CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE

Providing a platform to show their work, DDCF’s choreographers showcase is an opportunity to bring together choreographers and dancers from across the globe to exchange ideas and show what they have been working on. 22 pieces have been selected to perform at this years showcase and they are a wonderful representation of both regional, national, and international work.

 

 

DDCF CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE 2017


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2017 CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE ARTISTS

Jessica Kondrath Formed in 2005 in New York City and currently located in Los Angeles, CA, JESSICA KONDRATH | THE MOVEMENT has shown work throughout NYC, Chicago, and along the California coast at venues such as Triskelion Arts, The Merce Cunningham Studios, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival, Dance Mission Theater (San Francisco), Center Stage Theater (Santa Barbara), ARC Pasadena, and Dance Chicago, among others. As both artistic director of JKTM and faculty of El Camino College, Jessica has had works commissioned by CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, Moorpark College, El Camino College, Santa Monica College, and Momenta Performing Arts Company (Oak Park, IL). The mission of JKTM is to explore the intimate connection between movement and the musical score by creating movement that is both beautiful and peculiar at once, while continuously seeking out how the choreography connects to and interacts with the environments created uniquely for each piece. JKTM also seeks to illuminate the relationship between the audience and the performer through bringing the viewers' awareness to their participation in the dance by being present in the space created. You can find the company at jessicakondrathtm.com--  

Jessica Kondrath Formed in 2005 in New York City and currently located in Los Angeles, CA, JESSICA KONDRATH | THE MOVEMENT has shown work throughout NYC, Chicago, and along the California coast at venues such as Triskelion Arts, The Merce Cunningham Studios, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival, Dance Mission Theater (San Francisco), Center Stage Theater (Santa Barbara), ARC Pasadena, and Dance Chicago, among others. As both artistic director of JKTM and faculty of El Camino College, Jessica has had works commissioned by CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, Moorpark College, El Camino College, Santa Monica College, and Momenta Performing Arts Company (Oak Park, IL). The mission of JKTM is to explore the intimate connection between movement and the musical score by creating movement that is both beautiful and peculiar at once, while continuously seeking out how the choreography connects to and interacts with the environments created uniquely for each piece. JKTM also seeks to illuminate the relationship between the audience and the performer through bringing the viewers' awareness to their participation in the dance by being present in the space created. You can find the company at jessicakondrathtm.com--
 

sk|dancers - Susan Koper describes herself as an artist, choreographer, performer, and educator. Originally from New Jersey and currently living in Indiana, Susan continues to cultivate her craft and artistry through her work in these many different areas of dance. As a choreographer, she is captivated with the process of choreography and is interested in making work that moves and informs those who experience it. Therefore, in an effort to bring her own unique, personal and thoughtful artistic voice to a wider audience, Susan formed the dance ensemble sk|dancers as a means to show work in other areas of the country. The company has previously performed at the DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival in Chicago, the Oakland Dance Festival in Michigan, and at the Diversity Symposium and Benjamin Cohen Peace Conference in Indiana. Since 2010, she has also been involved with the dance theatre collaborative z3movement project, performing herself in festivals throughout the country. Susan received her BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Susan is a featured graduate of the HU/ADF program. Ms. Koper currently lives in Muncie, Indiana where she is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ball State University.  

sk|dancers - Susan Koper describes herself as an artist, choreographer, performer, and educator. Originally from New Jersey and currently living in Indiana, Susan continues to cultivate her craft and artistry through her work in these many different areas of dance. As a choreographer, she is captivated with the process of choreography and is interested in making work that moves and informs those who experience it. Therefore, in an effort to bring her own unique, personal and thoughtful artistic voice to a wider audience, Susan formed the dance ensemble sk|dancers as a means to show work in other areas of the country. The company has previously performed at the DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival in Chicago, the Oakland Dance Festival in Michigan, and at the Diversity Symposium and Benjamin Cohen Peace Conference in Indiana. Since 2010, she has also been involved with the dance theatre collaborative z3movement project, performing herself in festivals throughout the country. Susan received her BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Susan is a featured graduate of the HU/ADF program. Ms. Koper currently lives in Muncie, Indiana where she is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ball State University.
 

Chris Babingui was born in Congo Brazzaville. He began his career in traditional Congolese dance and hip-hop (2007) discovering contemporary dance and touring extensively in Africa and Europe (2011-2015) with Florent Mahoukou; On The Steps; Gregory Makoma and Florent Mahoukou’s Wake Up; his own work Nibo Nabo. U.S. performances include interpretative dance Nkisi Nkondi by Kiandanda Dance Theater, Nibo Nabo (2016), Iboga-Odzanga; Nkisi Nkondi (2017). Babingui is a visionary, dancer and choreographer who derives his creative motivation from his cultural traditions and hip-hop.  

Chris Babingui was born in Congo Brazzaville. He began his career in traditional Congolese dance and hip-hop (2007) discovering contemporary dance and touring extensively in Africa and Europe (2011-2015) with Florent Mahoukou; On The Steps; Gregory Makoma and Florent Mahoukou’s Wake Up; his own work Nibo Nabo. U.S. performances include interpretative dance Nkisi Nkondi by Kiandanda Dance Theater, Nibo Nabo (2016), Iboga-Odzanga; Nkisi Nkondi (2017). Babingui is a visionary, dancer and choreographer who derives his creative motivation from his cultural traditions and hip-hop.
 

NSquared Dance Company: Upon graduation from Marymount Manhattan College, Nick founded his company, NSquared Dance. He has premiered original works in over 25 festivals and showcases. Nick has set work on Steffi Nossen's School of Dance, as well as on other pre-professional dance studios in the tri-state area. Nick has collaborated with LES Shakes, in 2015 he choreographed for "Romeo and Juliet" and in 2016 on "Antigone" where he was nominated for Outstanding Choreography from Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Recently Nick has co-produced the show CAPTIVA with Megan Lynn/Asterial Dance, which premiered at the Hudson Guild Theatre in November of 2015 and Two Companies, One Stage at the West End Theatre in June 2016 with metaphors&similes. NSquared Dance is a professional dance company that seeks to positively impact lives through dance by providing high quality performances to the public. Described as having “undeniable flavor” we create narrative-driven works with a wide range of movement qualities. Our repertoire is rooted in strong technique but shows our dancer’s abilities to move expressively. Mostly we like the work to speak for itself.  

NSquared Dance Company: Upon graduation from Marymount Manhattan College, Nick founded his company, NSquared Dance. He has premiered original works in over 25 festivals and showcases. Nick has set work on Steffi Nossen's School of Dance, as well as on other pre-professional dance studios in the tri-state area. Nick has collaborated with LES Shakes, in 2015 he choreographed for "Romeo and Juliet" and in 2016 on "Antigone" where he was nominated for Outstanding Choreography from Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Recently Nick has co-produced the show CAPTIVA with Megan Lynn/Asterial Dance, which premiered at the Hudson Guild Theatre in November of 2015 and Two Companies, One Stage at the West End Theatre in June 2016 with metaphors&similes. NSquared Dance is a professional dance company that seeks to positively impact lives through dance by providing high quality performances to the public. Described as having “undeniable flavor” we create narrative-driven works with a wide range of movement qualities. Our repertoire is rooted in strong technique but shows our dancer’s abilities to move expressively. Mostly we like the work to speak for itself.
 

ConteXture dance Detroit is a non-profit contemporary modern dance company based in Detroit. Its mission, as part of the burgeoning arts explosion in the city, is to explore and expand the urban dance identity of Detroit. Through advanced training and performance opportunities ConteXture is developing a local corps of professional dancers in an effort to establish Detroit as a nationally recognized center of dance. The company was founded by Artistic Director Tracy Halloran Pearson, who earned her BFA in dance at Marygrove College, her MFA in Choreography at the University of Michigan and in 2014 was named the Kresge Fellow in Music and Dance. ConteXture dance Detroit has performed at the renowned DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, at the Detroit Institute of Arts for the Detroit Art X Festival and in the Rivera Court as part to the DIA’s Dance! American Art 1830-1960 exhibit, as well as at multiple dance festivals across the Detroit Metro region. In 2016, ConteXture was featured on the Detroit Public TV program, “Metro Arts Detroit.” ConteXture's fourth annual summer concert "Cosmia" is August 25th at 7:30pm, Marygrove College Theatre. Please join us in exploring the arts in Detroit.  

ConteXture dance Detroit is a non-profit contemporary modern dance company based in Detroit. Its mission, as part of the burgeoning arts explosion in the city, is to explore and expand the urban dance identity of Detroit. Through advanced training and performance opportunities ConteXture is developing a local corps of professional dancers in an effort to establish Detroit as a nationally recognized center of dance. The company was founded by Artistic Director Tracy Halloran Pearson, who earned her BFA in dance at Marygrove College, her MFA in Choreography at the University of Michigan and in 2014 was named the Kresge Fellow in Music and Dance. ConteXture dance Detroit has performed at the renowned DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, at the Detroit Institute of Arts for the Detroit Art X Festival and in the Rivera Court as part to the DIA’s Dance! American Art 1830-1960 exhibit, as well as at multiple dance festivals across the Detroit Metro region. In 2016, ConteXture was featured on the Detroit Public TV program, “Metro Arts Detroit.” ConteXture's fourth annual summer concert "Cosmia" is August 25th at 7:30pm, Marygrove College Theatre. Please join us in exploring the arts in Detroit.
 

Trina Mannino grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and studied dance at the University of Michigan where she met collaborator Marly Spieser-Schneider. Since moving to New York, she has worked with Barbara Mahler, Beth Gill, Donna Costello, Laura Peterson Choreography and Leyya Tawil, among others. She presently studies under Barbara Mahler and Janet Panetta. As a member of the multigenerational collective ArtBark International, Trina collaborates with artists in New York, California and Europe. In 2015, the collective completed a month-long residency in Slovenia, culminating with performances at the country’s premiere opera house, The Cankarjev Dom. Her first forays into dance making have been shared at Arc Pasadena in CA, Center for Performance Research in NY, Pieter in CA, Triskelion Arts in NY, among others. In 2015, she was a guest teaching artist at the University of Michigan in the dance program’s Dance Master Class Repertory Series. Trina also co-produces Brew in Motion: A Celebration of Contemporary Dance and Craft Beer which gives artists and brewers the space to experiment and exchange ideas with new audiences. Her writing regularly appears in Dance Europe Magazine and The Dance Enthusiast. She’s thrilled to share her work with her hometown. Marly Spieser-Schneider graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a BFA in dance. She eventually made her way to Vermont where she joined Tiffany Rhynard's BigAPE (Big Action Performance Ensemble); was in Hannah Dennison's production of Dear Pina; and performed in works by Paul Besaw, Clare Byrne, Hanna Satterlee, Toby MacNutt and many others. Spieser-Schneider teaches, choreographs, collaborates, performs and investigates primarily now in Vermont, New York and Michigan. Her current projects include the development of her own evening-length show as well as collaborations with Trina Mannino, Ona Schneider, Jamie Killen, Avi Waring and Paul Besaw  

Trina Mannino grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and studied dance at the University of Michigan where she met collaborator Marly Spieser-Schneider. Since moving to New York, she has worked with Barbara Mahler, Beth Gill, Donna Costello, Laura Peterson Choreography and Leyya Tawil, among others. She presently studies under Barbara Mahler and Janet Panetta. As a member of the multigenerational collective ArtBark International, Trina collaborates with artists in New York, California and Europe. In 2015, the collective completed a month-long residency in Slovenia, culminating with performances at the country’s premiere opera house, The Cankarjev Dom. Her first forays into dance making have been shared at Arc Pasadena in CA, Center for Performance Research in NY, Pieter in CA, Triskelion Arts in NY, among others. In 2015, she was a guest teaching artist at the University of Michigan in the dance program’s Dance Master Class Repertory Series. Trina also co-produces Brew in Motion: A Celebration of Contemporary Dance and Craft Beer which gives artists and brewers the space to experiment and exchange ideas with new audiences. Her writing regularly appears in Dance Europe Magazine and The Dance Enthusiast. She’s thrilled to share her work with her hometown. Marly Spieser-Schneider graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a BFA in dance. She eventually made her way to Vermont where she joined Tiffany Rhynard's BigAPE (Big Action Performance Ensemble); was in Hannah Dennison's production of Dear Pina; and performed in works by Paul Besaw, Clare Byrne, Hanna Satterlee, Toby MacNutt and many others. Spieser-Schneider teaches, choreographs, collaborates, performs and investigates primarily now in Vermont, New York and Michigan. Her current projects include the development of her own evening-length show as well as collaborations with Trina Mannino, Ona Schneider, Jamie Killen, Avi Waring and Paul Besaw
 

Katharine Pettit Creative challenges societal norms using dance as a call to action. KPC unites artists and audiences through diverse and alternative perspectives. KPC has presented work as part of NY Theatre Barn's Choreography Lab, Choreographer's Canvas, Green Space's Take Root Initiative, NY Theatre Barn's New Works Series (featured KPC's full length dance theater piece I COULD NEVER LOVE ANYONE... spotlighting addiction), Peridance Faculty Showcases, APAP showcase, Choreographer's Forum, First Friday Residency JCAL (Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning), Nasty Women Unite Fest, LES Dance Fest and Steps Beyond Foundation performance lab series. Katharine Pettit is a NYC based Director/Choreographer who served as Susan Stroman's SDC Observer on BULLETS OVER BROADWAY on Broadway. Recent Credits include: "Day Of Wrath" (NYMF), "I Could Never Love Anyone..." (NY Theatre Barn New Work Series), "Barcode" (Assoc., FringeNYC), "SuperSoldier" (Assoc., Fundamental Theater Project), "Your Name On My Lips" (Theater for the New City), "Pumped!" (TRU voices reading series) "Angel In My Heart" (Fresh Fruit Festival and The York). Katharine is the Associate Artistic Director of NY Theatre Barn, a groundbreaking theater company whose sole focus is illuminating untold stories. She is on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center and The Studio (Mount Kisco) and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine November 2015. Katharinepettit.com  

Katharine Pettit Creative challenges societal norms using dance as a call to action. KPC unites artists and audiences through diverse and alternative perspectives. KPC has presented work as part of NY Theatre Barn's Choreography Lab, Choreographer's Canvas, Green Space's Take Root Initiative, NY Theatre Barn's New Works Series (featured KPC's full length dance theater piece I COULD NEVER LOVE ANYONE... spotlighting addiction), Peridance Faculty Showcases, APAP showcase, Choreographer's Forum, First Friday Residency JCAL (Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning), Nasty Women Unite Fest, LES Dance Fest and Steps Beyond Foundation performance lab series. Katharine Pettit is a NYC based Director/Choreographer who served as Susan Stroman's SDC Observer on BULLETS OVER BROADWAY on Broadway. Recent Credits include: "Day Of Wrath" (NYMF), "I Could Never Love Anyone..." (NY Theatre Barn New Work Series), "Barcode" (Assoc., FringeNYC), "SuperSoldier" (Assoc., Fundamental Theater Project), "Your Name On My Lips" (Theater for the New City), "Pumped!" (TRU voices reading series) "Angel In My Heart" (Fresh Fruit Festival and The York). Katharine is the Associate Artistic Director of NY Theatre Barn, a groundbreaking theater company whose sole focus is illuminating untold stories. She is on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center and The Studio (Mount Kisco) and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine November 2015. Katharinepettit.com
 

Take Root, comprised of six dancers and two musicians, has performed at the New Dance for Asia International Festival/Seoul, South Korea, Incheon Yeonsu International Dance Festival/Incheon, Korea, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, National Theater of Costa Rica, Uferstudios/Berlin, Red Bull House of Art/Detroit, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, TEDx, The Detroit Dance City Festival, RADfest, presented for the National Dance Education Organization, Ohio Dance Festival, and The University of Costa Rica. They performed a full length concert as opening day of “Dance: American Art 1830-1960” at the Detroit Institute of Art. Their extensive outreach within the community involves Arts Education and Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes which have been funded through several grants given by Oakland University and the Brooksie Way Mini Grant. Take Root is a company-in-residence at Oakland University under the direction of Co-Founders/Co-Directors, Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner. www.takerootdance.com  

Take Root, comprised of six dancers and two musicians, has performed at the New Dance for Asia International Festival/Seoul, South Korea, Incheon Yeonsu International Dance Festival/Incheon, Korea, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, National Theater of Costa Rica, Uferstudios/Berlin, Red Bull House of Art/Detroit, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, TEDx, The Detroit Dance City Festival, RADfest, presented for the National Dance Education Organization, Ohio Dance Festival, and The University of Costa Rica. They performed a full length concert as opening day of “Dance: American Art 1830-1960” at the Detroit Institute of Art. Their extensive outreach within the community involves Arts Education and Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes which have been funded through several grants given by Oakland University and the Brooksie Way Mini Grant. Take Root is a company-in-residence at Oakland University under the direction of Co-Founders/Co-Directors, Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner. www.takerootdance.com
 

Cat Manturuk (aka Special Agent C ) Producer, Emcee and Artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS from Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. After graduating, Cat was a scholarship student at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center in Chicago, later moving to LA, where she performed with LA Modern and Ballet Company, Blue13 Dance, Regina Klenjosky Dance Company, and Collage Dance Theatre. She has performed works of Donald McKayle, Lar Lubovitch, and Billy Siegenfeld. Upon her arrival in New York, she joined Dance 2XS and became rehearsal director to Decadancetheatre. Her music video credits lie with BET and MTVIndia, and she has been featured in Dance Spirit, Shape, and Elle magazine. Her style of movement is call “Mod-Hop-Jazz” and her musical influences are Classical, Jazz, Hip-hop, Motown, and Electronica. She writes and produces music with idea to motivate others with a positive light. Her first debut single is “Get up and Get Movin.” DANCE CAT-ALYST have had many outreach programs and performances : Nanjing, China; the NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, Presidential Award and DDCF Artist Exchange Program Best of Show 2016-17. Her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times. www.DanceCat-alyst.net  

Cat Manturuk (aka Special Agent C ) Producer, Emcee and Artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS from Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. After graduating, Cat was a scholarship student at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center in Chicago, later moving to LA, where she performed with LA Modern and Ballet Company, Blue13 Dance, Regina Klenjosky Dance Company, and Collage Dance Theatre. She has performed works of Donald McKayle, Lar Lubovitch, and Billy Siegenfeld. Upon her arrival in New York, she joined Dance 2XS and became rehearsal director to Decadancetheatre. Her music video credits lie with BET and MTVIndia, and she has been featured in Dance Spirit, Shape, and Elle magazine. Her style of movement is call “Mod-Hop-Jazz” and her musical influences are Classical, Jazz, Hip-hop, Motown, and Electronica. She writes and produces music with idea to motivate others with a positive light. Her first debut single is “Get up and Get Movin.” DANCE CAT-ALYST have had many outreach programs and performances : Nanjing, China; the NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, Presidential Award and DDCF Artist Exchange Program Best of Show 2016-17. Her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times. www.DanceCat-alyst.net
 

ArtLab J, Detroit

ArtLab J, Detroit

Autumn Eckman/Autumn Eckman Dance devises work from the investigation of sensational movement, perception/action and the body in the living moment. By manifesting stories through body based lenses, each project aims to draw a deeper understanding of the daily life and the social, cultural and political fabrics of choreography as well as the ways in which dance fosters connection between us. Autumn received her classical training from the Houston Ballet Academy. Her performance career began with Giordano Dance Chicago before dancing with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance and the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA. From 2009-2014 she served as Assistant Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago and Director of its second company, Giordano II. As Giordano’s Resident Choreographer, she created nine original works for the company including JOLT which was recognized by Dance Magazine as a top choreographic pick of 2012. Autumn has also served as Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet and choreographed for DanceWorks Chicago, Big Muddy Dance Co., Wylliams- Henry Dance Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and the University of Missouri- Kansas City as an awarded of their 2013 Choreographic Fellowship. Autumn is currently a member of Chicago based company, The Cambrians. As an Iowa Arts Fellow, she received her MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa and is currently a Visiting Professor of Dance at The University of Arizona.  

Autumn Eckman/Autumn Eckman Dance devises work from the investigation of sensational movement, perception/action and the body in the living moment. By manifesting stories through body based lenses, each project aims to draw a deeper understanding of the daily life and the social, cultural and political fabrics of choreography as well as the ways in which dance fosters connection between us. Autumn received her classical training from the Houston Ballet Academy. Her performance career began with Giordano Dance Chicago before dancing with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance and the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA. From 2009-2014 she served as Assistant Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago and Director of its second company, Giordano II. As Giordano’s Resident Choreographer, she created nine original works for the company including JOLT which was recognized by Dance Magazine as a top choreographic pick of 2012. Autumn has also served as Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet and choreographed for DanceWorks Chicago, Big Muddy Dance Co., Wylliams- Henry Dance Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and the University of Missouri- Kansas City as an awarded of their 2013 Choreographic Fellowship. Autumn is currently a member of Chicago based company, The Cambrians. As an Iowa Arts Fellow, she received her MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa and is currently a Visiting Professor of Dance at The University of Arizona.
 

RE|dance group has been presenting original dance theatre across the United States 2009. The company has performed in regional dance festivals and performance venues in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, California, Mississippi, and New York. In 2015, as part of the artist exchange program sponsored by the Detroit Dance City Festival, Michael and Lucy presented their seminal duet, Abbot & Viv, at the New Dance For Asia International Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Michael and Lucy are dedicated to the presentation of dance theatre works that examine the many facets of personal, intimate human relationships. The instability and uncertainty of charged relationships act as symbols for living in a volatile, contemporary world. They ground their artistic philosophy in creative exchange, seeking to expand their voices as contemporary artists. They enjoy an open process with their company of seven dancers where all ideas are shared, investigated, and then crafted into dances that embody a heightened physical experience rich with emotional content and dramatic imagery. Their work reflects a rigorous inquiry into the body's capability for expression through motion and movement—from the subtle to the immense. The winding path from imagined concept to physical reality to audience experience guides their methodology. The creative process is an ever-evolving dynamic between intention, honesty, intuition and play  

RE|dance group has been presenting original dance theatre across the United States 2009. The company has performed in regional dance festivals and performance venues in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, California, Mississippi, and New York. In 2015, as part of the artist exchange program sponsored by the Detroit Dance City Festival, Michael and Lucy presented their seminal duet, Abbot & Viv, at the New Dance For Asia International Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Michael and Lucy are dedicated to the presentation of dance theatre works that examine the many facets of personal, intimate human relationships. The instability and uncertainty of charged relationships act as symbols for living in a volatile, contemporary world. They ground their artistic philosophy in creative exchange, seeking to expand their voices as contemporary artists. They enjoy an open process with their company of seven dancers where all ideas are shared, investigated, and then crafted into dances that embody a heightened physical experience rich with emotional content and dramatic imagery. Their work reflects a rigorous inquiry into the body's capability for expression through motion and movement—from the subtle to the immense. The winding path from imagined concept to physical reality to audience experience guides their methodology. The creative process is an ever-evolving dynamic between intention, honesty, intuition and play
 

Abigayle Cryderman is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University where she received her B.S. in Dance Performance & Choreography and Communication. Abigayle plans to continue dancing and choreographing after graduation and returning to school for her Masters in choreography within a few years. While at Eastern she had the honor of her choreography representing Eastern at the American College Dance Association in 2015 and 2016, along with at the Undergraduate Symposium in 2016.  In 2016 she received the honor of having one of her pieces perform in "The Best of 2015-2016" Choreography Showcase presented by ArtLabJ.  Abigayle's choreography has been performed throughout the local Metro-Detroit area including Lansing, Brighton, and Detroit along with out of state festivals and showcases in Philadelphia, and Chicago.  This past year she had the honor of working with Erik Abbott-Main on a piece set at Eastern Michigan University.  She continues to look forward to what the future has to offer!

Abigayle Cryderman is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University where she received her B.S. in Dance Performance & Choreography and Communication. Abigayle plans to continue dancing and choreographing after graduation and returning to school for her Masters in choreography within a few years. While at Eastern she had the honor of her choreography representing Eastern at the American College Dance Association in 2015 and 2016, along with at the Undergraduate Symposium in 2016.  In 2016 she received the honor of having one of her pieces perform in "The Best of 2015-2016" Choreography Showcase presented by ArtLabJ.  Abigayle's choreography has been performed throughout the local Metro-Detroit area including Lansing, Brighton, and Detroit along with out of state festivals and showcases in Philadelphia, and Chicago.  This past year she had the honor of working with Erik Abbott-Main on a piece set at Eastern Michigan University.  She continues to look forward to what the future has to offer!

Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director, Jodie Randolph, Pure Existence is a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, MI. Comprised of six highly-trained, paid professional dancers, the company presents one experimental and one repertory concert locally each year in addition to serving as guest performers across the country. Aside from presenting compelling dance productions, PE also offers seminars, workshops, master classes, intensives, residencies, open rehearsals, pre/post performance discussions and a growing list of community outreach programs.  

Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director, Jodie Randolph, Pure Existence is a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, MI. Comprised of six highly-trained, paid professional dancers, the company presents one experimental and one repertory concert locally each year in addition to serving as guest performers across the country. Aside from presenting compelling dance productions, PE also offers seminars, workshops, master classes, intensives, residencies, open rehearsals, pre/post performance discussions and a growing list of community outreach programs.
 

Valerie Alpert is a native of Chicago and artistic director of VADCO/Valerie Alpert Dance Co. Before founding her company in 2000, Alpert toured with professional repertory dance companies in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Texas. As a company member with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Zenon/Jazz Dance Company, she worked with internationally known choreographers and performed assorted repertory across the United States. Many professionals have influenced Alpert’s choreography, and her own work has drawn praise at festivals and cities around the United States and Europe. Currently, Alpert holds a BFA in dance from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), an MFA in dance and technology from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Alpert is equally enthusiast for sharing the experience of dance with people of all ages. She has been teaching dance classes in contemporary, ballet, jazz, composition, and teaching methods to students of all ages and abilities since 1988 and is currently on faculty in the Dance Department at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. VADCO is committed to the continued effort of advancing the arts through innovative choreography and collaboration with other artists, including composers, artists, and animators.  

Valerie Alpert is a native of Chicago and artistic director of VADCO/Valerie Alpert Dance Co. Before founding her company in 2000, Alpert toured with professional repertory dance companies in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Texas. As a company member with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Zenon/Jazz Dance Company, she worked with internationally known choreographers and performed assorted repertory across the United States. Many professionals have influenced Alpert’s choreography, and her own work has drawn praise at festivals and cities around the United States and Europe. Currently, Alpert holds a BFA in dance from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), an MFA in dance and technology from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Alpert is equally enthusiast for sharing the experience of dance with people of all ages. She has been teaching dance classes in contemporary, ballet, jazz, composition, and teaching methods to students of all ages and abilities since 1988 and is currently on faculty in the Dance Department at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. VADCO is committed to the continued effort of advancing the arts through innovative choreography and collaboration with other artists, including composers, artists, and animators.
 

Breanna O'Mara is an international performer, and member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. She graduated from The Juilliard School, where she was recipient of the Joseph W. Polisi Award in 2011. She has worked with artists Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud, Chris Haring, Johannes Wieland, Stijn Celis, Alexander Ekman,Jack Ferver, Larry Keigwin, Colleen Thomas and Ryan McNamara as well as performed work by Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin, Marie Chouinard, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor and more. She has created performance pieces which have been presented in The Wilson Theatre (NY), MoMA P.S. 1 (NY), Elizabeth Dee Gallery (NY), Theater im Fridericianum and Interim (Kassel, Germany). As a native of Detroit, Breanna founded the annual outreach program, Detroit Arts Immersion, sharing art with a community she loves  

Breanna O'Mara is an international performer, and member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. She graduated from The Juilliard School, where she was recipient of the Joseph W. Polisi Award in 2011. She has worked with artists Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud, Chris Haring, Johannes Wieland, Stijn Celis, Alexander Ekman,Jack Ferver, Larry Keigwin, Colleen Thomas and Ryan McNamara as well as performed work by Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin, Marie Chouinard, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor and more. She has created performance pieces which have been presented in The Wilson Theatre (NY), MoMA P.S. 1 (NY), Elizabeth Dee Gallery (NY), Theater im Fridericianum and Interim (Kassel, Germany). As a native of Detroit, Breanna founded the annual outreach program, Detroit Arts Immersion, sharing art with a community she loves
 

Kelly Buwalda is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, and educator. A native of Indiana, Kelly received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI, and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Coach. As a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute and New York City Ballet, Kelly teaches approximately 1,000 children in elementary schools throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. For the past six years, Kelly also created and taught "Nutrition for Dancers" curriculum at Joffrey Ballet School's Summer Intensive. As a dancer, Buwalda has worked with numerous choreographers including Mei-Yin Ng, Erin Dudley, and Julio Rivera. She currently performs with Bianca Johnson and Dancers as well as in her own work. Dancing has taken her to the UK, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, and she has enjoyed performing in a variety of theaters as well as site-specific locations. As a choreographer, Kelly's work has been produced in NYC at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Webster Hall, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas. She is a 2014 recipient of Chez Bushwick's Artist-in-Residency, and her choreography has been commissioned by Zen Arts Concert and National Dance Institute. In 2016, Kelly's dance and film work was selected to be a part of the Detroit City Dance Festival. This summer Kelly looks forward to being a Guest Artist at Avalon School of the Arts in Holland, MI, teaching dance at Harmony Project Hudson's music education camp, and returning to Detroit Dance City Festival to perform solo work.  

Kelly Buwalda is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, and educator. A native of Indiana, Kelly received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI, and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Coach. As a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute and New York City Ballet, Kelly teaches approximately 1,000 children in elementary schools throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. For the past six years, Kelly also created and taught "Nutrition for Dancers" curriculum at Joffrey Ballet School's Summer Intensive. As a dancer, Buwalda has worked with numerous choreographers including Mei-Yin Ng, Erin Dudley, and Julio Rivera. She currently performs with Bianca Johnson and Dancers as well as in her own work. Dancing has taken her to the UK, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, and she has enjoyed performing in a variety of theaters as well as site-specific locations. As a choreographer, Kelly's work has been produced in NYC at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Webster Hall, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas. She is a 2014 recipient of Chez Bushwick's Artist-in-Residency, and her choreography has been commissioned by Zen Arts Concert and National Dance Institute. In 2016, Kelly's dance and film work was selected to be a part of the Detroit City Dance Festival. This summer Kelly looks forward to being a Guest Artist at Avalon School of the Arts in Holland, MI, teaching dance at Harmony Project Hudson's music education camp, and returning to Detroit Dance City Festival to perform solo work.
 

Chriselle Tidrick is the Founder & Artistic Director of Above and Beyond Dance, a company she created in 2007 to explore the limitless potential in the fusion of dance and circus arts work. Ms. Tidrick is a choreographer and producer of dance work, aerial work and stilt work— all of which function within a modern dance aesthetic. She has successfully produced four seasons of circus-infused dance: Dreamscapes and Other Imaginings (2014) at The Muse Brooklyn; RAW (2011) at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center; Ascendance (2009) at The Flea Theater; and Seeking (2008) at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. She has also appeared as a soloist and with her company at venues including: Dixon Place (No Holds Barred Showcases), The Muse (Circus Cabarets); Streb Lab for Action Mechanics; Output Club, Brooklyn (Raw Artists Showcase); NYC Aerial Dance Festival 2011 (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center & MMAC); NYC Aerial Dance Festival 2010 (JCC Theater); Galapagos ArtSpace; House of Yes; Brooklyn Arts eXchange; La Mama Moves 2009 Festival; WaxWorks; the Zipper Theater; and the Belt Theater. She was a Spring 2014 Guest Artist in Dance at George Washington University where she set two sections of her aerial dance work RAW on student dancers. Her company and choreography were also featured in the BMC Films' short film, Eastern Winds. www.AboveAndBeyondDance.com Photo by Andrew T. Foster

Chriselle Tidrick is the Founder & Artistic Director of Above and Beyond Dance, a company she created in 2007 to explore the limitless potential in the fusion of dance and circus arts work. Ms. Tidrick is a choreographer and producer of dance work, aerial work and stilt work— all of which function within a modern dance aesthetic. She has successfully produced four seasons of circus-infused dance: Dreamscapes and Other Imaginings (2014) at The Muse Brooklyn; RAW (2011) at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center; Ascendance (2009) at The Flea Theater; and Seeking (2008) at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. She has also appeared as a soloist and with her company at venues including: Dixon Place (No Holds Barred Showcases), The Muse (Circus Cabarets); Streb Lab for Action Mechanics; Output Club, Brooklyn (Raw Artists Showcase); NYC Aerial Dance Festival 2011 (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center & MMAC); NYC Aerial Dance Festival 2010 (JCC Theater); Galapagos ArtSpace; House of Yes; Brooklyn Arts eXchange; La Mama Moves 2009 Festival; WaxWorks; the Zipper Theater; and the Belt Theater. She was a Spring 2014 Guest Artist in Dance at George Washington University where she set two sections of her aerial dance work RAW on student dancers. Her company and choreography were also featured in the BMC Films' short film, Eastern Winds. www.AboveAndBeyondDance.com

Photo by Andrew T. Foster

Sylvia Suttle began her dance studies in Regensburg, Germany at the Tanzschule Krippner wit Eva Eger primarily focusing on Modern Dance and Choreography. Mrs. Suttle has worked with Robert Wechsler, Director, Choreographer, and Dancer with Palindrome and Motion Composer in 2007; studied with Andrew Palermo, company and owner and Director of Dre. Dance in 2009. She also joined the Full Circle Dance Company, directed by Diane Mancinelli from 2011 to 2012. She has choreographed works that were performed in Germany for the University of Regensburg and in Michigan for the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, Jewish Community Center, Henry Ford College ( Full Circle Dance Company), Oakland Dance Festival (ODF) American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), Sidewalk Festival, Dally in the Alley, Dance at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, NewDANCEFest with Eisenhower Choreography Showcase, Regeneration and Assemble with Kristi Faulkner Dance, 2015-2016 Best of The 17th Detroit Dance Race, had her pieces performed at Artlabj Festivals and her choreography “Obscure Sorrows” placed 2nd overall at Youth America Grand Prix and was performed at the New York Finals Youth America Grand Prix Finals. Sylvia Suttle is the Artistic Director of Suttle Dance, a modern based dance company, which was founded in early 2013. SDC is a modern based company in the metro Detroit area. Striving to share their love for dance, creation, and push boundaries, SDC performs all over the Detroit area and collaborates with other artists. One of SDC goals is to be inspiring to others through their movement.  

Sylvia Suttle began her dance studies in Regensburg, Germany at the Tanzschule Krippner wit Eva Eger primarily focusing on Modern Dance and Choreography. Mrs. Suttle has worked with Robert Wechsler, Director, Choreographer, and Dancer with Palindrome and Motion Composer in 2007; studied with Andrew Palermo, company and owner and Director of Dre. Dance in 2009. She also joined the Full Circle Dance Company, directed by Diane Mancinelli from 2011 to 2012. She has choreographed works that were performed in Germany for the University of Regensburg and in Michigan for the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, Jewish Community Center, Henry Ford College ( Full Circle Dance Company), Oakland Dance Festival (ODF) American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), Sidewalk Festival, Dally in the Alley, Dance at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, NewDANCEFest with Eisenhower Choreography Showcase, Regeneration and Assemble with Kristi Faulkner Dance, 2015-2016 Best of The 17th Detroit Dance Race, had her pieces performed at Artlabj Festivals and her choreography “Obscure Sorrows” placed 2nd overall at Youth America Grand Prix and was performed at the New York Finals Youth America Grand Prix Finals. Sylvia Suttle is the Artistic Director of Suttle Dance, a modern based dance company, which was founded in early 2013. SDC is a modern based company in the metro Detroit area. Striving to share their love for dance, creation, and push boundaries, SDC performs all over the Detroit area and collaborates with other artists. One of SDC goals is to be inspiring to others through their movement.
 

Hot Crowd is a young modern dance company that formed in January 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded by a group of friends that share a passion for dance who joined together to make something beautiful. They feel that movement is fundamental to life and that all movement deserves notice and appreciation. If you can move, you can dance, and you should dance. Since their establishment, Hot Crowd has performed in the Emergence Choreography Showcase in Chicago, the Going Dutch Dance Festival in Elgin, IL, and is honored to perform in the Detroit Dance City Festival. They continue to apply their work to other dance festivals and showcase opportunities to share their goal in stimulating and inspiring dancers through innovative movement, community interaction, and accessibility to strengthen and spread the art of dance in the Chicagoland area and beyond.  

Hot Crowd is a young modern dance company that formed in January 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded by a group of friends that share a passion for dance who joined together to make something beautiful. They feel that movement is fundamental to life and that all movement deserves notice and appreciation. If you can move, you can dance, and you should dance. Since their establishment, Hot Crowd has performed in the Emergence Choreography Showcase in Chicago, the Going Dutch Dance Festival in Elgin, IL, and is honored to perform in the Detroit Dance City Festival. They continue to apply their work to other dance festivals and showcase opportunities to share their goal in stimulating and inspiring dancers through innovative movement, community interaction, and accessibility to strengthen and spread the art of dance in the Chicagoland area and beyond.
 

S. J. Ewing & Dancers is a contemporary dance company in DC who perform and tour the creative work of Sarah J. Ewing, a CityDance OnStage Ignite Artist. Ewing has been a recipient of DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship Grants in FY15, FY16 & FY17 as well as a Project, Event and Festival Grant in FY17. She was the recipient of a 2013 Local Dance Commissioning Project Grant from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, through which she made Australia Home Land, as well as a participant in CulturalDC’s Mead Theater Lab Program who, in a co-presentation with CityDance, presented Trapped Happiness in 2014. Sarah received a 2012 Dance Metro DC Dance Connect Grant and was a collaborator on the multi-media work, FILTER, for the 2012 Source Festival. The company has performed at The Kennedy Center, Sydney Harman Hall, Dance Place, CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Houston, White Wave Festival NYC, Your Move JC, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Smithsonian Museum of America Art and The Hill Center. Sarah J. Ewing's projects for FY17 are funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts through an Artist Fellowship Grant and a Project, Event and Festival Grant and with the ongoing support of CityDance.  

S. J. Ewing & Dancers is a contemporary dance company in DC who perform and tour the creative work of Sarah J. Ewing, a CityDance OnStage Ignite Artist. Ewing has been a recipient of DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship Grants in FY15, FY16 & FY17 as well as a Project, Event and Festival Grant in FY17. She was the recipient of a 2013 Local Dance Commissioning Project Grant from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, through which she made Australia Home Land, as well as a participant in CulturalDC’s Mead Theater Lab Program who, in a co-presentation with CityDance, presented Trapped Happiness in 2014. Sarah received a 2012 Dance Metro DC Dance Connect Grant and was a collaborator on the multi-media work, FILTER, for the 2012 Source Festival. The company has performed at The Kennedy Center, Sydney Harman Hall, Dance Place, CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Houston, White Wave Festival NYC, Your Move JC, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Smithsonian Museum of America Art and The Hill Center. Sarah J. Ewing's projects for FY17 are funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts through an Artist Fellowship Grant and a Project, Event and Festival Grant and with the ongoing support of CityDance.