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Akron Beacon Journal – 2017 Summer Series Preview


Enjoy the gift of free dance as Heinz Poll Festival returns to parks (preview)

By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

AKRON — The free, high-quality Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival is a one-of-a-kind gift that the Akron community will be enjoying for the 44th straight year, says festival director Jane Startzman.

The four-week festival, offered in Akron parks and Glendale – 2017 Summer Series Preview


Dance festival showcasing regional faves (preview)

By Kathleen Folkerth,

AKRON — The Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival schedule features an inventive New York City-based company, as well as three regional favorites that will continue Akron’s tradition of free professional dance performances in city parks.

In its weekend of performances, GroundWorks will perform a new work in collaboration with

Broadway World – 2017 Summer Series Review


GroundWorks DanceTheater delights again in Cain Park concert (review)

By Roy Berko, Broadway World

As such television programs as “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance” convince more and more people to appreciate dance as an art form, they also create a higher barrier for local companies to leap. With such superb choreographers as Tony winning 

Cleveland Plain Dealer – 2017 Summer Series Preview


GroundWorks DanceTheater staging new work steeped in sports passion at Summer Series (preview)

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A new work of dance is a terrible thing to waste. Especially when it’s a good one.

Hence the program GroundWorks DanceTheater has in store July 14-16 at Cain Park. Stocked with both new work and recent pieces brought back

Cleveland Plain Dealer – 2017 Spring Series Preview


GroundWorks DanceTheater artfully stumbles onto cohesive Spring Dance Series

By Zach Lewis

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The muses could not have been kinder to GroundWorks DanceTheater than they were going into the 2017 Spring Dance Series.

Not only did the group’s three-part program this week at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts coalesce around a theme of connections.

Akron Beacon Journal – 2017 Spring Series Review


Stage Notes: GroundWorks DanceTheater comes to Akron, New World Performance Laboratory’s ‘Devil’s Milk Trilogy’

By Kerry Clawson
Beacon Journal arts writer

GroundWorks DanceTheater brings its spring program to E.J. Thomas Hall this weekend with three dances that all deal with connection and change in some way.

The dances, by Artistic Director David Shimotakahara, New

Arts Air – 2016 Fall Series Review


Sophisticated Choreography Highlights GroundWorks DanceTheater’s Fall Concert Series

Reviewed by Steve Sucato

After a successful run in Cleveland at Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre in October, Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater’s 2016 Fall Concert Series moved to nearby Akron and the Akron-Summit County Library. The program on November 18 opened with the latest work by GroundWorks’

Akron Beacon Journal Previews Final Fall Series Performances!


GroundWorks DanceTheater to Offer Varied Program for Varied Appetites

By Kerry Clawson

When GroundWorks DanceTheater’s David Shimotakahara puts together a program, he wants audiences to go away well-fed.

“It’s like having a full-course meal, that they leave really satisfied and rewarded in the experience,” said the Artistic Director, whose company is presenting its 2016 Previews GroundWorks’ Fall Series in Akron – Next Weekend!


GroundWorks’ Fall Performance Highlights Midwest Choreographers

By Kathleen Folkerth

Six months after its collaborative project to stage Carmina burana with the Akron Symphony, GroundWorks DanceTheater’s (GWDT) artistic director said he’s happy to be presenting a program that is the complete opposite.

“We came off an enormously satisfying project, ‘Carmina Burana,’ and this