Happy #GivingTuesday!

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
― Winston Churchill

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day to reflect and pursue acts of giving and it comes at a perfect time. For many, the holidays result in the antithesis of the purpose they were established. Things like fighting others for the last toy-of-the-year on the shelf on Black Friday (and now Black Thursday!) or pushing in front of peers to get the last 50″ TV for 50 percent off (as though the 42″ TV sitting at home is somehow not enough)… or how about holding a grudge against a family member or a friend that you just can’t seem to put behind you. Maybe it’s something smaller such as not acknowledging a talkative co-worker at the water cooler, because you just don’t feel like hearing about their day.

Sometimes it can be difficult to put aside yourself and whole-heartedly pursue acts of giving, especially when you’re facing your own challenges. However, someone once said “if we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us face, I think we would treat each other much gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.” Many challenges can be spawned by life struggles, internal insecurities, illness, or stress, among others. Let’s take the time today to have compassion for others and give the blessings we’re thankful for to the people who need it most…and without any obligation for something in return. Pay it forward!

Each unique member of our program synergistically works together to ensure our mission, to give… and in any package it may arrive: humanities efforts, arts education, music, acting, singing, dancing, community collaborations, among many others. This is what we do best! On behalf of everyone at Pointe West Performances, Pointillism, and the Infinite Legacy Project, we’d like to encourage everyone to live #GivingTuesday to its fullest!!!

To help The Infinite Legacy Project and Pointillism give back to the communitiy, please donate to our #GivingTuesday Campaign:  http://www.razoo.com/story/Our-World-Reflects-Giving


#Giving Tuesday Announcement: The Importance of December 3rd

Hello Everyone!

Tuesday, December 3rd will be a VERY IMPORTANT day in the life of The Infinite Legacy Project. The international “day of giving” (and antidote to “Black Friday”), #Giving Tuesday will help raise awareness and funds for the terrific cultural projects of PWP, our non profit. Ivry Newsome, our Regisseur, and Erin Brown, our PR consultant, will have info about how YOU CAN HELP through social media!

During the next few weeks, we’ll be making “reflection videos” for the #GT campaign, “Our World Reflects Giving.” Mini Company members and their families are also invited to help on #Giving Tuesday.

**More news coming very soon – mark your calendar!!

Giving Tuesday: Our World Reflects Giving

Our World Reflects Giving

The ILP is a transformative mission.  Our world reflects giving. Professional artists give to students (many from socio-economically challenged neighborhoods). Students and families give to community (through volunteer efforts). Community gives to the world (through classes and free performances). And this process reflects positive change throughout. The scholarship program of The ILP has already achieved a milestone in the reflective process of cultural empowerment. Two students, who began in our Akron After School Program now teach in their former elementary school. While they enjoy their world exposure to dance, theatre, and music, they share the possibilities of this transformative experience with younger students. STAY TUNED for our the many stories of “Our World Reflects Giving” — as told by children, community members, and professional artists from around the world  — in the “video reflections” leading up to #Giving Tuesday!

Donate today to be a integral part of #Giving Tuesday!!! http://www.razoo.com/story/Our-World-Reflects-Giving?referral_code=share

Pointe West Performances Invites the Community to its Full-Length Production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

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For many families the economic recession, enduring cost of health care, and unemployment statuses are just a few of the financial challenges weighing heavily on minds each night.  What really hit home for us at Pointe West Performances,  being that our mission is to bring the arts to the community cost-free, is the fact that many of these families can’t even imagine being in a theatre.  Along with the expense aspect, we are hearing that it’s not inviting and often not keeping up with the times. That’s when the professional dancers and actors of Pointillism Jazz Consort had a dream… actually A Midsummer Night’s Dream…where they could share the stage with The Infinite Legacy Project and present a modernized production completely free to families and the community.

The dream is coming true on June 25th, 2013 at 7pm with a full-length production of the age-old story, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Follow the magic to the 5-Star Akron Summit County Library Auditorium where students, families, friends, and community members are requested for an up-close experience of this live professional dance theatre event. Flash happenings are scheduled to precede the performance in the library’s state-of-the-art Amphitheatre at 6pm.

True magic will come to life in this theatre, we’ve seen it again and again, and it is absolutely transformative.   Be one of the hundreds of people who are directly involved in live performance, whether it’s onstage, in flash happenings, in audience participation segments, as an educational ambassador, or cultural collaborator.  We can’t describe it; you have to experience it for yourself!

Pointe West Performances is a 501 (c) non-profit organization founded in Akron, Ohio. Contact the company directly for further information at 330.666.2079www.pointewest.orgorinfo@pointewest.org. Please visit their blog at www.pointewestdance.wordpress.com, Twitter @pointewestdance, and Facebook page at Pointe West Performances, Inc. for current news. The organization is accepting donations, which can be made via Razoo at http://www.razoo.com/story/Follow-The-Magic.


The Gift of Giving Back

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What an Akron-Based Organization has been doing to Expose their Community to the Arts

AKRON, OHIO- Anniversary milestones are occurring throughout the world; whether it’s the year of giving something paper, wood, tin, or silver, the folks at Pointe West Performances (PWP) have another agenda- to give the gift of giving back. PWP is an organization that not only provides dance classes, scholarships for conservatory studies, and free annual performances; they use these efforts to fundamentally expose kids to humanities and culture. The company accomplishes this through its eclectic and experienced group of professionals from a variety of backgrounds who, at times, compromise their paychecks to see these kids thrive.

The professionals choreograph, teach classes, serve on the board, and/or dance in PWP’s professional dance company, Pointillism Jazz Consort. Although some members are working from different places all over the world, they find many creative ways to collaboratively see to the company vision. And every year, at least once, they meet in Akron to produce performances with the children in the organization. The performances are free and open to the community at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. PWP refers to this as their annual “gift to the community”.

“When I was holding the Akron After School (AAS) info meeting to teach our instructors the movement & humanities component for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ (this year’s annual performance), it began to occur to me just how long a number of people have been involved in our programming,” says Suzanne Winland, Artistic Director of PWP. “It amazes me how much I’ve realized our mission though an energetic group of like-minded, synergistic professionals that have stuck with us even when funding was non-existent.”

Veronica Shreffler-Moss is an example of Suzanne’s comment, as she is a full-time teacher in the Revere School system, mother of five, and 10th year staff member for PWP. Veronica joined Pointillism in 1997 and appeared as Beth in their 2nd production of “Little Women.”

“When people I first meet ask me ‘what do you do’, I often respond ‘well I’m a teacher. I teach several foreign languages, zumba, dance and my children’. But in actuality that response doesn’t quite explain it. What I should say is ‘I’m a humanitarian’ and Pointe West is a resource for me to charge my humanitarianism,” says Veronica.

Another PWP professional, Caroline Amer, joined the organization in 2001, appearing in “Masterpieces in Motion”; in 2005 she joined as a Pointillism member, appearing as Puck in the PWP 10th Anniversary Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Caroline has returned from her residence in London to appear as Titania in AAS 10th Anniversary Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“After 7 years working in the UK and South Africa, I felt drawn back to the Akron community and my mentor, Suzanne Winland. Studying dance with Suzanne at Point West exposed me to so many types of dance styles and gave me so much when I was training that I wanted to give back by exposing the kids to my experiences with international culture and theatre,” explains Caroline.“The other day I visited Mason School and had the opportunity to talk with the AAS kids. It was amazing to see how interested they were to learn about different types of performances and cultures, as well as just how eager they were to be inspired.”

Other experienced professionals find their home at PWP including Ivry Newsome, a cutting edge choreographer and aerial dancer with Blue Lapis Dance Co. in Austin, Texas. Danielle DuFore, a former musical theatre performer notably starring in the National Off Broadway Tour of DreamGirls, has been a collaborator with PWP since 2006. Danielle is exposing children in Akron as well as Washington D.C. to the organization’s educational philosophy. Along with Ivry and Danielle, Calvin Gentry, a former international performer in Les Ballets Trockadero is another longstanding and instrumental member of PWP dancing alongside children in community performances.

PWP has recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary milestone with working in the Akron Public School system in the Akron After School program. Instead of giving something tin, scholarship recipients from AAS, the Infinite Legacy Project (PWP’s outreach program), and Pointillism are presenting a full-length performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Akron-Summit County Public Library in the city’s downtown area next month. The performance will be free and open to the public, where audience members are welcomed recipients of PWP’s gift of giving back. (A formal event release will follow.)

Pointe West Performances is a 501 (c) non-profit organization founded in Akron, Ohio. Contact the company directly for further information at 330.666.2079, www.pointewest.org or info@pointewest.org. Please visit their blog at www.pointewestdance.wordpress.com, Twitter @pointewestdance, and Facebook page at Pointe West Performances, Inc. for current news. The organization is accepting donations, which can be made via Razoo at http://www.razoo.com/story/Follow-The-Magic.


‘Pointe West Performances’ Celebrates 10 Years with the ‘Akron After School’ Program

The Infinite Legacy Project, a humanities-based outreach program of Pointe West Performances, announces its 10th Year Anniversary working with the Akron After School program as a provider of continued arts education for children in the Akron Public School System. The outreach program serves to provide children with the opportunity to continue their exposure to dance and the arts through meaningful cultural projects of the organization’s professional dance company, Pointillism Jazz Consort.

Since its inception, The Infinite Legacy Project (ILP) has been a key collaborator with the nationally noted Akron After School (AAS), a program providing educational enrichment opportunities for elementary school children in twenty-four Akron City Public Schools. Since 2009, the ILP has awarded hundreds of scholarships to participating students for further dance studies, contributing dramatically to the cultural growth and academic improvement of the students and their families. Together, the ILP and AAS were once publicized as a national “Model of Success”. In addition to scholarships and education, the outreach program produces free annual performances and offers reasonably priced community classes. 

“My heart is enlightened when I think about how organic and absolutely effective this educational process is. One representation of this process is with two students that were chosen as our scholarship recipients from Robinson Elementary CLC that were provided with books, shoes, and dance classes at my conservatory. Since then, they’ve progressed quickly to become classroom leaders, to mini company members and today, Akron After School teacher trainees! I strongly believe in exposing our ILP students to Pointillism members throughout this educational process as a means to expedite their progress and give them inspiration,” says Suzanne Winland, Artistic Director at Pointe West Performances.  

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary, scholarship recipients from AAS, the ILP, and Pointillism plan to present a full-length performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Akron-Summit County Public Library in the city’s downtown area. The performance will be free and open to the public. To complement the 10th Anniversary celebration, all performers will be presenting “Follow the Magic” flash happenings during May & June of 2013. “Follow The Magic” films, leading up to the celebration performance can be viewed on http://www.youtube.com and Razoo, as well.  

Pointe West Performances is a 501 (c) non-profit organization founded in Akron, Ohio. Contact the company directly for further information at 330.666.2079, http://www.pointewest.org or info@pointewest.org. Please visit their blog at www.pointewestdance.wordpress.com, Twitter @pointewestdance, and Facebook page at P.W. Performances for current news. The organization is accepting donations, which can be made via Razoo at  http://www.razoo.com/story/Follow-The-Magic.

Our collaborators make all the difference!

Pointe West has always made its mission to strive to provide children in the community free exposure to the arts through humanities-based education, participation with professionals, and annual performances.  Crowd funding for our cultural missions (such as community classes, this year’s free performance, etc.) is a constant topic in Pointe West board meetings, impromptu meetings with staff, and informal discussions with volunteers, friends, and families.  After the inevitable topic has arrived, the next questions usually start with who, what, when, where, and how…?For the past couple years we’ve had a very generous facilitator of our mission and an answer to many of these questions, Westminster Presbyterian Church.  With people like Pastor Derek Redwine, Amy Starr-Redwine, Jim Mismas, among many others, we have been provided with such a marvelous “welcoming home”, making all the difference for our organization and dozens of families. Lives are changing positively (even during some very challenging circumstances) and the church’s dedication to the mission of opening Westminster to the ENTIRE community makes that possible!

Along with Westminster, there are many professional collaborators that our also making a difference and impacting our mission.  Some of our professional collaborators come from different places in the world to be involved in our upcoming 10th Anniversary celebration performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This week,  Caroline Amer (a professional actress-dancer from London, UK) was at The ILP Westminster for the filming of “Follow The Magic.” After the filming she shared her experiences  with the students of The ILP, including her training in London and performing on the stage of The Globe Theatre.  The students were truly inspired and many of them are reading Shakespeare’s play in prep for the show!

There are many collaborators and that truly touch our hearts everyday.  Sometimes, what they believe are small things, make all the difference to our organization!

Success! ‘Tales of the Arabian Nights’ Performance Brings the Audience to Their Feet!

Pointe West Performances is pleased to have produced a successful performance of “Tales of the Arabian Nights” last week at the Akron Summit County Public Library.  Truly a cultural collaboration, the show began with a world dance flash happening presented by Hema Ramachandran and her dancers. They performed the Bharathanatyam (Indian Classical Dance) where the audience learned the language of hand gestures and facial expressions behind the dance form.  “Tales of the Arabian Nights” began and Pointillism members danced alongside ILP members in a modernized version of this century old story.  Performers told the tales of The Rubaiyat, The Fisherman and The Genie, and Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp.  Nearly every audience member was on their feet dancing with the performers during the audience participation portion of the show.  It was an inspiring collaboration between Pointillism, the ILP, Mini Company Members, Akron After School Demonstrators, the families, and special guest artists.

To Everyone Involved: We can’t thank you enough for your time, energy, and love!  Gratefully, PWP Staff

Download the Tales of the Arabian Nights Program


AKRON, OHIO- Pointe West Performances (PWP), a 501(c) non-profit organization, is proud to present a full-length production of The Tales of the Arabian Nights directed by Suzanne Winland. The performance will be held on June 27th at 7:00pm at the Akron Summit County Public Library in the main auditorium. As a gift to the community, tickets are free.

PWP is a production organization which fuels professional dance company Pointillism Jazz Consort and outreach program The Infinite Legacy Project (ILP). Collaboratively, Pointillism and the ILP produce free annual community performances that include a synergistic blend of dancing, acting, singing, and music. Performers in “The Tales of the Arabian Nights,” this summer’s ILP production, tell the century-old Middle Eastern folk tale with a creative infusion of modern elements. This story within a story includes tales of the The Rubaiyat, The Fisherman & The Genie, and Aladdin & His Wonderful Lamp.

Join the dancers for a pre-show performance at 6:00pm in the Amphitheatre on the Main Street side of the library. Hema Ramachandran & Dancers and the Infinite Legacy Project Demonstrator Dancers will be orchestrating a “World Dance Flash Happening”. The dancers welcome the audience to learn the dance steps found on the blog site, https://pointewestdance.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/69/ prior to attending.

Contact via email at info@pointewest.org or by phone at (330) 666-2079.



Pointillism Jazz Consort and its outreach program, The Infinite Legacy Project (which makes its home in Westminster Church of Akron) is presenting a full-length production of “Tales of the Arabian Nights”!

      Wednesday, June 27 at 7 pm
      Akron Summit County Public Library, Main Auditorium
      60 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio


Before the performance, at 6 pm, there will be a World Dance Flash Happening in the Amphitheatre on the Main Streetside of The ASCPL. Join us for a magic carpet ride of adventure! See Pointillism’s professional dancers from around the world and The Infinite Legacy Project’s dancers from 19 of Akron’s Elementary Schools.

The show is FREE & parking is FREE after 6 pm at the City Deck on High Street next to the Library. For more info call the PWP office at 330.666.2079. Rub your magic lamp and be transported to the magic of “Tales of the Arabian Nights”!