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Kate Weare Company and Brazz Dance Theater Come to Florida Dance Festival

Kate Weare Company and Brazz Dance Theater Come to Florida Dance Festival

TAMPA, Fla. – Aspiring dancers from across the country will permeate the corridors of the University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance, June 12-23, for the rare opportunity to train under nationally renowned dance choreographers in a noncompetitive atmosphere as part of Florida Dance Association’s Florida Dance Festival.

The two-week program is designed to expose dancers to a wide variety of disciplines and techniques that will equip them for potential careers in the arts, with training designed to push their potential and prepare them for professional careers.  The intense workshop is designed for intermediate and advanced dancers.

“Florida Dance Festival has been a launching pad for many aspiring dancers throughout our state and beyond to pursue professional careers in the arts,” says Bill Doolin, director of Florida Dance Association, the nonprofit organization established to support the development of dance in Florida.  “There’s a unique sense of community here that unites a diverse group of choreographers, performers, teachers and students without the stress of competition.”

For patrons of the arts and dance lovers, Florida Dance Festival provides an array of avant-garde productions during its multi-night performance series that kicks off with Florida Dances on June 13.

Dancers from across the state submit a variety of original works to Florida Dance Association for the opportunity to perform during the festival’s Florida Dances.  Six performances will be showcased including a duet by local Tampa dancers, Erin Tracy and Tina Tdwell; an upbeat modern piece exploring social conformity choreographed by USF students Dazaun Soleyn and Michael Jones, group work but Tallahassee-based Keisha Calderon; ballet duet by Florida Dance Theatre’s Carol Erkes from Lakeland; a duet and solo by University of Florida’s Kristin O’Neal and Greg Catellier; a duet by Miami-based choreographer Pioneer Winter and a special performance will be presented in honor of Florida State University’s Lynda Davis who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Augusto Soledade, a native of Brazil and founding artistic director of Brazz Dance Theater will present his latest work, “Cordel” on June 16.  “Cordel” explores the parallels of the Argentine tango and American hip-hop culture as well as the literary tradition of Cordel in the Northeast region of Brazil (printed booklets of folk novels, poems and songs sold by side street vendors).  The abstract contemporary performance sheds light on specific dance forms that emerged through global social tensions and hardships.  Original scores for “Cordel” are composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, a noted Haitian-American composer. “Cordel” is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Florida Dance Association in partnership with Alabama Dance Council South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency: www.npnweb.org).

Making a premiere in Tampa Bay on June 22, is New York-based Kate Weare Company known for its physically charged and emotionally unguarded contemporary dance.  The award-winning company will present its latest work, “Garden” that incorporates four dancers and a menacing atmosphere featuring an inverted tree.  The piece focuses in on collective identity and safety amid nature’s uncontrollable environment, eliciting raw sensuality and innocence amidst a backdrop of dark undercurrents.

 
The performance series wraps up on June 23, with the energizing Festival Finale featuring the work of the Florida Dance Festival students and choreography by instructors:  Jennifer Archibald, Douglas Gillespie, Leslie Kraus, Andy Howard, Jennifer Salk, Colleen Smith, Courtney Smith and Augusto Soledade.  Phyllis Penney, dance department chair at Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, will receive the Nancy Smith Award for advancing the art form of dance within the state of Florida accompanied by a tribute performance.

Tickets to performances range from $7-$22 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (800-982-2787) orwww.ticketmaster.com. Registration is also open for students with a minimum of 1-2 years of dance training, but space is limited.  For more, visit: www.floridadanceassociation.org or call 305-310-8080.  Preview photos available at:http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150850336097616.411327.191809717615&type=1.

Established in 1974, Florida Dance Association is Florida’s statewide arts/dance service organization.  The first Summer Dance Workshop, known today as Florida Dance Festival, was held in Tampa, at University of Tampa, in 1979.  Florida Dance Festival is the preeminent annual dance workshop event in the southeastern United States.

IF YOU GO TO: Florida Dance Festival Performance Series

WHAT: Florida Dances
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. Wed., June 13
WHERE:  USF School of Theatre and Dance (Theatre 2)
(3829 USF W. Holly Drive, Tampa)
HOW MUCH: $9 (Florida Dance members)  $10 (students/seniors)          $15 (general)
DESCRIPTION: An eclectic dance collection from members of Florida Dance Association and an opportunity to see new works performed by: Tampa’s Erin Tracy and Tina Tdwell; USF’s Dazaun Soleyn and Michael Jones, Tallahassee-based Keisha Calderon; Florida Dance Theatre’s Carol Erkes; University of Florida’s Kristin O’Neal and Greg Catellier; Miami-based choreographer Pioneer Winter and a special performance in honor of Florida State University’s Lynda Davis who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

WHAT: Brazz Dance Theater “Cordel”
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. Sat., June 16
WHERE: USF School of Theatre and Dance (Theatre 2)
(3829 USF W. Holly Drive, Tampa)
HOW MUCH: $10 (Florida Dance members)  $15 (students/seniors)       $22 (general)
DESCRIPTION: Abstract contemporary performance that explores the parallels of the Argentine tango and American hip-hop culture as well as the literary tradition of Cordel in the Northeast region of Brazil.

WHAT: Kate Weare Company “Garden”
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. Fri., June 22
WHERE: USF School of Theatre and Dance (Theatre 2)
(3829 USF W. Holly Drive, Tampa)
HOW MUCH: $10 (Florida Dance members)  $15 (students/seniors)       $22 (general)
DESCRIPTION:  Award-winning New York company presents a physically charged and emotionally unguarded contemporary piece focusing on collective identity and safety amid nature’s uncontrollable environment.

WHAT: Festival Finale
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sat., June 23
WHERE: USF School of Theatre and Dance (Theatre 2)
(3829 USF W. Holly Drive, Tampa)
HOW MUCH: $7 (all tickets)
DESCRIPTION:  High-energy Florida Dance Festival student showcase choreographed by top dance professionals during the 10-day workshop (a la, “So You Think You Can Dance”).  And tribute performance for Nancy Smith Award recipient, Phyllis Penney of Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

All tickets can be purchased at the door or Ticketmaster (800-982-2787) and www.ticketmaster.com.

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