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After last week’s lean into experimental performance, get back to your roots this week with modern dance pioneers and a dance form older than jazz music…shows in NYC and ATL.

1. Dorrance Dance at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech curator Madison Cario has been bringing an exciting array of international artists to Atlanta this season. (See my previous reviews of Huang Yi & KUKA and Bronx Gothic.) It continues this week with 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Michelle Dorrance‘s tap company, Dorrance Dance, performing In Concert. Known for her genre-pushing style, this evening brings the best of America’s oldest dance form and a visionary new voice together.


Click here for tickets.
Click here to read a { Dd } Critical Conversation on Dorrance Dance’s The Blues Project.


2. Stephen Petronio Company at the Joyce Theater

Photo by Sarah Silver

Photo by Sarah Silver

The second offering of Bloodlines, a multi-year project honoring modern dance trailblazers, features Trisha Brown’s Glacial Decoy along with Petronio’s MiddleSexGorge and a world premiere, Big Daddy Deluxe.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Petronio from last April, explaining his inspiration for this five-year endeavor.

Tues,Wed, Sun 7:30p
Thurs, Fri, Sat 8p
Sun 2p

Click here for tickets.


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Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.