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PHYLICIA RASHAD

BILLY CRUDUP

CAROL LAWRENCE

ANDRUS NICHOLS

MARTY RAYBON

ALONZO KING

JAKE LANDERS

KERRY GILBERT

YI-MIN CAI

MICHAEL SHANE NEAL

TONYA S. HOLLY

CAROLYN PALMER

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Frantic Assembly

Mark Taper Forum at LA’s Centre Theatre Group 50th Anniversary

MCC Theatre

St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn

The Everyman Theatre

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

1st Stage Theater

59 E 59 Theater

Young Vic of London

Theatre Huntsville

Dance Place in Washington, D.C.

Alabama School of Fine Arts 50th Year Celebration

Rennie Harris at Baltimore Center Stage

Ronald Rand’s new book “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”

What is FAFA? The Florence Academy of Fine Arts in Alabama

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance – London’s International Drama School

Alabama Music Hall Of Fame

Historic Zodiac Playhouse — The “Z” in Florence, Alabama

Shoals Symphony Orchestra at UNA

“Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch” – Edwardian Period Style Salon

 

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“If you take the trouble to really listen (to the music) with your soul and with your ears - and I say soul and ears because the mind must work, but not too much also - you will find every gesture there. And it is all true, you know.”
– Maria Callas

Dance Place in Washington, D.C.

Dance Place, founded by Carla Perlo thirty-six years ago, is an exciting and vibrant dance and educational organization, located in the Brookland section of Washington, D.C.

Dance Place shows what one woman can accomplish when determined to pursue her passion. When we spoke with Ms. Perlo, she told us: “I had minored in dance at the University of Cincinnati back in 1969, studying dance with Thelma Hill. She inspired me to make dance my career. While I was in Cincinnati, I met choreographer, Jan Van Dyke, who had her own dance studio, and I decided to work with her. When Jan decided to go to New York, I decided to stay in D.C. and I established my own studio and theater, that was thirty-six years ago. I have worked as hard as I can to make Dance Place an interesting place to live and work for undiscovered artists. We’ve helped thousands of dancers build their careers. With Deborah Riley, we now offer weekend dance performances over forty weeks during the year, highlighting diverse artists in a variety of dance genres: modern dance, African Dance, tap dance, performance art, hip-hop and spoken word.”

“We also have a work/study program that offers aspiring dancers an opportunity to take unlimited dance classes for free by only working four hours a week. Internships are available where dancers can train to be administrators, teachers and theater technicians. I still teach modern dance twice a week, and a class called “Gardening with Carla Perlo.” Dance Place has seven gardens around the campus and anyone can come for free and learn to plant from seed, care for plants and garden in their Native Plant Garden and around Brookland.”

Founders of Dance Place Carla Perlo and Deborah Riley

When we spoke with Director, Deborah Riley, she told us: “Dance Place also offers family-friendly performances, workshops, classes, school assembly programs and school performances, and off-site in schools for kids, students, families and community organizations. We have a commitment to serve the rich cultural diversity of our nation, city and immediate neighborhood through a wide variety of affordable and free programs. There’s a vibrant energy in the neighborhood now that there’s huge development in the area with new restaurants, art galleries, and being close to Catholic University. The hip-hop culture is making dance thrive. It has had a wonderful impact on our society by allowing dance to reach a wider audience. Young people of all ages come to Dance Place.”

Dance Place today hosts several residence dance companies: the Coyaba Dance Theater, founded in 1997 by Founder/Artistic Director Sylvia Soumah, performing traditional and contemporary West African dance and music focusing on the diverse ethnic groups and various humanitarian themes of West African culture.

The Dance Place Step Team has represented the best in step talent since its inception in 2000, with members ages thirteen and up. The vision of the Step Team and Artistic Director Donna Kearney is to maintain a core group of outstanding performers who strive academically as well as theatrically to be their best.

The ReVision Dance Company, led by Artistic Director Shannon Quinn, is a contemporary modern dance company sharing performances, workshops and teaching residencies, ReVision works with diverse populations of professional dancers and novice movers. 

POP (People Objects Play) is led by Carla Perlo, Delante White and Carolyn Hoehner, working with teenage performers who utilize objects including stools, water bottles, balls, hula-hoops as an impetus for movement in a high energy performance, bringing audience members into the action.

ClancyWorks founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Adrienne Clancy is committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals in various communities using the arts as a vehicle to develop understanding and advance positive social action.

Culture Shock® DC, is a Hip-Hop troupe with a hundred and thirty-five dancers in five troupes based on age and experience.

DC Casineros, a world-renowned dance company, performs Cuban dance styles, including Rueda de Casino, Afro-Cuban rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Danzon and Yoruba Orisha dance. The company offers classes, private lessons and performances throughout the DC area. Their mission is to build healthy communities through the art and culture of Cuban dance.

Ms. Riley continued saying: “Dance Place also has a dedicated volunteer steering committee. We’ve been able to transform the empty alley between the Brookland Artspace Lofts and the newly renovated building into the 8th St Arts Park. It serves as a national model for building community so people can participate in the arts and get out and dance!”

“Now, Carla and I have decided to retire, and Dance Place is in the process of hiring a new Executive/Artistic Director. We’re going to continue working with older adults and the healing arts. The next leader will see Dance Place “through the lens of a new person’s eye.”

Over the years Dance Place many dance companies have danced in their theater including Daniel Burkholder and Danceworks Performance Company, Capitol Tap, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, Rennie Harris Puremovement and Ron K. Brown. Dance Place also offers adult and youth dance classes at their dance school. For info: Dance Place 3225 8th Street, NE Washington, DC 20017, (202) 269-1600, www.danceplace.org, ideas@danceplace.org.



"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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