Established in 2000, Configuration Dance Theatre is a contemporary ballet company with dynamic and diverse programs, now based in Buffalo. The ensemble combines classical ballet’s formal traditions with modern dance’s dynamic expressiveness to create dramatic and emotional performances. Driven to explore the creative possibilities within the art form, Configuration Dance, under the artistic directorship of Joseph Cipolla, draws inspiration from a roster of internationally renowned dancers, choreographers and artists.

CDT performs in a variety of theaters and venues locally and across the country. Its principal dancers and soloists have been affiliated with the Dance Theater of Harlem, Susan Marshall Company, Atlanta Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Monte Carlo Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and the New York City Ballet, among others.

CDT is also known for its highly successful apprentice program, which allows younger artists an opportunity to work with established dancers and choreographers.

Configuration Dance workshops are led by Joe Cipolla or Company Manager, Kolleen Fischer.

Art Forms:
Dance,Ensemble

Programs

Creative Movement

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This workshop for pre-school, elementary and middle school aged children uses individual and group exercises to help students explore creative problem solving and mind-body integration through movement, creating a balance in body and mind through contrasting elements of key dance concepts. Creative movement promotes imagination, body awareness, positive social interaction with peers, and self-reflection. The workshop becomes increasingly more challenging as students develop movement skills.

This workshop is available as a residency of two visits or more.This workshop for pre-school, elementary and middle school aged children uses individual and group exercises to help students explore creative problem solving and mind-body integration through movement, creating a balance in body and mind through contrasting elements of key dance concepts. Creative movement promotes imagination, body awareness, positive social interaction with peers, and self-reflection. The workshop becomes increasingly more challenging as students develop movement skills.

This workshop is available as a residency of two visits or more.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Ballet Workshop

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Master dancer, Joe Cipolla, offers this comprehensive overview of the dance form ballet. Students will be exposed to the history of ballet dancing and become familiar with basic techniques such as pirouette, tendu, plié, and en pointe movements.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-12
Audience Limit:
30
Performance cost (single):
$265.00
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Story Book Dance

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Led by Kolleen Fischer of Configuration Dance Theatre, this workshop offers a unique way for young learners to engage with literature through music and dance. Children will use their imaginations as they act out stories though body movements. Kinesthetic storytelling increases young learners' movement vocabulary and creativity. The workshop encourages growth in expression, self-esteem, body-awareness and offers exposure to music and literature.
Grade Level:
1-1
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00