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Art project dances through Capital District

"Approximately once a year we try to put together a program that studies the legacy of a specific artist or art form normally associated with artists from New York," said Peter Lesser, director of the EGG Performing Arts Center.

He said that this year's program is really an overview of all of the different styles of jazz dance and their history.

"How they started out as social dances and then how they translated to the stage an screen," said Lesser.

"[Frank will] cover things like swing dancing and the knee hop and all of the various social dances that are associated with jazz, as well as tap dancing, which is more of a performance style," said Lesser.

He said that she'll also cover the routes of Jazz dance and talk about the various dancers, choreographers and other performers who were on the stage or screen.

Rusty Frank is the author of book, "TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories," she is the producer and choreographer of the stage reviews "Swingin' the Century " the Big Band Show," and "Jazz Tap."

She has won numerous awards, including the Tap Dance Preservation Award from New York State's American Tap Dance Foundation and the Historic Preservation Award from the Art Deco Society of California. She is also part of the Smithsonian Institute's Jazz Oral History Project and has appeared in many dance documentaries. For information on Rusty Frank, visit www.rustyfrank.com.

The Jazz Dance Project will be held at the Schenectady Public Library, 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady. For information, call 388-4500.""

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