Moving People Dance Theatre Presents the First Annual Santa Fe Dance Festival

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Alonzo King's Lines Ballet joins Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance Ensemble and other world-renowned dancers and choreographers in Moving People Dance TheatreÂ?s First Annual Santa Fe Dance Festival.

Moving People Dance Theatre (MPDT) will host its first annual Santa Fe Dance Festival and Dance Different in the City Different Dance Intensive from June 1 through June 18, 2005.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble of Denver, Colorado, will be a Dance Festival guest-company-in-residence along with MPDT. Lines Ballet of San Francisco will present a work by Alonzo King, featuring two of their company members.

Three dynamic new works by choreographers Gail Gilbert, Sam Watson, and Ronn Stewart will premier in the Festival kick-off performance by MPDT at the Lensic. Gail Gilbert, founding dancer of the Parsons Dance Company, received a commission to create a new work for the Festival. The comedic styling of Sam Watson, of Wat’s on Dance, is quickly becoming a Santa Fe favorite. Moving People’s Artistic Director, Ronn Stewart, will thrill audiences with a new exploration in dance of his southern roots.

Robert Moses of Robert Moses Kin Dance Company in San Francisco will return with last year’s popular “Drop Pillow”. Prior to establishing Robert Moses' Kin, Moses danced with Twyla Tharp Dance, ODC/San Francisco, Long Beach Ballet, Walt Disney World Productions, and Gloria Newman Dance Theater, among others.

The Dance Different in the City Different intensive workshops will feature 2 ½ weeks of instruction for intermediate, advanced, and pre-professional young dancers, with a diverse and world-class faculty from a broad scope of dance techniques, styles and backgrounds. Besides the MPDT faculty and noted choreographers, young dancers will have a rare opportunity to study with other nationally recognized artists in the world of dance, including Arturo Fernandez, Ballet Master of LINES Ballet San Francisco, Kevin Iega Jeff of Deeply Rooted Productions in Chicago, and John Kloss of the Bay Area Tap Festival.    Dance Intensive students will perform a showcase on June 18th at the National Dance Institute (NDI) Dance Barns.

The Dance Festival will consist of three weekends of performances, the dance intensive, and round-table discussions with the choreographers and artists. Moving People Dance Theatre will perform works by Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Sam Watson, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Ronn Stewart, Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th. Friday's performance will be followed by a question and answer session with guest choreographers and artists. Janet Eigner, critic and writer for Dance Magazine, said on KSFR radio, “What energy, choreographic excellence, and technical mastery this professional company fuses into its performances!”

The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Guest Company-in-Residence, will perform on Friday June 10th and Saturday June 11th. . Saturday’s performance will be followed by a Meet-the-Artists reception;

Deborah Gibbs-Brooks, the Board President of Moving People Dance Theatre, said, “We are continually striving to enhance Santa Fe’s art and cultural environment by creating, producing and importing the highest quality art and artists to the city, making Santa Fe a unique and desirable dance destination comparable with other great and established cultural cities.”    

Moving People Dance Theatre has been a pioneer in the Santa Fe dance community for over five years. MPDT’s decision to produce the Santa Fe Dance Festival was explained by Artistic Director Ronn Stewart when he said, “Giving dance students the opportunity to study the art of dance in beautiful Santa Fe at such an advanced level, with an emphasis on Dancing Differently in the City Different, will make Santa Fe a sought after destination for serious dance students, major dance companies, and the finest teachers in the world of contemporary dance.”

The Santa Fe Dance Festival will bring dance enthusiasts to Santa Fe from all over the USA, increasing Santa Fe’s visibility as a leader in artistic accomplishments in dance. Tickets to the weekend performances of Moving People Dance Theatre and The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble at the Lensic will be $10, $20, and $30, with ½ price for students at the Matinee on June 4th. Festival passes are available for $50.00, and entitle the bearer to attend all Festival activities, include performances, round-table discussion, and a Festival kick-off party.

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