate for all ages, this collection of dances is designed to inspire audiences while showcasing this unique program, which places the choreography reigns in the hands of teens who have long studied dance and who have successfully auditioned into this tight-knit troupe. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, or $5 with a University of Saint Joseph ID at the door starting one hour before show time.

Founded in 1993 by director Heidi Klecak, Figments Youth Dance Ensemble (FYDE) brings dancers from across Connecticut together to collaborate and share their passion for creative movement. Company members, ages 10 to 18, rehearse at Trinity College in Hartford from September through January in preparation for this annual performance, which features original  small group and full ensemble pieces. The students are mentored by Klecak and assistant director Haley Zdebski during their choreography process, are encouraged to explore movement invention through improvisation and are taught performance skills.

Ticket and concession sales support and sustain this independent nonprofit. Donations are tax-deductible. For additional information about the show and FYDE, visit figmentsdance.org or call 860-684-3532.

The Hoffman Auditorium is located in the Bruyette Athenaeum on the campus of The University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford. Ample free parking is available. The University’s Art Museum, housed in the same building, is open free of charge before and after the Sunday performance.

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