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AUBURN -- Love, laughter and even a few tears were shed on Wednesday evening when both current and former members of the New York Institute of Dance and Education came together to share memories during the "25 Year Talk Around"

Gathered in the event center at the Hilton Garden Inn, past and current participants of the New York Dance Festival, members of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre and international faculty of the New York Institute of Dance and Education talked and reminisced while viewing news clips, photos and video that has spanned the past 25 years.

The New York Dance Festival was introduced to the Auburn community by internationally-celebrated dance choreographer Sean McLeod in 1991 and has since grown to be a much anticipated event for aspiring dancers worldwide.

"This is a very special event this year," said product director Kierstyn Zaykoski. "It's a historical storytelling event that brings us all together to share our experiences and ourselves."

The festival is a two-week all-dance related event that focuses on dance being a means of happiness and confidence within one's own self.

Festival participants, which include dancers of all levels and experiences, attend dancing instruction daily for a minimum of eight hours and gather afterward to have an informal "Talk Around."

"Every day after dance we sit and just talk about our day," said junior associate of the festival, Edward Rosado. "It is so refreshing. A way to capture the events of the day and to reflect and take it all in. It feels so good to just have that moment to come together and share."

The festival will conclude on Friday evening with a presentation of the 25th annual "A Day in Dance Gala Concert" to be held at West Middle School on Genesee Street in Auburn and will feature dancers of all genres.

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