Dance Performance & Skate Lesson

with Beth Woronoff



February 18

About the Performance

Title: Gambol
Music: Pachelbel’s Cannon
Choreography: Beth Woronoff and David Brown
Costume: Beth Woronoff

Gambol defined:  “To skip about in play.” 

In Middle French, the noun “gambade” referred to the frisky spring of a jumping horse. In the early 1500s, the English word gambol romped into print as both a verb and a noun. (The noun means “a skipping or leaping about in play.”) The English word is not restricted to horses, but rather can be used of any frolicsome creature. It is a word that suggests levity and spontaneity, and it tends to be used especially for the lively activity of children or animals engaged in play.


About the Skate Lesson

Beth Woronoff will offer an ice skating lesson after the performance for all skill levels and all ages. Beth will give individual guidance to skaters at the rink.

About the Artists

BETH WORONOFF is the Co-Founder of Calle Ouvert, a fledgling project invested in exploring and experimenting in movement on frozen water for film.  Calle Ouvert has just completed an hour and a half film entitled, Kuma Brings the Pearls, a love Story on Three Lakes, featuring Kuma, the dog, Beth and David.  Beth has been skating since she was three years old, she was a competitive skater placing second in New York State Juniors and passing her gold freestyle test.  However, her true love of artistic skating began when she joined the Ice Theater of New York and studied dance at the Martha Graham School in NYC.  She saw a way to bring dramatic movement onto the ice using narrative and a parallel awareness of carving movements in space in a manner similar to dance artists.  She found that she had something unique to offer melding the skills of an ice skater with the interests of a dancer/artist. She created Boundless Edge, a curriculum for ice skaters that uses a performing arts approach to teaching skating.   She co-founded Frozen Feet Theater, a company that combined ice skating with the magical realism of puppetry and narrative story telling.  Beth has received Strategic Opportunities Stipends through New York Foundation for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts, has been featured on Diamond Dance Views, a Woodstock based hour long weekly TV program.  She is the 2018 World Fancy Skating silver medalist, the recipient of the 1996 Artist in Residence Choreography Grant from Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers and the 1997 Lawrence Epstein Choreography Award.  She has performed throughout the US and Canada with renowned skaters and has contributed choreography to the Ice Theater of New York.  Beth has a BA from New York University and a Masters of Architecture from Parsons School of Design.

David Brown is a former principal dancer in the Martha Graham Company and 20 + years co-directer of the international company Monte/Brown Dance (currently called Elisa Monte Dance).  Together Beth and David have created Calle Ouvert, the umbrella for their diverse creative partnership.  As David has said many times; “Don’t stop yourself, let life stop you.“ Calle Ouvert, Street in Spanish and Open in French expresses our intentions and philosophy.

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This event is free of charge, courtesy of Greater Good Dynamics.