Sunday, May 3, 2009

Save The Next Dance For Me - TONIGHT

Celebrate Dance Is The Answer by joining everyone at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room in Adams Morgan!

Save the Next Dance For Me: Dance Is the Answer Closing Party from 8:30 PM on into the night! Shake your groove thing, dance with me, I want to be your partner, change partners at dance: whatever lyric from whatever era, come state how dance is the answer for you!

An opportunity to rub elbows and bump posteriors with the all the dancers and arty types you’ve seen both on-stage and off during the last ten days of Dance Is The Answer! This is all about theme and variation, so wear your best dancing outfit and dance to the drummer you hear. Say good bye to this year’s Dance Is The Answer, make nominations for MetroDC Dance Awards while the memory is clear (do that early in the evening, please!) and tell us what we did right and what you’d like to see combust on stage differently next year. A load of surprises, including impromptu performances by some of your best loved performers – including the accumulated, abbreviated and abridged version of EVERY dance performed during Dance Is The Answer in three minutes flat.

This event is FREE, however, donations are suggested and encouraged. All proceeds benefit DanceMetro/DC’s programs including Dance Is The Answer 2010.

Sunday, May 3rd at 8:00 PM
Chief Ike’s Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Dance and Wisdom, Straight From The Horse’s Mouth

By Peter DiMuro and Cheryl Sidwell

Attempting to preserve the legacies of the NY dance world, Jamie Cunningham and Tina Croll, two stalwarts of that city’s dance scene, created the performance work FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH. The piece thrilled sold-out houses in subsequent versions worldwide while capturing a multiple decade’s eye-view of dance and dancers’ lives—on-stage, off-stage and behind-the-stage—in dynamic movement and stories. FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH now premieres in Washington, DC on May 1 & 3, 2009 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center located at 1333 H Street NE, including a mix of the wise and sage voices of our own region’s infamous pioneers in dance, alongside a vibrant group of young’uns who have squeezed a lot of living in their young bodies.

Brought to you through a collaboration of the Atlas and Dance/MetroDC’s Dance Is The Answer 2009, FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH is part improvisation and part story-telling, always moving (literally and otherwise). Yvonne Edwards, long the matriarch of Knock-On-Wood tap students and professionals, tells her story in words and rhythm, improvising with a new riff on the word riff. Marcia Freeman’s years of teaching dance at Gallaudet University—including communication in American Sign Language, another conceptual non-verbal language like dance—hits the stage with double dose of authenticity and simpatico. And renowned dance-critic George Jackson shares an his story with Sonia Henje’s ice-dancing troupe in Austria’s Vienna prior to the Nazi occupation where chances at stardom are left skating circles in the cross of time and world politics. The ever-evolving cast of approximately 30 DC area legends—and near legends—also includes Melvin Deal, Helen Hayes, Doug Yeuell, Gesel Mason, Sukanya Mukherji, Deborah Riley and the list goes on and on.

Friday, May 1st at 8:00 PM and Sunday, May 3rd at 2:00 PM
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC
Tickets are $25; DancePass discounts are available.
Dance Is The Answer 2009:

What Have You Seen? What Have You Taken?

Please share with everyone the performances that you have seen and/or the classes that you have taken?