Wellsville Choreographer nominated for dance film at Niagara Falls film festival


Kate Martelle puts Wellsville NY on the map!

From Andrew Harris, 11/7/21

Last week a well-known Wellsville artist took her talents as a choreographer to a new level. Kate Martelle, owner of the Martelle Dance Academy in Wellsville, was nominated for “Best Micro Short,” at a prestigious Buffalo/Niagara area film festival. Kate explains talks about the honor:

” I submitted my film to the Niagara Falls International Short Film Festival back in September. This festival is open to film makers from around the world and is open to all genres, not just dance. I was alerted via email yesterday morning that my film has been chosen as a finalist in my category. So we are nominated for Best Micro Short. Winners will be announced later this month. If we are chosen as a winner we move to the next level for consideration in a larger film festival.”

Kate Martelle
Kate and Charlie

Earlier this year, Martelle produced several live performances, and hours of rehearsals, at the Fassett Greenspace in downtown Wellsville. You can read some previous reporting and watch that film below. Martelle points out that the video of the performances this summer are not the same as the film she was nominated for:

The in person performance is slightly different than the film. I choreographed them slightly different. The film hasn’t been released yet because film festivals sometimes require them to have not been shown publicly before the festival.”

Kate also extends her gratitude to fellow Wellsville business owner, Nick Davis from Genesee Valley Media. Clearly his skills with the camera have complimented Martelle’s choreography to earn this nomination.

The Martelle Dance Academy on Main Street in Wellsville(near the Beef Haus) is a separate project for Martelle. This nomination is a personal accomplishment and likely not the last as a choreographer.

Great news for Wellsville and if you see Kate around town tell her congrats and thanks for keeping Wellsville on the map!

Here is the live version of Martelle’s film…..

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