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!

Dogwood Dance Project, Company Dancer Ashley Kisamore

Katie Wilson Photography

The show features the Professional Company, Dogwood Dance Project, made up of 4 JMU alum and 1 LSU alum, along with the Dogwood Dance Youth Ensemble and the latest addition, the Dogwood Apprentices. An ensemble of James Madison faculty and alumni will appear in the concert, as well. Check out the following highlights of the show from the press release of the performance:

Company member Jason Sandahl will present his piece Not Ready, an emotional duet shown in various work-in-progress stages at Dogwood’s First Friday’s performances. In addition, the seven student dancers in Dogwood’s Youth Ensemble–a company formed last season in an effort to create pre-professional, resume building performance opportunities for college-bound dancers–will premiere holding by company member Ilana Burger. The Youth Ensemble will also dance alongside Dogwood Professional Company members and the Dogwood Apprentices in company members Nicole Marie Fiorella and Sarah Lokitis’ White Collar. The Professional Company and Apprentices will also premiere a new section of the Virginia Topography Suite, a set of dance works intended for residencies in coordination with the fourth-grade Virginia Studies curriculum.

Dogwood is also excited to present the work of three guest choreographers from across the state in an effort to support the company’s mission of bringing unique, varied and accessible dance repertoire to a wide range of audiences across the Commonwealth and beyond. The Dogwood Professional Company will premiere Danah Bella’s (Associate Professor of Dance, Radford University) Rosas Danst Rosas, the Youth Ensemble will perform Rebecca Ferrell’s (noted Richmond performer, choreographer, educator) Crown Down and the Apprentices will premiere Catherine Faszewski’s (VCU Dance and Choreography Senior, Chesterfield Dance Center Faculty) Silence.

Dogwood will be joined by a special ensemble made up of alumni and faculty from James Madison University’s dance program performing On the Verge by Associate Professor of Dance, Suzanne Miller-Corso. Dogwood is thrilled to present the work as Ms. Miller-Corso taught many of the professional company members when they were students in JMU’s program.

Tickets for both shows on January 11th can be reserved on the Dogwood Dance Project website ( or purchased the day of the performance at the door. The Dogwood Box Office will open at Dogtown Dance Theatre one hour prior to each show time. Tickets are $12 general admission, $5 for children 10 and under. Cash or check only!

I’ll see you there!!