"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.