In the 1980s, concert art dance began to mine the world of sports for both thematic and choreographic innovations. Expanding on choreographic experiments involving sports, games, and play that were originated by the early Postmodernists in the 1960s, dancing became more... [more]

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PERFORMING ARTS, Modern and Contemporary Dance, Postmodern Dance, Athleticism, Pure Movement, Body Politic/Identity Dance, Contact Improvisation, Happenings, Site-Specific
Applications for the 2010 Bates Dance Festival are now online! The Professional Training Program runs from July 17th-August 8th, and offers a great line-up of classes taught by great artists and accompanied by amazing live musicians! There are also fabulous performances throughout the 3-week program. I've been to the festival twice already. It is so much fun to "go on vacation" to dance heaven. Unlike other large summer dance festivals, Bates is a smaller program focused on collaboration and community without sacrificing high quality instruction. There are also scholarships and internships available!! Also, check out their youtube page for more videos!
Introductions JoAnna Mendl Shaw is not your typical choreographer. While it is every choreographer's challenge to frame what we see as an audience, for JoAnna, the frame is not limited to the rectangular dimensions of a stage. JoAnna must balance the

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