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ROCHESTER, NY—JANUARY 12, 2015—Hochstein School of Music & Dance continues its commitment providing the Rochester community with a variety of dance styles and artistry through the residency of FuturePointe Dance, a genre-bending Rochester, New York-based dance theater company, created in 2009 by founding artistic producers/choreographers, N'Jelle Gage and Guy Thorne.


The residency will include short courses open to the public, collaborations with Hochstein’s dance department including performances and workshops, company rehearsals and selected open observation rehearsals for the community.


According to Hochstein Dance Department Co-Chair, Sarah Andreacchi, We admire the work and philosophy of FuturPointe Dance. They have an open view of what dance and dance-making can be and their fusion of contemporary/urban styles is a great addition to our school. We are working on building our department’s offerings in the modern, contemporary realm and this is a very exciting match.”


"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to plug in our technical and production skills and to new collaborations, artistic friendships, and engaging new audiences in ways that mobilize and energize the Hochstein vision,” said Guy Thorne, Artistic Director, FuturPointe.


"As artists who see dance as an opportunity to provide avenues for psychological wellness & social change, we are excited about creating new multi-generational classes that complement Hochstein's offerings. We will also be hosting sessions that encourage new ways for the community to engage in dance alongside dance artists." N' Jelle Gage-Thorne, Founder and Executive Director of FuturPointe adds.


The first opportunity for the public to join FuturPointe at Hochstein is during the school’s mid-winter open house, Musical Mystery Tour, on Sunday, January 18th from 2-4pm. FuturPointe will present a sample of its urban, Caribbean influenced dance styles through an informal, fun and interactive presentation that will include FuturPointe professional dance artists and students, alongside Hochstein student Ensemble members and adventurous parents and kids from the audience.



Calendar Listing

Musical Mystery Tour

Sunday, January 18th


Enjoy an afternoon filled with dance and music fun for the whole family. FuturPointe Dance will be presenting an interactive dance workshop in the Hochstein dance studios.

Tickets: $3 per child, $5 per adult, and $10 per family max and are available at the door. Children 2 and under are admitted free of charge. Please call 585-454-4596 for more information.




About Hochstein School of Music & Dance

At Hochstein, our mission is simple: to provide excellent music and dance instruction to anyone who is interested - regardless of age, level of skill, background, or ability to pay. We aim to nurture and inspire each individual, and to welcome all to our community of musicians, dancers, and audiences.


Since 1920, Hochstein School of Music & Dance has served as Rochester’s Community School of the Arts—welcoming, nurturing, and challenging students of all ages and levels of skill, regardless of ability to pay. Thanks to the school’s exceptional 140-member faculty, Hochstein annually serves as many as 4,000 students in the school’s Music & Dance and Music Therapy Programs, located at the central Rochester campus (which boasts the elegant Performance Hall).


About FuturPointe

FuturPointe Dance is a genre bending Rochester, New York-based dance theater company, created in 2009 by founding artistic producers/choreographers, N'Jelle Gage and Guy Thorne. FuturPointe Dance is Contemporary. Urban. Global. Its dance vocabulary is Reggae Ballet™ inspired by the rhythms, vibe, and swagger of Reggae music and Rastafarian culture and philosophy.