SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance is a small professional dance company, devoted to presenting stories of humanity through dance. Professional dancers transform from dancer to storyteller, presenting emotional moments that reach all audiences. SIDEWAYS was created to give untold stories an artistic voice utilizing dance to explore each topic with fairness, honesty, and appreciation. Founded in 2006 by Charlotte Foster Williamson, SIDEWAYS is a 501c(3) Public Charity and is funded solely by private donors and corporate donations. Located in the North Metro Atlanta area, SIDEWAYS is dedicating to expanding perspectives through community outreach programming and partnerships.
SIDEWAYS has performed at the Inman Park Festival, Roswell Arts Festival, Five Points Open House, The Pulse convention, Jazz on Tap Festival, Roswell Celebration of Dance, Relay for Life Benefit Concert, Gospel Fest 2008, Disney World, and Modern Atlanta Dance Festival. SIDEWAYS presented their own concert at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Dance at Noon Series in June 2010 & 2011. Along with presenting two full concerts for the city of Atlanta, SIDEWAYS is dedicating to expanding perspectives through community outreach programming and partnerships.
One group that SIDEWAYS partners with is the Foster-Schmidt Dance Company (FSDC). This company was founded in 2013 by Charlotte Foster Williamson. FSDC is a dance company for students with Down Syndrome. SIDEWAYS had the opportunity to perform with FSDC in Disney World in 2015.
Knowbody, performed at the 2007 Pulse convention, received impressive feedback from Mia Michaels, Brian Freidman, Shane Sparks, and Cris Judd. These choreographers deemed Foster as “brilliant” and loved the simplicity of the performance. Mia Michaels even went further to say that she was inspired to create a new piece after viewing the SIDEWAYS performance. Foster is credited with creating a human atmosphere on stage and demanding honest performances from her dancers.
Through performances across the southeast, SIDEWAYS repertory has received impressive feedback from dance choreographers: Ann Reinking (Fosse – the musical), Steve Rooks (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), Wendy Perron (Dance Magazine), and Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance).