Five Years, Cheering and Counting!

Woo-hoo and yowza and hoo-ray!  DANCEworks is entering its fifth year in 2013.  So much to celebrate.

Thank heavens, DW made it through the recession!

Last spring we decided that, after four years of heavy use, it was time for a DANCEworks website upgrade. The revamp didn’t “just happen” with the snap of our nimble fingers, but with months of tweaking, refining and asking ourselves “what’s most important?”.  The remodel just launched today, so please check it out.  It’s more navigable, organized and edited, while placing more emphasis on the things we think you most want to know.  We hope you like our new look!

Before and After facelift.

DANCEworks focuses intently on our mission to provide America’s most promising and established contemporary choreographers with the gift of time and space to make new work, on the stage of the historic Lobero Theatre.  It’s been a win/win for the choreographers, for the dancers, for audiences and for the Santa Barbara community.  We all feel as happy as Olympic champs at the conclusion of each month-long residency.  We just don’t get to flash any gold.

Over the years, each time I enter the Lobero Theatre, I still see the remarkable images and feel the intense energy created during the residencies of Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Doug Elkins and Brian Brooks as they worked with their dancers for four intense weeks, culminating with two unforgettable performances.

The legacy that each DW residency creates, adds another layer of greatness to the contemporary American dance scene.

ASzure Barton’s dancers rehearsing BUSK


Larry Keigwin meeting SB community.

Doug Elkins’ dancers rehearsing MO(OR)town redux.

Brian Brooks working out the details of BIG CITY.

A fave SUMMERDANCE/DANCEworks’ choreographer is celebrating an important anniversary next year as well.  Keigwin and Company, under the direction of Larry Keigwin will mark their 10th year.  We could find no better reason than to invite him to return to DANCEworks for an opportunity to let his creative energy loose for the month of February 2013.  More details soon.

The Keigwin Kick

In the meantime, please note, we’re looking for guest bloggers too, for our site.

And if you haven’t friended us on FB or joined our email list, now’s the time to do it, y’all!  (I can say that because I lived in the South for a decade.)

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