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…

Movement by Marci: Exploring Change and Love Through Physically Integrated Dance

Meet Marci Lefkoff; former Hawks dancer and assistant choreographer, DSA Resident teacher, DC Next faculty, NPTI certified Personal Trainer and jazz enthusiast! Don’t be fooled by her height! This well-rounded, inspirational lady is chocked full of technique and choreographic genius.  As a much loved and instrumental member of the Dance Canvas community, we could not…

Learning about Lara Davis

This week we focus on choreographer and Dance Canvas Administrative Assistant Lara Davis! Lara has been involved with Dance Canvas in almost every way possible: as a student in the DC Next 2010 intensive, as an intern for the 2014 season, as a dancer in 2012 Performance Series, a dancer for Lonnie Davis and Tracy…

Who is Gladys? Insight into Britt Whitmoyer Fishel’s Epoch

“To begin, begin.” – William Wordsworth  These are the words of wisdom Britt Whitmoyer Fishel offers to the next generation of dance makers. Of this quote she says, “My great friend and colleague Maxx Passion introduced me to this quote in graduate school and I always find it relevant during roadblocks or when I need to think less,…

Focusing on Lindsay Fritz (Spoiler: there’s a cute dog)

This week we’re highlighting returning choreographer Lindsay Fritz! We had the privilege of presenting her work in our 2017 show, and this year she is back with a sassy jazz trio that is sure to energize the audience! We always love to get some #WednesdayWisdom from our choreographers, and Lindsay did not disappoint! When I…

Choreographer Spotlight: MUSIC MONDAY with Vanessa Zabari!

Queen. Choreographer. Teacher. Hoofer. Model. Entrepreneur. Founder of Vanessa Zabari & Co. Judge for Inspire National Dance Competition. Vanessa Zabari is a multi-talented, Atlanta-based entrepreneur who is bringing tap back to the mainstream. This year, she’s been working on a unique project with Dance Canvas Director, Angela Harris, to bring a pointe and tap collaboration…

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…