Teal Tides Celebrates Life Through Dance for Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

Local DC-based dance companies collaborate to present the dance performance fundraiser Teal Tides: With Dignity and Dance. This event, taking place on Saturday, June 29th at the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Lang Theater, will benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

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Dancer: Alissa Wilson, Photo Credit: Anna Mecagni (courtesy of Sarah Guy)

Featuring Taurus Broadhurst Dance, Hollow Dance Project, and LillyVonn Dance, the event will support the Alliance’s national level advocacy efforts to increase research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices and life-saving treatment protocols. In addition, it empowers survivors through innovative programming, such as Survivors Teaching Students®.

Teal Tides is led by a young woman who is an ovarian cancer patient. “When I was diagnosed at 30 years old with stage III ovarian cancer, neither myself, my family, nor those in my community knew very much about the disease or its symptoms. I want to make sure that no other woman ever experiences that situation. When you know the symptoms and the risk factors, you can advocate for your health,” stated organizer Sarah Guy. Guy credits the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, the DC dance community, family, and friends for helping her cope with the diagnosis.

“Cancer can make you feel very isolated and alone, so it is really important to build a community around this cause. Community has enabled me to remain myself through this diagnosis and to keep a great quality of life. I want to honor, grow, and strengthen those communities through this event,” she said.

For Guy, who has taken dance classes at Joy of Motion Dance Center since 2007, dance classes have been a means of physical and emotional recovery for her. “With this disease, you feel like you are living in opposition; you are going against something. With dance, when you are connected and moving to the rhythm, you are going with the flow of life. I have found so much comfort in that process.”

The above information is adapted from a press release received Tuesday, June 11th.

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Events: Dance DC Festival 2012

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is hosting its Ninth Annual Dance DC Festival, August 2012. This festival highlights rich traditions from cultures across the globe! The Dance DC Festival 2012 will present an array of folk and traditional music and dance performance groups from Washington, D.C.!

Schedule of events:

Friday, August 24, 2012
6:00 p.m. – The Drum
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

This performance salutes the staple that connects every culture around the world; The Drum. Enjoy an evening of rhythmic percussive foot performances from countries across the globe! Also featuring a multicultural marketplace. Featured performers include Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, Grufolpawa, Fiddle Puppet Dancers, Flamenco Aparicio, Lesole’s Dance Project, Just Tap, and Nana Malaya.

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Let’s Get Physical! A series of interactive workshops.
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
1:00 p.m. – Bharatanatyam, Dr. Janaki Rangarajan
2:00 p.m. – Pontitango, Argentine Tango
3:00 p.m. – International Capoeira, Angola Foundation Capoeira

6:00 p.m. – Dance Asia 2012: Asia in Maskquerade
John F. Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566

Revel in the mystery and enchantment of Asian Maskquerade. The jovial, the forbidden, the divine, the sanguine, mask are significant elements in many folk and traditional ceremonies, rituals & traditions and are often of an ancient origin. Witness the vivacity of movement and partake in the dance.

7:00 p.m. – Move N’ Groove: An all out Hand Dance Party!
Twelve Lounge, 1123 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Join us as we close out the festival with DC’s own native dance, led by The National Hand Dance Association.

For more information contact Ebony C. Blanks, Program Coordinator ebony.blanks@dc.gov or (202) 724-5613.

The above information is from an e-mail received Wednesday, July 18th.

Performances: Just Tap Presents SOLE Defined

INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival starts February 23rd at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in NE DC. The festival includes 12 days of dance, music, theater and spoken word performances at reasonable prices. Some of this year’s performances featured in the dance genre include alight dance theater, DancEthos and Glade Dance Collective’s Trio of Perspectives, DCypher Dance’s Access Granted, Furia Flamenca’s Los Caminos del Flamenco and Just Taps’ SOLE Defined. I met up with Quynn Johnson, Director of Just Tap, to find out what they have in store for their show.


What can audience members expect from SOLE Defined? Any significance in the title of the show?

The audience can expect a fun, exciting, crazy rhythmic performance. Really outside of the box for a tap show. As a tap dancer I’m always asked, “Where does tap come from?” or “Are you a rhythm tap dancer or Broadway tap dancer?” It’s like people want to define it so they know what box to put the dance in. With this show, I’m saying that there is no one thing that defines the sole of a tap dancer. The influences come from so many different places and styles of music. It’s the way that we express ourselves.

What aspect of the show are you most excited about?

There are so many things about the show I’m excited about. I can’t name just one. We’ve created a sand dance that will be accompanied by an awesome Grammy nominated performing artist Christylez Bacon. We have a special guest, Ryan Johnson, from the Off-Broadway show STOMP, presenting tap fused with body percussion. We’re intersecting the roots of tap with West African dance to be performed with special guest Lesina Martin, and we have an amazing singer and live band, The Akua Allrich Quartet, to bring some hot jazz and funk to the show.

Why did you want to get involved with the INTERSECTIONS festival?

I think the INTERSECTIONS Festival is an awesome way for emerging and established artists to present their stories to a larger audience, many of whom may not have seen a tap show before. INTERSECTIONS also gives the artist an opportunity to push the boundaries of their creativity and that’s definitely what we’re doing. With the INTERSECTIONS festival, Just Tap will be bringing the dance to you in a way that makes it accessible for anyone. Young or old, you’re gonna walk away loving what you saw.

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DCypher Dance in Ascension: Phase 5

Looking for a fun way to spend your Saturday night? Join Joy of Motion Dance Center’s resident adult hip hop company DCypher Dance as they celebrate their five year anniversary at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 8:00 PM. The hip hop concert titled Ascension: Phase 5 features choreography from DCypher Dance member Nikki Gambhir, as well as a host of talented artists including Porche Anthony of Beat Ya Feet Kings – a Washington based hip hop dance crew who competed on Season 4 of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Other guest choreographers include Chelsea Cooper, Jared Jenkins, Chris Law, Christina Nontanovan, Neil Schwartz and Kevin Simon. The show will also feature special guest performances from local talent.

Artistic Director Natasha Hawkins has been with DCypher Dance since the beginning and has seen it grow in a positive direction. She decided to name the show Ascension: Phase 5 not only to represent the five year anniversary, but also to speak to the rise of the company. “Words can’t express how far this company has grown in five years,” she said. “Phase 5 is meant to say that the company will continue to grow beyond these five years. Just one phase of many years to come.”

DCypher Dance’s performance of Ascension: Phase 5 will take place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Adult tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets for children, students and seniors are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.atlasarts.org or call the Atlas Performing Arts Center box office at 202.399.7993. DCypher Dance is Joy of Motion Dance Center’s resident adult hip hop company.

Get ready for an evening of hip hop, full of powerful energy and excitement!

What:Joy of Motion Dance Center presents DCypher Dance Ascension: Phase 5
When: Saturday, July 9, 2011 8:00 PM
Where:Atlas Performing Arts Center; 1333 H Street NE; Washington, DC 20002
Who: fans of America’s Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance?
What’s Next? Want to get down with DCypher Dance? Audition for Joy of Motion Dance Center’s resident adult hip hop company Thursday, August 18 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. at JOMDC Friendship Heights (5207 Wisconsin Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20015).

This post was created for DCeventjunkie. It was posted on the site on June 20th, 2011.

danceDC Weekend Event Guide 3/12-3/13

Clarice Smith Performing Arts CenterGreat Culture Shock DC class with Esperonto Bean last night at DC Dance Collective. Looking forward to checking out his other classes at BTI Dance soon. Tonight I’m headed to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park to check out the Shared Graduate Dance Concert with Angella Foster of alight dance theater. Pretty sure Angella is excited too. UMD is her old stomping grounds. Maximum India is going on at The Kennedy Center and lots of dance performances for the final weekend of INTERSECTIONS at the Atlas. Keep dancing!

Saturday, March 12th

  • 1pm-4pm: Sessions Volume 1: Eric 3D Cruz Popping Workshop at Jamz Dance Center (Pasadena)
  • 2pm: The In Series and The Washington Ballet present WAM 2! at INTERSECTIONS/Atlas Performing Arts Center
  • 2:30pm: Step Afrika! presents Step to the Beat at INTERSECTIONS/Atlas Performing Arts Center
  • 4pm: Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble presents Something to Dance About at INTERSECTIONS/Atlas Performing Arts Center
  • 7pm: Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents On the Move at Baltimore Museum of Art
  • 7:30pm: Shantala Sivalingappa presents Swayambhu at The Kennedy Center
  • 8pm: Coyaba Dance Theater at Dance Place
  • 8pm: Dance Box Theater presents Affectations at Joe’s Movement Emporium (Mt. Rainier)
  • 8pm: Dance Performance Group presents SENSation at Flashpoint
  • 8pm: House Dance: A Tribal Legacy featuring Urban Artistry, Coyaba Dance Theater and Good Foot Dance Company at INTERSECTIONS/Atlas Performing Arts Center

Sunday, March 13th

  • 12pm-6:30pm: Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Summer Intensive & Company Auditions at the Conte/Lubrano Building (Annapolis)
  • 2pm: House Dance: A Tribal Legacy featuring Urban Artistry, Coyaba Dance Theater and Good Foot Dance Company at INTERSECTIONS/Atlas Performing Arts Center
  • 3:30pm-6:30pm: Dissonance Dance Theatre 2011-2012 Company and Apprentice Auditions at Flashpoint
  • 5pm: Joy of Motion Dance Center presents Common Ground at INTERSECTIONS/Atlas Performing Arts Center
  • 7pm: Coyaba Dance Theater at Dance Place
  • 7pm: Dance Box Theater presents Affectations at Joe’s Movement Emporium (Mt. Rainier)
  • 7pm: Paco Pena presents Flamenco Vivo at GWU Lisner Auditorium

danceDC Weekend Event Guide 3/5-3/6

Washington BalletTonight I’m heading to Joy of Motion Dance Center for Street Jazz with Maurice Johnson then chilling with my girl Liz. Saturday, I’m excited to see The Washington Ballet perform WAM 2! as part of INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. As always, a shout out to Baltimore Dance Crews Project. Their monthly community workshop Dance 4 B’More takes place tomorrow. Have a good weekend!

Saturday, March 5th

Sunday, March 6th

8th Way to Redefine Yourself: Contemporary Jazz with Ashley at Joy of Motion/Atlas

Contemporary JazzFor day eight of my 10 day dance challenge, I was at Joy of Motion/Atlas for Contemporary Jazz with Ashley White. This low intermediate level class is described as teaching solid jazz technique while exploring choreography influenced by the music of today. Ashley started class with a center warm up that included ponches en releve and also splits on the floor. I was probably one of the only girls in the class who couldn’t do them. Definitely need to work on my flexibility. Any exercises you can recommend to help with that?

After warm up,  we did a few across the floor exercises. First up was a jazz walk, chenee and pique turn combo. Next was a petite allegro combination. Finally, we did one that started with battements, was followed by a piroutte and ended with a final jump. After each exercise, Ashley was good about giving some general feedback to help us improve the combination on the other side. The choreography she taught for the rest of class was to One Republic’s Secrets. I was familiar with the song, but still had some trouble getting the timing. When we broke up into two groups to give us a bit more room, I was really feeling the choreography. I was also excited to do the combination one last time with a select group of dancers. I’ll hopefully be able to share the video with you once it’s up on Ashley’s YouTube page. If you’re looking for a challenging jazz class with great choreography, check out Contemporary Jazz with Ashley.

6th Way to Redefine Yourself: Kukuwa Dance Workout with Fatima at Joy of Motion/Atlas

Kukuwa Dance WorkoutFor day six of my 10 day dance challenge, I was back at Joy of Motion/Atlas for Kukuwa Dance Workout with Fatima Senghore. I didn’t realize until I sat down to write this post that Kukuwa is named after African dance performer and choreographer Kukuwa Nuamah. Kukuwa Dance Workout combines African and Caribbean dance moves into a low impact, high energy class. As Fatima noted at the beginning of class, it is an aerobics class so the focus is on getting your heart rate up and building your stamina – not learning choreography.

From start to finish, Kukuwa Dance Workout is exactly what it promises to be – a workout. Some of the moves that have me in pain today include getting low while shaking your hips and circling your fully extended arms while moving forward then pushing them back while stepping back. I found myself taking frequent water breaks during the class, but Fatima was going strong the entire time. I loved the energy she brought to the class. It was really motivating and makes me want to work out a lot so I can have the stamina (and toned arms) that she does. If taking this class on a regular basis doesn’t help me shed some pounds, I don’t know what will. If you’re looking for an incredible workout, definitely check out Kukuwa.

1st Way to Redefine Yourself: Zumba with Chris at Joy of Motion/Atlas

Chris MauldenToday was the first day of my 10 day challenge inspired by a recent Joy of Motion Dance Center Twitter promotion. The first free class they gave away back in December was Zumba with Chris Maulden at their Atlas studio. For those of you not familiar with Zumba, it is a Latin-inspired fitness program that combines international music and dance steps to create a fun fitness party.

According to Chris, there are only three rules in his class: Have fun, have fun and have fun. Maintaining a high level of energy during the hour long class and singing to the music, he definitely succeeded in keeping a smile on my face. Zumba made me sweat like crazy as well. You’re basically jumping, moving and dancing the entire time. One part of the class that stood out in my mind was a combination that you do en releve (on the balls of your feet). Had to do some major calf stretching after that. If you’re looking for a good workout, Zumba is the class for you.

10 Ways to Redefine Yourself in the New Year at Joy of Motion

Joy of Motion Dance Center recently did a Twitter promotion – 10 Ways to Redefine Yourself in the New Year. The idea behind the promotion which offered 10 free classes was that you can be any type of dancer you want to be. The free classes gave dancers an opportunity to try different styles in order to help them redefine their dance identity.


Check out those moves!

Inspired by the message of redefining yourself in the New Year and taking advantage of the benefits of being a work study, I decided to create a project for myself. Starting Monday, January 3rd I’ll be taking 10 different classes in 10 days at Joy of Motion Dance Center. The schedule will be similar to the 10 free classes from the Twitter promotion with a few differences due to scheduling. The 10 days of classes will culminate on my birthday, Wednesday, January 12th.

After each class, I plan on taking a picture with the teacher (if they’re cool with that) and anyone else who wants to be featured on my blog. I hope this project will motivate you to take class and to redefine yourself as a dancer in 2011. Below is the schedule of classes I plan on taking. See you on the dance floor!

Date Time Class Teacher Location Level
Mon, 1/3 6:30pm-7:30pm Zumba Chris Atlas All levels
Tues, 1/4 7pm-8:30pm Afro-Jazz Tyrone Bethesda Advanced beginner
Wed, 1/5 6:30pm-7:30pm Revolution Heidi Friendship Heights All levels
Thur, 1/6 7:30pm-8:30pm Hip Hop Jenny Atlas Beginner
Fri, 1/7 7:30pm-9pm Street Jazz Maurice Bethesda Advanced beginner
Sat, 1/8 12pm-1pm Kukuwa Dance Workout Fatima Atlas All levels
Sun, 1/9 11am-12pm HIP Miasia Bethesda All levels
Mon, 1/10 8pm-9:30pm Contemporary Jazz Ashley Atlas Low intermediate
Tues, 1/11 7:30pm-9pm Modern Helanius Friendship Heights Low intermediate
Wed, 1/12 8pm-9:15pm Hip Hop Gary Friendship Heights Low intermediate
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