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Audiences are invited to enjoy creative movement activities, games, and an outdoor performance series showcasing the diverse work of local and national and international talent.

SUNDAY

12 p.m. - 12:25 p.m., Family Dancing Yoga Welcome

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Summer Stage performances #1

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., Free Master Class: Afro Cuban Dance

with Lisa McCall

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., Summer Stage performances #2 & Improv Jam

3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., You Can Dance: ‘Dancing for Peace’

SATURDAY

12 p.m. - 12:25 p.m., Family Dancing Yoga Welcome

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Summer Stage performances #1

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., Pungmul Nori by Global Pungmul Institute

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., Summer Stage performances #2

3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., You Can Dance: ‘Dancing for Peace’


Family Dancing Yoga Welcome - Bring your yoga mat and join us!

You Can Dance: ‘Dancing for Peace’ - Audience participation is invited! 

SUMMER STAGE #1

Corri Werning - Evolve Dance Co.

Se-Woon Kang

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Isabella Dimauro- Evolve Dance Co.

Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre

SUMMER STAGE #2

Kids Dance Camp

Ballet Edge Detroit

Corri Werning and Isabella Dimauro -Evolve Dance Co.

Kaylin Altvater

SUMMER STAGE #1

Mack Avenue Dance Company

Taryn Pfeifenberger (Choreographer Rebecca Wright)

Bianca Brengman, Alexa Donnelly, and Paulina Donnelly

Anuradha Murali

forward. the movement

SUMMER STAGE #2

Ari Mokdad and Elizabeth Schmuhl

Arden Lapin

M3 Movement (Choreographer Maria Guido)

Elements Dance Company

Xing Dance Theater (Allen Chunhui Xing)

MEET THE ARTISTS

Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre

Choreography: Kelly Anderson

KELLY ANDERSON DANCE THEATRE is a Chicago-based contemporary modern dance company inspired by variety, theater and comedy. KADT’s most recent works include: THE END IS HERE and that's ok. for Links Hall 40th Anniversary Season (2018), Skits and Pieces in the Steppenwolf LookOut Series (2017), "In Sarah's Shadow: The Eleonora Duse Story," a co-creation with Writer/Director Olivia Lilley with Pop Magic Productions (2017), “Livin’ the Dream," (2017), VAUDEVILLE! (2015) and the Chicago company debut, Message Me If... in 2014. Anderson’s choreography has been commissioned and performed since 2001 in NYC, Milwaukee, WI, Portland, Minneapolis, MN and Missoula, MT. Chicago credits include: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s Women in Response (2018), D49 Festival (2014), Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival (2014), THAW (2013-2018) and Links Hall/Constellation’s It’s Happening (2016 & 2017) and Mediums (2016).

Isabella Dimauro- Evolve Dance Co.

Choreography: Erica Bojicic and Chloé Gray

Evolve Dance Company is a Toledo,Ohio based dance studio under the direction of Erica Bojicic.

Arden Lapin

Choreography: Arden Lapin

Arden Lapin, from Chicago, Illinois, began her dance training at Chicago Ballet Arts. She has continued her studies at Western Michigan University, where she will graduate with a B.F.A. in Dance and minor in Gender and Women’s Studies in April of 2019. While at WMU, Lapin performed works such as Kyle Abraham’s "The Gettin,’" Aszure Barton’s "Happy Little Things (Waiting on a Gruff Cloud of Wanting)," and was in the original cast of Christian Denice’s "Threshold" and Joshua Manculich's "Her name was Lola." Her work, "Forget Me Not," was originally performed in March of 2018. The piece has since been reproduced for Western Michigan University's 2019 Winter Gala performances in January and February. Lapin also has the privilege of representing WMU's Department of Dance at the 2019 ACDA East-Central conference where her solo will be considered for adjudication.

Anuradha Murali

Choreography: Anuradha Murali

Dr. Anuradha Murali, Artistic Director of Mrudani School of Performing Arts, had formal training in Bharathanatyam from Radha Srinivassan and Shanta and VP Dhananjayan (India) and Adyar K. Lakshman (India). She has also received formal training in Kuchipudi by P. Rajeshwari and Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam, Kuchipudi Art Academy, (India). As an Adjunct Professor of Dance, Anuradha has taught Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi at Columbia College, Columbia, SC. As an Instructor of Dance, she has taught Bharathanatyam at the University of South Carolina, Dance Department. She has written several scholarly articles in teaching bharathanatyam and kuchipudi at community colleges and universities for dance majors. Anuradha, a recipient of numerous grants/awards for dance choreography and dance performance, has performed at prestigious national and international festivals including India, Japan, France, South Korea, Greece, Italy and Brazil.

Taryn Pfeifenberger

Choreography: Rebecca Wright

Rebecca Wright is a versatile dancer and choreographer interested in various fields of dance. In 2019, she will receive a BFA in Dance and a minor in business from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. She’s performed in works directed and choreographed by Robert Battle, Bobbi Jene Smith, Milton Myers, Sidra Bell, Tommie Waheed-Evans, and Jesse Zaritt. This spring, she will perform in works by Mark Morris and Gary Jeter. Alongside these performance opportunities, she has attended the Gus Giordano Company’s pre-professional intensive, LA Contemporary Dance’s pre-professional workshop, as well as Complexions Contemporary Ballet summer intensives. Since 2015, she has had the privilege of working alongside apprenticing with the Powerpak Dance intensive every summer. As an apprentice, she works with top commercial dance choreographers including Marinda Davis, Sky Hoffman, Marty Kudella, and many more. Wright was just selected to present her work “bcc” in the Young Choreographer’s Festival in June of 2019 at the Symphony Space in New York City.

Bianca Brengman, Alexa Donnelly, and Paulina Donnelly

Choreography: Bianca Brengman

Originally from Macomb, Michigan, Bianca Brengman began her classical, Russian ballet training under the tutelage of Desiree Brengman, her mother. Following into her adolescence, she continued her training at the Rochester School of Dance along with completing a summer of training at the Joffery Ballet with John Magnus. Bianca began her undergraduate education at Wayne State University, studying Dance and Business. Here she was selected to work in residency with Ralph Lemon, Dwight Rhoden, and Desmond Richardson. After two years, she transferred to Oakland University to complete her dance studies. Here, she worked with Stephanie Pizzo, Ali Woerner, and Thayer Jonutz. During her career at Oakland, she was selected to be in residencies with Laurie Eisenhower, Rodney Brown, Stephanie Martinez, and Loni Landon. During her final year at OU, Ms. Brengman produced her very own show entitled, “Revolution of Love.” The show encompassed five original works that portrayed some of her significant life events. Upon graduating with honors with her BFA in Dance and Business, Bianca worked for two years doing commercial dance with the Detroit Lions Organization as an NFL Cheerleader. To stay connected with her love of Modern dance, she choreographed works to be performed for local festivals within Detroit. While she continued to grow as a dancer, Bianca decided it was time to start a new adventure by moving to Grand Rapids. Here she plans to use her creative visions to leave her own artistic footprint within the city.

Corri Werning and Isabella Dimauro -Evolve Dance Co.

Choreography: Gage Wayne

Evolve Dance Company is a Toledo, Ohio based dance studio. Gage Wayne is a guest teacher who traveled in to do the choreography under the direction of Erica Bojicic.

Ballet Edge Detroit

Choreography: Angel Lavery

Ballet Edge Detroit is metro-Detroit’s newest ballet company. They possess solid ballet technique and show it off with edge and personality.

forward. the movement

Choreography: Courtney Krachtus

forward. the movement is an upcoming contemporary dance company focused on developing individuals and community through movement. forward. the movement has had the opportunity to create a full length evening work and dance for film, as well as perform at The Cleveland Dance Fest in Cleveland, OH and Creative Collective in Chicago, IL. forward. the movement is looking forward to growing and reaching a wider range of audiences in 2019.

Elements Dance Company

Choreography: Miss. Nicole Burnett

Elements dance company is a performance company that is focused on the growth of young dancers through technical training, competitive dance, and performance opportunities. The dancers are educated in multiple dance forms including ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, and salsa.

Corri Werning - Evolve Dance Co.

Choreography: Zandra and Aly

Evolve Dance Company is a Toledo, Ohio based dance studio.

Ari Mokdad and Elizabeth Schmuhl

Choreography: Ari Mokdad and Elizabeth Schmuhl

Ari Mokdad is an alumnus from Grand Valley State University where she received three Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance, Writing, and English as a Dean’s list student. She has received several regional and national choreography awards, most notably, her work Grounded was selected to perform at the American College Dance Association. While in Grand Rapids, Ari has performed with Dance in the Annex, Thodos Dance of Chicago, the West Michigan Youth Ballet, and The Grand Rapids Symphony. Most recently, Ari has been studying at Wayne State University, receiving a Master of Arts in 2017. While in Detroit, she debuted her work at the historic Detroit Music Hall titled Body Studies. Her most recent work, Theotokos: Reimagining the Mother of God, was performed in collaboration with world-renowned poet, Jamaal May and multidisciplinary artists, Elizabeth Schmuhl was performed at the Schvitz with the support Lynch and Sons Fund for the Arts. Elizabeth currently serves as Marketing Strategies and Campaign Manager for Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins. She will join BAM’s NYC Advisory Committee to help bring Black Velvet: Architectures and Archetypes to BAM Fisher. She worked with Gallim Dance in NYC as an Education and Outreach Coordinator and as a Grant Writer and at the Kennedy Cetner for Performing Arts in D.C. Elizabeth studied dance under one of the original members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company who also trained with Martha Graham and taught Graham technique to her: Eileen Cropley. Elizabeth continued studying dance at the University of Michigan, danced professionally in the Chicago company Khecari, with GLO in Atlanta, and was a part of Celia Rowlson-Hall & Mia Lidofsky‘s insanely beautiful and powerful #PantSuitPosse! #ImWithHer.

M3 Movement

Choreography: Maria Guido

Ballet Edge Detroit

Choreography: Shauna Cook

Ballet Edge Detroit is metro-Detroit’s newest ballet company. They possess solid ballet technique and show it off with edge and personality.

Xing Dance Theater

Choreography: Allen Chunhui Xing

Allen Chunhui Xing is a dancer and choreographer based in Baltimore Maryland. He holds a BFA in Dance from Shanxi Academy of Arts, a M.Ed. from Salisbury University, and a MFA in Dance from University of Maryland. He currently is the Artistic Director of Xing Dance Theater and Xing Dance School. He is a former member of Huajin Dance Drama Ensemble and performed in the production Forbidden Fruit Under the Great Wall which internationally toured from 2007-2011. Xing recently performed in many company projects including: Un Castell built for two by Orange Grove Dance, Rapture by PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, Casita at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival by PrioreDance and A Man’s Requiem as soloist by Korea Busan Metropolitan Dance Company. His work has been invited and selected to perform at the NextNow Festival, Maryland Campaign, Peabody Spring Dance Showcase, Washington DC Global Perspectives Festival, Maryland Dance Festival, Beijing Dance Festival, On the Move at the Kennedy Center, Japan SAI Dance Festival, Richmond Dance Festival and City Dance Festival-Taiyuan China. www.allenxing.com

Kaylin Altvater

Choreography: Kaylin Altvater

Dance has become for me a search of the soul. I find myself equally interested in the human as I am in the dancer, always hunting for ways to reach a deeper inner level. I am drawn to using dance as research in this exploration of self, knowing that movement is the body’s most vulnerable expression. I started dance at a young age, taking ballet classes at a local studio in Holland Michigan. Upon graduation, I was humbled to be accepted to the Purchase College Dance Conservatory program under direction of Nelly Van-Bommel. I have enjoyed taking classes from the following professors and artists: Stephanie Tooman, Taryn Russel, Bradley Ellis, Wallie Wolfgruber, Jean Freebury, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, Shannon Gillen, and Doug Varone. Since then I have had the privilege of learning and performing works by Belinda McGuire, Stuart Loungway, Merce Cunningham, and Anna Sokolow. I have attended the B12 Dance Festival in Berlin, taking workshops with Christopher Roman, Iztok Kovac, Hannes Langolf, Johannes Wieland, and Ryan Mason. I am currently rehearsing Ohad Naharin’s “Decadance” with Or Schraiber and Bobby Jean Smith to be performed in May.


DANCING IN THE PARK MEMORIES

SUMMER STAGE MEMORIES

The Summer Stage dance performances happened outside the Detroit Institute of Arts in the Woodward Plaza on our outdoor Stage this past year at the Dancing in the Park event!!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 Summer Stage Artists

 Ballet Edge Detroit, Heritage Works, Angie Han’s Senior Dance company, Kinnari Vora, Living Arts Youth Dance Ensemble', Mrudani School of Performing Arts, Jasmine Brewington, Phaedra Darwish, Phane Jayanthi Sen, ArtLab J, Sofia Isabella Lutman, Lilly Menendez, BARBARA SELINGER - DETROIT REVIVAL PROJECT


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