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Dancing man: Southampton’s Teddy Forance comes back to give back

  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.
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  • Los Angeles dancer Channing Cooke leads a class of students ages 8 and under.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Los Angeles dancer Channing Cooke leads a class of students ages 8 and under.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV Summer Dance Intensive faculty member Jennifer Hackworth leads the pre-teen level class Monday during the first day of the dance camp held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV Summer Dance Intensive faculty member Jennifer Hackworth leads the pre-teen level class Monday during the first day of the dance camp held at Smith College.
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  • Generation IV Summer Dance Intensive faculty member Channing Cooke leads the mini level class (eight and under) in a routine at the Smith College Berenson Dance Studios during the first day of the dance camp.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV Summer Dance Intensive faculty member Channing Cooke leads the mini level class (eight and under) in a routine at the Smith College Berenson Dance Studios during the first day of the dance camp.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine at Smith College Ainsworth Gymnasium Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine at Smith College Ainsworth Gymnasium Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV Summer Dance Intensive faculty member Jennifer Hackworth, right, demonstrates a technique for the pre-teen level class Monday at Smith College Scott Gymnasium during the first day of the dance camp.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV Summer Dance Intensive faculty member Jennifer Hackworth, right, demonstrates a technique for the pre-teen level class Monday at Smith College Scott Gymnasium during the first day of the dance camp.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Forance works with students in the advanced/professional level. Forance got his start dancing in Easthampton at Hackworth School of Performing Arts, owned by his mother, Alison Forance, and an aunt, Lisa Anthony. He returns home several times a year to hold master classes with area dancers.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Forance works with students in the advanced/professional level. Forance got his start dancing in Easthampton at Hackworth School of Performing Arts, owned by his mother, Alison Forance, and an aunt, Lisa Anthony. He returns home several times a year to hold master classes with area dancers.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine at Smith College Ainsworth Gymnasium Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine at Smith College Ainsworth Gymnasium Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Joey Arrigo leads the junior class in a routine. A member of Shaping Sound, he competed on season 4 of "So You Think You Can Dance" in Canada.<br/><br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Joey Arrigo leads the junior class in a routine. A member of Shaping Sound, he competed on season 4 of "So You Think You Can Dance" in Canada.

    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Chantel Aguierre, a member of Teddy Forance's dance company, Shaping Sounds, traveled from Los Angeles to teach at the Generation IV dance intensive. Here she leads the teen/senior level in a routineKEVIN GUTTING

    Chantel Aguierre, a member of Teddy Forance's dance company, Shaping Sounds, traveled from Los Angeles to teach at the Generation IV dance intensive. Here she leads the teen/senior level in a routineKEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Los Angeles dancer Channing Cooke leads a class of students ages 8 and under.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV Summer Dance Intensive faculty member Jennifer Hackworth leads the pre-teen level class Monday during the first day of the dance camp held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV Summer Dance Intensive faculty member Channing Cooke leads the mini level class (eight and under) in a routine at the Smith College Berenson Dance Studios during the first day of the dance camp.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine at Smith College Ainsworth Gymnasium Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV Summer Dance Intensive faculty member Jennifer Hackworth, right, demonstrates a technique for the pre-teen level class Monday at Smith College Scott Gymnasium during the first day of the dance camp.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Forance works with students in the advanced/professional level. Forance got his start dancing in Easthampton at Hackworth School of Performing Arts, owned by his mother, Alison Forance, and an aunt, Lisa Anthony. He returns home several times a year to hold master classes with area dancers.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine at Smith College Ainsworth Gymnasium Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Joey Arrigo leads the junior class in a routine. A member of Shaping Sound, he competed on season 4 of "So You Think You Can Dance" in Canada.<br/><br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Chantel Aguierre, a member of Teddy Forance's dance company, Shaping Sounds, traveled from Los Angeles to teach at the Generation IV dance intensive. Here she leads the teen/senior level in a routineKEVIN GUTTING
  • Generation IV founder and artistic director Teddy Forance leads the advanced/professional level class in a routine Monday during the first day of the Summer Dance Intensive held at Smith College.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

Earlier this summer, Southampton native Teddy Forance was selling out at venues from New York City to Los Angeles and 11 stops in between, with his contemporary dance company, Shaping Sound. This weekend, local audiences can see Forance perform, along with other dance-industry professionals, right here in the Pioneer Valley.

On Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Forance, the other professionals, and students who attended Generation IV Dance, a weeklong dance intensive at Smith College, will put on shows at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

Forance founded Gen IV, along with faculty from Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Easthampton, owned by Forance’s mother, Alison Forance, and an aunt, Lisa Anthony. The studio was founded 80 years ago by Forance’s great-grandfather, Gerard Geoffrey.

Nearly everywhere he goes to perform, Forance makes time to teach; workshops at every tour venue this summer were sold out. At this week’s dance camp, 300 students ages 8 and up, from across the country, and Canada, are taking classes from 22 professional dancers, many of them members of Shaping Sound, in contemporary, modern, ballet, hip-hop and tap dance.

It was at the Easthampton studio that Forance, 25, learned his trade. Since leaving the area as an 18-year-old, he’s performed around the world with such luminaries as Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, and many others. Last year, Forance was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his choreographic work on “Dancing With the Stars.” He also was featured on the Oxygen Network’s “All the Right Moves,” a reality show that followed Forance and Shaping Sound cofounders Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Kyle Robinson as they put together the troupe.

Wall, perhaps the best-known member of the company, will make a guest appearance at this weekend’s shows. He came in second on the second season of the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” on the Fox Network, and currently is a choreographer for the show. He’s been nominated for three Primetime Emmys for his work on SYTYCD, including this year.

A highlight of the show, Alison Forance says, will be a tribute to studio founder Geoffrey. “We want to take it from his generation right up to the new generation, Generation IV,” she said.

— KATHLEEN MELLEN

Tickets cost $25. To reserve, visit www.academyofmusictheatre.com/events/generation-iv-dance-3/.

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