A Few Moments from a Fantastic year!

Performance Photos by Richard Calmes

Our Professional Programs:

  • In 2022, we launched our new Dance Canvas: on Film program, supporting and producing the work of emerging Dance Filmmakers. We premiered 4 films in 2022. Two of the films were selected for local and national film festivals, and Veronica Silk's film, Magic. That I Am. was nominated for Best Dance Film at the Bronzelens Film Festival. Our partnered film, Glitch: Escaping Plato's Cave, created by Thulani Vereen was selected for the City of Atlanta's ELEVATE festival this fall and screened at CODA. Special thanks to our 2020 Choreographer, Terelyn Jones, for her work on developing this program with emerging filmmakers in mind!

  • Dance Canvas held our 3rd Summer Choreographic residency in partnership with Atlanta Contemporary with final performances in September.

  • We partnered with the Aurora Theatre on a new Theater Dance "Artist-to-Artist" workshop series.

  • We were proud to be commissioned by The City of Atlanta's Office of International Affairs to perform at the 39th Annual International Consular's Ball.

  • 2022 marked a new partnership with The Home Depot Backyard to create artistic programming. In October, we presented two free "Artist-to-Artist" workshops with HDBY.

  • Dance Canvas partnered with Spelman College to commission a new work, Permutations of Humanity, by choreographer, Thulani Vereen, which was premiered at our 2022 Performance Series and then set on the dancers of Spelman Dance Theater. We also worked with Spelman's Dance Criticism class, who reviewed our performance series in March. Click to read two selected reviews

Our Youth Programs:

  • DC NEXT was invited to perform for Fulton County Arts & Culture. Students directed, choreographed and hosted a community performance and were interviewed by FCAC TV.

  • In June, we held our 2nd DC NEXT Virtual Dance on Film program. Students worked with Britt Fishel, Professor of Screendance at Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University, and produced dance films and a mini virtual film festival.

  • We continued our partnership with Terminus School of Modern Ballet on our CATALYST program, supporting career development for pre-professional Black Ballet dancers. We are thankful for the support from our mentor ballerinas: Kayla Rowser-Tazik (Nashville Ballet), Whitney Edwards (California Ballet), Jasmine Roberts (DTH/Ballethnic), Kye Cooley (Ballet West), Taylor Fikes (Atlanta Ballet/International Artist), Summer McNeill (Collage Dance Collective), Kiara Felder (Les Grands Ballet Canadiens), Delaney Washington (Dance Theatre of Harlem).

Exciting Awards and Opportunities:

  • Our Artistic Director, Angela Harris was asked to host a conversation with America Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer, Misty Copeland. Zahra Claxton-Warner (DC NEXT '19) performed for Misty with her cast mates from the Dekalb School of the Arts' Nutcracker.

  • Angela was also awarded a 2022 Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Choreography for the regional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Weber's 'Song & Dance' at the Aurora Theatre. Two DC INTERN alumni (Cassie Broussard '12 and Pamela Riddle '10) were hired as part of the cast of 8 dancers.

DC NEXT Alumni Achievements:

  • Caroline Riley (DC NEXT ‘22, ‘20, ‘19) and Lauren Wood (DC NEXT ‘18) both are interning at American Ballet Theatre in NYC.

  • Mikaila Ware (DC INTERN '18) is a company member with Urban Bush Women in NYC. She toured to ATL this fall and taught guest classes throughout the city.

  • Cassie Broussard (DC INTERN '12) and Teresa Wilson (DC NEXT '12) performed for the 39th Annual International Consular Ball.

  • Teresa Wilson (DC NEXT '12) joined the faculty of DC NEXT for the summer of 2022; Teresa was recently hired as the Director of Dance at New Manchester High School.

  • Brianna Gutierrez (DC NEXT '17 & '19) current senior at Brenau University and Gabrielle Stearns (DC NEXT '17) current senior at Emory University were hired to perform this summer in Molly Howell's piece/residency at Atlanta Contemporary. 

  • Maggie McCowen and Grace Arnold (DC NEXT '13) were hired to be part of the cast of the International Tour of 'A Chorus Line' in Tokyo, Japan!

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We are so thankful to our donors because without their generous support, we would not be able to provide our programs to the community. Please consider an end-of-year tax-deductible donation to Dance Canvas to support our 15th Anniversary Season!

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On the Horizon:

  • Our 2022-23 Choreographers and Filmmakers are hard at work on their pieces. Please make sure that you have our 15th Anniversary Performance Series on your calendars...it's going to be a great show about celebration! March 23rd, 24th & 25th at the Ferst Center for the Arts

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