SIDEWAYS had a great weekend rehearsing for upcoming performances of Frankentsein’s Frolic and Once Upon A Holiday, and even managed to slip in a fantastic performance at the Decatur Recreational Center’s October Dance Gala.
We joined AboutFace, Beth Del Nero and Company, Gotta Dance Contemporary, and Zoetic Dance Ensemble to share original choreography in Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz dance styles. The companies had a wonderful time and judging by the feedback, so did the audience! A few of our dancers were even caught goofing around in the square after the performance high!
It’s one of our favorite events of the year and we can’t wait to see you there! So bring your Halloween spirit and get ready for a great time! You’re even welcome to give your costumes a test-run before trick-or-treating on the 31st.
Andrea Ekmark, a member of Sideways Contemporary Dance Company, recently wrote an article for the Atlanta Dance Central website introducing the local community to the The Foster-Schmidt Dance Company. Below is a brief excerpt from the article and a link to the original for you to continue reading.
From Introducing the Foster-Schmidt Dance Company:
“The Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome is excited to present the Foster-Schmidt Dance Company. Students from the Dance Academy were required to audition to become a member of this new performing company. For students of the Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome, dance is not only a physical, creative, and social outlet, but also a way of inspiring others, and the company will be able to reach even greater audiences through additional performance opportunities.”
Yin Yang is a dance concert collaboration with new dance works by Bubba Carr, Bala Sarasvati, Mary Ann Staib and Charlotte Foster.
Yin Yang depicts four choreographers’ interpretations of finding balance. With influences of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Ballroom dance, the performance is diverse and relevant to all audiences. Combining video footage, exceptional dancing, and emotional choreography, SIDEWAYS takes audience members through a unique experience of diversity and vision.
Last Friday, SIDEWAYS traveled to the Dunbar Recreation Center in Atlanta to perform a condensed version of Once Upon A Holiday to inner city children. This performance, approximately 30 minutes in length, included all of the show’s favorite characters including Alice, Mrs. Claus, the Reindeer, and the Grinch. Following the performance, SIDEWAYS cast members learned some dance move from the audience, including the cat daddy & the swag walk, and performed it with them in the grand finale. Both SIDEWAYS dancers and audience members had a fantastic time and we can’t wait to revisit our new Dunbar friends next year.
These Outreach performances are so important to us because we get to share our love of dance with students who might not have regular dance classes. Just in our short time with the students, we were able to see them transform from timid to confident. It was wonderful to see them open up to us and trust the SIDEWAYS cast. Next year, SIDEWAYS plans to expand their holiday outreach programming to more facilities with the help of the Dunbar Recreational Center.
We had an amazing time this past weekend during our most recent event and show, Frankenstein’s Frolic Haunted Carnival. In between our three dance performances on Sunday, we had games and homemade treats for a day of family fun.
The three dance performances on Sunday included dancers from SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, as well as performers from Atlanta Dance Central and Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome. Dancers from SIDEWAYS kicked off the show, welcoming the audience and wowing them with their headpieces (see pictures below!) For the end of the show, dancers from SIDEWAYS and Foster-Schmidt came together for a “Thriller” of a finale. We will post a few video clips within the next few days for those who couldn’t make it, so stay tuned! Until then, enjoy a few pictures from our most recent Atlanta dance performance.