The Beginning – 1990

The original inception of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre began in 1988 with the production Motown and the Mirror at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase that was produced and directed by Sean McLeod. A few members of that original dance core stayed close and continued working with Sean’s Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre.  Staging…
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“When You’ve Been Blessed” – 1990

“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.
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An Artistic Platform – 1991

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…
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Adding to the Artistic Team – 1993

SUNY Purchase alumni Thomas Warfield and Roxanna Young were brought back to the Finger Lakes Region of New York by their former classmate, Sean McLeod, Artistic Director of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, to be foundational faculty and teach the classic styles of modern dance, ballet, and dance composition they learned while studying together at the…
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“Soul” – 1994

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…
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Roarin in the Twenties – 1996
“Community of Color” Celebration – 1997

A joint collaboration with Roxanna Young, the then Associate Director of the NYC KDT branch. The “Community of Color” Black History Month World Culture Celebration draws people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds together to honor community, black history and world culture. The main objective is to create a climate for conversation, appreciation, and graciousness…
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“Mother Black Child” – 1997

A work about a mother, a baby, and the possibilities of those lives and those touched by them. This solo exquisitely shows the struggles of a woman, choices of a mother, and offers a similar understanding even for a mother of a child of color.
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“Chemung River Project” – 1998

Invitation initiated by Jennifer Harpending.
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“Sisters” – 1998

Sisters is a piece that was created for a company of young female dancers who were all having different personal struggles in their lives.  Struggles because their dad wanted them to be this and didn’t want them to be that.  The boyfriend who was saying “I called you at 9 o’clock, where were you?” And…
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“Now At Last” The Green Dress – 1999

Solo created for Lorienne Beals as she continued her dance journey studying at Purchase Conservatory of Dance.
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“Bach in the Spanish Court” – 2001

“Bach in the Spanish Court” was American Choreographer Sean McLeod’s exploration of how Classical Ballet could have been explored in the time of the Royal Courts of Europe, but from an “Ethnic Capacity.”  This work was the second step after an initial workshop of the concept at the New York Dance Festival in 2000. Sean…
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Artistic Collaboration- Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center – 2003

Photographer Merit Ester Engelke featured at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center (Germany), spent the summer documenting the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre and New York Dance Festival experience. Sculptor Eric Rosé featured sculptures of Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre company members.
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