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Kinetic Dance Collective

Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm; Doors open at 6:30pm
Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm; Doors open at 6:30pm
Smith Opera House
Hobart and William Smith College



Kinetic Dance Collective (KDC), a student-run organization, encourages students to connect with the Hobart & William Smith campus and Geneva community through the art of dance at HWS. KDC aims to foster an inclusive and creative environment that values communication, teamwork, and individual expression through student-led choreography and performance.

Founded in 1969 under the name “Koshare Dance Collective,” KDC’s inaugural performance took place in the Winn-Seeley Gymnasium. In 1971, KDC became an annual tradition with performances taking place in both Barlett Theatre and the Winn-Seeley Gymnasium with help and guidance from the HWS Dance Department. From there, the club grew tremendously, leading to packed performances at The Smith Opera House starting in 2013 and returning each Fall since. The history of KDC continues to inform our performances and events in 2022, and we are grateful for those who take and have taken part in the growth of this club.

Following the social justice awakening of 2020, the members of KDC reevaluated the club’s values, identity, and standing in the HWS community. After reaching out to alumni, founders of the club, and anthropology professionals, we learned that the name “Koshare” is an indigenous term deriving from Hopi Katsina ceremonies; our founders were not Hopi. With the advisory and suggestions from anthropologists, we determined the most responsible way of honoring the Hopi tribe would be to avoid using the word in our name, as to not appropriate it. We asked for suggestions from our club members, voted, and welcomed the new name: Kinetic Dance Collective (KDC). KDC remains a club that has, for more than fifty years, sought to empower students by giving them a space to explore and exercise their creative and expressive selves.

We are so excited about our performance at the Smith Opera House this year! Our showcase includes works from 19 choreographers in styles such as tap, hip-hop, Bollywood, contemporary, K-Pop, step, and more! Our club of 100+ members cannot wait to share our love of dance with the HWS and Geneva community!

We would like to acknowledge the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee by honoring the sovereignty of the Six Nations–the Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca, and Tuscarora–and their land that we dance on today.

Join us as the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges take the stage for two nights of dance! Featuring a variety of dance styles, KDC celebrates the diverse dance community at HWS.

Box Office, Tickets, and Seating

This show will be seated general admission- first come, first served.

The Smith’s box office will be open for in person of over the phone sales Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm. Online tickets can be purchased at any time. All over the phone or online purchases will receive a digital ticket sent to your email. You must have a valid email to purchase tickets for this event.

The Smith’s COVID-19 Policies

Tickets:Free for HWS students and children under 12, $10 all others