Choreographic Spotlight: Juel Lane

During our last showcase, I got a moment to sit down with returning Choreographer Juel Lane. Lane is an Atlanta Native, with an impressive resume that boasts commissioned works for Ailey II & Dallas Black Dance Theatre.  When we asked Juel for his #WednesdayWisdom for new choreographers, he simply said “teach them”. When asked to elaborate,…

#FoodieFriday with Lonnie!

Many of you may know choreographer Lonnie Davis for his precise, highly-energetic choreography from our 2011 and 2015 Performance Series, but what you may not know is that he is also an avid foodie and chef! When he’s not in the studio, he’s whipping up dishes like homemade turkey chili or sweet potato pie with…

Choreographer Spotlight: Dana Woodruff

Dana Woodruff is no stranger to Dance Canvas. She choreographed for the Performance Series back in 2012 and more recently in 2015. Not to mention she teaches at the DC Next Summer Intensive and is our trusty Professional Development Manager. When Dana’s not busy choreographing or teaching, she loves to eat popcorn and watch movies with…

Choreographer Spotlight: Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis is an Atlanta-Based Dancer and Executive/Artistic Director of the City Gate Dance Theater. She has worked closely with Dance Canvas before, and has an impressive resume of performance and choreographic works. For our Tenth Anniversary Celebration, she will be returning to present a choreographed work titled “REBIRTH.” REBIRTH is a women’s trio and…

Behind the Scenes with Choreographer Annalee Traylor

Today we went behind the scenes of Annalee Traylor’s rehearsal for a sneak peek at her 9 minute work that will be featured in Dance Canvas’ Tenth Anniversary Celebration in March of 2018. Based in Pittsburgh, Traylor is a choreographer that works to “draw on the rawness of vulnerability and expose the instinctual connection that…

Catching Up With Choreographers: Braeden Barnes

Meet Braeden Barnes, a Chicago-native, freelance choreographer and dancer with Visceral Dance Chicago.  His piece “Changes” premiered in the 2016 Dance Canvas Performance Series. Since that time, he has continued to create new works, now involving video as a medium. He recently created three short films in a series entitled “Projections: A film in three chapters.” …

Catching Up With Choreographers: 4 Questions With Katherine

With the 10th Anniversary Performance Series right around the corner, we thought it’d be a good time to catch up with some of our past choreographers to see where they are now. For this installment of “Catching Up With Choreographers” we check in with choreographer Katherine Gant, who created a piece for our 3rd annual Performance…

2016-2017 Performance Series Choreographer: Beth Del Nero

I came very late to dance. 28 years old is when I walked into my first ballet class – a late bloomer to say the least. I keep wondering when people are going to “find out” I haven’t been dancing since age 3 like most other choreographers I know.  The truth is, I’ve been doing some…

2016-2017 Performance Series Choreographer: Raianna Brown

If you’ve ever driven down Southland Forest way on any given Saturday in the summer fourteen years ago, you would have seen two little girls in the middle of the driveway with a boom box attached to a long extension cord running all the way back inside of a house. One little girl would be…

2016-2017 Performance Series Choreographer: Isaac Lerner

Hello, my name is Isaac Lerner and I am one of Dance Canvas’ choreographers this season.  I started dancing at the age of four, and I haven’t stopped since. I graduated from the Ridgefield Conservatory in 2012, then later graduated from the Hartt School in Hartford Connecticut with a BFA in dance performance in May…

2016-2017 Performance Series Choreographer: Gierre Godley

I would consider myself a late bloomer in the dance world. Well no, I am actually still blooming! I’ve always been drawn to music and movement, but I didn’t take any formal dance classes until my last years in high school. I loved my high school friends so much and they were all dancers; so…

Meet our Spring 2017 Administrative Intern! Jaslyn Harris

“IF YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH, TELL HIM ABOUT YOUR PLANS.” -WOODY ALLEN For as long as I can remember, my mother would always recite this very quote to me when I was going through a stressful period. I am the type of individual who tries to map everything out; however I have a…