Middle Village LaRussa Dance Theater sold out for 13th annual festival – QNS.com

This year, the LaRussa Dance Festival once again sold out for its 13th annual event featuring young new artists on Sunday, June 5th on the LaRussa Outdoor Stage.

More than 70 people came to appreciate the nine emerging dance companies presented at the festival. Companies included Fivetwo Dance, NSQUARED Dance, Ballaro Dance, Julian Donahue Dance, N/N Dance Collaborative, NewBrese Dance, Julia Antinozzi, Rachel: Dancers and Chutzpah Dance.

The festival takes place twice a year in June and October.

LaRussa Dance Theater hosts nine upcoming dance companies in the outdoor courtyard of the Salvatore LaRussa Dance Studio. (Photo by Salvatore LaRussa)

Organizer Salvatore LaRussa opened his studio in Middle Village because there was nothing like it in the neighborhood before. LaRussa grew up in Middle Village and said he always had to travel to Manhattan to find an outlet for his creativity.

“This is an ongoing effort to bring amazing new dance companies to the Middle Village and Queens area,” LaRussa said. “The region lacks professional arts and dance events. Our mission is always to bring the best in performing arts education to our community.

LaRussa Dance Theater in Middle Village
Photo by Salvatore LaRussa

This year was special for LaRussa as some of the choreographers were from Hofstra, her alma mater. LaRussa has danced professionally for years, working with local Broadway companies and international groups.

“We encourage our students and our community to come and see these performances and they all show up and are surprised to see something they’ve never seen before,” LaRussa said. “It was a really great day. There was really a great energy.”

LaRussa also mentioned that with the tragic shooting in Texas recently, it was nice to come together for a community event.

The event is sponsored by Councilman Robert Holden, State Senator Joe Addabbo, the Queens Council of the Arts and others.

The next event will take place on Saturday, October 1. For more information, visit SLDT.org.

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