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Engaging Atlanta: Nena Gilreath and Waverly T. Lucas, II of Ballethnic

Engaging Atlanta: Nena Gilreath and Waverly T. Lucas, II of Ballethnic

DanceATL continues to conduct brief interviews with dance organizations around Atlanta to listen and learn about their desires and challenges. In an effort to maintain full transparency, these interviews will be published via our digital publication Promenade. This will ensure accountability on DanceATL’s behalf, and inform readers about the needs of dance organizations in Atlanta.

From Poland to America: Mazury Folk Dance Ensemble creates connection through Polish dance

From Poland to America: Mazury Folk Dance Ensemble creates connection through Polish dance

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. 

Celebrating Shonica Gooden & The Black Artists Dance Collective

Celebrating Shonica Gooden & The Black Artists Dance Collective

“Your body is perfect, your body has undiscovered movement, your body can experience dance.” The words roll off the tongue like a mantra for Douglas Scott, founder and artistic director of Full Radius Dance. This is one of the company’s statements of purpose, and much like Scott’s body of work, it reveals his dedication to reshaping the way we talk about dance in the modern world. His company deconstructs widely-held standards in Western dance and places accessibility at the center of its mission. 

Atlanta dancer Umi IMAN explores liberation and healing through movement

Atlanta dancer Umi IMAN explores liberation and healing through movement

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. 

Erin Burch dances through recovery in Atlanta arts scene

Erin Burch dances through recovery in Atlanta arts scene

“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.”

Meg Gourley expresses gratitude as she reflects on her career

Meg Gourley expresses gratitude as she reflects on her career

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. 

Full Radius Dance: Turning tradition on its head

Full Radius Dance: Turning tradition on its head

“Your body is perfect, your body has undiscovered movement, your body can experience dance.” The words roll off the tongue like a mantra for Douglas Scott, founder and artistic director of Full Radius Dance. This is one of the company’s statements of purpose, and much like Scott’s body of work, it reveals his dedication to reshaping the way we talk about dance in the modern world. His company deconstructs widely-held standards in Western dance and places accessibility at the center of its mission. 

A.M. Collaborative’s 2021-22 season to be presented March 12

A.M. Collaborative's 2021-22 season to be presented March 12

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.

Kayla Marie Jackson reflects on her career and the impact of community

Kayla Marie Jackson reflects on her career and the impact of community

As Kayla Marie Jackson’s career continues to take off, the highly accomplished artist often reflects on the values and community that helped her get where she is today. Living and training in Milwaukee and Los Angeles for much of her young life, the artist eventually relocated to Atlanta to attend Spelman College. Jackson found that her experiences at Spelman pushed her to fiercely chase her goals and improve herself everyday. The focus on sisterhood and scholarship helped her “understand how to network and how to build relationships with people.” Now, as an active alumna and assistant coach of Mahogany-N-Motion, Jackson seeks to provide the same support to current students that she received as an undergraduate. Among numerous other opportunities, Jackson is currently working as dance captain for two-time Grammy Nominated rapper and songwriter Saweetie.

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