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US dance troupe for Coco’s 5th annual dance showcase

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
From left, Chelsea Bohny, Amy Ezell and Gabriella Franco are all smiles after their rehearsal in Texas.

The contemporary choreographer’s collective, better known as Coco, will host the Texas Tech’s University Dance Company under the direction of Genevieve Durham DeCesaro, head of the Dance programme, and Nicole Wesley, Associate Professor at Texas Tech. 


“It is a tremendous opportunity for artistic exchange,” said Durham DeCesaro in a release from Coco. “The dancers are excited and the choreographers, Nicole Wesley and Ali Duffy are equally excited about seeing their work on the T&T stage.” 


Wesley, a former Associate Professor of Dance at the UTT, is no stranger to the local dance scene. “It’s a little bit like coming home, since I had been so involved with the dance community here over several years.” 


Wesley and DeCesaro will also conduct master classes during the course of the festival. 


The technical side of things will also be highlighted as Texas Tech master lighting designer Matt Schlief will accompany the group and will also conduct master classes in lighting design. 


Coco Dance Festival was founded by Sonja Dumas, Dave Williams, Nancy Herrera and Nicole Wesley in 2009 and serves as the premier festival for contemporary dance in the country. 


The festival has hosted guests from Jamaica, Canada and the United States in the past. The aim of the festival is to provide talented local choreographers with a platform for experimental and cutting edge choreography as well as for artistic exchange with groups from elsewhere. 


• Coco takes place at Queen’s Hall from October 10 to 13. Tickets are $100 for all shows.


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