ROCK ON POINTE 
Rock on Pointe Dance Company ​​
will perform on Saturday, September 8th
at The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street, Phila., PA

Two shows:  4:30 PM and 8:00 PM


This performance is part of the
 2018 Philly Fringe Festival !

                                 Rock on Pointe's trained professional dancers will perform
                             to hit songs from  the 1970's by:   Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton
                                                    The Eagles, Ambrosia, and more.

                            The Rotunda is located at 4014 Walnut Street
                   in the University City section of Philly.  There is a parking lot
                         across the street next to the supermarket.

                    Tickets are twenty two dollars and can be purchased
                        through Philly Fringe or through the link below.  
                     

                   It's a family show.  All ages are welcome!
                           
                     
                          Complimentary soda and water at both shows 

                 
 



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What we do:


Rock on Pointe Dance Company puts the hit music from the 1970's on pointe (meaning ballet shoes).  At our Debut in 2016 (pictured right) we rocked the house down to the best groups of the 1970's like Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, Led Zepplin plus other songs like "Brandy" from Looking Glass and Woodstock sung by Jonie Mitchell.  The music we use is the recorded original hit or - live version. 



Who we are: 

A group of talented dancers with training in ballet, pointe, modern dance and jazz.
Beautiful young women, and handsome young men full of talent and bursting with energy and ambition!  Our current dancers are:  Amber Hongsermeier, Alissa Johann,  Elton Tumbay, Haley Gilbert and Bella Jolie (guest artist and former director of the San Diego Repretoire Company.) 
Bios are below.












The Dances.

Founder and Choreographer Kathy Fitzpatrick explains her vision for two of the songs the company will perform this year.   
    
 "I wanted to do choreography that is more than step, step, look how high I can kick.   The music from the 70's comes from the heart of the musicians that wrote it.  Some of the songs tell a story.   I wanted this story to come to life on stage.     

In Hotel California I have the traveler, the girl that "shows the way", those that dance in the courtyard, the captain and the nightman (or could it be a woman?).   Does the traveler give in to the influence of this myserious place that he encounters or does he find his way out unscathed?   Come and see.    


"Dream On" by Aerosmith is usually our opening song.   A dancer dreams of being on stage doing the art form we spent many hours, days and years training to do.   When we are on stage our dream has come true.  It took a long time to get there and we are grateful for today, because 'maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take it away".   Therefore the dancers are on their knees during that part of the song,   "For me this song is a prayer.   A prayer that everyone on stage at the moment will continue to dance until their heart is content.  And its an acknowledgment to the creator, the source of our dance talent and our health.  That's why it's always at the beginning of the show.  I don't want to tell you about all of the songs we will dance to this year.  Come and see the show."   Kathy Fitzpatrick, Director 



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Amber Hongsermeier is from Grand Island, Nebraska.  She graduated from University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in dance.   Dance, choreography and modeling work has taken her to Las Vegas, NYC and Japan.  She recently relocated to the Philadelpha area and is working on choreography, teaching and performing with local dance companies.  She was in the debt show  of Rock on Pointe at the TLA in 2016.    Amber has a relaxed almost non chalant movement style which is really great for the part of Brandy, which she performs  with Elton Tumbay in the song "Brandy" by Looking Glass.

Alissa Johann began her dance training at The Dance Center and Brandywine Ballet, located in West Chester, PA., under the direction of Donna Muzio, where she was trained in classical ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop.  Alissa then attended college at Cedar Crest College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies. She is the recipient of the Carol Welton Kelly Dance Award for Movement Studies.  She has been awarded several dance scholarships and attended summer intensives including Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theater. Alissa is currently a professional dance artist, instructor and choreographer throughout the greater Philadelphia region.  "Alissa is so limber that she can be found in straddle position with the rest of her body on the floor and her eyes closed after a long rehearsal and before her one hour ride back home.  " I love the way she slides effortlessly into a split and then bends all the way back to touch her head to the back knee," says Rock on Pointe's choreographer and director,  Kathy Fitzpatrick.  

Elton is a graudate of the High School for Performing Arts in Philadelpha.  When he is not dancing he can be found working on his music with Plan B.   After last years show,  several people said 'that kid has some good moves".  He has a lot of good moves.   It must that that 'soul'  that Elton puts in every move that he  does.  He can execute movements in ballet technique, then transform easily to modern dance and when needed go into hip hop withoout even thinking about the changes in technique. He has so much natural talent that he just flows through every type of movement. On Saturday, Sept 8th at The Rotunda, he will be doing a solo to 'Heard It Through the Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye.
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Joining us this year is Haley Gilbert.  She is a graduate of DeSales University with a major in dance.   She was with the DeSales University Touring Company.    Other training includes Paul Taylor summer intensive and Joffrey intesnisve, along with 13 years of training at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet prior to college.  She is a Pennsylvania native from Enola and has relocatd to the Philadelphia area to pursue her passion for dance.  
     "I have loved working with Haley this past few weeks, especially as we worked on her solo to "That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be"  by Carly Simon.  ​  Her long and graceful leg extensions combined with her ability to make her five foot ten height appear weightless make her performance entruiging to watch."    
Kathy Fitzpatrick, Director and Choreographer
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