Artist Interview: Hind Benali

As part of their US tour, Fleur d’Orange brings their riveting performance of IDENTITY/IDENTITÉ to Dance Place for one night only. Spearheaded by choreographer and dancer Hind Benali, the intense, image-rich movement of the piece traces the personal interiors and public exteriors of Moroccan life — a nation that stands at the crossroads of past and present, Africa and Europe. Set to an evocative sound score by composer-musician Mohcine Imraharn and joined on stage by fellow dancer Soufiane Karim, Hind gracefully explores her personal past and African roots, the limits and freedoms of Morocco’s history and current practices and the multivalent...

DEVIATED THEATRE in creature. Photo (c) Enoch Chan 2014.

Artist Interview: Kimmie Dobbs Chan & Enoch Chan of DEVIATED THEATRE

This weekend, Dance Place will play host to an original and apocalyptic fairytale by DEVIATED THEATRE. Choreographed by Kimmie Dobbs Chan and Enoch Chan – the husband-and-wife power couple behind the adventurous local company – creature exhibits DEVIATED THEATRE’s signature mix of acting, stage combat, contemporary dance and aerial work. A practicing Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor, Kimmie’s choreography is known for its “rich movement palette” and an aesthetic that is both “strangely spare and incredibly effective.” An accomplished photographer and lighting designer, Enoch has spent his artistic life with the goal of unifying Eastern and Western ideals of storytelling and aesthetic. The effusive pair spoke to Dance Place about the making...


Dance Place Grand Re-Opening Celebrations

Download the full recap of activities from our Grand Re-Opening! What a momentous week of events we’ve had with our Be In Brookland / Community Open House, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Gala Performance and Party. It’s been wonderful to have all of our friends’ and neighbors’ participation in our programs and the generous support in arriving at our Grand Re-Opening after 10 months of intensive renovations. The accolades we’ve received have been touching, as well as a lovely recognition of our leadership. We hope that you feel proud of Dance Place and your investment in our mission. And of course we wouldn’t be here without your...

Culture Shock DC by Glenn Orion Photography 2

Artist Interview: Culture Shock, Washington, DC’s Jeffrey Calero

In anticipation of Culture Shock, Washington, DC‘s upcoming performance, we sat down with Jeffrey Calero – the team’s marketing guru — to talk about their intensive preparations, the company’s gradual evolution, and what audience members should expect from this weekend’s exciting showcase. Founded in 2002 by Artistic Director Margareta Chughtai, Culture Shock, Washington DC is committed to creating fresh, innovative choreography at the forefront of the hip-hop dance community. The world-renowned Culture Shock troupes have brought their performances to stages all over the world, and remain dedicated to utilizing the power and beauty of hip-hop as a means of community enrichment and...


Dance Place Seeks Individual Giving Manager

Dance Place, a nationally recognized cultural arts center in Washington, DC, seeks a full-time Individual Giving Manager to lead the process of developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy focused on identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors, in consultation with the Co-Director. This position reports directly to Dance Place’s Co-Director, Deborah Riley and works in association with Founding Director, Carla Perlo. Basic Job Functions: This position is responsible for creating, continuing and advancing relationships with a growing portfolio of individual donors. This position works closely with the Development team to meet fundraising goals for annual programs as well as Dance...

Deborah Riley, Dr. Jane Chu, Lionell Thomas

Congrats to Dance Place from the National Endowment for the Arts

Dance Place Director Deborah Riley welcomed Dr. Jane Chu, the new Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Lionell Thomas, Director of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, for a tour of our new facility this summer. “Congratulations on the good work you are doing to make the arts meaningful to the community.” – Dr. Jane Chu The NEA has provided funding to Dance Place since our first full presentation series in 1981. Throughout the years, NEA has supported our annual diverse performing series, provided a major Challenge Grant for commissioning new works and funded the...


Energizers Creative Arts Camp 2014

Thanks to the support of a major grant from the DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation, as well as many foundations, corporations and individuals, 100% of our 52 campers attended our seven week Energizers Creative Arts Camp on full scholarship. In addition, 42 teens were hosted on-site through our Energizers Junior Staff program with job training, arts classes and life skills workshops. It was our largest summer camp program ever! Our Energizers Creative Arts Camp has an intensive concentration on ten different dance forms, plus choices in drumming, tumbling, arts & crafts, garden club and jewelry making. All campers...


Hip-Hop Exchange: Brazil and Philadelphia Connect

Two sensational companies from Rio de Janeiro and Philadelphia met for the first time on April 1st sharing heartfelt stories about their backgrounds in a cross-cultural dialogue, followed by a playful dance “battle.” Rennie Harris RHAW from Philadelphia and Companhia Urbana de Danca (CUD) from Rio were each featured companies in our performing series in Spring 2014 and both companies blew the roof off the Edgewood Arts Center in their public performances. Through funding support from the National Education Association Foundation, these companies were brought together for a special introduction and sharing of their common dance language – hip hop.  The...


Grand Re-Opening of our building!

After 10 months of renovations, we moved back home in June for performances, classes and our Energizers Creative Arts Camp. We’re now hard at work preparing for our Grand Re-Opening celebrations, September 6 – 13, 2014. Please join us for Be In Brookland / Community Open House on Saturday, September 6th. We welcome you to tour our new spaces, sample classes for all ages, enjoy our Art on 8th music and gallery, plus meet some of the artists who call Dance Place home. For our Brick Donors – please join us at 5pm as we raise of glass of thanks...

Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market

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2014-2015 Performance Series

SEPTEMBER 6-13 Grand Re-Opening Celebration 6 Be In Brookland / Community Open House 10 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 13 Gala Celebration & Performance 20 Metro Mambo: Time Machine 20-21 Culture Shock, Washington, DC 27-28 DEVIATED THEATRE OCTOBER 4 Hind Benali’s Fleur d’Orange (from Morocco) 11-12 PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER 18 Daniel Burkholder / The PlayGround (at Monroe St. Market) 19 Dance Box Theater & force/collision 25-26 Silvana Straw NOVEMBER 1-2 VTDance / Vincent E. Thomas 9 Companhia Urbana de Dança (from Brazil) 15-16 ClancyWorks Dance Company 22-23 SerendibDance / Asanga Domask DECEMBER 3 Fieldwork Showing 6-7 Urban Dance Theater Festival 13-14 Kwanzaa Celebration...

Photographs by Serena Huang/Momenta Workshops

Audition: New Releases Choreographers Showcase 2014

Dance Place – 2014 New Releases Audition Sign Up Form Updated: 4/21/2014 Please contact Dance Place to schedule your audition: (202) 269-1600  Audition Dates Friday, June 13 @ 4:00pm-8:00pm Saturday, June 14 @ 4:00pm-8:00pm Artists must bring the following information to the audition: Biography of choreographer & performer(s) and/or company Photo image for marketing purposes Brief written description of the work to be performed Technical requirements or special needs Program information including music credits, costume credits, etc… Additional Audition Information: Auditions will take place in the Dance Place theater. Recorded music must be on CD or mp3 player with standard 1/8″ input...

Abraham.In.Motion Live! The Realest MC

Master Class Series 2014

Experience class with choreographers from all across the country in Dance Place’s Master Class series! Drop in for only $15 to these classes. All classes located at The Edgewood Arts Center (3415 8th St NE) unless otherwise noted. Sign Up Now » 2014 Master Classes Saturday, May 10: 11:00am-12:30pm Sean Dorsey Dance With his signature fusion of modern dance, storytelling and theater, Sean Dorsey, the nation’s first transgender modern dance choreographer, is blazing a trail celebrated by critics and sold-out audiences alike. Wednesday, May 14: 10:15am-12:00pm Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion Experience New York based Kyle Abraham’s post-modern movement vocabulary, full of intricate...


Dance Place Staff Featured in Dance Magazine December 2013

We are excited and proud to see Dance Place staff David Dowling and Amanda Blythe featured in Dance Magazine’s December issue as the Editor’s Choice for Video of the Month!                                                   Watch David’s video!


15th Annual Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair

Looking for a unique holiday gift? Put the 15th Annual Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair on your calendar! Dance Place will be at the Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair on Saturday September 6 from 12-4pm!  Give gifts that touch people’s hearts, honor them and make a real difference to those in need. Saturday, December 7, 2013, 12 noon – 4 pmTakoma Park Presbyterian Church310 Tulip AvenueTakoma Park, MD 20912(corner of Tulip & Maple), three blocks from the Takoma Metro Station Dance Place gifts you can buy for friends and family this year include: $10- One day’s supplies for our after-school...