danceDC Weekend Event Guide 2/5-2/6

If you’re in Baltimore this weekend, support Baltimore Dance Crews Project by attending their February Community Dance Workshop. Also show your love for Culture Shock DC at their Speed Dating Fundraiser tomorrow at Ulah Bistro on U Street. I’ll be at dance class Saturday then watching No Strings Attached. Judge all you want, but you know you want to see it! And now I leave you with some dance news you can use:


Unevenlane performs at Dance Place this weekend

Fresh Produce Festival of Live Art kicks off tonight 8pm at the fridge. Contradiction Dance will be performing.

Dhoonya Dance auditions that were scheduled for Tuesday, February 1st were canceled due to the weather. They have been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 8th. E-mail for details.

Tickets are now on sale for INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival. Dance performers include Coyaba Dance Theater, Urban Artistry, DCypher, Furia Flamenca, Jane Franklin Dance, Step Afrika! and more.

Saturday, February 5th

Sunday, February 6th


BDCP’s December 2010 Community Dance Workshop

Baltimore Dance Crews Project (BDCP) is a non-profit dedicated to providing after school hip hop dance programming for Baltimore area youth that supports student achievement, builds community, encourages creativity and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Founded by Brian Gerardo and Cynthia Chavez in 2008, BDCP hosts a number of events throughout the year including a monthly community dance workshop that is open to the public. This month, the workshop included classes from Andrew Ton (DOP and BDCP), Chris Munar (Ajnin Precizion, Tito Boy Scouts, Major Def, BDCP) and Anna Jung (Culture Shock DC, GnC Crew, BDCP). The class was held at Baltimore Freedom Academy on Saturday, December 11th.

After paying only $3 for the workshop, Cynthia Chavez introduced herself and welcomed everyone to the BDCP family. We gathered around in a circle and everyone introduced themselves by saying their name, age and what school they attend (or in my case attended). There were dancers of all ages ranging from early teens to late twenties and also dancers of all levels from beginner to advanced.

Cynthia started the workshop off with a fun warm up that included some Zumba moves, then Chris Munar was up next to teach the first class. His combination was to Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body.” Anna Jung taught choreography to Rihanna’s “What’s My Name” for the second class and Andrew Ton finished up with Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.” After learning each combination, we performed the choreo in two groups – kids and adults. They also had a couple cyphers where everyone could freestyle. It was inspiring to watch the kids dance and I’m sure inspiring for them as well to dance with us.

The video above is from the October 2010 workshop. I’ll update the video once they upload the footage from Saturday’s workshop on their YouTube page. If you want to learn more about Baltimore Dance Crews Project and find out how you can get involved, please visit their website and join their Facebook group.

danceDC Weekend Event Guide 12/11-12/12

Culture ShockI’m finally back in DC after a couple weeks of traveling and ready to start dancing again. Tomorrow, I’m hopefully catching a ride to Baltimore for Baltimore Dance Crews Project Community Workshop Dance 4 B’more. Anna Jung of GnC Crew, Andrew Ton and Chris Munar will be teaching class. Only $3 for the day! Sunday, I’ll be checking out the scene at the Culture Shock DC Season 9 Auditions at the CityDance Center in Strathmore. I’m excited to see what the process is like, but bummed that it’s all day so can’t make it to any of Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company’s performances at the Corcoran. If you’re able to go, let me know how amazing it was. Apparently Paul McCartney was there last week to see them. Also I’ll be posting a note about where you can see The Nutcracker in the DMV so look out for that soon. Keep dancing!

Saturday, December 11th

Sunday, December 12th

danceDC Weekend Event Guide 11/19-11/21

Living, Breathing, Human OrganismLots of events going on this weekend – workshops, performances and auditions. Tonight, make your way to College Park to see Faces of 7 Deadly Sins featuring guest performances from Big League Crew, GnC and Tito BoyScouts. Also support Baltimore Dance Crews Project at the SLAM 3rd Annual Hip Hop Show in Baltimore.

Saturday, three dance companies – DancEthos, Bettmann Dances and Choreographers Collaboration Project – come together to present a full night of dance at Joe’s Movement Emporium and Contradiction Dance (picture on left) has their final performance of Living, Breathing, Human Organism at The Round House Theatre.



Friday, November 19th

  • 7pm: FCA, KSA, CSA presents Faces of 7 Deadly Sins with guest performances by Big League Crew, GnC and Tito BoyScouts at UMD College Park STAMP Grand Ballroom
  • 7:30pm: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The Kennedy Center
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm: The Washington Ballet and Urban Artistry Hip Hop Jam at The ARC
  • 8pm: Contradiction Dance Presents Living, Breathing, Human Organism at Round House Theatre (Silver Spring)
  • 8pm: SLAM 3rd Annual Hip Hop Show BDCP Benefit Dance Show at Johns Hopkins University Shriver Hall (Baltimore)

Saturday, November 20th

  • 11am-3pm: Baltimore Dance Crews Project presents Dance 4 B’more at Patterson Park Public Charter School (Baltimore)
  • 1:30pm: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The Kennedy Center
  • 4pm-10pm: Top Notch 2 Two vs Two B-Boy/B-Girl Battle at U Street Music Hall
  • 7pm: Dhol Baje Folk Dances of India at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre One (Arlington)
  • 7:30pm: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The Kennedy Center
  • 8pm: Contradiction Dance Presents Living, Breathing, Human Organism at Round House Theatre (Silver Spring)
  • 8pm: DancEthos, Bettmann Dances & Choreographers Collaboration Project at Joe’s Movement Emporium (Mount Rainier)
  • 8pm: Jane Franklin Dance presents Pete and Repeat: Done Before Dances at Wooly Mammoth Theatre
  • 8pm: Lesole’s Dance Project at Dance Place

Sunday, November 21st

  • 1:30pm: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The Kennedy Center
  • 2pm: Jane Franklin Dance presents Pete and Repeat: Done Before Dances at Wooly Mammoth Theatre
  • 4pm: Lesole’s Dance Project at Dance Place
  • 4pm: Silk Road Dance Company Auditions at Joy of Motion/Bethesda
  • 7:30pm: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The Kennedy Center

danceDC Weekend Event Guide 10/22-10/24

Tomorrow is the opening night of Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company’s Charlie Chan and the Mystery of Love at Dance Place. I’ve only seen the company once before at VelocityDC so am looking forward to seeing them again in their full length production. It will also be the first time I’ve been to Dance Place. Saturday is another day of firsts. I’ll be attending KODACHROME’s dance workshop at Heartbeats Studio in Springfield, Va. This event is four hours of classes for only $5. Teachers include Lauren De Vera of GnC Crew and Andrew Ton of the Baltimore Dance Crews Project. Ailey II will also be performing a few times this weekend – Saturday at BlackRock Center for the Arts and Sunday at Prince George’s Publick Playhouse. Check out the events below and support the local dance community!

Friday, October 22nd

Saturday, October 23rd

Sunday, October 24th

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