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Gimme ArtsNow podcast with Amy Miller

GroundWorks founding member Amy Miller shares about her new work for the Fall Dance Series, Vade Mecum, on the Gimme ArtsNow podcast. Host Roger Riddle talks to Amy about growing up in Akron, her early dance career at Ohio Ballet, memories of working with GroundWorks' David Shimotakahara, as well as her current role as Associate Artistic Director

Fall Creative Notes | David Shimotakahara

Artistic Director David Shimotakahara’s new work for GroundWorks 2017 Fall Dance Series explores themes connected to the most primal of human concerns – love, joy, fear, loss, shame, separation, redemption. Using the American Gothic movement as a jumping off point for Salt to Sea, his 40th work for the company, Shimotakahara weaves together stories of

Fall Creative Notes | Amy Miller

  Founding company member Amy Miller returns to her roots during GroundWorks Fall 2017 Dance Series with the world premiere of her work, Vade Mecum. The piece, which explores the ideas of partnership, collaboration and inner wisdom, will be Amy’s 12th original work for the company. Past works include Way Leads to Way (2013), Current

Meet Taylor Johnson

Introducing our newest company member at GroundWorks – Taylor Johnson. The 23-year-old Columbus native and recent Juilliard graduate can’t wait to make her debut during our 2017 Fall Dance Series at the Allen Theater at Playhouse Square and Akron Public Library. Taylor is versed in a wide range of styles of dance as well as

GroundWorks Fall 2017 Preview

GroundWorks DanceTheater returns to its roots during its 2017 Fall Dance Series featuring two world premiere works by Founding Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and founding company member Amy Miller, as well as the reprisal of an audience favorite paying homage to one of jazz’s greats. Featured Guest Artist Amy Miller, a founding member of GroundWorks,

GroundWorks Selected for Spotlight Showcase at 2017 Arts Midwest Conference

We are honored to have been selected from hundreds of applicants for one of 18 Spotlight Showcase spots at the 2017 Arts Midwest Conference - the region's top performing arts conference. Over 1,000 performing arts professionals from across the country - artists, managers, agents and arts administrators - will come together August 28-31 in Columbus to

Meet Gemma Freitas Bender

Our newest company member Gemma Freitas Bender made her debut with GroundWorks during our Summer Dance Series at Cain Park in July. The Buffalo, New York-native, 23, and 2014-15 recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace USA Award, is thrilled to call Cleveland her newfound artistic home. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Dance, Gemma

GroundWorks Summer Season Preview | Arts Air

Read an excerpt from "New Work Pushes GroundWorks DanceTheater's Dancers as Athletes and Performers" By Steve Sucato, Arts Air July 12, 2017 Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The old dog of sorts being Northeast, Ohio’s GroundWorks Dance Theater, now in its 17th season who, in its upcoming summer series programs at

GroundWorks Summer Season Preview | Plain Dealer

GroundWorks DanceTheater staging new work steeped in sports passion at Summer Series By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer July 4, 2017 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

Summer Creative Notes | Monica Bill Barnes

What is the function of dance and what is its place in the world? Monica Bill Barnes answers these questions and more in her work, exploring and celebrating individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. Founder and artistic director of NYC-based Monica Bill Barnes & Company, and debuting a new world premiere work

Inamorata Reprise

We are thrilled to bring the critically-acclaimed work Inamorata back to the stage as part of our Summer Dance Series at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights and Heinz Poll in Akron. Choreographed by NYC-based artist Kate Weare, Founder & Director of Kate Weare Company and re-staged by Doug Gillespie, Dancer and Assistant Director of Kate

Introducing Tyler Ring

We are delighted to introduce GroundWorks audiences to our newest company member, Tyler Ring! Tyler, 23, joins us from Chicago by way of Muncie, Indiana, where he grew up and received his formal dance training. As a performer, Tyler has danced new works by Sidra Bell, Alex Ketley, and Melissa Thodos, and performed excerpts from

GroundWorks Summer 2017 Preview

Entering its 19th season this summer, GroundWorks DanceTheater continues to be celebrated for its commitment to new work in dance. That steady and devoted evolution has led to original programs, rewarding audiences with range of movement, music and ideas. The company’s 2017 Summer Series program continues to set all of that in motion. New York-based

GroundWorks Spring Season Preview | West Side Leader

By Kathleen Folkerth, West Side Leader March 23, 2017 Downtown Akron - Artistic Director David Shimotakahara said GroundWorks DanceTheater’s upcoming performances on March 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall will reflect what he senses is the mood in the country after a tumultuous time in our social and political climate. The

GroundWorks In-School Workshops | Spring 2017

One of our core values as a company is to help empower creativity through movement. Using movement concepts as a springboard, it's our hope to inspire confidence and potential new creative insights for students. We recently had the wonderful opportunities to conduct Movement Study workshops with K-12 students from Cleveland Montessori, Adlai Stevenson School and

GroundWorks Spring Season Preview | The Plain Dealer

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer March 14, 2017 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.

Scene Magazine’s Best of Cleveland 2017 Nominations

Spring is landing, and so is Scene Magazine's Best of Cleveland 2017. Creative expression is our passion - whether through live music collaborations (Violins of Hope & Carmina Burana) to artist residencies and educational outreach. We explore the nuances of the human experience and embody the pulse and movement of life through unique and

Spring Creative Notes | “Drafting Foresight” by Guest Artist Gina Gibney

What kind of memories do we create after we’ve had meaningful conversations? What becomes of those pivotal discussions? Are our memories the direct result of that significant interaction? How do we mark those moments in time? These questions and more are explored in Guest Artist Gina Gibney’s new work, “Drafting Foresight,” which will make its

Spring Creative Notes | “Against Night” by David Shimotakahara

“We find ourselves in a time of transition and unpredictable change,” says GWDT Executive Artistic Director David Shimotakahara. Shimotakahara’s world-premiere work, titled “Against Night,” for GroundWorks’ 2017 Spring Series explores change, transitions and connectivity and how we traverse these elements. These themes were a starting point in the creative process, he says.  “For some reason

Spring Creative Notes | GroundWorks Reprises “Remora”

We are proud to reprise Salt Lake City-based choreographer Eric Handman’s highly-anticipated work “Remora” during our 2017 Spring Dance Series. Handman’s “Remora,” a critically-acclaimed “substantial and intensely physical work” first created with GroundWorks in 2015, is rooted in its physicality, the demands of its execution, its complexities and its nuances of timing. Together, these elements

GroundWorks Spring 2017 Preview

The timeless (and timely) themes of connectivity, changeability and transition will be explored in GroundWorks DanceTheater’s upcoming 2017 Spring Dance Series, featuring world premiere works by GWDT Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and Gina Gibney of Gibney Dance, as well as the highly-anticipated reprise of “Remora” by award-winning choreographer Eric Handman. “We find ourselves in a

Thank You for an Extraordinary 2016

For GroundWorks, 2016 was a year filled with extraordinary creative opportunities including three live music collaborations within the production and presentation of an amazing range of groundbreaking work. From the creation of “Shadowbox” as part of the Violins of Hope Project with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to our spectacular production of Carmina Burana

Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase – Stephanie Terasaki

  For an artist, the experience of initiating his or her own creative ideas and working through their own processes is valuable, regardless of whether or not they feel compelled to continue to choreograph. In GroundWorks’ first-ever Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase, to take place on November 10, company dancers will present new and exciting work. “One

Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase – Michael Marquez

GroundWorks’ first-ever Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase will feature new work created and developed by company dancers. The November 10 event will be an exciting opportunity for our artists to express their individual styles and for audiences to see another side of them. “The experience of initiating their own creative ideas and experimenting with and working through

Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase – Felise Bagley

There is so much that happens in the studio that can only be understood by doing. On Thursday, November 10, GroundWorks DanceTheater will present its first-ever Dancer ChoreoLab Showcase, an informal showing of new work created and developed by GWDT’s dancers. “Fundamental to the GroundWorks creative DNA, our artists are constantly involved with helping to

A Study in Movement | GWDT @ Willson School

With GroundWorks’ ongoing effort to empower creativity through movement, we recently had a wonderful opportunity to conduct Movement Study workshops with 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Willson School. Mark Otloski, GroundWorks' Education Director, along with company dancers Lauren Garson and Stephanie Terasaki, engaged students in fun, inspiring and collaborative studies in movement and expression. The workshops

Welcome, Yvette Hanzel – GWDT’s Director of Development

We are excited to introduce Yvette Hanzel -- GWDT's new Director of Development. In this role, Hanzel will oversee the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising – including grant solicitation, major gifts, annual campaign, fundraising events and in-kind resources. “I’m truly honored, and feel a genuine rapport with both David Shimotakahara and General Manager

Fall Dance Series @ Allen Theater | Thank You!

We were thrilled to open our Fall Dance Series at the Allen Theater at Playhouse Square this past weekend. The program featured two world premieres -- "Chromatic" by our own David Shimotakahara, "Part Way" by Guest Artist Robyn Mineko Williams, and a reprisal of Beth Corning's "At Once There Was a House," first staged by

Inside Look | A Dancer’s Life: Stephanie Terasaki

When Stephanie Terasaki walks into a dance studio, the world is full of possibilities. The 22-year-old California native, who joined GroundWorks in June (taking the place of GWDT’s Annika Sheaff while she is on maternity leave), has particularly enjoyed the company’s creative process – learning new pieces, challenging herself with different kinds of movement, working

Fall Creative Notes | David Shimotakahara to Debut New Work Inspired by American Composer Conlon Nancarrow

While researching music for his new work for GWDT’s Fall Dance Series, Artistic Director David Shimotakahara came across Conlon Nancarrow’s work by accident. Immediately taken by the American composer’s idiosyncratic qualities and unique sound, Shimotakahara knew he found his inspiration. “Within its complexities, [Nancarrow’s] music maintains a sense of humor and, for me, a kind

Fall Creative Notes | Beth Corning Reprises GWDT Original Work “At Once There Was a House”

Renowned choreographer Beth Corning returns to GroundWorks to reprise her groundbreaking work, “At Once There Was a House,” which first debuted at GWDT more than a decade ago. We are thrilled to have Beth back for our Fall Dance Series and look forward to sharing her again with our audiences. “GroundWorks has evolved in so

Inside Look | Robyn Mineko Williams Rehearsal

Here is an Inside Look into recent rehearsals with Guest Artist Robyn Mineko Williams, who will debut a new work during our Fall Dance Series at the Allen Theatre on October 14 & 15 and Akron Public Library on November 18 & 19. The untitled piece will explore the idea of perseverance and will be set to

Inside Look | GroundWorks Previews Guest Artist Adam Barruch’s New Piece

It was an intimate afternoon of dance and lively discussion on Friday as we presented an inside look into award-winning New York choreographer Adam Barruch’s new work, “Hex,” which will debut at GroundWorks’ 14th annual Summer Concert Series beginning on July 15 at the Alma Theater in Cain Park. Guests enjoyed an up-close showing of the dynamic

Inspiral Motion | Lisa Lansing

Lisa Lansing, a Gyrotonics Specialized Master Trainer (impressively only one out of 50 in the entire world!) and a GroundWorks DanceTheater partner, supporter and advocate, has been working weekly with the GroundWorks’ company dancers through the Gyrotonic Expansion System to increase each dancers range of motion, build strength and sustain their fluidity. We recently sat

Spring Creative Notes | Eric Handman Joins Us for Creative Residency!

Our latest Creative Resident, Eric Handman, recently spoke to us about his introduction to GroundWorks DanceTheater as well as what it’s been like to work with David & the company. “I met David at the American College Dance Association’s Western Conference in 2014 out in Arizona. He was an adjudicator and saw a quartet that