Choreographed by American Choreographer Sean McLeod, “Conception of Soul” is the 1st movements of a larger 5 movement work entitled “Soul” that explores an African Mythology of how the world began. This movement introduces this powerful piece and presents the theme developed throughout the work, but has the ability to stand on its own.

Choreographed by American Choreographer Sean McLeod, a classic work in the KDT/SMDEx History.

“Soul” is Sean McLeod’s interpretation of an African Mythology on how the World began. He explores this notion through the energy created and nurtured from the soul of Women and shared with men. The work is also a tribute to Jose Limon’s “There is a Time”. Sean often wondered how such a work would look if it were created from an African perspective. “Soul” answers that question, honors the African contribution, and celebrates the treasure of women.

“Soul is the most unexplainable and powerful force in this world known to man. It is of which you were born and what remains when you leave. I will celebrate the Soul as it is the desire of man, passion of the woman, and the future of the child. I invite you into the most personal place in my life, my dreams, my conceptions, my worries…my Soul”

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“Soul” – 1996

SUNY Purchase alumni Thomas Warfield and Roxanna Young were brought to the Finger Lakes Region of New York by their former classmate, Sean McLeod, Artistic Director of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, to teach the classic styles of modern dance, ballet, and dance composition they learned while studying at the Purchase Conservatory of Dance, just outside of New York City.

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Adding to the Artistic Team – 1993

Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Sean McLeod forged a partnership with Cayuga Community College’s, Director of Student Services Joy Shortell, and past college President Dr. Larry Poole, along with Purchase Conservatory of Dance alum to create this artistic platform. Additional guest artists invited to join the faculty included; Laurie Lubeck (American Ballet Theatre) and Sheryl Woodmansee (Washington Ballet) to teach in sessions twice a year (known as the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre Winter and Summer Dance Intensives).

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An Artistic Platform – 1991

“When You’ve Been Blessed” a classic KDT Repertory piece, choreographed by Sean McLeod, becomes a highly-anticipated piece that received acclaim while the professional company was on tour during the mid ’90’s.

Choreographed by Sean McLeod, performed by the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre in 1996, shows a highly-anticipated piece that received acclaim while the professional company was on tour during the mid ’90’s.
“When You’ve Been Blessed” is a Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre classic dance piece performed as part of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre’s 25th Anniversary

In 2020, a time of question, and in celebration of our 30th year of doing this Sean McLeod’s classic choreographic piece, please join Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre in expressing Patti LaBelle’s life affirming words, “When You’ve Been Blessed Pass It On.”

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“When You’ve Been Blessed” – 1990

The original inception of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre began in 1988 with a production of Motown in the Mirror at SUNY Purchase that was produced and directed by Sean McLeod. That original group of dancers from that show stayed close knit, and Sean McLeod brought the dancers upstate, to found the professional dance company in Central New York in 1990. Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre is dually-based in NYC and Central New York, focused on bridging NYC with “The Other New York”.

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The Beginning – 1990