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Congratulations to Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company on their remarkable performance of Uri Sands’ “ONE” at New Dance Horizons II. This beautiful piece was inspired by the life of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells have been used in medical research since her passing in the early 1950s.  New Dance Horizons II will travel to presenters in Missouri and Illinois this week.  Best of luck on the tour!



Recently, Dance Project students Madelyn Wansong and Ines Oulamine auditioned for several summer intensives offered by prominent dance companies in the United States.
We are proud to announce that Ines was accepted into the Milwaukee Ballet School Intensive, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, Cincinnati Ballet Summer Intensive, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School Summer Program.  Madelyn was accepted into the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Dance Intensive, the Perry-Mansfield Young-Artists Intensive, and the Milwaukee Ballet School Intensive. Madelyn has also been accepted to the Muny Kids Performance Troupe, and will appear in the Muny’s production of “Mary Poppins” (July 25th–August 2nd).
Both have studied dance for numerous years at Dance Project. Ines is a freshman at Mary Institute and Country Day School and Madelyn is in seventh grade at Visitation Academy.
We’re very proud–congratulations!

Ines Oulamine

Madelyn Wansong

Under Construction

Construction has begun on The Dancing Bear Cottage. We will have a much larger waiting area, and the new space will allow us greater flexibility in scheduling. It’s going to be a wonderful little studio–thanks for your patience and support while construction continues!

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Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company is in Dance Magazine!

The quick look at New Dance Horizons was written for Dance Magazine by local dance professor/writer Alice Bloch, and provides a glimpse into the creative process behind Dance St. Louis’s innovative concert event.

Common Thread’s Artistic Director Jennifer Medina took the beautiful photograph featured in the article.

Congratulations to Common Thread!

Meet Nataliya!

We are very proud to host Moscow Ballet Soloist Nataliya Miroshnyk, who will be the audition director for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Children’s Cast auditions at Dance Project on October 3rd, 6:30 pm.

Nataliya Miroshynk charms audiences each year with her dancing of the dramatic Spanish variation in Act II of the Great Russian Nutcracker. She has danced as a soloist with Moscow Ballet for over 5 years and is also an audition director and teacher. Miroshnyk travels across North America auditioning and rehearsing young dancers to perform with the professionals in ballets including the Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, and more.

In 2011 she taught the Vaganova method training for advanced and pre-professional American ballet students in Moscow Ballet Summer Intensive programs and in 2012 she was one of four Teachers for 3300 Pasco County, Florida students of the “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life,” a 6 week program. She graduated from the Kiev Academic Choreographic School in Ukraine and is expertly trained.  Immediately upon graduation Nataliya was invited to join the company of the Odessa State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of the Ukraine and gained a tremendous amount of experience touring the world.  Nataliya’s repertoire includes classic ballets such as Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Don Quixote and, of course, The Great Russian Nutcracker.

For more information about Moscow Ballet, or to register for auditions, please visit Moscow Ballet online. We’re looking forward to the auditions!

Higher Education Channel

The Higher Education Channel was recently at Dance Project to film the rehearsal process for Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company as they worked with renowned choreographer Jessica Lang.  Jessica’s piece will be part of Dance St. Louis’s “New Dance Horizons” concert event and tour. Tickets are still available for the performances on October 5th and 6th at the Touhill. Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity!


Congratulations to Dance Project graduate Liz Moushey! She has been selected to perform a student-choreographed solo piece in “Fall For Dance,” a concert that features choreography from students, guest artists, and faculty of SEMO’s Department of Theater & Dance. We’re very proud of you!

New Dance Horizons

Congratulations and best wishes to Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company as they begin their 2012 season with new dancers, new purpose, and new dance horizons. The Jessica Lang residency for the New Dance Horizons tour marked two exciting weeks in the life of this growing company, and Dance Project is very proud to be their home studio!

New Dance Horizons is presented by Dance St. Louis.  It’s a concentrated hit of brand new dance, as Dance St. Louis commissions a quartet of renowned choreographers from around the nation to collaborate with St. Louis companies to create clever and moving world premieres. Saint Louis Ballet, aTrek Dance Collective, MADCO, and Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company team up with the witty and subversive Victoria Marks, musical and expressive Jessica Lang, ironic post-modernist Pamela Tanowitz, and thought-provoking ballet artist Gina Patterson. The production will then tour to five neighboring presenters in Missouri and Illinois. This bold new step for Dance St. Louis will give you even more new dance to enjoy—and we hope it will become an annual celebration! Performances are Friday, October 5th at 8:00 pm and Saturday, October 6th at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the Touhill.

How to find us

Dance Project is conveniently located on the southwest corner of the intersection of highways 44 and 141. (on the inside of Drury Plaza, across from Starbucks and Hardee’s).


Updates for the new season!

We’re happy to announce our new schedule and tuition information for the 2012-2013 season.



If you have any questions about classes for 2012-2013, please contact us!