Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September already?

It's September and that means seasons by dance groups are starting all over town. Also, I have a deadline (finally) for the DanceATL website of, oh, now, because there's an article coming out that I will post when it hits. So you'll see both the website (eek! consider it a "soft launch" here this week--restaurants do it, why can't we?) and this article coming soon. Oh, and when you see the old photos and missing information that are inevitable on the website, don't just grumble about it--please send us your new stuff!

Last post, I listed Cynthia Perry's fall preview from Access Atlanta, but I can now also point to her more comprehensive look at ArtsCriticATL. I especially appreciate her positive outlook on the upcoming season, which promises to be very full and busy in a lot of areas. Yay dance in Atlanta!

Welcome to the new Expression Dance Company, and thanks to them again for performing in our most recent DanceATL meeting. There was a preview of their Aug. 26-27 premiere from CL.

Emory University is honoring dance in awards they'll bestow on Beacon Dance's Patton White and Dance Truck's Malina Rodriguez at their Creativity and the Arts Soiree. See an overview at Creative Loafing and ArtsCriticATL.com. Emory's dance program is also starting a new Dance in Progress series this fall that gives a glimpse into what their professors and guest artists are cooking up.

If you're a choreographer making work, there are a few opportunities this season to consider. One interesting development is the off the EDGE event coming in Jan. at the Rialto. It's a curated performance series bringing a bunch of different artists into town to perform, but with a local component that has a call for entry you can read a recap of on CL (and I can forward the word doc to anyone who's interested and didn't get it yet--just email info@danceatl.org). Another place to show your work as a choreographer: you can read about and apply by Sept. 23 for this season's Dance Canvas showcase (also in January). And of course, there's the 17th Annual Modern Atlanta Dance Festival to apply for as well, with a deadline of Sept. 16 and performance in May this year. Contact fullradiusdance@aol.com for an application.

And DanceATL is partnering with the arts service organization, C4 Atlanta on Atlanta Spaces, which is "a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, searchable database of arts venues and facilities in the Atlanta metro area. The website lists venues that offer space for classes, workshops, auditions, rehearsals, performances and more." If you have a space you'd like to list, please do, and my fantastic intern will be doing research and hounding people to post their spaces, so if you know of some really great off-the-wall venues for rehearsing etc., let her know at bianca@danceatl.org. I hope this will be a really useful resource and I'm very happy to have the technology from Fractured Atlas, through C4, that will work so much better than our just making a list of places we know about on our website (which is still sort of there, but this way it won't have to be updated by us...and therefore much less likely to stay constantly out of date.)

I thought of about 5 other things I could write about, but it's late and I'll save them for another post.

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