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Upcoming Events for 2007-2008:

Winter Wonderland 2008: Carnival of the Animals
Presented by Dance Gallery Studio and the Peter Sparling Dance Company

Saturday, December 8, 2007 @ 7pm and Sunday, December 9, 2007 @ 2pm
Forsythe Middle School Auditorium

Cost:
$10
Purchase your Winter Wonderland 2008: Carnival of the Animals Tickets Here!

This performance is reserved seating. Tickets purchased online are subject to seating availability. There are no refunds or exchanges for tickets purchased online or in-studio.

Ann Arbor, MI – December 8, 9, 2007 – Enjoy a delightful evening or afternoon of dance performed by Dance Gallery Studio’s inspired dancers! Dance Gallery Studio is the only non-profit center for dance in Ann Arbor and offers an unprecedented pre-professional dance-training program, supplying students with a versatile education needed to pursue a career in dance and other skills beneficial to any student. Please join us on Saturday, December 8 at 7pm, or Sunday, December 9 at 2pm. Forsythe Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103.

Join us this holiday season for Dance Gallery Studio's presentation of Winter Wonderland: Carnival of the Animals. We invite you to be captivated with an assortment of magical danced divertissements inspired by birds, fishes, elephants, and bumblebees, choreographed to the famous original score by Camille Saint-Saëns, among other notable musical works. Also featured will be a unique version of "The Dying Swan", performed by Julianne O'Brien Pedersen of the Peter Sparling Dance Company and her video double. We hope to see you on Saturday, December 8th at 7pm, or Sunday, December 9th at 2pm!

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Join Dance Gallery Studio for a Free, Family Open House and Enjoy an Interactive Dance Session for the Whole Family!

August 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Register for some new and exciting dance classes for youth and adults!

What:
Dance Gallery Studio, dancegalleryfoundation.org, is having a free, Family Open House!

Come join the fun and be the first to register for exciting fall classes taught by some of the nation’s top instructors and choreographers.

Classes for both adults and children will be offered in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, Hip Hop, and Pilates.

Why:
Dance for fun, dance for fitness, dance for life!
- Ask faculty, dancers and students questions;
- Register and save! Receive a discount when you register on or before August 25th;
- See the beautiful, 5000 square-foot dance facility and the brand new small studio;
- Enjoy light refreshments; and
- Park for free!

Where:
Dance Gallery Studio
815 Wildt Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

When:
Saturday, August 25, 2006, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cost:
FREE!
Fall classes start September 5, 2007 and fill-up quickly so call the studio now to reserve your place! /p>

Contact:
Kathryn Contessa
815 Wildt Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734.747.8885
[email protected]
dancegalleryfoundation.org

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Join the Dance Craze, Get in Shape and Have Fun!

Registration for Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, Pilates, and Tap classes for all ages begins July 16 at www.dancegallerystudio.org

What:
Registration begins July 16 for upcoming fall dance classes beginning September 5th at Dance Gallery Studio, Ann Arbor’s only non-profit dance center.

Students age 3 to adult, novice through professional level, can learn and enjoy ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and Pilates classes taught by some of the region’s top instructors.

Who:
Taught by experienced, professional dancers, teachers and members of the Peter Sparling Dance Company, students receive the best in quality instruction. This includes various techniques, styles, and choreography set to a multitude of popular music selections

Why:
Learn to dance, meet new friends, enjoy great music and have fun exercising!

See why Dance Gallery Studio has served the community for over 20 years with the highest quality instruction and performances for all ages!

Where:
Dance Gallery Studio
815 Wildt Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
www.dancegallerystudio.org

When:
Registration begins July 16! Hurry! Classes fill-up quickly! Early registration discount until August 25, 2:00 p.m.

Cost:
Call the studio for prices. Please see website for full details, www.dancegallerystudio.org

Contact:
Kathryn Contessa
815 Wildt Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734.747.8885
[email protected]
dancegalleryfoundation.org

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Celebrate National Dance Week at Dance Gallery Studio

A FREE day of fun and fitness!

What:
Dance Day at Dance Gallery Studio

Why:
Join us for a day of fun and fitness for 7 – 10 year olds. A free dance class during National Dance Week gets kids moving and having a great time! A variety of movement activities, meet Dance Gallery Studio staff and faculty. Sponsored in part by National Dance Week and Whole Foods Market. Dance Gallery Studio programs are endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

To register, e-mail [email protected] or send contact information to Dance Gallery Studio, Attn: Katie Contessa, 815 Wildt ST., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

When:
Sunday, April 29, 2007. 12:00PM-1:30PM

Where:
Dance Gallery Studio
815 Wildt Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Cost:
FREE. Students must register by Wednesday, April 25

Contact:
Kathryn Contessa
815 Wildt Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734.747.8885
[email protected]
dancegalleryfoundation.org

About Dance Gallery Foundation and Studio
Dance Gallery Foundation was established in 1984 and supports Dance Gallery Studio and Peter Sparling Dance Company, the only non-profit dance center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The studio offers students of all ages high quality training in a non-competitive, nurturing environment with performance opportunities and an intensive pre-professional training program. The mission of Dance Gallery is to produce, develop, and promote contemporary dance performance, and provide dance training and educational experiences of the highest artistic quality.

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Explore Afro Modern Dance at Dance Gallery Studio April 28 & 29

Learn contemporary fusion dance combining modern and African dance vocabularies.

What:
Afro Modern Dance Workshop

Why:
In this high energy class, learn about African cultures from Guinea, Mali, and Uganda. Afro modern dance is also informed by dance technique developed by Katherine Dunham which emphasizes mind, body and spirit connection. Prepare to sweat, celebrate and move! Youth ages 10 -14 Adult ages 15 and up welcome!

When:
YOUTH: Saturday, April 28, 2007
4:00 - 5:30 P.M.

ADULTS: Saturday, April 28, 2007
6:00 - 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, April 29
4:00 - 5:30 P.M.

Where:
Dance Gallery Studio
815 Wildt Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Cost:
$35 for a two-day pass or $20 each day.

Contact:
Aubrey Thornton Martinson - Dance Gallery Foundation
815 Wildt Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734.747.8885
[email protected]
dancegalleryfoundation.org

About Dance Gallery Foundation and Studio
Dance Gallery Foundation was established in 1984 and supports Dance Gallery Studio and Peter Sparling Dance Company, the only non-profit dance center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The studio offers students of all ages high quality training in a non-competitive, nurturing environment with performance opportunities and an intensive pre-professional training program. The mission of Dance Gallery is to produce, develop, and promote contemporary dance performance, and provide dance training and educational experiences of the highest artistic quality.

About the Instructor, Ojeya Cruz Banks
Ojeya Cruz Banks is a dancer/anthropologist, who is a doctoral student in the Language, Reading and Culture department at the University of Arizona. She has studied with renowned dancers such as Katherine Dunham, Ron Brown, Moustapha Bangoura and Eno Washington. She has studied dance abroad in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mali, Guinea and Cuba. Her research interests are dance anthropology, dance pedagogy, contemporary fusion technique, choreography and Africa. For three years, Ojeya worked as the artistic director of the Dambe Project, an organization that specializes in African performing arts education. She also worked as a dancer, instructor and choreographer for the ZUZI DANCE COMPANY in Tucson, Arizona. She recently relocated to Michigan to teach dance.

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Join Peter Sparling Dance Company for their 2nd Annual Home Season

Michigan’s leading dance company to premiere new work by Peter Sparling, Jeremy Steward and Janet Lilly

Open Rehearsal
Thursday, March 8, 2007, 8:15 PM - 10:15 PM

Glimpse into the workings of a professional dance company rehearsal. A question and answer session with the choreographers and dancers will conclude the evening. Sponsored by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. FREE

Lecture On Modern Dance with Peter Sparling
Monday, March 12, 2007, 7:00 PM

As a preview of his company's upcoming season, Peter Sparling will answer the question “what is modern dance?” with discussion, video, and movement. Topics include a primer on how to view modern dance as well as a glimpse inside the mind of a choreographer and dancer. Sparling draws from diverse sources of inspiration including literature, visual arts, and industry and will share the process of creating a dance from the outside world. A highlight of the evening will be a sneak preview of the 2nd Annual Peter Sparling Dance Company Home Season March 22-25 at Dance Gallery Studio.

Where: Ann Arbor District Library Main Branch, FREE

Peter Sparling Dance Company Home Season
Thursday, March 22, 2007 to Saturday, March 24, 2007, 8:00 PM
Family Performance March 25, 2:00 PM

PSDC 2nd Annual Home Season features PSDC in Jeremy Steward’s Divine Secret. Peter Sparling and Janet Lilly perform in The System, a duet choreographed by Lilly and Sparling to a text by Charles Baxter with music by Frank Pahl. Solos will be performed by Steward and Lilly. Sparling presents new work entitled August to the music of Satie. Sponsored by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

$15 per person, general admission March 22 – 24
Family Performance: $15 adults, $10 age 14 and under.

Where: Rudolf Arnheim Studio Theater of Dance Gallery Studio, 815 Wildt Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Click Here To Purchase PSDC Home Season Tickets Online

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Peter Sparling Dance Company, Phoenix Ensemble, and Dance Gallery Youth/Adult Ensembles Salute American Composer Charles Ives

Enjoy music and dance performances February 16-18th at the Ann Arbor Charles Ives American Music Festival

What:
Dancers from the Peter Sparling Dance Company and Dance Gallery Youth and Adult Ensembles will perform with the Phoenix Ensemble in a creative project that celebrates great American composer, Charles Ives.

Who:
Charles Ives was the first true American collagist and sampler. He boldly took disparate musical and literary materials from the culture around him and placed them within the rigorous traditions of classical music.

Learn from choreographer Peter Sparling and other experts in panel discussion

When:
7 p.m. Thursday, February 15
Where: Ann Arbor District Library main branch, Fifth Ave. at William Street, Ann Arbor
What: Preceding the festival, Sparling will join William Bolcom, Joan Morris, Helen Boatwright, Kathryn Goodson, Gabriel Bolkosky, and Andrew Mead for a panel discussion on Ives.
Cost: Free

Two evenings of music by Phoenix Ensemble

When:
8 p.m. Friday, February 16
8 p.m. Saturday, February 17
Where: Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Drive, Ann Arbor

Peter Sparling Dance Company and Dance Gallery Youth and Adult Ensembles perform to live music by Phoenix Ensemble

When:
2 p.m. Sunday, February 18
Where: Dance Gallery Studio, 815 Wildt, Ann Arbor

The Charles Ives American Music Festival combines the artistic vision of professional musicians and dancers. Sparling will debut three new works: From the Steeples and the Mountains and Hawthorne danced to the music of Charles Ives played live by the Phoenix Ensemble, and including Dance Gallery Youth and Adult Ensembles. Robin Wilson performs solo to Duke Ellington’s Come, Sunday, choreographed by Wilson and Peter Sparling.

Cost:
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students for each concert.
A Festival Pass for all three concerts costs $50 for adults, $25 for students. Tickets are available to order securely online at www.phoenixensemble.com/IvesFestival.html. Admission to the library panel discussion is free and open to the public.

Contact:
For interviews with the principals or further information, e-mail [email protected] or call 734-358-2100 (The Phoenix Ensemble) or 734-747-8885 (Dance Gallery Studio).

“Music and dance in our country need no ‘Americanization’ thanks to the outstanding contributions of 20th century maverick artists such as Charles Ives, Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and many more,” states Sparling. “Having trained as a musician for many years, I find it a real joy to work closely with some of our town's best and most adventurous musicians for the Ives Festival. We are in agreement that music and dance do not need to illustrate each other; rather they grow from the same source and illuminate aspects that might be more difficult to detect left in their isolated realms. They can also reveal much about the American spirit: always ready to explore new territories, and bridge past with present. We are also eager to join forces again, join our audiences and make Ann Arbor a hotbed for grassroots collaborations of all kinds.”

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Saturday, January 13, 2007
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dance Gallery Studio


Youth Ensemble Audition

Audition for Dance Gallery Studio’s Youth Ensemble taught by internationally-known teacher and choreographer, Peter Sparling. This ensemble will take part in community performances such as the Ives Festival on February 18th and Dance Gallery Studio’s Spring Showcase, May 11 – 12th. The youth ensemble will rehearse Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join a collaborative group of young modern dancers and learn performance techniques from Peter Sparling.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Dance Gallery Studio


Adult Ensemble Audition

Open to all ages and levels, Dance Gallery Studio is holding auditions for their adult dancer ensemble. The ensemble will be taught by Peter Sparling Dance Company Member Holly Hobbs.

Ensemble dancers will attend weekly rehearsals and take part in local community performances such as EMU Community Dance Day, March 31 and the Dance Gallery Studio Spring Showcase, May 11 – 12.

For the audition, wear comfortable clothing to move in with bare feet. Rehearsals will be Saturdays from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

For more information contact Holly Hobbs at [email protected]

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Dance Studio Youth and Adult Ensembles to perform with Peter Sparling Dance Company for “Winter Wonderland: A Holiday Celebration”
December 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of winter-inspired dances set to pop, holiday renditions from the 50’s and 60’s.

What:
Enjoy a special, holiday performance with your friends and family!

“Winter Wonderland: A Holiday Celebration” features Dance Gallery Studio students and Peter Sparling Dance Company dancing to favorite pop-music renditions of holiday tunes from the 50’s and 60’s.

Highlights include the Dance Gallery Youth Ensemble and the premiere of the Dance Gallery Adult Ensemble!

Why:
Come join us for our holiday celebration and enjoy a festive evening of dance and music with your friends and family!

When:
Saturday, December 9th, 7:00 p.m.

Where:
Forsythe Middle School Auditorium
1655 Newport Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Cost:
Tickets - $10.00 each
On sale starting November 13th at Dance Gallery Studio, 815 Wildt Street, Ann Arbor, MI 734-747-8885 (cash or check only)

About Dance Gallery Studio/Peter Sparling Dance Company:
Dance Gallery Foundation was established in 1984 and supports Dance Gallery Studio, the only non-profit dance center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The studio offers students of all ages high quality training in a non-competitive, nurturing environment with performance opportunities and an intensive pre-professional training program. The mission of Dance Gallery is to produce, develop, and promote contemporary dance performance, and provide dance training and educational experiences of the highest artistic quality.

Founded in 1993, the Peter Sparling Dance Company (PSDC) is the third consecutive non-profit professional modern dance company to be supported by the umbrella 501(c)(3) organization. Peter Sparling, a prolific and internationally-respected dancer and choreographer, serves as artistic director, creating, premiering and touring works off original choreography annually with his seven-member company. A former principal dancer with the legendary Martha Graham and José Limón companies, Sparling has over thirty years of professional dance and choreography experience. He is also a tenured professor of dance at the University of Michigan and a leader in the area’s arts and cultural community. For more information on Dance Gallery Foundation and PSDC, please see dancegalleryfoundation.org or call 734.747.8885.

Contact:
Aubrey Thornton Martinson - Dance Gallery Foundation
815 Wildt Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734.747.8885
[email protected]
dancegalleryfoundation.org

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Join Peter Sparling Dance Company for “Peninsula” Performance
December 6, 2006, 8:00 p.m., MSU’s Fairchild Theater, East Lansing

Enjoy an exciting evening of dance with Peter Sparling’s “Peninsula,” part Michigan travelogue, part multi-media dance spectacle!

What:
“Peninsula” is part travelogue, part multi-media dance spectacle. It features fascinating music and six, live dancers performing in front of a giant projection screen. Watch larger-than-life images of interesting and picturesque Michigan destinations!

Why:
Join Peter Sparling Dance Company in kicking off the statewide arts conference “Driving Michigan’s Economic Engine” focusing on cultural tourism. Tour our state through a unique, dance performance.

When:
Performance, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 8:00 pm

Where:
The performance will be in the Fairchild Theater, across the courtyard from the Kresge Art Museum, MSU, East Lansing.

Cost:
Tickets - $20 per person, available at the door, cash only please.
www.petersparlingdance.org

About Dance Gallery Studio/Peter Sparling Dance Company:
Founded in 1993, the Peter Sparling Dance Company (PSDC) is the third consecutive non-profit professional modern dance company to be supported by Dance Gallery Foundation. Peter Sparling, a prolific and internationally respected dancer and choreographer, serves as artistic director, creating, premiering and touring works off original choreography annually with his company. A former principal dancer with the legendary Martha Graham and José Limón companies, Sparling has over thirty years of professional dance and choreography experience. He is also a tenured professor of dance at the University of Michigan and a leader in the area’s arts and cultural community. For more information on Dance Gallery Foundation and PSDC, please see dancegalleryfoundation.org or call 734.747.8885.

About the “Driving Michigan’s Economic Engine” Conference
Planned for cultural, business, tourism, economic development, government, civic leaders… and anyone else looking for creative new ways to invigorate their community’s economy. For more information, contact conference coordinator Get Real! Communications, (734) 669-7192 or visit www.creativemichiganconference.com.

Contact:
Aubrey Thornton Martinson - Dance Gallery Foundation
815 Wildt Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734.747.8885
[email protected]
dancegalleryfoundation.org

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Dance Gallery Picture Day
November 11th & 12th
Dance Gallery Studio


Best Ever Media will be photographing all kids who are participating in the Winter Wonderland performance. Each group will be photographed in costume according to scheduled times between 12:00pm and 3:00pm on Saturday, November 11th. Individual photos will be taken between each group photo. Dance photo packages start at $22. For ordering and other detailed information visit http://www.bestevermedia.com/dg.html

Best Ever Media is also offering a Family/Holiday photo package and a Professional Headshot photo package. Sitting times will be reserved by appointment on November 11th from 3:00pm-5:00pm and Sunday, November 12th from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Contact Best Ever Media to book your sitting time. Package details and order forms can be found at http://www.bestevermedia.com/dg.html

Best Ever Media
734.527.6054

www.bestevermedia.com

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Spring/Summer Session through August 19th

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August 21st – 25th
9:30am – 12:00pm
Dance Gallery Studio


Pre-Professional Training Program Placement Intensive – This week-long intensive is for all returning and new PTP students. Students will take a technique class daily, followed by repertoire. Students will be evaluated by Katie Contessa, Director of Studio Programs. All levels for the Fall 2006 Semester will be determined at the completion of the camp. For appropriate class placement, students are strongly encouraged to attend. Pre-registration required by August 1st (ages 8+).

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August 26, 2006
11:00am-1:00pm
Dance Gallery Studio


Open House – Meet Dance Gallery faculty and staff, tour our spectacular 5,000 sq. ft. studio, enjoy light refreshments, and register for fall classes.

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September 5, 2006
11:00am-1:00pm
Dance Gallery Studio


Fall Session Begins

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September 9, 2006
10:30am-12:30pm
Dance Gallery Studio


Youth Ensemble Audition

Members of the Ensemble will experience the expertise of internationally respected choreographer Peter Sparling and Peter Sparling Dance Company members in both classical and contemporary styles. Dancers will rehearse weekly on Saturdays from 10:30-12:30, September - December. During the 2006-2007 season the Dance Gallery Youth Ensemble will perform throughout Ann Arbor and the surrounding area and will be featured in the “Winter Wonderland” performance on December 9, 2006.

Gain performance experience! Have Fun! Develop skills in ballet and modern! Learn from Ann Arbor’s finest professional dancers!

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September 9, 2006
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Dance Gallery Studio


Adult Ensemble Audition

NEW! The first ever Dance Gallery Adult Ensemble is open to adults of all ages and all levels. Lead by DGS instructor and PSDC member, Holly Hobbs, dancers will attend weekly rehearsals and take part in local community performances throughout the year. There is no cost to audition or participate. Dancers must be enrolled in at least one Dance Gallery ballet or modern technique class. Please wear comfortable clothing with bare feet to the audition.

For more information contact Holly Hobbs at [email protected]

Serving the community for over 20 years with quality instruction and dance performances for all ages -- beginners through professionals -- in a safe nurturing environment.