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Saturday, January 21, 2017: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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January 21, 2017

Coronado Performing Arts Center

On January 21, 2017, for one night only, more than twenty CoSA Dance alumni, spanning the years 1996 to 2016, will come together to perform Migration, an hour-long, one-of-a-kind dance concert. This exceptional event is the brainchild of Betzi Roe, considered one of the pioneers of modern dance in San Diego, and the director of the CoSA Dance conservatory for the past twenty years. “This is one of the most exciting and gratifying projects that I have done in my 43 years as a choreographer in San Diego,” said Roe. “It's quite an honor to have former students coming from London, New York, Tijuana, Phoenix, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Los Angeles participate in this project.”  Migration is a testament to what CoSA achieves; training young people to become involved citizens by keeping art and culture alive via practice or support.

 Roe based this piece on what she felt was a migration back to San Diego by her former dance students.  She observed that many who had pursued careers nationally or internationally were returning to San Diego.  She wondered what it would be like to gather them together and create a piece that spoke of their experience.  "I saw this phenomenon as a kind of migration,” said Roe, "departing, journeying, and returning.”  She had overwhelming responses from alumni ranging in age from 19 to 37.  Some had continued to dance, others took different paths, but all stayed physically active and maintained connections to dance and the arts.  Bringing all these diverse technical levels together fostered a process of developing metaphors of flying, flocking, landing, gathering, and dispersing in order to craft the dances.  Additionally, dancers with strong technical skills such as professional circus performers Garrett Allen and Sadie Lindley, and Joshua Dunn and Sulijah Learmont who performed professionally in New York, bring acrobatic and physical dimensions to their duet choreography.

 Migration provides an opportunity for these talented artists to come together to showcase their talent and celebrate the place where their artistic journey took flight.

The performance begins at 7:00 pm on January 21 on the stage of the Coronado Performing Arts Center. The conservatory-style CoSA program, located on the campus of Coronado High School, provides its students with rigorous training in dance, theatre, digital arts, music or visual arts. Dedicated COSA students form strong bonds with peers and faculty, and COSA graduates stay connected over the years.

Tickets for Migration are $6 to $18, and can be purchased at the box office before the performance, or by clicking here. For information about Migration, call 858-699-6133.

Here is the program for Migration.



Video - starling mumuration

Music: Ezio Bosso Third Breath - Crying Breath

First Ensemble

Music: Ludovico Einaudi Oltremare

All Dancers


First Quartet

Music: Ludovico Einaudi Monday

Melinda Gafford, Samantha Galaz, Mali Hinsley, Lindsay Kullmann


First Duet

Music: Ezio Bosso  Fourth Breath- In the Same Breath

Garrett Allen, Sadie Lindley


First Trio

Music:  Ezio Bosso Sixth Breath - Last Breath

Lucas Aguilar, Forrest Harrop, Heather Noonan


Second Duet

Music: Ludovico Einaudi Uno

Sulijah Learmont & Joshua Dunn


Second Quartet

Music:  Ezio Bosso Second Breath - Out of Breath

Beatrice Benson, Madeleine Chiba, Caroline Courtney, Lidia Velez


Third Duet

Music: Ludovico Einaudi Ascolta

Betzi Roe, Sadie Weinberg


First Quintet

Music: Ludovico Einaudi L'Origine Nascosta

Isabel Diaz-Brady, Sarah Faulkner, Samantha Galaz, Emiko Nelson, Vabianna Santos


Solo Passings

Music: Ludovico Einaudi Primavera

All Dancers


Last Ensemble

Music: Ludovico Einaudi Svanire, All Dancers