SUMMER STAGE

This year, the summer stage will be providing a unique experience. Hosted in the Rivera court, audience members and performers will be bringing together both the art of live performance and the art of the museum together in one space. This event includes dancers, musicians, and performance artists in one space.

 

August 18th - August 20th :: 1:30 pm

Free admission

Rivera Court at Detroit Institute of Arts

 

8/18

Cathy and Company

MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company

Sophia & José

Celia Benvenutti

Bianca Scarlet and Dancers

Angel Lavery

Ballet Edge

Anuradha Mrudani School of Performing A

 

Originally from California, Angel Lavery has spent a lifetime expressing her love for dance. She has a relentless passion for ballet and jazz. While attending the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, Angel was a San Francisco 49ers cheerleader. Post graduation, Angel performed with Santa Clara Ballet and Peninsula Ballet Theater in San Francisco. Since moving to Detroit, Angel has performed as a Stoli Vodka Ballerina at the Detroit Opera House and as a soloist at local charities, community gatherings, and special events. This year she founded the company Ballet Edge in hopes of sharing a new, elegant, and exciting style.

Originally from California, Angel Lavery has spent a lifetime expressing her love for dance. She has a relentless passion for ballet and jazz. While attending the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, Angel was a San Francisco 49ers cheerleader. Post graduation, Angel performed with Santa Clara Ballet and Peninsula Ballet Theater in San Francisco. Since moving to Detroit, Angel has performed as a Stoli Vodka Ballerina at the Detroit Opera House and as a soloist at local charities, community gatherings, and special events. This year she founded the company Ballet Edge in hopes of sharing a new, elegant, and exciting style.

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.

Renee Murray, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Division of Dance at Purdue University, is a Chicago native and dance artist. She received her MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach in 2011. Her work has been seen in Mexico, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Murray’s current research and choreography investigates how an awareness of our environment can affect the process of creation and the performance of dance. Her works are often created through collaboration and improvisation with dancers and artists from varied disciplines. Murray’s research focuses on the reality of her dancers’ bodies within the environment of each performance. The movement and structures of her choreography are generated within an improvisational rehearsal process that focuses on how one’s environment can inform the work. Murray has also performed works by various artists at the Dora Stratou Theater in Athens, Greece, Sushi in San Diego, San Francisco Art Institute, Highways in Santa Monica, the Orange County Museum of Art, New Jersey, and throughout Chicago. In 2007 she performed Tino Sehgal's "Kiss" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Murray is currently teaching multiple levels of modern and jazz technique in the Division of Dance at Purdue University and has taught in the Dance Department at CSULB. Murray graduated from Purdue University in 2006 majoring in Communication with a minor in Dance. While there, she danced and choreographed for the Purdue Repertory Dance Company. She has also performed with Sally Wallace, RTG Dance and T J & Company Dance Theater.  

Renee Murray, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Division of Dance at Purdue University, is a Chicago native and dance artist. She received her MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach in 2011. Her work has been seen in Mexico, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Murray’s current research and choreography investigates how an awareness of our environment can affect the process of creation and the performance of dance. Her works are often created through collaboration and improvisation with dancers and artists from varied disciplines. Murray’s research focuses on the reality of her dancers’ bodies within the environment of each performance. The movement and structures of her choreography are generated within an improvisational rehearsal process that focuses on how one’s environment can inform the work. Murray has also performed works by various artists at the Dora Stratou Theater in Athens, Greece, Sushi in San Diego, San Francisco Art Institute, Highways in Santa Monica, the Orange County Museum of Art, New Jersey, and throughout Chicago. In 2007 she performed Tino Sehgal's "Kiss" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Murray is currently teaching multiple levels of modern and jazz technique in the Division of Dance at Purdue University and has taught in the Dance Department at CSULB. Murray graduated from Purdue University in 2006 majoring in Communication with a minor in Dance. While there, she danced and choreographed for the Purdue Repertory Dance Company. She has also performed with Sally Wallace, RTG Dance and T J & Company Dance Theater.
 

William (Bill) Charboneau began dancing seriously at the age of 17 in Pinckney High School's Dance program. From there he went on to dance competitively for 2 years with Michelle's Academy of Dance & Performing Arts Center. Bill trained for 3 years in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre & Dance to receive a Bachelor's of Science in Dance from Wayne State University. Training in programs such as Bates Dance Festival and ACDA alongside college, delving into several styles and genres of dance has rounded the training of Bill's journey. William has danced with Michigan based Dance companies, Michigan Dance Project & ArtlabJ, and has had the Pleasure of performing alongside multiple michigan & non-michigan based dance companies and schools. Bill continues to spread the gift of dance by teaching at several locations in Michigan, and offering several styles of dance. Bill believes versatility and genuinely expressing yourself as well as the connections we build and receive through dance are the reasons and intentions behind every class and performance.

William (Bill) Charboneau began dancing seriously at the age of 17 in Pinckney High School's Dance program. From there he went on to dance competitively for 2 years with Michelle's Academy of Dance & Performing Arts Center. Bill trained for 3 years in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre & Dance to receive a Bachelor's of Science in Dance from Wayne State University. Training in programs such as Bates Dance Festival and ACDA alongside college, delving into several styles and genres of dance has rounded the training of Bill's journey. William has danced with Michigan based Dance companies, Michigan Dance Project & ArtlabJ, and has had the Pleasure of performing alongside multiple michigan & non-michigan based dance companies and schools. Bill continues to spread the gift of dance by teaching at several locations in Michigan, and offering several styles of dance. Bill believes versatility and genuinely expressing yourself as well as the connections we build and receive through dance are the reasons and intentions behind every class and performance.

8/19

Errant Movement

Dancing Feats Dance Centre Ensemble

Living Art's Fever Dance Troupe

Suttle Dance - Syltin

Renee Murray

Katharine Pettit Creative 

Mack Avenue Dance Company

William Charboneau

Meta Dance Project

Bollyburn Dancers

Ballet Edge is Metro Detroit's newest ballet company! Founded in 2017, Ballet Edge specializes in contemporary ballet en pointe under the leadership of Angel Lavery. The company's vision is to unify classical ballet technique with multiple genres of contemporary dance and music. This group of diverse artists is committed to bringing a refreshing and unique style of dance to the Metro Detroit area. In just one year, they have performed at the Ella Gala Charity, Audi of Birmingham Grand Opening, Beaumont Care Center, and the Motor City Choreography Collective. Ballet Edge dancers are Ciara Brennan, Angel Lavery, Erica Marshall, Danielle Moore, Jillian Richardson, and Erin Suchara.

Ballet Edge is Metro Detroit's newest ballet company! Founded in 2017, Ballet Edge specializes in contemporary ballet en pointe under the leadership of Angel Lavery. The company's vision is to unify classical ballet technique with multiple genres of contemporary dance and music. This group of diverse artists is committed to bringing a refreshing and unique style of dance to the Metro Detroit area. In just one year, they have performed at the Ella Gala Charity, Audi of Birmingham Grand Opening, Beaumont Care Center, and the Motor City Choreography Collective. Ballet Edge dancers are Ciara Brennan, Angel Lavery, Erica Marshall, Danielle Moore, Jillian Richardson, and Erin Suchara.

Louise Paquette received her BFA as a dance major from York University in Toronto, Canada in 1995. Paquette has been a choreographer and lead dancer with Dance Nonce for the 1998/1999 seasons and 2009 to the present. She was a principal dance with HNM Dance Company and Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises from 1997-2007. Paquette established Dare 2 Dance studio in 2014. She also teaches dance at the University of Windsor and is artist-in-the-classroom with the Learning Through the Arts/Greater Essex District County School Board. Michele Reis attended Central Michigan University where she studied modern, jazz and ballet disciplines with the Orchesis Dance Theatre, while earning her Bachelors degree in Business. She has choreographed and performed with Dance Nonce since 2009 in the U.S. and Canada. 2001-2005 she performed with the HNM Dance Company. In 2003 and 2011, Reis performed at the FRINGE Festival of Independent Dance Artists. Dance Nonce was founded in 1973 by Artistic Director Denise Szykula. Szykula is recipient of The Arts Award for Excellence from the Arts Foundation of Michigan in 1984.  

Louise Paquette received her BFA as a dance major from York University in Toronto, Canada in 1995. Paquette has been a choreographer and lead dancer with Dance Nonce for the 1998/1999 seasons and 2009 to the present. She was a principal dance with HNM Dance Company and Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises from 1997-2007. Paquette established Dare 2 Dance studio in 2014. She also teaches dance at the University of Windsor and is artist-in-the-classroom with the Learning Through the Arts/Greater Essex District County School Board. Michele Reis attended Central Michigan University where she studied modern, jazz and ballet disciplines with the Orchesis Dance Theatre, while earning her Bachelors degree in Business. She has choreographed and performed with Dance Nonce since 2009 in the U.S. and Canada. 2001-2005 she performed with the HNM Dance Company. In 2003 and 2011, Reis performed at the FRINGE Festival of Independent Dance Artists. Dance Nonce was founded in 1973 by Artistic Director Denise Szykula. Szykula is recipient of The Arts Award for Excellence from the Arts Foundation of Michigan in 1984.
 

MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company began in 1996 as "Moore & More Dances" by Founding Director, Connie Moore. Janet Clayton-Reid was appointed the new Artistic Director in the year 2000 and has held this position since that time. MDCDC has performed the works of many noted Michigan choreographers such as Peter Sparling, Bill De Young, Jessica Fogel, Laurie Eisenhower, Alie Woerner, Thayer Jonutz and many others, as well as works by Founding Director, Connie Moore and Artistic Director, Janet Clayton-Reid. Many of these collaborations have been supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and Oakland County Arts, Culture & Film. The Company has performed in theaters, galleries, schools and festivals throughout the state of Michigan. In recent seasons the Company has performed at the Oakland Dance Festival, Mitten Festival, Detroit Dance Race and at the DIA. MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company also presents it's own formal dance concerts several times each season. Artistic Director, Janet Clayton-Reid was a recipient of the New Choregraphy Award in 2005 by the Michigan Dance Council and was also commissioned by Grand Valley State University to present her work "Fiesta". The Company is honored to be part of this year's Detroit Dance City Festival!  

MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company began in 1996 as "Moore & More Dances" by Founding Director, Connie Moore. Janet Clayton-Reid was appointed the new Artistic Director in the year 2000 and has held this position since that time. MDCDC has performed the works of many noted Michigan choreographers such as Peter Sparling, Bill De Young, Jessica Fogel, Laurie Eisenhower, Alie Woerner, Thayer Jonutz and many others, as well as works by Founding Director, Connie Moore and Artistic Director, Janet Clayton-Reid. Many of these collaborations have been supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and Oakland County Arts, Culture & Film. The Company has performed in theaters, galleries, schools and festivals throughout the state of Michigan. In recent seasons the Company has performed at the Oakland Dance Festival, Mitten Festival, Detroit Dance Race and at the DIA. MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company also presents it's own formal dance concerts several times each season. Artistic Director, Janet Clayton-Reid was a recipient of the New Choregraphy Award in 2005 by the Michigan Dance Council and was also commissioned by Grand Valley State University to present her work "Fiesta". The Company is honored to be part of this year's Detroit Dance City Festival!
 

Sophia & José Sophia & José are Argentine Tango dancers based in Ann Arbor, MI. They have been dancing together since 2015. They have performed at cultural events in Ann Arbor and the greater metro Detroit area; as well as for events at the University of Michigan. Sophia & José enjoy sharing their love of Tango with the community through teaching and performing. José Luis Fernández-Garcia José was born and raised in Málaga, Spain. He came to the United States in 1998 and started teaching Spanish at the University of Michigan. José has been dancing Argentine Tango for over a decade. Some of his most influential tango teachers are Patricia Greve and Avik Basu. José also has a background in martial arts. He studied Bagua under Victor Chao. José has made many connections between tango and martial arts. José also has a background in Theatre. He has performed in Shakespeare in the Arb for many years under the direction of Kate Middleton, appearing in A Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Sophia Daly Sophia grew up in Plymouth, MI. She started dancing at the age of 3 when her dad signed her up for ballet lessons. Sophia has studied tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and hip hop dance. In 2012, Sophia received her B.A. in Theatre from Hope College. After graduation, Sophia went to Massachusetts to train at Double Edge Theatre, a highly imaginative physical theatre that creates devised work. When Sophia came back to Michigan, she discovered Argentine Tango and has been dancing it ever since.  

Sophia & José Sophia & José are Argentine Tango dancers based in Ann Arbor, MI. They have been dancing together since 2015. They have performed at cultural events in Ann Arbor and the greater metro Detroit area; as well as for events at the University of Michigan. Sophia & José enjoy sharing their love of Tango with the community through teaching and performing. José Luis Fernández-Garcia José was born and raised in Málaga, Spain. He came to the United States in 1998 and started teaching Spanish at the University of Michigan. José has been dancing Argentine Tango for over a decade. Some of his most influential tango teachers are Patricia Greve and Avik Basu. José also has a background in martial arts. He studied Bagua under Victor Chao. José has made many connections between tango and martial arts. José also has a background in Theatre. He has performed in Shakespeare in the Arb for many years under the direction of Kate Middleton, appearing in A Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Sophia Daly Sophia grew up in Plymouth, MI. She started dancing at the age of 3 when her dad signed her up for ballet lessons. Sophia has studied tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and hip hop dance. In 2012, Sophia received her B.A. in Theatre from Hope College. After graduation, Sophia went to Massachusetts to train at Double Edge Theatre, a highly imaginative physical theatre that creates devised work. When Sophia came back to Michigan, she discovered Argentine Tango and has been dancing it ever since.
 

8/20

Council of Asian Pacific Americans

People Dancing Company

Dance Cat-alyst

Dance Nonce

Members of ConTempus

Rowe Niodior African Dance Company

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing Feats Dance Centre Ensemble directed by Susan Clayton under studio owner Lisa Schwartz was established in 2016 at the Dancing Feats Dance Centre in Farmington Michigan. The Ensemble was formed to give serious minded talented dancers from the school a chance perform concert dance work and are selected dancers. The Ensemble members are required to study ballet, modern and jazz dance on a weekly basis along with a weekly rehearsal and are under contract from January-August this season. The Ensemble has been guest performers of the MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company, the Novi High School Dance Company and now the Detroit City Dance Festival this first season. The concept of the company is to create one major piece each season to submit to artistic performances in the metro Detroit area. This season We Create was developed and choreographed by Susan Clayton (with artistic explorations with the dancers). The Ensemble goal is to develop trained creative sensitive artists.  

Dancing Feats Dance Centre Ensemble directed by Susan Clayton under studio owner Lisa Schwartz was established in 2016 at the Dancing Feats Dance Centre in Farmington Michigan. The Ensemble was formed to give serious minded talented dancers from the school a chance perform concert dance work and are selected dancers. The Ensemble members are required to study ballet, modern and jazz dance on a weekly basis along with a weekly rehearsal and are under contract from January-August this season. The Ensemble has been guest performers of the MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company, the Novi High School Dance Company and now the Detroit City Dance Festival this first season. The concept of the company is to create one major piece each season to submit to artistic performances in the metro Detroit area. This season We Create was developed and choreographed by Susan Clayton (with artistic explorations with the dancers). The Ensemble goal is to develop trained creative sensitive artists.
 

Cathy and Company is a dance and drama group which incorporates surprising visual elements into each performance. Our style is “arts y” yet accessible. Our work ranges from performance art to traditional dance. Cathy and Company is dedicated to both tradition theater and community engagement projects. We believe bringing art to underserved communities is important. The company is currently a collaboration between Cathy Taister and Malachi Anderson. Malachi Anderson is an exuberant actor with an adventurous personality. His desire to try new things leads him to new opportunities. Mr. Anderson has appeared in two films As Far by Breanna Films and Black Lives Matter: Now Act Like It by Royal Youth Group. Malachi has been in commercials for Dick’s Sporting Goods and Light Up the World. He performed with People Dancing in their 30th Anniversary Concert, Thrive. Cathy Taister holds a BA in Dance from George Washington University in Washington DC. Cathy has enjoyed a colorful dancing career. She has performed at the Kennedy Center’s open house and at National Theater’s Community Vaudeville Program in Washington DC, at Figment Festival in New York, at Dancing with Arlington Stars in Virginia. Mrs. Taister has also performed with Ajax Moving Company and World Dance Focus in Maryland. In Michigan, Cathy has performed at The Emerald Theater, The Majestic Theater, and The Detroit Dance City Festival. The dance company has performed in This House Is A (____), an event to raise money and awareness for Detroit’s eviction problem, ArtlabJ’s 14th Detroit Dance Race, Teatro Chico’s Mother Matter’s, Performance Laboratory, Theodore J.H. Hulsker’s Detroit Klanghaus, Sitedance, the SideWalk Festival, Ingress, and Grace Theater’s Motion.  

Cathy and Company is a dance and drama group which incorporates surprising visual elements into each performance. Our style is “arts y” yet accessible. Our work ranges from performance art to traditional dance. Cathy and Company is dedicated to both tradition theater and community engagement projects. We believe bringing art to underserved communities is important. The company is currently a collaboration between Cathy Taister and Malachi Anderson. Malachi Anderson is an exuberant actor with an adventurous personality. His desire to try new things leads him to new opportunities. Mr. Anderson has appeared in two films As Far by Breanna Films and Black Lives Matter: Now Act Like It by Royal Youth Group. Malachi has been in commercials for Dick’s Sporting Goods and Light Up the World. He performed with People Dancing in their 30th Anniversary Concert, Thrive. Cathy Taister holds a BA in Dance from George Washington University in Washington DC. Cathy has enjoyed a colorful dancing career. She has performed at the Kennedy Center’s open house and at National Theater’s Community Vaudeville Program in Washington DC, at Figment Festival in New York, at Dancing with Arlington Stars in Virginia. Mrs. Taister has also performed with Ajax Moving Company and World Dance Focus in Maryland. In Michigan, Cathy has performed at The Emerald Theater, The Majestic Theater, and The Detroit Dance City Festival. The dance company has performed in This House Is A (____), an event to raise money and awareness for Detroit’s eviction problem, ArtlabJ’s 14th Detroit Dance Race, Teatro Chico’s Mother Matter’s, Performance Laboratory, Theodore J.H. Hulsker’s Detroit Klanghaus, Sitedance, the SideWalk Festival, Ingress, and Grace Theater’s Motion.
 


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