The Center for Contemporary Dance, Inc.

May 30, 2017

Craig W. Johnson, Executive Director
The Center for Contemporary Dance, Inc.
(407) 695-8366

Choreographer's Showcase Features Accomplished and Emerging Artists

What:  Choreographers' Showcase
When:  7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 12 and 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 13
Where:   The Center for Contemporary Dance, 3580 Aloma Avenue #7,  Winter Park, FL  32792 
Tickets:  $12 (advance); $15 (at the door)
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Choreographer's Showcase
Accomplished and emerging dance makers are featured in the Choreographer's Showcase, August 12 and 13 at The Center for Contemporary in Winter Park.   Photo by Lisbet Photography.
WINTER PARK, FL - May 30, 2017 - The Center for Contemporary Dance takes audiences into the rehearsal studio for an annual preview of new and repertory works from some of the area's finest choreographers associated with the organization's Residency Program. Included in the Showcase are works from up-and-coming dance makers who have emerged as "Ones to Watch" from the organization's Pre-Professional Program, along with selections from students participating in the organization's Summer Intensive Program, Classical Ballet Ensemble, Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Competitive Dance Ensemble. The Showcase concludes with an intimate opportunity to dialogue with the Artistic Directors, guest choreographers and Company artists.

Performances take place at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 12 and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 13 at The Center for Contemporary Dance, 3580 Aloma Avenue #7 in Winter Park, FL.  Proc eeds from the Showcase benefit the organization's Residency Program,  which provides resources for seasoned and rising choreographers, and has supported the launch of 13 of the area's professional modern and contemporary dance companies.   T ickets are $12 (advance) and $15 (at the door).  Seating is limited and advance purchase is recommended; please call (407) 695-8366 or visit .  

During these up-close, limited-seating performances, choreographers will unveil a selection of new contemporary and classical dance works, including excerpts from upcoming events in the 2017-2018 performance season.  The Choreographer's Showcase features works created by:
Dario J. Moore (Artistic Director, Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Moore Dance Project*)
Nikki Pe ñ a (Artistic Director, Coby Project*)
Smruti Patel (Artistic Director, Patelworks Dance Theater*)
Ingrid F. Lozano (Director of Education and Classical Ballet Ensemble)
Andrew Coronado (Modern Dance Faculty)
Abbie Lynn Abbott (Jazz/Tap Dance Faculty)
Kyla René (Choreographer, Competitive Dance Ensemble)
* Resident company supported by The Center for Contemporary Dance
"As an education and incubation center for emerging perspectives in dance," says Executive Director Craig W. Johnson, "it's important to introduce the community to dance in ways that extend beyond the traditional stage."  Following the Showcase, audience members will have the unique opportunity to dialogue at length with choreographers in order to learn more about the process of dance making and to ask questions about presented works.  "In addition to seeing some compelling dance  selections," says Johnson, "audiences will discover more about what motivates the creative process and become acquainted with some of the areas finest dance makers."
To learn more about the organization's Residency Program and day or evening Pre-Professional Programs, please visit

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About The Center for Contemporary Dance
A five-time winner of prestigious awards for Excellence in Dance from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Center for Contemporary Dance has indisputably defined Central Florida's next generation of dance culture, pioneering the explosion of contemporary dance in the area. 
Founded in 2001, The Center for Contemporary Dance functions as a dance education, incubation and production center that cultivates the future of concert dance and musical theatre in the area.  As a leading Florida cultural organization, the School annually educates 400+ emerging artists, including 100 international students, in their development as the stage artists of tomorrow.
Since 2011, The Center for Contemporary Dance has been recognized by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education for its state-wide contributions to dance education. Each year, the organization additionally serves over 5,000 Florida public school children through curriculum-based performances, lecture-demonstrations and arts education workshops that further foster the next generation of audiences and artists. Since 2008, 25,000+ Florida Title I public school students across 5 counties have been enriched and educated by the organization's programs.
And over the past 15 years, the organization's Residency Program has advanced contemporary dance in the area by supporting students and seasoned artists in the creation and presentation of more than 250 new dance works, including those by Moore Dance Project, Dawn Branch Works, Coby Project, Patelworks Dance Theater, Tajma, Mary Love Dance Projects and many more.   Each season, 5,000+ residents and visitors attend the organization's professional, pre-professional and student performances, from intimate choreographer's showcases featuring local and visiting contemporary dance makers, to main stage productions that include innovative world premieres.

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