If You Knew You Then | Premiere Sponsors:
UBS Financial Partners | 1 Century Tower 265 Church St 4th & 6th Floor New Haven CT
UBS Financial Partners | 1 Century Tower 265 Church St 4th & 6th Floor New Haven CT
Lindsey Bauer (Dancer, Programming Director, Co-founder, Graphic Designer) is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer. As Programming Director, Lindsey has been able to implement partnerships with community organizations providing after school movement experiences for children in the public schools and at the Eli Whitney Museum’s summer program. Her dance work has been presented in CT, MD and AZ. In addition to ECDC artists, Lindsey has worked with Olushola Cole, Adejoke Tubiyele, Rachel Bernsen, A. Beck and Nicole Manus. Lindsey teaches dance full time at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, mentors the seniors in their capstone projects and advises the National Honor Society for the Dance Arts Chapter. She has a B.F.A from Towson University and an M.F.A. from Arizona State University. Lindsey loves experiencing dance in new ways and witnessing that experience in others. She is grateful for each day that she spends moving with ECDC and thanks everyone that makes this possible.
Kellie Ann Lynch (choreographer) is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Elm City Dance Collective. Since 2008, she has been making dances, performing and teaching for ECDC. In addition to her work with ECDC, she has also been performing and creating with Adele Myers and Dancers since 2008. She has had the great privilege of working with Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc for a number of years; and is currently working with Kate Weare Company in NYC. Other recent artists Kellie has worked with include Saar Harari and Lee Sher, Annie Kloppenberg, and Nicole Stanton. Kellie’s choreography has been commissioned, produced and performed throughout the Northeast including at Bates Dance Festival as an Emerging Choreographer. As a Guest Artist, she has taught at several colleges and universities in New England. Kellie holds a BA in Dance from Rhode Island College and a MFA in Dance from Smith College. When she isn’t dancing, Kellie can be found teaching Pilates at the movement oasis, Aldrich Pilates, in downtown New Haven.
Tara Lee Burns (dancer) moved to New Haven, CT after living and dancing in NYC for seven years. She is honored to have recently started working with Elm City Dance Collective’s generous and exquisite performers and creators. Tara also has been performing, teaching and creating with Adele Myers and Dancers since 2006 and has performed throughout the US and Europe with various choreographers including Alexandra Beller, Kelly Drummond Cawthon and Marjani Forté. Mrs. Burns has taught at Jacob’s Pillow, Connecticut College and the formerly known Dance New Amsterdam in NYC to name a few and she currently teaches at Educational Center for the Arts in downtown New Haven. Her own work has been performed throughout Florida, Connecticut, NYC and in the UK. Tara received a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Florida (Summa Cum Laude) and an MA in Digital Performance from The University of Hull, UK.
Luis Antonio (Teaching Artist, Dancer) is a original dancer of Elm City Dance Collective, performing since 2008. Luis graduated from the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT in 2005, where he studied dance under Susan Matheke and studied ballet at New Haven Ballet under Noble Barker. Luis wrote, choreographed, and produced “Escapade: An Unusual Experience,” which premiered in October 2015 at Lyric Hall Theater in New Haven. Luis has performed with Nazorine Paglia (New Haven, CT); Full Force Dance Theater (Hartford, CT); and Salix Productions (Hartford, CT). Luis is a teacher and choreographer at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School in New Haven, CT; New England Ballet School in Orange, CT; and Cross Drama at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, CT. Luis is excited to be dancing with stunningly talented dancers and is thankful for the opportunity to be able to do what he loves.
Samantha (Sam), a dancer from North Carolina, has been with ECDC since June of 2014, right as the creative process for IYKYT was beginning. Although you won't see her physical self inside of the piece (due to maternity leave) know that many of her "isims" live inside of the work with her spirit embedded in its blueprint.
Sam attended Purchase College, SUNY, as a student of their dance conservatory program and completed her BA in Dance at Appalachian State University in 2011. She co-founded the non-profit, NC based, dance company Defero Dance Collective back in 2009 and still works with them from afar. Sam also works for Aldrich Pilates as a Pilates, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor. She will be moving back home to NC this June; a bittersweet return.
Alicia White (Dancer) is a Rhode Island Native and graduate of Rhode Island College (’10) where she earned a BA in Dance and a minor in Theater. She has been dancing with ECDC since 2012. Alicia is Founder, Director and Choreographer of Metamorphosis Dance Company based in Pawtucket, RI. She has had the pleasure of performing in works by Eva Marie Pacheco (Providence Ballet Company Member ’10-’14), Wanda Strukus, Michael Bolger, Keith Terry, and Gus Solomons Jr. Alicia is also a teacher/choreographer for studios and arts education programs through out the state of Rhode Island. Her main drive is to share the spiritual, cultural and community building aspects of her art with everyone she encounters. Alicia is grateful for the opportunity to be apart of this production, for the love and support of her family and friends, and the ability to share these moments of joy with all of you.
Nikki Carrara (Dancer) is a dance artist and educator living in Pawtucket, RI. Her choreography has been presented in theaters, studios, art galleries, and fields, produced by Island Moving Company, Frazier Festival, Perishable Theatre, Providence College, and The Dance Complex. Outside of ECDC, she has performed extensively in the works of choreographers Nathan Andary, Daniel McCusker, and Melody Ruffin Ward. For the past 7 years Nikki has developed and implemented RI’s only public, non-charter dance education program in Pawtucket Public Schools. Her students have gone on to major in dance at the Jacqueline M. Walsh High School for the Arts and have stepped into the professional RI dance community as performers and teachers. She is currently working on a new multi-disciplinary work with Providence-based poet and playwright Christopher Johnson. This fall, Nikki will be an MFA candidate and teaching fellow at Smith College. Nikki is also a photographer, and loves to help things grow.
Photography by James Lastowski
WHY SPONSOR OUR PREMIERE? "If You Knew You Then" is an original ECDC production featuring 6 dancers in new choreography. ECDC’s audience is hip, active, involved, and interconnected. Sponsorship will provide visibility for your organization with ECDC’s audience, supporters and community. ECDC is a fixture in the New Haven community, and we have long standing relationships with many small and large businesses in and around the city.
FRIEND: acknowledgment in program (480 programs will be printed), logo and acknowledgment on website, hyperlinked logo and acknowledgment in newsletter and on ECDC Facebook page: $100.
FOLLOWER: All “friend”-level sponsorship benefits plus full-color half-page ad in program (5” x 3.75”). 480 programs will be printed: $200.
COLLABORATOR: All “follower”-level sponsorship benefits plus full-color full-page ad in program (5” x 8”). Digital banner. 480 programs will be printed: $300.
*Logo Images for Program Due to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. Images should be at least 300dpi.
Sponsorship payment due February 28th, 2017 by paypal (www.elmcitydance.org), or by check to ECDC, c/o the Grove 760 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510.
"If You Knew You Then" by Kellie Lynch was in weekly rehearsals in New Haven and at the Dragon’s Egg for three weekend residencies in Ledyard, Connecticut. The dancers continued to develop and generate material based on experiences from their high school and college years.
SAVE THE DATE -- WORLD PREMIERE -- MARCH 31, APRIL 1, 7, 8!!
In April 2016, ECDC and the CT Capoeira & Dance Center brought the after school program, Girls In Motion to the students at Betsy Ross Magnet School. The after school dance program was a month-long and incorporated Capoeira and Contemporary dance. The culmination of the project was a final showing to family and friends at the end of the month.
ECDC led a community engagement project, People in Motion in which participants danced in improvisation classes and a weekend long workshop. The experience culminated in a public performance in June 2016.
Company members hosted a weekly master class series, “Meet the Company”, in May and June. Companies members Luis Antonio, Lindsey Bauer, Nikki Carrara, Kellie Lynch, Samantha Russell, and Alicia White shared their styles with our community, and we had a blast.
We held 3 successful fundraisers: 1) The Great Give - it was our 3rd year participating and our most successful yet. We raised $6,141 out of our $8K spring goal in the Great Give; 2) Our Board of Directors hosted a Happy Hour at Barracuda Bistro & Bar. It was a social event, we engaged many new people who are now followers and friends of ECDC; 3) ECDC participated in #GivingTuesday, and we raised $3,070 out of our $5,000. Check out one of our Great Give THANK YOU videos below.
ECDC was commissioned to perform at DOT AIR: Experimental Music Festival in Pawtucket, RI; “Celebrate Our Fair Haven” for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas; and the Mayor’s Kickoff event for PRIDE New Haven. Check out our images on Facebook from DOT AIR (photos by James Lastowski) as well as images from New Haven Pride (photos by Chris Randall)
In August 2016, ECDC partnered with CT Capoeira & Dance Center to bring Amazon Adventure, a creative movement and capoeira program, to the Eli Whitney Museum Summer Program. The camp was designed for ages 8-12 years and involved mostly children who had never danced before.
ECDC relies on the support from individual donors in order to do the work we do in New Haven and surrounding areas. Will you help ECDC reach our goal of raising $5,000 before the New Year?
The world premiere of "If You Knew You Then", choreographed by Kellie Ann Lynch in collaboration with Luis Antonio, Lindsey Bauer, Nikki Carrara, Samantha Russell and Alicia White.
ECDC's 2017 youth and adult programming.
The making and performing of new and seasoned ECDC repertory.
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Elm City Dance Collective invites you to a viewing of our community performance project, People in Motion, on June 5th, 2pm, Trinity Lutheran Church.
New Haven, CT - Elm City Dance Collective (ECDC) presents People in Motion, an Afternoon Showing of Dance, performed by ECDC and Friends. The showing will consist of three performances: “People in Motion”, performed by members of the New Haven and surrounding areas community; “If You Knew You Then” (in process), performed by ECDC; and “borderland” performed by Chloe Carlson. People in Motion will take place on Sunday, June 5th at 2pm, Trinity Lutheran Church | 292 Orange Street, New Haven. The showing is FREE and open to the public.
Over the last few months, ECDC has been working with community members from New Haven and surrounding areas on a performance project called People in Motion. Through a series of dance improvisation classes and a weekend-long workshop, ECDC’s People in Motion, community of non-dancers and dancers alike, focused on the process of creating a dance, as a community, in the moment. People in Motion engaged their creative sides through physical explorations and collaborative movement play. The community worked on building confidence and trust in themselves and each other; and cultivated a collective awareness with the intention of composing a dance in the moment. The guidelines and movement structures used to inform this project came directly from the process of “If You Knew You Then”, ECDC’s latest evening-length work (in process). “If You Knew You Then” will premiere in 2017.
People in Motion (the community performance project) is generously supported by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven through a community engagement grant. ECDC demonstrates the importance of having contemporary dance be more accessible in New Haven by offering experiences like People in Motion. We believe appreciating the art can come from welcoming others to participate in the act of making. Come out and support ECDC and Friends! We hope to see you there.
WHO ARE WE? We are a contemporary dance company who performs, teaches, produces and collaborates. ECDC is the only professional contemporary dance company in New Haven with a 501c3 status (all donations are tax-deductible). We serve our community through public performances of live dance in traditional and non-traditional performance spaces; offerings of adult and youth education; performances of original choreography; professional development opportunities; and community engagement performance projects. MORE ON ECDC HERE.
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Yale Dance Theater (YDT) and the Gallery have invited artists Saar Harari and Lee Sher to create a new choreographic work for YDT dancers and Elm City Dance Collective that incorporates Gaga, a movement language developed by choreographer Ohad Naharin. Gaga, which has become highly influential in international contemporary dance, is the focus of YDT’s spring semester project. On Saturday, April 2, YDT students have an open rehearsal within the exhibition Everything Is Dada. Then, on Sunday, April 3, they perform the new piece in the space, juxtaposing the 21st-century Gaga aesthetic with Dada works of art. Generously sponsored by the Lydia Winston Malbin Fund; cosponsored by Yale Dance Theater, Dance Studies Curriculum, and the Theater Studies Program. Open to: General Public
OPEN PERFORMANCE PROJECT -
CALLING ALL MOVERS and NON MOVERS A LIKE
ECDC is launching a performance project called "People in Motion" that will take place this spring 2016. "People in Motion" is a performance project for adults who are interested in exploring 1) movement and performance; 2) art making; 3) embodying presence; 4) building confidence; 5) community and connection with others and much more. TO BE A PART OF OUR PERFORMANCE PROJECT contact Kellie at email@example.com.
PROJECT TIMELINE 2016:
Sunday, Feb 28, 10am-11:30am “People in Motion”: Recruit participants
*This is NOT the start of the project, but COME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED :)
Sunday, Mar 20, 10am-12pm “People in Motion” (project BEGINS)
Class #1: Community and skill building
Sunday, Apr 24, 10am-12pm “People in Motion”
Class #2: Making dances in the moment
Sunday, May 15, 10am-12pm "People in Motion"
Class #3: Making dances in the moment
June 4-5, 2016
*TENTATIVE DATES*, times TBD, likely late morning into early afternoon)
Saturday, June 4, 3-hour workshop: We will spend the day rehearsing improvisational scores (guidelines); they will learn how to make a dance in the moment as a community.
Sunday, June 5, 3-hour workshop: 2hrs will involve rehearsing with the participants to get them comfortable with making a group dance in the moment. The last hour will involve a 30-minute “People in Motion” improvisational dance in front of an audience *FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ECDC will then perform a work in-progress, “If You Knew You Then”, which will demonstrate how making dances in the moment is a wonderful creative process and method of "setting" choreography. We will close out the day with a conversation. Photo above by Cecilia Trebisacci
People in Motion is supported by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven's Community Engagement initiative.
Join us Sunday, Dec 6th, 5-7pm at Box 63Read More
These wonderful businesses keep our city (and surrounding areas) interesting, and they support the arts! Thank you friends, in and around New Haven, for believing in the power of dance and supporting ECDC! We are forever grateful.
reimagines the Elm City Dance Festival for 2015.
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
The performance series will feature work by a range of artists from the Northeast region and seeks to celebrate the diversity and vitality of dance in adventurous, short bites. TINY SHORTS challenges it's audience, choreographers, and performers alike to reconsider the physical boundaries of dance, and invites them to indulge in rapid washes of eclectic performance.
November 6th: TINY SHORTS, 7pm and 9pm
Audience members will convene in the beautifully restored Lyric Hall to enjoy drinks, light fare and a program of colorful dances made for a TINY space.
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November 7th: ECDC's Annual Gala, 6-11pm
Join us as we celebrate 7 years!
Proceeds will support ECDC's 2016 programming.
The evening will consist of....
7-8PM (Group 1): TINY SHORTS, Lyric Hall Theater
7-8PM (Group 2): Hors D'Oeuvres and a special ECDC performance, Lyric Hall Gallery
9-10PM (Group 1): Hors D'Oeuvres and a special ECDC performance, Lyric Hall Gallery
9-10PM (Group 2):TINY SHORTS, Lyric Hall Theater
Dress Code - Fancy
Sunday, Aug 23rd 5-7pm
Barracuda Bistro & Bar
1180 Chapel Street, New Haven
ECDC's Board of Directors would like to invite you to Barracuda Bistro & Bar for an ECDC Happy Hour Fundraiser! Join us for music, dancing, raffle prizes, and Happy Hour food and drink specials. Get to know ECDC, who we are and what we do. Help keep dance alive in New Haven by coming out and supporting the only professional, non-profit, contemporary dance company in New Haven. Bring a friend!
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Join us for our 6-week SPRING/SUMMER session! Click HERE for class descriptions, times and prices.
Master Class Series kicks off this Sunday, May 17th with Annie Sailer.
NEW CLASS!! Beginning Contemporary, Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm taught by Luis Antonio.
Beginning Club Fusion, Thursdays, 6-7pm taught by Luis Antonio.
*The Great Give is supported by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven