Dance Documentary Film to Have Premiere At Wheeling Library

At 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18 during a special edition of Evening With the Arts, the Ohio County Public Library will present the premiere of “La Danza – Bridging Time Through Dance,” a documentary film that highlights the challenges and opportunities in preserving traditional Italian dance.

This short film features traditional dances from several regions of Italy performed by Wheeling’s Allegro Dance Company and explores how they are passed on from one generation to the next.

“I have been performing these dances since I was a child. I am excited that the community will have the experience and opportunity to see these rare and beautiful dances,” Allegro director Anna Harsh said. “Sharing this film with so many audiences is a true honor to those that came before me and taught me about heritage and pride of being Italian. Traditions and stories are told in our music and dance. What an opportunity to leave such a wealth of knowledge and culture behind for future generations to learn and enjoy.”

This film is sponsored in part by the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival. It is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. After touring to other cities and film festivals, the documentary will be available at the Ohio County Public Library and at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University. The documentary then will be used as an educational tool to teach these traditional dances in schools and universities throughout the United States.

Evening With the Arts programs are free and open to the public. Snacks and complimentary beverages are provided. For information, call the library at 302-232-0244 or visit the Allegro website, www.allegrodancecompany.net.