You do you, boo: in Asheville

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Since moving to Asheville, I haven’t seen a lot of dance (or danced a lot for that matter), so I was stoked when I found out was heading this way for the spring season at Diana Wortham Theatre (DWT)., based in New York City, is directed and choreographed by Kyle Abraham, 2013 MacArthur Fellow (aka the “Genius Award”). The mission of his company “is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work” []. He wants his work to be something more than just movement and become an investigation into specific concepts and influences. On the day before the show, … Read More

What I’m Looking Forward To: March

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I can’t believe March has arrived. Raise your hand if you are overwhelmed we are already 2 months into 2015?! I sure am! Although the winter can be beautiful, I’m thrilled we are moving toward… SPRING Twenty more days until Spring begins. Winter is my least favorite season… I don’t mind the snow, but having to bundle up all the time and have the wind burn my skin is not how I like to live. The sunshine makes me fall in love with Asheville again – there’s so much to do when you can walk around outside!!   BACHELORETTE IN BALTIMORE I am so … Read More

Preview: Dogwood Dance Project in Concert


Dogwood Dance Project

It’s been a while since I’ve written about dance on this blog – mostly, because it’s been a while since I’ve seen dance! This weekend, Brent and I are venturing out of North Carolina to Virginia to see Dogwood Dance Project in Concert – the culmination of the summer and winter rehearsal season of one of my favorite dance companies. This is a bittersweet show for me as I used to dance with these wonderful performers before I moved to Asheville. Fortunately, I was able to co-choreograph a piece before I moved! The show features the Professional Company, Dogwood Dance … Read More

Breaking Glass – Promoting Women in Dance


Earlier this month, I had the pleasure to travel to New York City with my parents to see my sister perform with her dance company DEVIATED THEATRE as part of the Breaking Glass Project. I didn’t know much about the performance as we were driving up – only that Dana’s choreographer, Kimmie Dobbs Chan, was selected as a female choreographer to present her work and Dana was super excited for this performance. We met with Dana’s fiancé’s parents for dinner before the show and then headed to the performance venue, Symphony Space.   The Breaking Glass project was developed by ELSCO Dance, directed by Ellenore Scott(she … Read More

Insights from Choreographer Robert J. Priore


Robert Priore, Dancer and Choreographer

I first saw Robert Priore dance with CityDance in February of 2011. He is a phenomenal dancer, now dancing with Company E and working as CityDance Conservatory’s Choreographer-in-Residence.   Robert began choreographing at Point Park University, where he received a BFA in Jazz Dance. He joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2 after college under the direction of Shonna Hickman-Matlock. He was commissioned to set two full-length original works for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 2010-2011 season. Robert continues to explore his talent for choreography as part of CityDance’s faculty by creating colorful, eclectic works like “Carnaval” and “Trees”. Rob’s work will appear … Read More

CityDance presents Hubbard Street 2 + CityDance Conservatory


As part of the second installment of CityDance’s 2012/13 Professional Artist Series, CityDance presents Hubbard Street 2 and the CityDance Conservatory. Under the direction of CityDance Artistic Director Lorraine Spiegler, CityDance Conservatory provides high quality year-­round dance education to over 100 young dancers ages 12-19. Throughout the weekend, CityDance Conservatory dancers will join Hubbard Street 2 (HS2) in technique and repertory classes. What a fantastic experience for the CityDance Conservatory dancers to dance with some of Chicago’s finest dancers – I’m quite jealous! I first heard of HS2, the apprentice company of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, in 2010, when they premiered “Harold and … Read More

JMU Alumni Dance Concert


The dance program at James Madison University is no longer in asbestos-filled Godwin Hall, but rather in the swanky and contemporary Forbes Performing Arts Center across from the quad. This past weekend, my dance company, Dogwood Dance Project, along with other JMU dance alum performed at Forbes and shared insights into what they have done post graduation. I was able to hear about the dance companies and opportunities the JMU dance majors have landed or created for themselves in a panel and am proud of the achievements of these 355 ladies. UpRooted Dance directed by Keira Hart-Mendoza UpRooted Dance began with the idea of … Read More

First Fridays: Thompson and Trammell Dance Company


A Charlottesville dance icon, Miki Liszt, with her company presents the First Fridays dance series to showcase small contemporary dance companies and individual choreographers. After the performance, the dancers or choreographers invite the audience to participate in a discussion about the performance. In my experience, this is one of the best parts of the evening, as the crowd is very open to modern dance and willing to share how the work(s) made them feel. First Fridays in October was particularly wonderful as the performance featured two professors from James Madison University.  Cynthia Thompson and Kate Trammell of thompson and trammell presented two solo works with very … Read More

Dancer Spotlight: Kate Folsom


I danced with Kate in college at James Madison University and we performed together in the Virginia Repertory Dance Company. She graduated in 2011 and has already immersed herself within the D.C. dance community. Over the summer, Kate was temporarily serving as the Interim Executive Administrator and this month is starting as Programs Associate at Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. With Dance/USA you helped plan the 2012 Annual Conference in San Francisco. What were the top lessons you learned in planning an arts conference?  April Gruber, Director of Programs, and myself inherited a lot of work initiated by other people. … Read More

Insights from Choreographer Christopher K. Morgan


Typically when we go to dance shows, we watch the dances and make up our own ideas about the work to figure out what it means to us. There isn’t a whole lot of understanding about how the piece came to be or what it was inspired by as we sit in the theater. In my experience, having the opportunity to talk to the choreographer or dancers can be eye opening, as you may not have looked at the work from their perspective. While beneficial, it’s not often that you have the chance to hear the choreographers’ perspective about what … Read More