Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Telephone Dance Project hits Washington DC in March

The Telephone Dance Project's next stop on the tour Washington D.C. and we want you to dance with us!

Friday, March 28th 

Improvisation Workshop with TDP 
at Dance Place 
3/28 at 6:30pm-8:30pm
$20 general/$15 students and seniors
Register HERE.
We'll explore some of the ideas we use to create our long-distance works.  Workshop participants will also get a chance to try out some of the movement we'll be using for Saturday's Site-Specific Dance Exploration at the National Portrait Gallery.

Saturday, March 29th

Self-Guided Tour of Dancing the Dream and 
Open Rehearsal of the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company
at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery 
3/29 at 11:00am-3:00pm
Join us any time between 11 and 3pm to take in the National Portrait Gallery's special exhibition honoring American dance throughout the 20th century as well as a glimpse into the preparations for Dana Tai Soon Burgess's newest work to be premiered in the spring.

Site-Specific Dance Experience with TDP
National Portrait Gallery's Kogod Courtyard 
3/29 at 3:00-4:00pm
FREE - let us know you're coming HERE
We'll take inspiration from what we've just seen, and some of TDP's methods of improvisation to create a work of art on the spot.  Join in the fun or watch as we lead a series of dances that you can be a part of by giving just a few simple directions.  Look, listen, and move your way into a deeper understanding of the art that exists all around you.

Salon-Style Performance with TDP and Guests

Brookland Artspace at 3305 8th St. NE 
3/29 at 7:30pm-8:30pm 
Invite with any donation
Put on your evening look, enjoy a glass of wine (donations encouraged), see the art provided by Catholic University Art Students and watch performances by TDP, Mountain Empire and more guest artists.  Performances will happen in an informal setting with dialogue encouraged.

You must be on the invite list to enter, but that's easy!  Simply donate below to ourIndiegogo campaign, contact us personally, or join our Facebook Event.

We can't wait to see you!

Thanks for making this all happen through your generous donations.  Consider sharing or donating the price of a ticket for someone who otherwise could not right here:

Friday, February 7, 2014

Are You A Dancer Moving To A New City?

I know something about starting over as a dancer in a new city.  I got my dance degree in Iowa, joined my first dance company in Minnesota, got my Masters and joined my second company in Milwaukee, moved for my husband's job to Florida, moved for the job marked to Illinois, and have finally settled in Washington D.C.  Each time I've had to make my name ALL OVER AGAIN in a new city.  It's humbling and it always takes longer than you think it should.

Recently, I joined as a contributing writer and guess what my first post is...
You've got it!  Tips for dancers on the move!

"Now it’s time to pull up your big-girl/boy tights, put on your game-face, and be really, really patient all over again.  Since it’s still considered gauche to have your resume printed on your leotard, here are some things I’ve learned along the way that will help you to hop into your new city’s dance scene as fast as possible"

See what I have to say about cornering teachers after class in order to network, what to put on your website (get one!), and how to survive the long wait between moving and your first dancing gig.
And you know if I'm writing about it, I've done it 8 times and screwed it up 7 of those times.

Thanks for reading, and share with all of those dancers you know that are on the move, forced to move, or just need a change of scenery.  I've got them covered!