Urbanity Dance

Urbanity - Dance Performances for Massachusetts Schools

Urbanity – Dance Performances for Massachusetts Schools

Dancing In Each Other’s Shoes

Contemporary dance is a case example of the unique potentialities inherent in collaboration. Urbanity Dance, Boston’s premier contemporary dance company, uses cutting edge contemporary dance to compel its audience to vastly expand its worldview while embracing and celebrating the beauty of individual differences. Drawing from the techniques and traditions of various dance styles including classical ballet, modern, hip hop, and West African, Urbanity dance artists use contemporary dance to communicate a story of empathy, a story of partnership, and a story of emotion. In “Dancing in Each Other’s Shoes,” Urbanity dance artists and the students embark together on a unique dance exploration of compassion, kindness, and respect. This fresh and highly interactive performance celebrates diversity and encourages community. Through the art of movement, Urbanity Dance’s exceptionally engaging dance artists encourage students to foster a fuller understanding of themselves and their relationships. Students will ultimately be inspired and empowered to utilize lessons of self-expression and acceptance in all aspects of their lives.

Target Grades: K-8
Duration: 45 minutes

PRICING (performance/day)
Audience of up to 300: Single: $875  Double: $1340 Triple: $1728
Audience of 301-501:   Single: $1130  Double: $1748  Triple: $2263
Travel fee: $100/day

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
“Dancing” Performance Requirements

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
“Dancing” Educational Materials

COMPANY AND ARTIST BIOS
Founded in 2008 by Director Betsi Graves, Urbanity Dance exists to inspire, engage, and empower individuals and communities through the art of dance and movement. The Company’s hyper-athletic aesthetic aims to bridge the gap between concert and commercial dance. Known for its effortless curves and use of breath, Urbanity places a strong emphasis on the foundations of modern, jazz, and ballet, while also utilizing the highly detailed gesture work and hard-hitting articulation usually associated with hip-hop. Originally an all-female company, Urbanity added men to its ranks for the first time in 2014. Appreciating the attendance of live dance as a generous act in the 21st century, the Company values high artistic integrity. Since its founding, Urbanity Dance has grown tremendously. The Company was voted Boston’s Best by Improper Bostonian in 2013, announced Best of Boston by Boston Magazine in 2015, recently shortlisted for Bostinno’s 50 on Fire, and named a Top Ten Critics’ Pick by The Boston Globe. Urbanity has presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Institute of Contemporary Art, and venues across New England, New York, Virginia, Texas and Florida. In addition to the professional company, Urbanity also runs a dance school for students of all ages and has numerous partnerships with schools, hospitals, and juvenile detention centers in the greater Boston community.

Betsi Graves, founder and director of Urbanity Dance, is originally from Kansas and Orlando, Florida, and moved to Boston in 2000. Her dance training includes studies in ballet, jazz, and modern dance under the direction of Gaymarie Tomlinson and later, performing with Southern Ballet Theatre, now Orlando Ballet. Graves is an alumna of Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer’s Lab (2006), Green Street Studios Emerging Artists Program (2008), and holds a BA in English from Boston College. As a choreographer, Ms. Graves has garnered grant support from Massachusetts Cultural Council, the City of Boston and Boston Dance Alliance. She is honored to be a leader within Boston’s rising cultural landscape, thrilled to be a part of the global community elevating this art form, and grateful to all supporters who have touched Urbanity over the years.

Meghan (Meg) Anderson hails from central Massachusetts where she began her early dance career. She continued her dance education at Dean College and graduated with her BA in Dance in 2012. Since graduation Meg has had the opportunity to dance in prestigious theaters such as the Ailey Theater, Jordan Hall, and the Paramount Theater. Recently Meg was honored to be one of the only two female dancers to ever perform Pilobolus’ famous founding quartet “Ocellus” alongside fellow Urbanity Dancer Jamie Lovell. Throughout her four seasons with Urbanity, Meg has had the pleasure of working with many notable choreographers such as Betsi Graves, Marcus Schulkind, Jaclyn Walsh, and Andy Noble. She has also had the opportunity to present her own choreography, collaborating with such organizations as Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Boston Children’s Choir and Emerson Dance Ensemble. Meg is honored to be able to perform with the artists from Emmanuel Church and to dance for you this evening.Haley Day grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. After training for several years as a competitive gymnast, Haley found ballet and began her exploration of the dance world. She graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2013 with a BFA in Dance Performance with a dual emphasis in ballet and modern techniques. During college, Haley had the pleasure of dancing as a guest artist in the corps of Kansas City Ballet’s nutcracker; she was also a guest artist for Western Oklahoma Ballet Theater and a dancer in Owen/Cox Contemporary Dance Group in Kansas City. 2016 marks Haley’s third year as a professional company dancer of Urbanity and her second year as the School Principal of the school at Urbanity Dance.

Kara Foote, born and raised in Rome, NY, began her studies in dance at age 7 at the John Hayes O’neill Studio of Dance. After graduating high school, Kara decided to further her education and artistic development at SUNY The College at Brockport for her undergraduate degree. Under the direction of faculty such as Bill Evans, Mariah Maloney, Vanessa VanWormer, Karl Rogers, and Stephanie Oakes, she was able to receive her BFA in Dance in the Spring of 2014. Kara moved to Boston in January 2015 to pursue a career in dance with Urbanity. She has also worked with Turning Key Dance, Syracuse City Ballet, Mariah Maloney Dance, and Vanessa VanWormer Dance.

Jacob Regan began his dance life at sixteen when he transferred to Northwest School of the Arts, in Charlotte, NC. From there, he continued his study of modern dance at East Carolina University, where he found a love for choreography and improvisation. Jacob has performed in works by David Dorfman, John Dixon, Patti Weeks, and Teal Darkenwald. He has attended the summer dance programs of Doug Varone and Dancers and Bill Young. Jacob recently moved to Boston to pursue dance and is now a member of Prometheus Dance. He is also working with Zoe Dance and Contact Improv Boston. This is Jacob’s first season with Urbanity.

Chun-Jou “Dream” Tsai is a native of Taiwan, with extensive knowledge of dance performance, choreography, education, and acting. Her prolific career includes touring internationally with the Lan Yang Dance Company, commercial work as lead actress/dancer in music videos, and performing with the Pascal Rioult Dance Company during their summer intensives. She has received numerous awards for her choreography and performance since 2005 as well as funding to attend the prestigious American Dance Festival and Vienna International Dance Festival (ImPulsTanz). Dream accepted a full scholarship in 2010 to attend the Case Western Reserve University MFA in Contemporary Dance program where she continued to receive accolades for her work. After coming to Boston in 2013, she joined Urbanity Dance, Luminarium Dance, LCTC Lorraine Chapman Dance and Penumbra: Movement with performances at the Boston University Dance Theatre, Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. In 2015, Dream was invited to perform in NYC SPARKS Dance festival, YOUR MOVE Dance Festival in NJ and Dancing in Streets by Somerville Arts council, etc. Dream passes on her deep knowledge and love of this art form to her dance students each day.

Ayako Takahashi is an internationally recognized dancer/choreographer originally from Kanagawa, Japan. After completing her studies at Peridance Capezio Center Certificate Program in New York City as a scholarship student and dancing for choreographers such as Igal Perry, Sidra Bell, Robert Battle, Nacho Duato, Andrea Miller, and Paul Taylor, she relocated to Boston and joined Urbanity Dance. While in Boston, she presented many works internationally as well; Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (USA), Reykjavik Dance Festival (Iceland), and Seoul International Dance Festival (Korea). Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival (Germany). Ayako holds a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University and is currently working as an R-DMT (Registered Dance/Movement Therapist) and LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor).

Garrett Wilkinson was born outside of Seattle Washington where he started dancing at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School when he was five. He continued his training at the Garth Fagan Dance School and Purchase College and was a featured soloist in Ballet Philippines 45th annual Blue Moon Gala. This is Garrett’s premiere season with Urbanity Dance.

Alexander Davis is a graduate of Keene State College where he received a BA in English: Writing and a BA in Theatre and Dance: Choreography and Performance, under the mentorship of William Seigh. Alex has performed and presented his choreographic work at conferences, concerts, festivals, in open fields, art museums, abandoned buildings, street corners, walkways, gardens and (most recently) his mother’s kitchen. Alex is a member of Urbanity’s Second Company and has worked with a variety of artists including Betsi Graves, Jessica Muise, Cynthia McLaughlin, Rebecca Stenn, Marcia Murdock, Jennifer Pollins, Candice Salyers, Andy Noble, and Monica Bill Barnes. Alex is also an accomplished arts administrator, fiber artist, sexual consent educator, and an ok comedian.

Jorge Delgado hails from Lawrence, Massachusetts. He began his dance training eight years ago and has since found his calling in the contemporary and ballet genres. He has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Sonia Tahey, Andy Noble, Pilobolus, and Jacki Norwiki. He is grateful for every opportunity he gets to learn and grow with Urbanity’s second company.