A New Season; From DC Next Intern to Communication Assistant

I have had the privilege of working with Dance Canvas in a variety of aspects; as a DC Next intern in the Summer of 2016&17, as the Dance Canvas Intern 2017/18 and now as the Communications Assistant. Essentially, my job is to generate content and have external communication for the company. In a nutshell, I…

Getting to Know our Choreographers: Sarah Emery

Our Performance Series this past season was truly something special! Our 2019 choreographer, Sarah Emery, talks more about her experience working with us during our initiative and how it has shaped her professionally as an emerging artist. Recently, I had the privilege of presenting a new dance work for the 2019 Dance Canvas choreographer’s showcase….

Catching Up With DC Nexter Austyn Rich

Today, we catch up with DC Next 2012 Alum and recent college graduate Austyn Rich to discuss embracing change and the importance of self-advocacy. Austyn graduated this May from the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance with a BFA in Dance. Q: What were your expectations at the start of your college…

The Next Generation: Where Are They Now?

By: Lara Davis If you’re familiar with Dance Canvas, chances are you’ve heard our slogan before – “Introducing the Next Generation”. As a member of the first class of the DC Next Summer Choreographic Intensive in 2010, I was thrilled to be a training to one day be the “next generation”. As the 9th summer of…

DANCE CANVAS RETURNS TO THE FERST WITH NEW CHOREOGRAPHERS

This season, the powerful new works organically fit a theme of human relationships and communication. “Each year, when we select choreographers, we base our selection on their unique voices and choreographic strengths,” says Artistic Director, Angela Harris, “This season, something unique happened…we saw a through-line with storytelling in the works, whether it was interpersonal relationships or non-verbal communication, each choreographer created out of the desire to explore how we all relate to each other. The result is quite compelling.”

Introducing 2018-19 Choreographer Jessica Bertram

By: Lara Davis Jessica Bertram considers herself “a movement artist driven by storytelling, research, and ultimately, play”. As a native of Huntsville, Alabama, she began dancing at the age of 3 at the North Alabama Dance Center. She continued her training at Emory University and graduated in 2017 with a BA in dance & movement studies…

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…

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…