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The Racquette. (Potsdam, N.Y.) 1927-current, February 10, 1977, Image 14

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page 6 / Diversions / February 70, 19 77 Dance 5 by 2 dance company performs in Potsdam c»Y Pat Bowers c --4 On February 3, 1977 at 8 o'clock a lecture/dem- •'} -instration was given by the 5 by 2 dance company. riginally, the group members were Jane Kosminsky ',j5nd Bruce Becker. The name meant 5 pieces by 2 ^pancers. The group has recently added 2 new dan- ers, Carol Parker and Danny Ezralow. The company now be called 5 by 2 plus 2. Ms. Parker didn't lattend this engagement but Danny Ezralow danced \•'ffor the audience as a member of the group for the ^j-first time this evening. • '• : i The lecture/demonstration started with Ms. Kosminsky and Mr. Becker showing basic technique exercises such as pi iff and brushes. These exercises help to keep the body in shape and they also serve as a warm up before a dance concert. It takes great ' body conditioning and control to be a dancer. The 5 by 2 dance company likes to perform a repertoire of dances. This includes a diversity of styles of dance. They perform a wide variety of ' dances, some from the past, and some contemporary, • the dates ranging from 1928 to the present. The dancers performed several sections of a ''variety of pieces. Their dance was very graceful and Emotional. Since Mr. Becker and Ms. Kosminsky ' have danced as partners for many years, they are • sensitive to each others feelings. They care for each other and it shows in their dances. One of the most impressive dances performed, in ffiiart, was \There is a Time\ by Jose Limon. Ms. Mstosminsky performed sections of this with Mr. Beck- ?&F and Danny Ezralow. : The dance started with a -! fejlblical quote. The words,, the music and the dancing Y[M intertwined to make, a very pleasant experience. A dance called \A Gold Sunday Afternoon\ by Jff Keuter was anotherof the 5 pieces performed, [:| impart. Ms Kosminsky datled this dance their \prop Jaece\ because they use blankets, pajamas and other #ops to perform the-dance. This piece was about •being cold and the dance is centered around a kiss. =Phe section performed was funny and fast moving. H would have been nice to see the whole dance per- formed. The lecture got down to some of the little things the dancers worry about before and during a dance. Ms. Kosminsky mentioned a dance where she has to wear a hair piece. She mentioned how she is always afraid that it might fall off. They also talked about costumes. Usually the costume adds to and becomes [ ? (Photos by Bill EcHols) a part of the dance, but it was mentioned that at times a costume, for example a flowing skirt, can get in the way. This type of discussion gave them a more natural appeal. It wasn't as if they were the dancers and we were the audience because the atmosphere was relaxed and unstructured. The final part of the ledture consisted of a ques- tion and answer period. Some of the questions asked were, \How long do you spend learning a piece?\ and \Do dancers like you die young?\ Ms. Kosminsky's reply to this last question was, \No we live to a ripe old age.\ Throughout the lecture/demonstration Ms. Kos- minsky and Mr. Becker held the audience. They had an appeal. It stemmed from their dedication and interest in teaching the audience about dance, but even more important it was their humorous approach to lecturing. Throughout the session the audience laughed, and at the same time learned more about Modern Dance.

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