Grab Your Calendars, Dance Returns to Dallas in August
Big Rig Dance Collective
Where did the summer go? It's been a relatively quiet and cool one this year, and that can only mean one thing. That we've all been be resting and waiting for August to hit and for the performance season to start again. Dancers who have been gone all summer training and performing across the United States, whether it was at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, or the Dance in the Desert Festival in Las Vegas, it's time to get on Dallas stages again.
In August, dance companies hold general auditions for new seasons, performances begin again, and classes resume. I've broken down the month's offerings into 3 main categories: performances, auditions, and intensives. There is a lot to choose from. See something we've missed? Add it in the comments.
Now get dancing.
August 7: Big Rig Dance Collective Residency with Rebecca Bryant
After they spend five days in residency with California-based artist and dance professor at California State University Long Beach, Rebecca Bryant, Big Rig Dance Collective will present the results at a free showing at Tarrant County College Northwest. Bryant will be setting her new work Suite Female: Part X on Big Rig co-directors Crysta Caulkins-Clouse, Whitney Geldon, Amanda Jackson, and Lily Sloan, who have performed other pieces in this series across Texas and Oklahoma. Suite Female investigates the cultural construction of female identity within American culture. Part X will continue to explore the subject of female representation by using video projection in combination with dance and text. Wielding a video camera to capture, frame, and manipulate their own images, the four female performers will explore ideas of viewing, labeling, and power by controlling the visual representation of themselves. See at 5 p.m. August 7 at Tarrant County College Northwest, WHPE Dance Studio. Free.
August 10: 8&1 Dance Company's "Summer Celebration"
8&1 Dance Company's summer production and fundraiser, "Summer Celebration," will be held at Quixotic World on Main Street in Deep Ellum on August 10 at 7:00 p.m. Join them for an upbeat and entertaining showcase of the company's new works, as well as a few of the company's favorite pieces. Company member Avery D. Wilson will present a new piece, 8&1's apprentices and intensive students will also perform pieces they have learned in their summer workshop, and guest artists Bandan Koro will also be performing. The evening is super casual and a laid back celebration of dance: so, no fancy dress required.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show begins at 7:15 p.m. on August 10 at The Quixotic World, 2824 Main St., Dallas. $15.
August 10: Music Within
Under the artistic direction of Savitha Sastry, the Arathi School of Dance and the Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation will present their show, Music Within, which gives a unique look at Indian dance and choreography.
Show starts at 3 p.m. August 10 at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. $15-$50.
August 14-17: Yaa Halla, Y'All: A Gathering of the Stars in Texas
As part of its mission to broaden the general public's awareness of the cultural aspects of Middle Eastern dance and music, The Isis Foundation will be presenting its 14th annual Yaa Halla, Y'All event. Hundreds of local, national, and international professional, amateur, and student belly dancers and Middle Eastern musicians will be participating, so if you've never seen professionally trained belly dancers before, don't miss this show! The Middle Eastern community is a large and healthy part of the city of Dallas and its neighborhood, so this performance is an important event marking their significance here.
August 14-17 at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street, Grapevine. Shows are at 6 p.m.Thursday-Saturday and 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
August 15: DFW DanceWorks by Simple Sparrow
Simple Sparrow Dance Company is back after a quiet 2013 to present new work by emerging choreographers Gabrielle Aufiero, Katie Webb, Heather Gall, and Crysta Caulkins-Clouse (also of Big Rig Dance Collective) and local favorite Katelyn Harris, as well as the work of Collective Dance Force. They received critical accolades for 2012's Sounds of a Sleepless Night. We haven't heard much of them since, but they seem to be coming back with force this season. See it at 7:30 p.m., August 15 and 3:30 p.m. August 16 at the MCL Grand Theater, Lewisville. $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors.
August 17: Stars of American Ballet
Daniel Ulbricht presents Stars of American Ballet featuring principals and soloists of New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. The show stops in at 3 p.m. August 17 at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson. $25-$80.
August 29-31: Dallas DanceFest
The Dance Council of North Texas presents the inaugural season of Dallas DanceFest (DDF) - an exhilarating festival showcasing vibrant performances by regional dance companies and recognizing distinguished area leaders for their outstanding contributions in the field. In celebration of the first DDF season, the weekend culminates with the annual DCNT Honors. The Sunday, August 31 awards event includes presentation of honorary awards to illustrious dance leaders; performances by festival companies and selected DCNT 2014 scholarship recipients; a reception and silent auction. Performances are at 8 p.m.August 29-30 and 2 p.m. August 31 at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. $25-$45; $100 VIP and $15 student rush tickets also available.
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