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IT’S OFFICIALLY SHOW WEEK! Senior DPMKE performing artist, Gina Laurenzi, is in the home stretch of preparing her full evening length work titled SONDER, set to premiere alongside #livemusic by TWIN TALK, THIS THIRSDAY, January 27th @ 7:30pm! 🎫 Tickets are available at dwmke.org/purchasetickets

This will be Laurenzi's first time setting choreography on DPMKE. She shares her inspiration behind this performance, "With Sonder, I set out to craft a work that ebbs and flows through attention to the complexities of Twin Talk’s compositions while leaving space for meandering happenings, and improvisational tangents to unfold between performers. Choreographed phrases fly in and out of improvisational scores as performers delight in the intricacies of the music and the moment."

Gina has been an integral part of DPMKE since her first show with Danceworks back in 2013. Part of what makes DPMKE unique is that they set out to present repertoire created by their artists and not just the Artistic Director or outside creators. DPMKE values Gina's voice and how amplifying her voice shifts and changes the exquisite work on the stage.

We hope you will be able to join us for “Sonder”, running Jan. 27-30. 🎫 Tickets are available at dwmke.org/purchasetickets

📷: Christal Wagner, DPMKE Artistic Director
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2 days ago

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It's #studiosaturday and this we we want to give a HUGE shout out to the Danceworks' faculty members performing in the second concert of the DPMKE season! You can catch studio faculty members Gabi Sustache, Christal Wagner and Gina Laurenzi performing with all the artists of DPMKE the 27th - 30th at Next Act Theatre. We are so looking to the performance! Come catch your instructors in action on the stage!

Looking for a new class to take?! DID YOU KNOW can take class with Artistic Director Christal Wagner and the company most Tuesday mornings? Make sure to pre-register online!

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3 days ago

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Join DPMKE on January 27-30, 2022 at Next Act for their new show: "Sonder"
Purchase your tickets now at dwmke.org/purchasetickets 👈🏻🎫

Senior company member and Choreographer Gina Laurenzi collaborates with Chicago band Twin Talk to create a contemporary movement experience with a jazz influence. In Sonder, we welcome live music to the stage as DPMKE dancers and Twin Talk share space, tune into one another and playfully delight in improvisation. The Company is joined by Danceworks Intergenerational Performance Company. Crafting a blend of sound and movement guaranteed to set a mood and satisfy the senses, the artists invite the audience into an intimate world as they flow into conversation, communicating through their respective art forms. Sonder (noun): the realization that each random passerby lives a life as vivid and complex as your own.
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What Lesson Has Dance Taught You?

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris

The hearts of Danceworks’ staff were apparent yesterday as we said our farewells to our wonderful Communications Manager. Hannah Pardee is moving on. This is part of the dance and as dancers we know one thing is certain: when you make an entrance there will be an exit. But you leave with the hope that those who have witnessed your performance will be transformed by effortless beauty, strength, and grace.

We were, Ms. Hannah. We are going to miss you.

A new season is in the air and it was evident as we all shared a meal together at Bel Air alongside the river yesterday. A breeze off the water caused me to pull up my collar and left us all shivering. Everyone, I noticed, except Hannah.

I have experienced firsthand over the years Hannah’s uncanny ability to make “the dance” look effortless as she has grown the awareness of the impact of our mission throughout the community. She has kept people in the know about what we have going on 24/7. She has exhibited perseverance, gentleness, and true grace.

We are all grateful for what she has done to improve our communications internally and externally. (What is more important in business than that?) She is the one I would often go to for inspiration. “What words need to be written, Hannah?” She was never too busy to ponder, to listen, and offer thoughtful feedback.

And she was the one who inspired the idea for this new blog series. what it means to “dance through”. We are going to share stories and lessons dance teaches far beyond the stage and classroom. I couldn’t let her go without asking her what lesson she will take away with her.

So, Miss Hannah, (I really am blinking back tears here) what lesson has dance taught you?

Hannah: “Before I started at Danceworks, I definitely wouldn’t have considered myself a dancer—I still don’t, but I do have a newfound appreciation for the way my body moves, for its strength and grace (and even for its weakness and clumsiness, at times).

Being a Danceworker has taught me to move through challenges with that strength and that grace, to “dance through” my imposter syndrome and insecurities about being a non-dancer in a dance organization. While I may never be a professional dancer, Danceworks has taught me that we are all movers, and has helped me keep both my body and mind active and challenged, for which I am forever grateful.

There are no non-dancers.

The dance is within us all. We know that it is ever changing, ever evolving, ever becoming. We carry it within us. I find myself referring to it all the the time—the words, conversations written and spoken that move and flow with beauty, spreading grace not unlike a passionate adagio, a spirited allegro, or a soothing waltz that inspires others. Words, like prayers—conceived, spoken, written—have for me, become “the dance”.

What does it mean to you? Is there a lesson you can share? Something that will inspire someone else to dance through life with grace?  Don’t keep it to yourself. Allow the dance to lift us up above life’s demands and cares…one step at a time. In the words I will always remember from one of our 6th grade gentlemen, “You should try it, it will change your life.”  It certainly changed mine, and continues to.

When I sent the question What Lesson Has Dance Taught You? around to staff, there were so many great answers, you’ll have to stay tuned. But here’s a sneak peak of the next story with our Director of Engagement Kim Johnson:

Kim Johnson: I clearly remember the day my first dance teacher said, “Always trust yourself and don’t change your instinct to follow the crowd. Many times, it’ll be you who is doing it correctly.” As a teacher, I see this happen all the time—someone goes for a movement, others change what they were originally going to do and follow, and the one dancer that doesn’t adjust is doing the movement correctly.

Trust yourself. Dance has reinforced this time and time again in my life. Trust that although you might not get it the first, second, or even third time, you will, perseverance pays off. Trust yourself to make it work, even when you miss a step—it was only a moment—and you’ll get back on track. Trust your instinct. When you move, you are connected to your body. Embrace that connection, check in, be quiet, and listen. Trust when you feel something is right. 

So, all of us at Danceworks welcome you to the new season! Maybe you’re feeling a little stressed, in need of a little strength, or maybe just some plain grace? You’ve landed in the right place!

Just dance!

Click here to find a class right for you.

Photo: Jolie Collins, Office Administrator; Debrasha Rogers, Finance & HR Manager; Dani Kuepper, Artistic Director; Hannah, me, Maryann Walbert, Front Desk Manager

 



About Our Blog

Welcome to the Danceworks blog, where we're hoping to share a little bit more about the heart and soul behind Danceworks… what made us join the dance and keeps us dancing, what keeps us inspired, and where we can share some of the stories worth telling.