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
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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

danceDC Weekend Event Guide 2/26-2/27

CityDance

CityDance Ensemble performs 'Hold Your Breath Until The End' this weekend.

INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival starts tonight at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Lots of great visual and performing arts to take in. I’m checking out the festival next week since I’m booked this weekend. Tonight, I’m heading to the Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College in Silver Spring for CityDance Ensemble’s ‘Hold Your Breath Until The End.’ They also perform Saturday and Sunday if you can’t make it tonight. Thanks to Marketing Manager and all around cool girl Anna Sebourn for the ticket! Saturday, I’ll be dancing in my seats while I root for the Syracuse Orange as they play the Georgetown Hoyas at the Verizon Center. And hopefully Sunday, I’ll be joining tons of fun peeps at James Madison University for KODACHROME (sometimes I wish I had a car!). Enjoy your weekend and keep dancing!

Saturday, February 26th

Sunday, February 27th

Dancer Profile: Brooke Miller of darlingdance company

Brooke Miller is a dancer and founding member of darlingdance company. She currently lives in Washington, DC and was recently hired by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company as the organization’s Press & Digital Content Manager. In addition to ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern, Brooke also has experience with tap and hip hop. Follow her on Twitter @BrookeM1109.

Brooke MillerWhere do you usually take class? Who is your favorite teacher in the DC area?

Joy of Motion & BTI Dance. I loved a modern dance class that I took with Helen Hayes at Joy of Motion/Friendship Heights. I also had amazing dance teachers at George Washington University (GWU), where I completed a dance minor: Tiffany Haughn, Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Maida Withers.

How has dance changed your life? How do you feel when you’re dancing?

Dance has given me a sense of community and friendships that have lasted for 18+ years. It gave me a sense of discipline at a young age and a creative outlet to express myself. My love of dance has translated into a love and passion for all the performing arts, which is why I chose a career path in the arts, and I hope to keep the arts in my life in the future.

Any advice for people who are interested in dance, but have never danced before?

It takes time for your body and mind to get used to a new teacher or dance style, but don’t give up right away! And more important than getting the steps right is that you’re having fun!

Anything you want to promote? Anyone you want to give a shout out to?

The GWU dance department for continuing my dance education and instilling in me the importance of the arts. Also to darlingdance company- we’re a brand new modern/postmodern dance company based in DC, and we’re performing at INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival on Saturday, February 26th. Come check us out!

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