Windhover Center for the Performing Arts Presents New York-based Continuum Contemporary Ballet

Jul 20, 2021Arts & Culture

New Works-in-Progress and Conversation with the Company on July 26 & 27 at 7:00pm

Rockport, MA – New York-based Continuum Contemporary Ballet will present new works in progress on Monday July 26th and Tuesday July 27th at 7:00pm on the outdoor stage at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts. Each performance will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with the company.

Continuum focuses on the genre of contemporary ballet, combining a strong foundation in classical ballet with modern artistry and creativity to generate original works that reflect the present day. These performances present new work developed in residencies at Sky Hill Farm Studio in Cazenovia, New York, and at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts. According to Donna Salgado, Continuum founder, dancer and choreographer, artist residencies have provided the company a valuable opportunity to reconnect with dance-making and performance in a focused way while taking inspiration from nature, especially after the upheaval and displacement caused by the pandemic. Continuum’s new choreography honors and reflects what the company has lived through in the past pandemic year, and features a poetic sensibility that is gentle, sensitive, and detailed.

Continuum Contemporary Ballet has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, Newport Dance Festival, Island Moving Company’s Great Friends Dance Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, New York City Center Studios, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and more. Continuum dancers include Catherine Gurr, Haley Neisser, Donna Salgado, Vanessa Salgado, and Matthew Michael Uriniak.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at online at, at the Gloucester Stage Ticketing site, or by calling the GS box office at 978-281-4433. For information about Covid safety protocols, please visit

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Dancer Bios

Donna Salgado – (Founder) has performed professionally with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Sierra Nevada Ballet, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, David Fernandez’s Some Dance Company, Deborah Lohse’s ad Hoc Ballet, Marika Brussel Ballet, and collaborated closely with Juanjo Arques a resident choreographer with Dutch National Ballet, appearing in his ballet presented for NYU’s Center for the Ballet and Arts. Her choreography has been presented and/or commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow, Bryant Park, Newport Dance Festival, 92nd Street Y, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Maryland Council for Dance, Koresh Dance, Latin Choreographer's Festival, Brooklyn Ballet, DanceNOW and more. She holds a BFA in dance performance from Towson University and an MFA in dance from Purchase College.

Catherine Gurr— Catherine trained at the Barbara Sandonato School of Ballet and studied at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, where she danced in George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” with the company. Catherine graduated from Elmhurst Ballet School in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet in the UK. She has attended summer programs at Boston Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School, The Royal Danish Ballet and Carolina Ballet. She has performed professionally with Ballet West, Dances Patrelle, Neglia Ballet, and Lydia Johnson Dance.

Haley Neisser — Haley began her dance training at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy. She later graduated from the Virginia School of the Arts and spent two years as a trainee with The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Haley has danced in original works by Ma Cong, Ray Mercer, Carlos dos Santos, and Christopher Huggins. Haley spent four seasons with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and has also performed professionally with David Fernandez's Some Dance Company and Ballets with a Twist. 

Vanessa Salgado — is a graduate of the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA Program at Lincoln Center, and spent summers at American Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She has performed with Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Buggé Ballet, Deborah Lohse's ad Hoc Ballet, Nejla Yatkin's NY2Dance, Darion Smith's Janusphere Dance Company, and the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre. She has performed in industrials and on television and is represented by McDonald Selznick and Associates (MSA). She is creator of Crafterina® a series of dance education books for families.

Matthew Michael Uriniak — holds a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. He is a member of The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. His credits include Candide with NYC Opera directed by Hal Prince, Babes in Toyland at Lincoln Center, Reagle Music Theatre of Boston, and The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.

Windhover Performing Arts Center

For more than 50 years. Windhover has served the community as a place to learn, perform, and share the beauty of dance and the related arts in a natural setting.

In 1967, Herbert and Ina Hahn purchased the last farm in Pigeon Cove, a small village by the sea some two miles north of the town of Rockport, Massachusetts. The farm, on 5 acres of land, included a main house, cow barn, stables, slaughter house, various outbuildings and pasture land.

In less than a year Herb Hahn single-handedly converted the barn into a dance studio, the stable into a library, sheds and out-buildings into dormitories and he renovated the main house to function as a dining-kitchen complex. The performing arts camp for teenage girls opened in the summer of 1968 and during its seventeen years was filled to capacity with students from the USA, Canada and Mexico. During that period new buildings were added including a chapel/theater, a second dance studio, an outdoor stage for dance and theater performances, and a dining hall and kitchen in the main barn.

Windhover turned into a 501©3 non-profit organization in 1983 that offers dance classes, a teen dance intensive, residencies and performances in all of the performing arts to the Cape Ann Community and beyond. Lisa Hahn, daughter of the founders, is now the Executive Director.

Lisa Hahn, Executive Director

Windhover Performing Arts Center

P.O. Box 2249

(257 rear Granite Street)

Rockport, MA. 01966


Two dancers one male one female in Gloucester on a stage