The Great Give 2018

May 1 @ 8am & May 2 @ 8pm


Welcome! Meet ECDC.

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.

WE love what we do. What WE do matters.

Help ECDC achieve our goal of $5,000

ECDC is trying for prizes. Please consider donating during these times!

May 1st (8am-9am) - EARLY BIRD PRIZE
($1,000 awarded to the 5 organizations with the greatest number of donors in the 1st hour!)

May 2nd (6am-8am) - SEIZE THE DAY PRIZE
($1,000 awarded to the organization with the greatest number of gifts from unique donors)



Adult classes

Boys/Girls in Motion

If You Knew You Then

TINY SHORTS (a dance festival)


People in Motion

The See Yourself Project  (30 sec)

On9 in 30 sec

City Wide Open Studios/The Goffe Street Armory

Exact Change in 30 secs


Cross Walking


We'd like to thank the following...

If You Knew You Then | Premiere Sponsors:



UBS Financial Partners | 1 Century Tower 265 Church St 4th & 6th Floor New Haven CT




We need YOU for our upcoming premiere!

ECDC Event Sponsorship:

"If You Knew You Then"

In March and April 2017, ECDC will present the premiere of "If You Knew You Then" at LYRIC HALL.

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.

Sponsorship Levels

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 by Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. Images should be at least 300dpi.

Sponsorship payment due February 28th, 2017 by paypal (, or by check to ECDC, c/o the Grove 760 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510.


Happy New Year 2017!

ECDC's 2016

"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.

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.

People in Motion participants. Photo credit: Jessy Griswold

People in Motion participants. Photo credit: Jessy Griswold

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)

Photo of Kellie Lynch, Nikki Carrara and Luis Antonio. Photo credit: James Lastowski

Photo of Kellie Lynch, Nikki Carrara and Luis Antonio. Photo credit: James Lastowski

Pride New Haven. Photo credit: Chris Randall

Pride New Haven. Photo credit: 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. 

Get your TINY SHORTS tickets now. Seating is extremely limited.


reimagines the Elm City Dance Festival for 2015.
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
10-11PM Dessert

Dress Code - Fancy