Dance Ensemble's 101st Concert Performances

Geneseo Dance Ensemble

SUNY Geneseo Dance Ensemble (SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11)

SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Theatre and Dance Studies presents Geneseo Dance Ensemble's Dances the Liberal Arts in Bodies in Motion. The concert, featuring new works by students, is artistically directed and produced by Jonette Lancos, professor of dance, with Associate Director Mark Broomfield, Ph.D., assistant professor of dance studies.  

The program will be presented in the Alice Austin Theatre, William A. Brodie Hall, on the SUNY Geneseo campus at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6–8, and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9. The performances are open to the public and free parking is available. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Student Association Ticket Office or online at

New choreography by Seniors of the Dance Studies Program will be exhibited. Faculty mentors of student choreographers include Broomfield and Lancos with adjunct Dance Studies faculty members Deborah Scodese-French, Jody DeLoria, and Nicolette Ferguson.

Choreography by seniors include: 

  • Nicole Acierno will present Of a Minute inspired by the ephemeral aspects of a violet.
  • Jennifer Conflitti will offer Wavelength, a dance about a prism breaking up white light into the colors of the rainbow.
  • Frenetic Folly by Katherine Estep shows the fast-paced and frenetic aspects of daily life.
  • Abigail Guisbond’s work Dolce Firenze is inspired by the dream-like quality of her travels through Italy.
  • In Origin Sydney Klein explores how one can create a new source of life for oneself at any time or place.
  • Who I Am by Jessica Looks depicts the journey of being lost and finding oneself.
  • Kaylan Ruiz presents Phase about accepting the natural and positive changes in life.
  • Leah Russo created an abstraction of her experiences and emotions in Introvert.
  • Samantha Schmeer explores the destruction of nature at the hands of industrialism and greed in her work entitled Harbinger.
  • Jessica Sidoti created Conformity, a piece about resisting social norms.

The composition class members, Sonia Bartolomeo, Rebecca Hoppy, Emma Holtzman, Lauren Hummel, Nicole Stramonine and Emily Thamm will perform their final projects Finding the Current using the elements and principles of design as exhibited in photographs by noted American painter, Georgia O’Keeffe. The kinesiology class presents Ball Dance which takes the technique and theory of PhysioBall conditioning beyond exercise and into creative dance.

In addition to Lancos and Broomfield, the Geneseo Dance Ensemble, Dances the Liberal Arts in Bodies in Motion, is directed and produced with the help of senior student assistants Jennifer Conflitti, Sydney Klein and Samantha Schmeer. Nikko Garmendiz and Lila Klatz are student stage managers. Student lighting designers and student costume designers are mentored by Associate Professor Johnnie Ferrell, who also serves as the College’s technical director and lighting and sound designer, and lecturer and theatre costume designer Bonita Stubblefield.

The Geneseo Dance Ensemble, Dances the Liberal Arts in Bodies in Motion, is supported by generous donations from parents and local businesses through The Geneseo Foundation.