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Why I'm Excited for JOMDC's Dance Project!

Cecile OresteBy Cecile Oreste on Nov 28, 2012 | Add a Comment Add a Comment (1)

Why I'm Excited for JOMDC's Dance Project!

Photo Credit: Matthew Wright (courtesy of darlingdance company)

I have been a terrible blogger for Pink Line and also for my own blog danceDC. My job at Joy of Motion Dance Center is partly to blame, but with good reason! We have so much that goes on at our organization - adult and youth classes, performances, workshops and master classes, community outreach events, etc. There really is something always going on.

One of my favorite events, which is coming up this Saturday, December 1st, is Dance Project. It's our annual choreography showcase that engages local artists and gives them an opportunity to present their work. This year, we're featuring eight choreographers as well as special performances from our resident adult companies DCypher Dance and The Classical Repertory Dance Theatre. At the end of the show, audience members will get to vote for their favorite performance and the winner will receive free rehearsal space at JOMDC.

I've already seen one of the pieces, American University Dance Company's "Shielded From Sight," at the RAMP! Series during this year's VelocityDC Festival at Sidney Harman Hall. It's a stunning modern piece performed by two AU students, and choreographed by AU alum Rachel Hoopes. Not sure if they'll have the same performers, but if so, the audience is in for a treat.

I'm excited to see darlingdance company. Founded by Hayley Cutler, darlingdance seeks to explore the relationship between abstract movement and emotion, removing the element of dramatic storytelling to unveil the innumerable ways in which our bodies speak for themselves. Cutler choreographed the postmodern piece "And Every Year Is Zero," in which a couple tries to remember their relationship as it truly was.

Also in store are performances from Lauren Carnesi & Dancers, Beth Elliott Dance Group, Aras Dance, LoBrace DanceWorks, Fierce Collabo and Katie Vaught and cohorts. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Concerts/Events page of joyofmotion.org. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the performance starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $12 so they're extremely affordable. It's one night only, so act fast! Hope to see you there.

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