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Dance In The Spirit of Peace

Join Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company to celebrate the spirit of Spring with a presentation of dances to uplift the soul. Performances will be held at Dance Project Saint Louis at 8:00 pm on Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th, and at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 21st.

The Saturday evening performance will be followed by a reception with the Company. Come celebrate the changing of the seasons and the light and love of Common Thread!

Audition News!

We are thrilled to announce that the world-renowned dance company Alonzo King LINES Ballet will hold an audition for their Summer Intensive at Dance Project Saint Louis in February!

The Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program is an intensive training experience designed for aspiring dancers ages 11-24. Young dancers are guided through a collaborative journey of artistic risk-taking and independent thinking, during which they are encouraged to explore, solve problems, express themselves with fluency, and realize their full potentials.

The audition will be on Sunday, February 24th at 12:00 pm.  LINES recommends that participants pre-register online. Otherwise, please arrive an hour early on the day of the audition to register.

This is a wonderful honor for our school. We’re very proud and grateful for this opportunity!

Dances of Winter

Join Dance Project Saint Louis, Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, and special guest musician Aaron Burlbaw at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles on Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm for an evening of dance and music. Beautiful winter songs and holiday classics will fill the air at the Foundry Art Centre as we celebrate the magic and joy of wintertime.

Tickets are $18.00 for adults and $15.00 for children twelve and under. To purchase, please visit Brown Paper Tickets.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Grand Hall of the Foundry Art Centre
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $25/adult   $20/children 12 & under

Don your finest tea apparel and start your Holiday Season with a fun-filled afternoon in the “Land of Sweets.” The event will begin with an elegant tea party of light luncheon fare including sandwiches, desserts, hot chocolate and tea, and every child will receive a party favor. Following the tea party, a wonderful ballet performance will take place in the Grand Hall featuring the talent of Dance Project Saint Louis with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. Be sure to bring your cameras for photos with the cast!

Meet and Greet

Nataliya Miroshnyk of the Moscow Ballet will be at Madison’s Dancewear in Chesterfield on Saturday, October 6th from 1:00 to 3:00 to meet local dance students. It’s going to be a fun afternoon!

The American Arts Experience

Michael Uthoff, Executive Director of Dance St. Louis, and Tara W.F. Cacciatore-Lopez, Founding Member of Common Thread, visited KMOV-TV’s News 4 Sunday morning to share information about The American Arts Experience.  For 17 days and nights, beginning October 5, 2012, St. Louis will fill concert halls, museums, theaters, universities and outdoor spaces in the St. Louis area with dozens of performances and shows by renowned American artists and companies in disciplines ranging from symphonic music to jazz and singer-songwriters, theater by American playwrights and dance by American companies to major American visual artists. The American Arts Experience – St. Louis is an annual festival each October celebrating all mediums of American arts.

Holiday Performances

Our Performance Ensemble and dancers from Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company will perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker” for a luncheon at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles on November 17th. You can register to attend the performance at the Foundry Art Centre website. Seating is limited, so register early!

This vibrant arts center resides in what was once a train car factory; a 1940’s structure formerly owned by American Car & Foundry. Rather than demolish the 36,800 square foot building, the community of St. Charles worked tirelessly to complete a 2.2 million dollar renovation and opened the regions’ premiere, interactive, interdisciplinary art center in the spring of 2004.

As a vibrant home to the arts, the Foundry Art Centre raises awareness and appreciation of the arts throughout the region. Alive with activity, the Centre’s programming reinforces the importance of the arts and helps ensure that arts and culture remain vital. Artists, patrons, young people and the community at large continually find new ways to interact at this unique facility.

The Foundry Art Centre includes 5,200 square feet of Smithsonian-caliber exhibition space to host national exhibitions. Special touring exhibitions involving a variety of media, curated exhibits and juried competitions are displayed in the galleries.

The Grand Hall provides space for performances and community concerts. Past performances include Erin Bode, David Halen, St. Charles Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Wind Symphony, Robert Shaw, Arthur Migliazza, Riverside Shakespeare, Larry Alexander, Citilites West, Carol Beth True, and the Charles Glenn Group.

The public’s active participation continues to make the Foundry Art Centre successful in their mission to bring together the arts, artists, and the community through exhibitions, studio space, performing arts, and educational programs.

We will have our Performing Ensemble holiday show at the Foundry on Sunday, December 16th. It will be an early evening performance and will also feature Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. The venue is exceptionally lovely in the evening–we’re looking forward to this beautiful show!

Psalms, Canticles & Love Songs

On March 24th, Dance Project’s Performing Ensemble will perform at Congregation Shaare Emeth as part of an American Chamber Chorale and Orchestra concert event.

“Psalms, Canticles, and Love Songs” gives St. Louis audiences a unique opportunity to hear a live performance of Handel’s virtuoso setting of Psalm 110, “Dixit Dominus.” Handel’s earliest surviving choral work was written in his first sojourn to Italy as a young man. His mastery of the Italian Baroque string style, a hallmark of Handel’s writing, is evident in this outstanding nine movement work for chorus, soloists, and string orchestra. Also on this program are Randall Thompson’s beautiful “The Lord Is My Shepherd” and John Rutter’s lyrical setting of Psalm 128, “Wedding Canticle.” Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs” are settings of poems by Hila Plittmann. Ms. Plittmann, now the wife of Mr. Whitacre, was his fiance at the time these poems were written.

The Chorale is known for inventive programming, frequently combining modern music with historically informed performances of music from the Baroque period.  The Chorale frequently incorporates performers of other artistic mediums into their concerts providing audiences with a fresh and exciting experience.

We feel very blessed to be part of such a beautiful, special event, and are grateful to the American Chamber Chorale for this opportunity.  We hope you can join us!

Ballerina Makeover Parties At Dance Project

Dance Project is now hosting birthday/ballerina makeover parties!  All funds raised by parties, after expenses, will go to the Project Nutcracker Fund.

Each party will cost $150.00 and will include:  Party host and assistant, set-up and clean up of tables and chairs. a Dance Project gift for the birthday girl, and balloons for everyone! 

Activities include:  a Ballerina Makeover (stage makeup and hair styled in bun), a half-hour dance class, and tutus for guests to borrow during their class.  Guests should wear a leotard, if possible.  Please let us know if boys will be attending so we can arrange alternate costuming.

Payment is due at the time of the party, and all proceeds after expenses will be donated to Project Nutcracker.  Other parties besides birthdays can be customized to fit our studio space.  $150 fee covers up to fifteen guests.  Please add $10 for each additional guest.

For information and scheduling, please call (314) 843-4220, or speak to Barbara Craig at Dance Project.  Parties will be hosted at the Fenton location.

A Night at The Opera

Our Leah Korn will dance with Missouri Ballet Theatre’s Sam Lopp in Union Avenue Opera‘s production of “Amahl and The Night Visitors” this coming weekend. Jennifer Medina is the choreographer for this production. We’re very proud of all of them!