Updated: 09/17/2013 6:21 PM
Created: 09/17/2013 2:58 PM WHEC.com
By: Janet Lomax
What is a Fringe Festival? There are more than 200 of them around the world and one kicks off just two days from now in Rochester's East End. It really is a big celebration of the arts and it's all about diversity and inclusion. One local dance troupe is performing at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival focuses on just that.
They're called “A Moving Experience”. They are a modern dance troupe, part of ARC of Monroe. It's been around for more than a decade. News10NBC caught up with the dancers during a rehearsal for their first ever Rochester Fringe Festival appearance. Dance Coordinator Emily Brown says this will be the perfect fit.
Brown said, "The Fringe Festival represents many of the things this group represents: local empowerment, an open door policy to the arts, bringing things to people who haven't seen it yet before, opening minds."
Brown says it's all part of their message: peace, love and inclusion.
Brown said, "We try to represent a group of people who don't often get represented but in a way that invites everyone in."
They dance in schools, nursing homes, community centers and will debut a new piece called "The Freedom Dance" during the festival. They use brightly colored scarves as they move about.
Brown says the dance represents a spirit of change, a new kind of wind of change that's coming through our group and our community, but also Rochester and the world at large."
During a break, News 10NBC got a chance to speak with some of the dancers. We asked Andy Hershelman, who is blind, if he ever gets nervous before he goes on stage.
Hershelman said, "No, I do not because I'm a good performer."
Another dancer, Brenna Glann, says dancing is fun, but laughed when she said, "Sometimes it's hard when I don't know what I'm doing!"
All of the members of “A Moving Experience” are dedicated and enthusiastic. Lauren DiGiovanni says why she loves rehearsals
DiGiovanni said, "I like all my friends here, my peers."
They are performing Saturday at RAPA's East End Theatre. Brown says they have a message for their audience. It's an "I can" attitude.
News 10NBC is proud to be a media sponsor of the Rochester Fringe Festival. For more information on other performances, click here.