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Encore Choral, Dance and Theatre Institute to return to Institution

May 15, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - Encore Creativity for Older Adults is returning to Chautauqua Institution in collaboration with two of the nation's premier creative arts programs to present an innovative program for adults over the age of 55 between Aug. 25 and 30, following the conclusion of Chautauqua's 2013 season.

Encore will partner with The Dance Exchange, based near Washington, D.C., and the Stagebridge Theatre of Oakland, Calif., to offer three concurrent performance institutes - choral, movement and theatre. Last year's Encore Choral, Dance and Theatre Institute at Chautauqua was a huge success with more than 100 older adults from across the country participating.

The Encore Choral Institute, in its sixth season, will bring back Encore founder Jeanne Kelly and Barry Talley, retired director of musical activities for the United State Naval Academy. Encore Chorale is the nation's largest choral program for older adults. All levels of vocal experience are welcomed.

The Encore Movement Institute with The Dance Exchange is directed by Shula Strassfeld, resident artist and healthy living coordinator. The program is appropriate for a wide range of adults 55 and older, including those who have a background in dance, as well as those with no previous experience, but with an interest in a structured movement experience.

The Encore Theatre Institute with Stagebridge Theatre will be headed up by Stuart Kandell, director of Stagebridge, Oakland, Calif., and David Barnet from University of Alberta, Canada. Students will experience the excitement of acting, the art of storytelling and the thrill of performance.

All students will be given the opportunity to choose an afternoon class of voice, movement or theatre class. Students will stay at the Athenaeum Hotel overlooking Chautauqua Lake. Area residents are invited to attend as commuters.

For more information, visit Encore's website at, or contact Encore at (301) 261-5747 or



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