Connecticut Dance Alliance is hosting CT Dance Now!- a series of 10 virtual dance events hosted in partnership with Connecticut University and Collegiate dance departments. CT Dance Now! events will be held on Tuesdays from 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM via Zoom.
The 2nd event in the series will be held on October 13th, hosted by the Yale Schwarzman Center (YSC) and featuring a community class by the YSC’s inaugural Choreographer in Residence: Dormeshia. The 60-minute session will be hosted by YSC Associate Artistic Director Jennifer Harrison Newman and includes an introduction of Dormeshia’s work as a world-renowned performer, choreographer and instructor, followed by a 50-minute community dance class. The concluding 15-minute Q&A session will be moderated by Gabrielle Niederhoffer YC ‘22, a student staffer and project coordinator working on a Vernacular Dance Festival between the YSC and the Department of Theater and Performance Studies, to be announced in coming months.
Photo Credit: Eduardo Patino
DORMESHIA (Choreographer/Performer/Artistic Director) is a two-time Bessie Award (as performer and choreographer), Princess Grace Award Statue Award, and Astaire Award recipient. Her Broadway credits include: After Midnight, Black and Blue, and Bring In Da’ Noise, Bring In Da’ Funk including the international tour (dance captain, principal, lead). Her film credits include, TAP with Gregory Hines, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (Assistant Choreographer/actress), and The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang, for which she received a nomination for Best Lead Actress. Some of Dormeshia’s choreography credits, Michael Jackson’s Rock Your World, and The Blues Project (co-choreographer). Dormeshia continues her artistic journey with the first full-length work twice named to New York Times Best of Dance, And Still You Must Swing: a celebration of Tap dance, Jazz music, the connection between the two, and their African roots.
The series will consist of performances, discussions and classes offered by dance professionals, artists and educators representing dance across the state.
The CT Dance Now! series is free. CDA’s programs and events are supported by our membership and tax-deductible donations.
Tuesday, October 13 – Yale University
Tuesday, October 20 – Academy of Performing Arts
Tuesday, November 3 – TBA
Tuesday, November 24 – Wesleyan University
Tuesday, December 1 – Hartt School
No preregistration is needed, simply log in for each event https://www.thequicklive.com/