DANCE This! brings together local teen dancers and guest artists from diverse communities around the Sound (and the world). They perform cross-cultural dances, both traditionally rooted and contemporary, sharing their culture through the art of dance. They’ll be performing on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, at Seattle’s Moore Theatre.
This year’s DANCE This!, the 14th annual, is an exciting fusion of Vietnamese, Chinese, Hip Hop, Modern, Tibetan, African, and Musical Theatre. There will be over 80 dancers performing a world tour of diverse dance styles. Special guest artist, Danny Soto, will stage “Zombie” an excerpt from the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical, Fela! originally choreographed by Bill T. Jones. Plus, Seattle’s own, Mark Haim will be presenting a modern piece, performed by auditioned teen dancers.
The 14th annual DANCE This program will feature:
VIETNAMESE, featuring local dance group, Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team — fifteen young dancers perform a traditional Vietnamese lion dance.
HIP HOP, choreographed by emerging local choreographer, Aaron Gordon — an energetic piece will be performed by ten young dancers from his dance crew, Electriq Dance.
CHINESE, featuring two pieces from The Melody Institute choreographed by Melody Xie, and performed by dancers of varying ages.
EMERGING ARTIST CONTEMPORARY, featuring a new work by a teen choreographer Jasmine Ramgotra, from STG’s Young Choreographer’s Lab, danced by auditioned teen dancers
TIBETAN, a traditional Tibetan blessing dance piece performed by six young dancers from Tsering Lodoe’s Tibetan Language and Culture Class.
MODERN, choreographed by nationally renowned choreographer, Seattle’s Mark Haim. Seven dancers will perform around an oversized table in the piece “Settings and Clearings”.
MUSICAL THEATRE, from the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical, Fela!, dancers perform an excerpt with original choreography by Bill T. Jones, staged by guest artist Danny Soto, who will also perform a featured solo.
AFRICAN Dance and Music, Etienne Cakpo in collaboration with Siya Manyakanyaka, brings traditional and contemporary Africa dance styles. Dancers from the dance group Gansango will be performing African Passages, with live music accompaniment.
Tickets are $12/students and $20/adults. Tickets are available online HERE.
The Moore Theatre is located at:
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101