“Atlanta is a land of opportunity for dance,” says Atlanta-based performer and educator Erin Burch. “It’s one of the few places where no matter how you look, there’s a spot for you.” Burch describes Atlanta as “a web of connectivity,” where everyone knows everyone, which allows for greater networking and a multitude of opportunities. In her own words, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”
From instructing in North Carolina to opening her own dance education company, Cassandra Springs has over 20 years of dance training and professional theater, film and competitive experience; fusing her passion for teaching and mentorship into the evolution of her dreams.
Reflecting on her early dance training, Meg Gourley says, “I really didn’t like [dance] for a long time.” It wasn’t until Gourley earned her pointe shoes and added more dance forms to her ballet training that she realized her deep love for the art of dance. With no pun intended, Gourley describes this formative experience as being “a real turning point” in her relationship with dance.
This year’s A.M. Collaborative program is nearing a grand finale, and the second cohort of artists will soon showcase their long-term interdisciplinary projects. DanceATL is thrilled to congratulate these visionaries, each of whom has invested their own unique perspectives and procedures. Moreover, we eagerly look forward to presenting the fruits of their synthetic exploration. The pieces will premiere all together at a live in-person showing on Saturday, March 12, at 6 p.m. onstage at the Windmill Arts Center’s intimate black box theater.