Getting to know our Choreographers: Charly Santagado

By: Lindsay Duncan Orlando native Charly Santagado has had a passion for choreography ever since she was 5 years old. She often finds herself watching old home videos of her and her sister choreographing duets when they were young with absolute joy and imagination. Charly grew up as a competition dancer and began to slowly…

Introducing 2018-19 Choreographer Sterling McClary

By: Lara Davis For as long as he can remember, Sterling McClary wanted to go into musical theatre. He remembers his childhood with a chuckle, “We used to go to Old Navy and I would just be in the fitting area dancing around and like 10 to 15 people would gather around just watching. They…

Getting to know our Choreographers: Dorse Brown

BY: LINDSAY DUNCAN “It was therapy for me, to escape life’s hardships even as a young child.” When people ask dancers why they dance, they usually respond by saying “Dance is an escape for me” or “I have found myself through dance.” Dance for a lot of us has allowed us to push through life’s biggest…

Introducing 2018-19 Choreographer Madi Nelson

BY: LARA DAVIS Anyone who knows Madi Nelson knows how genuine and spunky this girl is, which completely shows through her movement. Her energy is simply contagious! Madi Nelson began her dance training at Great Gig Dance in Kennesaw, and later pursued a dance degree at Marymount Manhattan College. Upon graduation, Madi worked with Sarah…

Get to know our Choregraphers: Gabrielle Gambino

By: Lindsay Duncan New Orleans native and founder of Roots Dance Project, Gabrielle Gambino has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She is classically trained in ballet and has attended many summer intensives in Atlanta and New York. She has also danced professionally in Nashville and Atlanta and is currently working as a professional…

Dance Canvas 2018-19 Company Incubator Pilot

Dance Canvas adds a new layer…Developing new dance organizations Our 1st Company Incubator Pilot Participant: Vanessa Zabari has premiered work with Dance Canvas three times, and now is the pilot participant in our program designed to help choreographers establish professional companies in Atlanta and beyond. Through our new program, Vanessa will receive consulting services and professional…

DANCE CANVAS ANNOUNCES 2018-19 SEASON & SELECTED CHOREOGRAPHERS

“Each season, the pool of applicants grows and grows,” exclaims Dance Canvas’ Executive Artistic Director, Angela Harris. This October marks the start of Dance Canvas’ 2018-19 Season – our 11th year of programming. “We are thrilled to announce the professional choreographers that we’ve selected for our annual Choreographer Career Development Initiative. It is a strong…

Why Don’t We Collaborate More?

by Lara Davis Sometimes the Atlanta dance scene seems like a bubble. You go to a dance show and you see the same people you saw at the last show.  If we spend so much time creating pieces to share with the community, why should we settle for so frequently sharing our ideas within the…

DANCE CANVAS SELECTED AS A GRANTEE OF BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES’ ARTS INNOVATION AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Dance Canvas, Inc. will participate in $43 million program ATLANTA, GA — August 13, 2018 — Dance Canvas today announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin,…

A Look Back on Dance Canvas

Samantha Miller As we prepare to usher in the new 2018/19 season, we can’t help but feel sentimental about the evolution of this company, as well as imagine what it will continue to grow to be. It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flown since the inception of Dance Canvas. The community, connections and…

Catching Up With Choreographers: Gierre Godley

2017 Dance Canvas choreographer Gierre Godley has had an exciting year. His NYC-based dance company, Project 44, was recently featured on Mashable for their work redefining gender norms in dance. Read more about what he’s been up to and his advice for the Next Generation below! How did you get your start dancing? Gierre: Like most…

Catching Up With Choreographers: Kamali Hill

Dance Canvas audiences last saw Kamali Hill’s work during the 2016 Performance Series at the Rialto Center for the Arts, when she presented “Keep The Body, Take The Mind”. But this choreographer has been anything but dormant since then. From setting work on companies both locally and nationally, choreographing musicals, teaching or collaborating with other artists, Kamali…