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Glade Dance Collective


Formed in August 2009, Glade Dance Collective is a Washington, D.C.-based group of artists who come together through the shared idea that the creative voices of individuals guide our collective social, cultural and political growth. Glade is a part of an emerging generation of dance artists living, working, and interacting with diverse communities.

Glade's dancers strive toward the common goal of creating socially relevant works of both personal and collective meaning. Glade Dance Collective seeks to inspire those from all walks of life to move, create and engage.

Artist Statement/Focus

During the summer of 2009, Sylvana Christopher approached Betsy Loikow with the desire to form a dance collective with young contemporary dancers and choreographers in the D.C. metro area. Sylvana wanted to work with intellectually stimulating dancers who were involved in the choreographic process, a dynamic that would include a more open, transparent choreographer-dancer relationship. Drawing on Betsy’s strengths as a social and political advocate, they founded Glade Dance Collective to create dances that had social relevance, that could give voice to those without one, and that could educate and spur discussion. Glade outlined a commitment to dance about real issues that people care about and that would meet the audience where they are so that people beyond the arts world might begin to understand how dance and art can be part of their lives.

As new dancers have joined Glade, the collective has experimented with different formats for creating work. Some pieces are truly collective and collaborative in every way; others develop collaboratively under the guidance of a single member; some are more traditionally top-down choreographed. However, nothing happens without everybody buying in, and dancers are encouraged to provide feedback and guidance to choreographers. Our choreography ranges from African and hip hop to modern and ballet, drawing on a variety of contemporary dance forms reflecting the international and interconnected dance scene of our generation. Glade dancers bring more than a technical background to the collective. They bring diverse passions and give their whole being to Glade projects – they are not just bodies to be moved about the space. Glade continues to search for a convergence of dancers, artists, thinkers, and seekers in the collective and in the audience. We have collaborated with numerous musicians and visual and spoken artists. Current Glade dancers hail from the greater D.C. metro region, including Maryland and Virginia.

Glade Dance Collective has performed at a wide range of festivals and venues, including the Eureka Dance Festival, Dance Place; Joy of Motion’s Jack Guidone Theater; Woolly Mammoth Theatre; Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall; Pinkline Project’s White Party at the Phillips Collection; INTERSECTIONS:  A New America Arts Festival, Atlas Performing Arts Center; Artists’ Bloc’s 12x6; The Dinner Party; BlackRock Center for the Arts; Joe’s Movement Emporium; Creative Cauldron at ArtsSpace Falls Church; the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Sylvan Theater; Busboys and Poets; Adams Morgan Day Festival; H Street Festival; Environmental Film Fest; Handmade on Hamilton; The Networker Symposium; and Dance Is the Answer at various outdoor venues throughout the D.C. area. Nationally, Glade has performed work at the Between the Seas Festival at the Wild Project in New York, Dogtown Dance Theater in Richmond, VA, and the Baltimore Theatre Project in Baltimore, MD. We have performed for children at the Holton-Arms Creative Summer program and at the Sitar Arts Center for underprivileged kids in D.C. We recently performed for the residents of Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital and will be leading a series of workshops for them in the Fall of 2014. We are currently preparing for a performance at Baltimore’s Artscape. We are made up of dancers and choreographers from diverse backgrounds who seek to incorporate dance into our varied lives in many ways and encourage others to do the same!

Gladies have danced with: Regionally: CrossCurrents Dance Company, Daniel Burkholder/the playground, Sustaining Movement, Talu Dance Company, Rincones & Company Dance Theatre, Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Arts United of Washington, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, BosmaDance, DancEthos, Contradiction Dance, DanceAntonini, Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Kate Jordan Dance Theater, Capitol Movement Project, VESTIBULE, and DCypher Dance; and Nationally: Matter Dance Company (Chicago, IL), and Allegro Dance Collective and Cambridge Dance Company (Boston, MA).


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