Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00
Patricia Kenny Reilly and Heather Berest, both graduates of Manhasset High School and Shelter Rock Elementary School, began attending ballet classes at the Berest Dance Center when they were 10 years old.
After completing their schooling in Manhasset, they went on to study dance in college, both receiving BFA degrees. For Patricia, it was a full talent scholarship to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and for Heather, an acceptance into the prestigious conservatory, North Carolina School of The Arts. Upon graduation, each went on to travel nationally and internationally with leading modern dance companies, enjoying success in the world of professional dance— not an easy task to accomplish.
At Ms. Kenny Reilly’s audition for The Parsons Dance Company, there were over 500 dancers vying for just one position. After securing her place in the famous dance troupe, she went on to perform and teach for the company for eight years, followed by working in the field of Broadway and then starting her own troupe, Patricia Kenny Dance Collection, in 2001.
Ms. Berest landed a coveted spot in the well-known and revered Paul Taylor Dance Company, and danced with them for a decade before coming back home to Manhasset to live with her husband Orion Duckstein, who also danced with Paul Taylor. Upon her return, Heather assumed her new role as artistic director of The Berest Dance Center in Port Washington, the very place where she and Patricia began their dance training. The two women are now mothers to children attending elementary school in the community.
In a very exciting reunion, Ms. Kenny Reilly and Ms. Berest will be performing together with the newly re-launched company, Patricia Kenny Dance Collection. Heather and her husband Orion, who entertained and charmed audiences for years dancing in the Paul Taylor Dance Company, are coming out of retirement to participate in this special show with a beautiful duet set to the music of Beethoven. They will be guest artists with Patricia’s exciting company of dancers in which she, too, will be dancing in a night of athletic, evocative and riveting choreography.
For tickets call 718.760.0064 or go to http://www.queenstheatre.org/patricia-kenny-dance-collection. Tickets are $30 general/ $25 students and children 12 and under.