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Audience Location:

Lorin Farr Oark

Date and Time:

June 24, 2017 at 12:30 MDT

Water Locale:

Ogden River

Ogden River


Kelly Alifano
is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer from NY. Kelly received her B.F.A in dance from Adelphi University, her M.A in Dance and Dance Education from New York University (certified to teach dance in grades K-12 in NY state), and an M.F.A in Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College. Kelly has taught dance at many colleges, schools, and studios in NY and NJ. Kelly was the co-choreographer for Dualdance, a modern dance company based out of NYC from 2004-2010. Kelly has presented work at Steps Performance Lab, WaxWorks, Dance Theater Workshop, The Long Island Fringe Festival, The Dance Complex in MA, Joyce Soho, University Settlement, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Boulder International Fringe Festival, Cool NY, Amalgamate Dance Company Artist Series, Green Space, and Dumbo Dance Festival. NY. Kelly was a dancer for Circle of Dance Repertory Company from 2005-2016. Kelly had the amazing privilege of being an artist selected for The Field’s Artward Bound residency in Massachusetts in the Summer of 2010.

Amanda Sowerby is an Associate Professor of Dance at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. She received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and her BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts. She worked for several years with the Gary Palmer Dance Company in California’s Bay Area and assisted in setting new and repertory pieces on the National Ballet of Peru and the National Ballet of Chile, as well as implementing outreach programs in dance for Bay Area community members. She has performed with the National Ballet’s of Chile and Peru, Enrico Labayen’s Lab Projekt USA, Yasmin Mehta’s California Contemporary Dancers and Todd Courage. Amanda’s own choreographic work has been presented at Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Theatre Artaud (SF,CA), Diesel Cathedral (SF,CA),, Dance Mission (SF,CA), and The Leona Wagner Black Box Theater (SLC,UT). Amanda was a co-founder Paradigm Dance Project; a dance organization designed to foster arts education for underserved populations. Amanda serves on the board of the Utah Dance Education Organization as President and served as the Higher Education Representative from 2007-2013.

History of Site and Related Water Issues:

The Ogden River is a 35-mile (56 km) long river in Utah.
The Ogden River’s three forks (North, Central and South) begin in the Wasatch Range in Weber County and converge at Pineview Reservoir, near Huntsville. The river then flows southwest through Ogden Canyon, Ogden City, and the border of West Haven and Marriott-Slaterville where it joins the Weber River.
The Ogden River has cut through the landscape to create the remarkable Ogden Canyon, which is a roughly 6-mile (9.7 km) long canyon with a series of smaller side canyons. The city of Ogden is at the western end of Ogden Canyon with the eastern end at Pineview Dam.
Originally named after 19th century fur trader Peter Skene Ogden, the Ogden River has been a source of irrigation since the early 20th century.


” Water” by L Pank

The Performance:

Dancers will be community participants from along the Wasatch Front.

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Environmental Impact:

The Ogden River and Ogden River Parkway are a true pride and joy in the heart of our downtown. Once on it’s way to becoming a “dead river”, the river is now honored as a Blue Ribbon Fishery, indicating the exceptionally high quality of river fishing available.
The river was pretty damaged and neglected, as you can imagine the history of a railroad town would do to a river. More than a decade ago the waterway was identified as a primary zone for restoration and redevelopment as part of Ogden’s larger redevelopment program.
The cleanup efforts removed and recycled 5,684 tons of concrete and metal, including seven car bodies, removed 8,359 tons of non-recyclable glass, concrete and miscellaneous waste, removed and recycled 2,460 automotive tires that were used to manufacture flip flops, built nine stormwater filtering areas that are vegetated with wetland plants, built two fishing ramps that are accessible to those with physical challenges and created 20 access points to the river for fishing and other recreation. Today, the river is a much different place! The waterway is healthy, vibrant and flowing with life.
The Ogden River Parkway is a spectacular 9.6 mile walk through nature in the heart of downtown Ogden and is easily accessible from Historic 25th Street. The parkway is family friendly, paved, and can be accessed from any intersecting road.

Directions to the Site of Performance:

From the south:
Keep left at the fork to stay on I-15 N, follow signs for Interstate 15 N/Ogden
Take exit 342 for UT-53 toward 24th St
Turn right onto UT-53 E/Pennsylvania Ave
Continue to follow UT-53 E
Turn left onto Washington Blvd
Turn right onto E 1650 S St/Canyon Rd

From the north:
Merge onto I-15 S/I-84 E
Take exit 344 toward Huntsville
Turn left onto W 1200 S St/W 12th St (signs for Huntsville)
Continue to follow W 1200 S St
Turn right onto S 400 E St/Washington Blvd
Continue to follow Washington Blvd
Turn left onto E 1650 S St/Canyon Rd

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How can I get involved?

Please join us in any way you wish.
You can participate in the dance, take pictures and video or be an enthusiastic audience member!

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