The Dance Gallery Festival at Catskill Art Society

The Catskills Art Society partnered with the Dance Gallery Festival to offer the Level UP dancers a three-day residency in the picturesque mountains of the Catskills, New York. The artists opened rehearsals to the public at the Laundry King at 65 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY over a span of three days, and the residency culminated with a free performance at the Beaverkill Valley Inn on Sunday, September 3, at 7pm.

The Dance Gallery International Festival was created in 2007 by Astrid von Ussar and Mojca Ussar and has since become a well-known festival with annual showcases in New York City, Texas and now Livingston Manor, NY. The production of modern concert dance is often challenged by the scarcity of suitable and affordable performance venues.  The Dance Gallery Festival addresses this problem by providing a state-of-the-art theater, complete with production staff, marketing, and public relations support to showcase each choreographers work.  

The Dance Gallery Festival is committed to find up-and-coming choreographic talent. Level UP serves as a performance showcase for talented dance companies/ choreographers that are ready to advance to the next level in the development and promotion of their work.  Each company will receive 25 minutes of performance time at the prestigious Ailey Citigroup Theatre and a commission fee.



September 1 – September 3, 2017

Open Rehearsal at the Laundry King

     Friday, September 1 from 2-4pm
     Saturday, September 2 from 10am-12:30pm + 2-5pm
     Sunday, September 3 from 10am-12pm

Performance and reception at the Beaverkill Valley Inn

     Reception - Sunday, September 3 from 6-7pm (drinks available for                purchase)
     Performance - Sunday, September 3 from 7-8pm

Premier at Ailey Citigroup Theater

     Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30pm




Choreographer, Rohan Bhargava presented a solo excerpt of his work, Kool Kids 1.0 (2016) performed by Jared McAboy with an original composition by Austin Guerrazzi. Bhargava will workshop a transitional work, Kool Kids 2.0 (2017), accompanied by an original composition by beat-boxer Fernando Acevedo and danced by Elise Pacicco. Bhargava’s work invites departure from societal normalcy: establishing a dichotomy between carnal instincts and rational thought. Bhargava was born in New Delhi, India and holds a B.F.A in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. He works for Cameron McKinney/Kizuna Dance and 10 Hairy Legs, and he is the Founder and Artistic Director of Rovaco Dance Company. Rohan has received several awards and commissions for his choreographic work.

Nicole von Arx is motivated to create choreography based on the human experience. She presented a physical duet on the themes of Humility and Generosity (2017). The work is a breakdown between thought, emotion and behavior. The focus lies on times of stress and uncertainty, resolving in a peaceful place. von Arx’s choreography has appeared on stage at the Judson Church, the Dance Gallery Festival, the Current Sessions, the Alvin Ailey Theatre, the Dumbo Dance Festival, Triskelion and Gowanus Arts in Brooklyn. In 2011 and 2015, she was commissioned and invited to choreograph with students from The Alvin Ailey School and SUNY Purchase.