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C. Jordan & S. Kramer at Project Dance DC

alight dancers Caitlin Jordan & Sarah Kramer perform their "I Love You" duet from our debut work, Speechless, which asks the questions, "How do you say 'I love you' without words?"

February has officially begun, and, in honor of the fast-approaching Valentine’s Day holiday, we’re offering you a chance to win a fun prize package perfect for sharing with a sweetheart or anybody you love! The package includes a bottle of red wine, a box of homemade gourmet chocolate truffles, a bouquet of flowers and two tickets to our upcoming Saturday, February 18th performance of Truth Be Told at Greenbelt Arts Center.  The tickets also include admission to our gala reception following the show complete with food, wine, dancing and a chance to bid on donated art and vintage items in a silent auction.  For a chance to win this great prize package, all you have to do is join our e-mailing list! Just click HERE to go to our home page and use the mailing list form to enter to win.  You’ll only be asked for your name and email address.  We’ll never share your contact information with a third party, but we will let you know by email if you’re the lucky winner of our Valentine’s Day prize package. Enter to win by 11:59pm on Thursday, February 16th and you’ll be notified if you won the prize package on Friday, February 17th.  Good luck! And, thanks for being our valentine!

Our year in photos

Every December I make a month-by-month year-in-review update to tuck into the Christmas cards we send to all our friends and family this time of year.   Today as I dropped a nice, big stack of holiday cards into the post office box, I thought it would be fun to start a new holiday tradition celebrating another year of working with alight. I hope you enjoy our first annual alight year-in-review photo gallery.  Lots of people like to do retrospectives things like this during that first week of January, but I think the holiday season is all about taking time to reflect on where you’ve been and we’re you’re headed. So, this is where we’ve been this year.  We hope you enjoy taking a glance back with us as we are already busy preparing for our first performance of the new year on January 21, 8pm and January 22, 4pm at Dance Place.   See you soon?

Save the Date: Season Preview Party

SAVE THE DATE!

Join us on Saturday, October 15th for yummy food (locally grown & prepared) and drinks (beer, wine & our secret signature cocktail) as we kick-off our 2011-2012 season. You’ll get to go behind-the-scenes of our latest production of Truth Be Told, hang out with the cast and get a sneak peek of the work before it premieres at Dance Place in January 2012. Plus, there will be fun giveaways, drink specials and surprise guest performers!

Event at the Dance RINK (1750 Union Avenue #D Baltimore, MD).
Doors open at 7:30pm  and entertainment begins at 8:00pm.

Tickets are $25 (includes food & one drink ticket). Starting September 15, tickets will be available for purchase online at www.alightdancetheater.org

Questions? Call or email Angella Foster at angella@alightdancetheater.org

Save the date!

We’re really excited to announce our 2011-2012 season, and we wanted you all to be the first to know.  This season we’re presenting three new works: Truth Be Told, directed by alight artistic director Angella Foster; Shadowmark, choreographed by alight dancer Monica Warren Schaeffer and Sandcastle, choreographed by guest artist Wayles Haynes. We hope you’ll mark your calendars and plan to join us!

And, as always, if  you’re a dancer in the D.C. area looking for a place to take class, our company classes are free and open to the public on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm and Saturdays, 1:00-2:15pm.  For more information about classes, click here.

alight 2011 sneak peek

Believe me, alight dancers love chocolate even more than little guy!

Today I am writing our 100th blog post from my “home office” aka my living room. I live on the second floor surrounded by trees on three sides, so looking out any window makes me feel like I live and work in a tree house like those adorable  Keebler elves !

This morning there was a dusting of snow on the ground and thin mounds of flakes clinging to the all branches outside my windows.  I love that a little bit of snow brightens up the deary winter world without requiring a ton of pesky shoveling.  Working from my treehouse today meant plugging away at my to-do list and trying not to get too distracted by just outside my window.

These days I am planning mode for alight’s upcoming 2011-2012 season.  Beyond the scheduling and goal setting, this means I am dreaming with my practical mind.  It is exciting to envision what we will be doing a month from now and imagine the opportunities that might have surprised us by this time next year.

Our current season officially ends this month with our upcoming performance of Speechless at Dance Place on Saturday, January 29th at 8pm and Sunday, January 30th at 4pm. (Click HERE on info to win two free tickets to the show!)  We will officially launch our new season on February 9th, but until then here’s a sneak peek!

FEBRUARY / MARCH:  alight begins rehearsal of Angella Foster’s new evening-length work entitled Truth Be Told as well a shorter work being set on the company by alight dancer Monica Warren Schaeffer.

APRIL/ MAY:  Sat, April 2, 2-5pm Open Rehearsal at the Greenbelt Community Center

Sat, May 7, 8-10pm Next Reflex Dance Collective‘s Work-in-Progress Showing at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainer

JUNE / JULY:  Filming for Truth Be Told on location with video artist, Dianamaria Adams

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER: Sat, August 20 Performance with Project Dance DC on the National Mall

Sat, Sept 17, 2-4pm Truth Be Told Work-in-Progress Showing at Greenbelt Community Center

OCTOBER / NOVEMBER:  Truth Be Told Premiere & other performances, TBA

Come see us at Dance Place this month and then keep connected with us all year for all this and more.  We’re going to be busy little elves…I mean, dancers!

alight’s 2010 year-in-review

Even though the holidays already seem like a distant memory, but I feel like taking one last look back at 2010 before charging ahead into this new year.  alight dance theater was “born” in 2010, so it was a huge year for us.  I’ve been feeling like I wanted to press the PAUSE button every since 2011 began.  Since that’s not really possible, I decided reading through posts of the year past and putting together a month-by-month greatest hits list was the next best thing.

JANUARY:    I submitted the proposal for Speechless to the Kennedy Center’s Local Dance Commissioning Program.  Realistically, I expected rejection.

This is a snapshot of my cousin, Taylor Clark, who inspired Speechless.

FEBRUARY:  Unbelievably, I received a phone call from the Kennedy Center informing me that we had been awarded one of the three Local Dance Commissioning Grants awarded on 2010.  Two days later, I learned I had also received funding for another smaller project from the Source Festival.

MARCH:   We got a impromptu invitation from Intersections Arts Festival to participate in an informal, site-specific performance opportunity at the Atlas Theater.

APRIL:  alight dance theater officially exists as a recognized corporation in the state of Maryland.  Meanwhile, I finally have a full cast for Speechless when Lucia Cisneros joins the cast to portray my cousin, Taylor, in the work.

MAY:  I traveled to the Chicago area to interview Taylor’s family, teachers and doctors.  I also got to meet the Zuponecks who shared their story of raising their son, Cole, who relied on non-verbal communciation tools like my cousin, Taylor.

JUNE:  alight dance theater performs at the Source Festival.

JULY:  I traveled New Jersey to meet two more families who are willing to share their stories with me, the Bonanno family and the Panarese family.

One of my favorite photos from 2010: the whole cast of Speechless backstage at the Kennedy Center.

AUGUST:  With the premiere a few months away, I was very busy working on costumes and editing video footage from my research interviews.

SEPTEMBER:  alight performed Speechless as a work-in-progress at the Kennedy Center for invited guests.

OCTOBER:  Speechless premieres at the Kennedy Center, and alight dance theater receives our 501(c)3 federal non-profit status to receive tax deductible donations.

NOVEMBER:  We performed Speechless at the Greenbelt Community Center where we rehearse weekly.

DECEMBER:   Looking ahead to next year, we had our first production meeting at Dance Place in preparation for the reprise of Speechless there.

SPEECHLESS ticket giveaway

This image of alight dancer Monica Warren Schaeffer makes me SPEECHLESS. What makes you SPEECHLESS? Photo Credit: Enoch Chan

alight dance theater is giving out TWO FREE tickets to the Reprise: SPEECHLESS performance at Dance Place on Saturday, January 29 at 8pm and on Sunday, January 30 at 4pm.

We want to know what makes you SPEECHLESS. Is it watching the sunset at the beach or stargazing at night? Or is it seeing someone pick their nose at the grocery store line? Tell us what you think!

To enter the drawing, first  “like” our facebook page and then  and tell us what makes you SPEECHLESS.

Your post will be entered into a random a drawing for a pair of tickets to alight dance theater Reprise: SPEECHLESS performance at Dance Place on Saturday, January 29 at 8pm or on Sunday, January 30 at 4pm (winner’s choice).

The winner will be announced of Facebook on Monday January 24th, 2010. The individual winner will be notified additionally by message.

Speechless Reprise

Angella Foster, Lucia Cisneros & Monica Warren Schaeffer performing in SPEECHLESS at the Kennedy Center premiere. In this section,entitled "You're living in the hands of doctors," we explore the experience of parents of special needs children who must continually strike a balance between just being a loving parent and acting as an informed partner in their child's medical care.

Just days after we wrapped up the premiere of SPEECHLESS at the Kennedy Center, the alight production team kicked into high gear again to pull together a reprise of the show this coming weekend.  With the help of some generous funding from the Prince George’s Arts Council, we are partnering with the Greenbelt Community Center to create a custom dance performance space for a day!  We’ll be bringing in special dance flooring and  professional lighting equipment as well as a projector and projection screen.  If you missed the show at the Kennedy Center, this is another great chance to see the show for free.  As an added bonus, the entire cast of SPEECHLESS will be leading the audience in interactive movement activities after the show.  If you’re between the ages of three and a hundred, we’ve got something planned for you.  We’re really excited about performing for our community in Greenbelt where alight dance theater is based.  We hope you’ll join us!

Michelle Cardoso & Heather Cameron performing their duet from SPEECHLESS which explores the power of communicating without words.

Reprise: SPEECHLESS

@ Greenbelt Community Center  located at   15 Crescent Road Greenbelt, MD

Performance 2:30-3:30pm

After-Show Movement Activities 3:30-4:00pm

FREE

Click HERE to read the article about this performance featured in the Prince George’s Gazette last Thursday!

Dancers + SkyBar = Dance/MetroDC’s Fall Season All Dance Kick Off Party

Last week I attended Dance/MetroDC’s Fall Season All Dance Kick-Off party at SkyBar to represent alight.  While I am accustomed to attending PR networking events, attending a dance mix-and-mingle was a new experience for me.  As I  expected, there was a ton of food, wonderful people, and plenty of dancing.  DJ Baronhawk with Urban Artistry provided the soundtrack for the evening while dancers from Joy of Motion, Urban Artistry and more kept the dance floor packed.

 Check out a few of the photos I was able to snap from the evening.  A HUGE thank you to everyone who let me post their picture and to all of those who asked me questions about alight!  Keep them coming!

45 days & counting…

With the premiere of Speechless just 45 days away, it is exciting to have the final design for the publicity card for our upcoming season (aka our debut season as a company) ready to go to press.   The other side of the card still needs a little more tweaking, but I should be able to post that soon. And, of course, we’ll be distributing the real deal soon to help spread the word.  Special thanks to graphic designer David Potsiadlo for contributing so much of his time and expertise to make this possible!