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GroundWorks DanceTheater and Cleveland State University Announce Partnership 

GroundWorks to be Professional Dance Company In Residence at CSU

CLEVELAND (September 18, 2012) – GroundWorks Dance Theater and the Cleveland State University Department of Theatre and Dance announce a partnership making GroundWorks a Professional Dance Company In Residence at the University.

In addition to teaching classes and conducting rehearsals on campus, GroundWorks will perform annually at the Allen Theatre in PlayhouseSquare, presented by the CSU Department of Theatre and Dance.

Lynn Deering, Director of the CSU Dance Program, is very excited about the new partnership. “With GroundWorks as a professional company in residence, our dance program is uniquely able to offer ongoing opportunities for our students to actively engage with these talented professional dancers,” she says. “It will also enhance programming at our new Arts Campus in PlayhouseSquare and support our goals of creating future dance artists, audiences and advocates.”

CSU’s Arts Campus is one of the most extensive undergraduate theater and dance facilities in the nation.

For GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara, the partnership opens a spectrum of possibilities. “This will be an active, not passive relationship. Our company is dedicated to creating new work, and CSU can be a wonderful creative incubator for us.”

GroundWorks will kick off its inaugural series at the Allen Theatre at 7:30 p.m. October 26 and 27 with the world premiere of a new work by guest choreographer Doug Elkins, who taught three master classes at CSU this summer. The program will also include dances by Shimotakahara and Artistic Associate Amy Miller. For tickets call 866-546-1353 or visit

With the partnership, GroundWorks and CSU envision Cleveland becoming a center for contemporary dance in the region. For more information on the CSU Department of Theatre and Dance and GroundWorks, visit and

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,500 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2012 as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Now in its 14th season, GroundWorks was founded by Shimotakahara in 1998 and is dedicated to the development and presentation of new choreography and collaborations.  The five-member Company performs new works by Shimotakahara and artistic assistant Amy Miller, as well as commissioned work by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers including Ronen Koresh, Dianne McIntyre, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jill Sigman, Gina Gibney, David Parker and others.

GroundWorks DanceTheater’s annual programming is made possible with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Murphy Foundation, The Kulas Foundation, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, Cleveland City Dance, Individual Contributors, and Members of the GroundWorks Board of Trustees. The Akron/Summit Co. Public Library concerts are generously supported by the GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation and the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and the Knight Foundation.

GroundWorks Dance Theater, 13125 Shaker Square, Suite 102, Cleveland, OH 44120