Hudson Valley Dance Festival on Saturday

Monica Bill Barnes & Company

The inaugural Hudson Valley Dance Festival will take place on Saturday, October 12 at 5 p.m. at historic Catskill Point, a 19th-century warehouse located at 1 Main Street in Catskill (on the banks of the Hudson River near the west entrance to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge). The event is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York.

The Festival will feature performances in a range of dance styles, including Evidence: A Dance Company, honoring the memory of dancer Beth Young with Torch, a joyous celebration of life propelled by South African house music; Marcelo Gomes, the Brazilian star of American Ballet Theatre, presenting his own choreography in a pas de deux featuring Jessica Saund and Thomas Forster; Monica Bill Barnes & Company, showcasing the innate theatricality of everyday life with excerpts from I Feel Like and Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host featuring commentary by This American Life host Ira Glass; and the Stephen Petronio Company, bringing its fresh and unpredictable style in the beautifully intriguing Underland.

Ticket prices range from $40 to $250, available at www.dradance.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, extension 229. A pre-performance cocktail reception at Catskill Point is included at $100 ticket levels and above; VIP and sponsorship ticket levels also include an intimate reception at the impressive Catskill home of Mark Beard and James Manfredi, along with recognition on printed and online materials.

For more information about Dancers Responding to AIDS, visit www.dradance.org.

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