He started with theater, Gallimaufry's first show was "42nd
Street," which debuted in July. He became one step closer to
completing his trifecta when Gallimaufry merged with another Laguna
group, the California Choreographers Dance Festival.
Their first post-merger event is set for Saturday when Dance Day,
the choreographer's semi-annual event, comes back to Laguna.
"We're sure we're going to have a dynamic marriage," said Stu
Byer, the dance festival's vice-president.
Josephson is still working on adding a musical division to
Gallimaufry, but had his eye on the dance festival when he started
"We kind of set up Gallimaufry knowing the dance festival was
going to be part of it," he said.
The merger was approved unanimously by the dance festival's board
in July, Byer said. Joining forces was perceived as a chance for the
dance festival to grow.
"We really wanted to do more than we're currently doing," Byer
Previously, the dance festival has held Dance Day events twice
each year, and always at Main Beach. Byer said he hopes more dance
events at a wider array of venues will be planned in the future.
A new artistic director, Jodie Gates, was chosen to oversee
Gallimaufry's new dance activities. Gates started her professional
career with the Joffrey Ballet when she was 16-years-old. She has
danced as a principal ballerina with the Pennsylvania and Frankfort
Gates is looking for a place to live in Laguna and is looking
forward to being a part of community dance events.
"I loved moving to music, and I still do," Gates said. "It makes
my heart sing, and if somehow I can share that passion with the rest
of the community I've done a good job."
As Josephson is planning to make his group larger, he is hoping to
launch bigger events. Next October, he wants to hold a two-week dance
festival in Laguna, and start his own theatrical festival at another
time of year.
Dance Day is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday with free
classes at Legion Hall, 348 Main Beach. The next event on the agenda
is a free 3:15 p.m. performance at Main Beach, which is set to
feature dance styles like tap, modern and Afro-Brazilian. The third
and final event of the day is scheduled to be a fundraiser for
Gallimaufry at Emerald Bay.