Celebrate the Art of Relationships through Dance

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June 3, 2014 by Nicole

The Center for Contemporary Dance presents its annual summer concert, Making Connections, at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8 at Trinity Preparatory School.

Photo by Kieshalia Stephens

Making Connections is a showcase of contemporary dance works, choreographed by an award-winning faculty, that celebrate the soulful, nuanced and sometimes profoundly complicated manner in which we interrelate and seek to feel connected. The concert works tell a diverse range of stories inspired by the simplicity of childhood to the challenges of cultivating intimacy in an ever-evolving digital world.

“Using the beauty of contemporary dance as a vehicle for penning the moments of our lives, Making Connections is really about the art of relationships,” says Executive Director Craig W. Johnson. “Audiences of all ages and backgrounds can identify with the stories presented in the performance–it’s a celebration of the universal experiences that bind us to a collective humanity and make us who we are.”

The dance works presented will highlight a diverse cast of more than 80 students of all ages and are choreographed by faculty members and artists from The Center for Contemporary Dance, including Artistic Director Dario J. Moore, Director of Pre-Professional Programs Jeré James, Studio Manager Jennia Shanley, Margo Blake, Mary Love Ward, Nikki Peña and Dawn Stewart-Branch. Selections from the organization’s professional ensembles include performances by Moore Dance Project, Dawn Branch Works, Coby Project and Mary Love Dance Projects.

How is this concert different from a recital?
“We put [this concert] together as an experience, beginning to end, to make it interesting for the audience members. It’s not the same things over and over,” Jennia Shanley explains. In other words, it’s not a string of routines; it’s a collection of works.

CCD also strives to teach their students to think holistically about the show.

“I want my dancers to start viewing their dances from an objective angle”, Jennia told me. “Of course, I want everyone to be excited about their part, but I want them to think big picture. It’s easy to get wrapped up in how much stage time one dancer has versus another, but that’s not the meaning of the dance. The meaning of dance [and what we do here] is that every dancer has value. Every dancer is important. The dance wouldn’t be the same [without each of them]. We work together to create an impact on the audience.”

Additionally, Making Connections is not only an arts experience, but an opportunity to support the dance community here in Central Florida. Proceeds benefit the organization’s cornerstone campaign to Give Kids the Arts!, which annually provides more than 3,000 under-served children access to free dance education experiences.

Sunday, June 8, 2014
7:00 pm
Trinity Preparatory School
5700 Trinity Prep Lane
Winter Park, FL 32792
$12 (advance); $15 (at the door); $25 (VIP premium reserved seating)*
*VIP tickets are limited and include reserved seating in the front 5 rows of the orchestra section.
Call (407) 695-8366 or purchase online at www.thecenterfordance.org


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