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November 2007

Dance Gallery Studio Presents Winter Wonderland: Carnival of the Animals

Home of the Peter Sparling Dance Company

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. dancegalleryfoundation.org, 734.747.8885.

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! Please call 734.747.8885 to reserve your seats!

Contact:
Erik Abbott-Main
Dance Gallery Foundation
815 Wildt Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734.747.8885
[email protected]
dancegalleryfoundation.org

About Dance Gallery Foundation/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 www.dancegallerystudio.org or call 734.747.8885.

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Peter Sparling Dance Company Opens Rehearsal to Public November 1st

Watch internationally-known modern dance company rehearse repertory for Chicago Humanities Festival

Ann Arbor, MI – November 1, 2007 – Enjoy an evening of dance-making with the Peter Sparling Dance Company (PSDC), Michigan’s premiere modern dance company, on Thursday, November 1st from 8:30-10:00 p.m. at Dance Gallery Studio in Ann Arbor, MI, 815 Wildt Street, www.petersparlingdance.org, 734.747.8885.

Step into the renovated factory setting of Dance Gallery Studio for an intimate look at the process of preparing dances for performance. (PSDC will be featured for the second year as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival on November 10.) Witness the subtle interaction of three dancers in space and time as PSDC rehearses three trios to the music of Erik Satie, performed live by pianist Christian Matjias. Watch company members pull out all the stops in a triptych of solos to operatic arias by Handel. By donation, the local community can catch a “behind-the-scenes” look at the dance rehearsal process, engage in an intimate question/answer session following the performance, and enjoy some light refreshments with the PSDC company members. Visual artists are encouraged to bring media of choice, with the exception of photography or video, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact:
Erik Abbott-Main
Dance Gallery Foundation
815 Wildt Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734.747.8885
[email protected]
dancegalleryfoundation.org

About Dance Gallery Foundation/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 www.dancegallerystudio.org or call 734.747.8885.

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August 2007

Join the Dance Craze, Get in Shape and Have Fun at Dance Gallery Studio’s Expanded New Studio!

Registration for Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, Pilates, and Tap classes for all ages is going on now at www.dancegallerystudio.org

What:
Take dance classes this fall in Dance Gallery Studio’s brand new Melanie McCray Studio! A dance enthusiast and former Dance Gallery Foundation Board Member, McCray provided a generous bequest, and the new studio will be dedicated during the Open House this month.

The new, 800 square-feet space increases Dance Gallery Studio by 20% (from 3,500 to 4,300 sq. ft.). And it includes 30 feet of mirrors and a sprung floor with Marley covering for the ultimate, dance experience and stress reduction on feet and legs.

Be one of the first to use this space and register for upcoming fall dance classes now! Classes begin September 5th at Dance Gallery Studio, Ann Arbor’s only non-profit dance center.

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:
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.

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 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
www.dancegallerystudio.org

When:
Registration is going on now. 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

About Dance Gallery Foundation/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 www.dancegallerystudio.org or call 734.747.8885.

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Experience Unique Opportunity to Learn Dance from Joffrey Ballet and Broadway Principal Dancer Meg Paul at Dance Gallery Studio

Register now for ballet technique and advanced classes at dancegalleryfoundation.org!

What:
Meg Paul, former principal dancer of the Joffrey Ballet, Dance Caption of Broadway’s “Movin’ Out,” and the Music Hall Center of the Performing Arts Director of Dance, will be joining the faculty of Ann Arbor’s Dance Gallery Studio, dancegalleryfoundation.org, for the Fall 2007 Semester.

After obtaining teacher permission, intermediate to advanced dancers, ages 13+, can participate in classes running Sept. 7th through Dec. 7, 2007.

Why:
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn ballet techniques and performance tips from one of the top, professional dancers in the country during this exclusive, local engagement. Plus, selected students will be part of Paul’s new work to be featured in the Winter Wonderland performance on Dec. 8th and 9th at Forsythe Middle School Auditorium.

Who:
Meg Paul is an experienced professional dancer who:

- Created, assisted in the production and performed in the Tony award-winning musical “Movin’ Out”
----- Assisted Twyla Tharpe as Dance Captain and performed leading roles of “Brenda” and “Judy”
----- Auditioned and the set the touring casts
- Won the International Dance Competition of the Americas
- Danced with the Joffrey Ballet as a principal dancer
- Won The Princess Grace Award
- Created World Arts, a renowned dance-company agency
- Worked as the Ballet Mistress for the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble
- Conceived and produced “Show and Tell” in New York City
- Co-directed Ballet Builders
- Now works as the Music Hall Center of the Performing Arts Director of Dance

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

When:
Ballet Technique class begins Friday, September 7th from 4:15 -5:45 p.m.
Advanced Repertoire begins Friday, September 7 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Cost:
$300.00 for Non-Dance Gallery Students

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

About Dance Gallery Foundation/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 www.dancegallerystudio.org or call 734.747.8885.

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July 2007

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!

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

About Dance Gallery Foundation/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 www.dancegallerystudio.org or call 734.747.8885.

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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

About Dance Gallery Foundation/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 www.dancegallerystudio.org or call 734.747.8885.

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April 2007

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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February 2007

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

About 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.

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January 2007

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.”

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 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.

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December 2006

Dance Gallery Studio Holds Auditions for Youth Ensemble led by Peter Sparling, January 13, 2007

What:
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.

For the audition, dancers should wear comfortable clothing to move in with bare feet.

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

When:
Saturday, January 13, 2007 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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

Cost:
There is no cost to audition. Youth ensemble enrollment is $225. Accepted students will register for at least two technique classes in modern or ballet per week at Dance Gallery Studio.

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

About Instructor Peter Sparling
Peter Sparling is Artistic Director of the Ann Arbor-based Peter Sparling Dance Company and a Thurnau professor and former chair of the University of Michigan Department of Dance. A native Detroiter and graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, he danced with the companies of Jose Limon and Martha Graham before leaving New York for Ann Arbor in 1887. A prolific choreographer, Sparling is a recipient of the 1998 Governor’s Michigan Artist Award and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Arts Foundation of Michigan.

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 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.

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Audition for Dance Gallery Studio Adult Ensemble lead by Peter Sparling Dance Company Member Holly Hobbs, January 13, 2007

What:
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

Why:
Join a collaborative group of modern dancers, led by Dance Gallery Studio Instructor and Peter Sparling Dance Company Member, Holly Hobbs.

When:
Saturday, January 13, 2007, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

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

Cost:
There is no cost to audition. Students must be enrolled in at least one Dance Gallery ballet or modern technique class.

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

About Instructor Holly Hobbs
Holly Hobbs received her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in Dance from Western Michigan University. She has studied, instructed classes and performed internationally in Switzerland and Costa Rica. Holly is a former member of Ann Arbor Dance Works and Detroit Dance Collective. She has taught at the Flint School for Performing Arts and Bowling Green State University where she choreographed works for the University Performing Dancers. Holly is currently an instructor at Dance Gallery Studio, adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University and member of the Peter Sparling Dance Company.

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.

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November 2006

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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October 2006

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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Peter Sparling to teach Graham technique classes

Former principal dancer for Martha Graham Dance Company works with youth and adult students teaching Graham’s dance technique.

Who:
Peter Sparling, former principal dancer with Martha Graham, has taught Graham's powerful and deeply expressive movement technique for over 30 years.

What:
As part of a year-long celebration of Graham's legacy, he will present two master classes at Dance Gallery, offering an introduction to Graham Technique for both youth ages 8+ and older dancers ages 15+. Principles of the contraction and release, the spiral, and a sense of movement originating from within the body will be explored.

When:
Graham Technique for Youth, Ages 8+: Saturday, October 7, 2006 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, $10

Graham Technique for Adult, Ages 15+: Thursday, October 12, from 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

Where:
Dance Gallery Studio, home of Peter Sparling Dance Company
815 Wildt Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Learn more about Dance Gallery Foundation/Peter Sparling Dance Company by visiting our website dancegalleryfoundation.org or call 734.747.8885 for more information.

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Enjoy a Free Peter Sparling Dance Company Open Rehearsal
October 5th at 8:15 p.m.

View the rehearsal of this internationally renowned dance company

What:
The Peter Sparling Dance Company will kick off their 2006-2007 season with an informal evening of dance and light refreshments at their Open Company Rehearsal at Dance Gallery Studio on October 5th at 8:15 p.m. The Open Rehearsal provides a behind the scenes glimpse into the workings of a professional dance company. Highlights include the return of founding Peter Sparling Dance Company member, Jeremy Steward, to create a new dance/theater work for the company. The rehearsal is the culmination of Steward’s upcoming residency with the company and will include a question and answer session with the choreographer and dancers.

Who:
The Peter Sparling Dance Company is Michigan’s premiere modern dance company. PSDC presents a vast dancescape expressing the human experience, elevating ordinary occurrences into vivid portrayals of emotion in dances designed to move the spirit of audiences everywhere.

Artistic Director, Peter Sparling, is recognized internationally as a modern dance classicist, principal dancer with Martha Graham, master teacher and prolific choreographer. Under Sparling's leadership, the company has established an impressive and stylistically-diverse repertory.

The seven member troupe of professional dancers excel in a variety of dance styles such as modern, ballet and jazz, and have extensive national and international performance experience.

When:
Thursday, October 5th, 8:15 p.m.

Where:
Dance Gallery Studio
815 Wildt Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cost:
FREE!

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

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.

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August 2006

Audition for Dance Gallery Studio Youth Ensemble
September 9th, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Be one of the lucky dancers to enjoy a year of performing in the community, learning from top choreographers and making new friends!

What:
Dance Gallery Studio, Ann Arbor’s only non-profit center for dance, announces auditions for the second year of the Dance Gallery Youth Ensemble.

Why:
This is a group of select dancers, ages 8 and above, who learn various ballet and modern dances from world-renowned dancer and choreographer, Peter Sparling.

Members have the opportunity to perform at various community events throughout the year, including collaborations with the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale and the Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts.

When:
Saturday, September 9, 10:30-12:30 p.m.

Where:
Dance Gallery Studio
815 Wildt Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan

What To Bring:
Please wear black leotard and pink tights and bring ballet shoes. Hair should be pulled back away from the face.

Cost:
There is no cost to audition for the group.

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

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.

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Dance Gallery Studio Adult Ensemble Audition
September 9th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

What:
Dance Gallery Studio, Ann Arbor’s only non-profit center for dance, announces auditions for the new Dance Gallery Adult Ensemble. The collaborative ensemble will be lead by local dancer, choreographer and instructor, Holly Hobbs.

Why:
The ensemble will take part in local performances, and offer dance opportunities for adults of all levels and age groups in the community.

Who:
Adult dancers, novice to advanced, of all ages, who are able to attend a weekly rehearsal, and participate in local performances. The new Adult Ensemble will provide a creative outlet for advanced through beginning dancers beyond technique classes.

When:
Saturday, September 9, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Where:
Dance Gallery Studio
815 Wildt Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Attire:
Comfortable clothing to move in with bare feet.

Cost:
There is no cost to audition or to participate. Dancers must be enrolled in at least one technique class at Dance Gallery.

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

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.

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July 2006

Aubrey Thornton Martinson Appointed New Managing Director of Thriving Dance Organization

Dance Gallery Foundation, home of Ann Arbor’s Peter Sparling Dance Company and Dance Gallery Studio, is pleased to announce the appointment of Aubrey Thornton Martinson as Managing Director. Aubrey comes to Dance Gallery from the Chelsea Center for the Arts in Chelsea, Michigan where she served as program coordinator. Her predecessor, Carol Thompson, left after three years of dedicated service at Dance Gallery to pursue a position with Very Special Arts, Michigan.

Ms. Martinson brings with her over 5 years of experience in non-profit arts administration, management, and marketing. A graduate of Albion College, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and English she has been actively involved with the arts in Washtenaw, Jackson, and Calhoun Counties.

“I relish the opportunity to become further acquainted with the world of movement and with the role Dance Gallery/Peter Sparling Dance Company plays in the Ann Arbor Community. It is a strong and vibrant center for dance, and I truly look forward to offering my support and leadership to this organization and its constituents as we strengthen our position for future success. Exciting times are ahead!” - Aubrey Thornton Martinson.

Meet Aubrey at the Dance Gallery Open House on August 26 from 11:00-1:00 p.m. For more information contact Holly Hobbs at Dance Gallery Studio 734.747.8885 or at [email protected]

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

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.

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June 2006

Dance Gallery’s Summer Dance Camps

Have Fun at Dance Gallery’s Summer Dance Camps Ann Arbor’s only non-profit dance center now registering students for special, children’s workshops

What:
Dance Gallery Studio, Ann Arbor’s only non-profit dance center, is now registering children ages 4 and up for special dance workshops!

Special workshops include:

Movement and Music Camp:
Mon-Fri, June 19-23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ages 8+

Fairytale Camp:
Mon-Fri, July 10-14, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Ages 4-6

Angelina Ballerina Camp:
Mon-Fri, July 24-28, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Ages 4-6

Pre-Professional Training Program Placement Intensive:
Mon-Fri, August 21-25, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ages 8+

Why:
Children can spend their time having fun, meeting new friends and learning new skills! Ongoing classes for adults are also available.

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 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

When:
Registration is going on now! Hurry! Classes fill-up quickly!

Cost:
Call the studio for prices. Register by May 8th and receive 10% off tuition. Please look under Dance Gallery Studio on our website for full details.

Contact:
734.747.8885
Kathryn Contessa, [email protected]
dancegalleryfoundation.org

About Dance Gallery Studio:
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. For more information on Dance Gallery Foundation, please see dancegalleryfoundation.org or call 734.747.8885.

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May 2006

Summer Dance Classes at Dance Gallery

Registering students for spring and summer classes May 22nd through August 19th

Register Now for Summer Dance Classes for All Ages at Dance Gallery Studio, Ann Arbor

Studio offering modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, Pilates, and special children’s workshops!

What:
Dance Gallery Studio, Ann Arbor’s only non-profit dance center, is now registering students for spring and summer classes May 22nd through August 19th.

Students ages 15 and up, novice through professional level, can enjoy classes this summer from some of the region’s top instructors in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and Pilates.

Children ages 4 and up can enjoy ballet, modern and jazz and special dance workshops.

Special workshops include:

Movement and Music Camp:
Mon-Fri, June 19-23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ages 8+

Fairytale Camp:
Mon-Fri, July 10-14, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Ages 4-6

Angelina Ballerina Camp:
Mon-Fri, July 24-28, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Ages 4-6

Pre-Professional Training Program Placement Intensive:
Mon-Fri, August 21-25, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ages 8+

Why:
Enjoy live music! Get great exercise! Meet new people! Learn a new skill! 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 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

When:
Registration is going on now! Hurry! Classes fill-up quickly!

Cost:
Call the studio for prices. Register by May 8th and receive 10% off tuition. Please look under Dance Gallery Studio on our website for full details.

Contact:
734.747.8885
Kathryn Contessa, [email protected]
dancegalleryfoundation.org

About Dance Gallery Studio:
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. For more information on Dance Gallery Foundation, please see dancegalleryfoundation.org or call 734.747.8885.

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February 2006

Ever See a Dance in a Renovated Ball Bearing Factory?

Enjoy the famous, Peter Sparling Dance Company’s First Annual Home Season, March 16-18th, 8:00 p.m., at Ann Arbor’s newly-renovated dance space, Dance Gallery Studio, 815 Wildt Street

What:
For the first time ever, the internationally-known Peter Sparling Dance Company (PSDC) will present its annual season at Dance Gallery Studio. This is PSDC’s home — a converted ball bearing factory that is now a unique and exciting dance space on Ann Arbor’s North Main Corridor! Don’t miss this unique experience!

Enjoy the World Premiere of Nacht und Traume
The season features the premiere of Nacht und Traume, a dance for six men to a set of six Schubert songs. This turbulent, emotionally charged work – made to fit the unadorned, industrial interior of the studio and a constantly changing configuration of three Navy surplus bunk beds – features passionate portrayals of confinement contrasting with dream-like flights of escape. Four talented men from the University of Michigan Dance Department join PSDC members Michael Woodberry-Means and Matt Farmer to create a powerful cast.

Experience the World Premiere of the Videodance Work, Babel
The world premiere of Sparling's new videodance, Babel, introduces local audiences to his explorations of dance made specifically for the video screen. Mirroring the voices of Arvo Part’s musical score with four danced personae, (all danced by Sparling), Babel charts a man’s struggle to mediate his own metamorphosis. Featuring austere, formal framings of the white-clad figures against a black backdrop the work highlights Sparling’s expressive powers while creating a Beckettian portrait that is both visually and viscerally spellbinding.

Other Great Choreography Not to Be Missed!
Enjoy the PSDC women reprise several works first shown at the Charles Ives Festival in February 2006. Ives’ scores set to dance include the songs “Sunrise,” “The Cage” and “The Alcotts” from the Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord, Mass., 1840-1860.”

When:
March 16-18, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.

Cost:
$15.00 Adults and $10 Senior Citizens and Students with ID
By reservation at 734.747.8885

Where:
Dance Gallery Studio’s Rudolf Arnheim Studio
815 Wildt Street (One block west of N. Main at W. Summit)
Ann Arbor, MI

Contact:
Tickets are by reservations or at the door.
For more information, contact 734.747.8885 or www.petersparlingdance.org

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 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 call 734.747.8885.

Contact: Carol Thompson, Dance Gallery Studio
[email protected]

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January 2006

Join Legendary Prima Ballerina Veronica Tennant for Ballet Master Class

Intermediate/Advanced youth students invited to learn valuable performance skills.
February 11th, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Ann Arbor’s Dance Gallery Studio

What:
Veronica Tennant, legendary prima ballerina from The National Ballet of Canada and award- winning screenwriter, director and producer, will teach a ballet master class to intermediate and advanced ballet students ages 13 and above.

Who:
During her illustrious career as prima ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada, Veronica Tennant won a devoted following on the international stage as a dancer of extraordinary versatility and dramatic power. At the age of 18, she became the youngest dancer ever to enter The National Ballet of Canada. After making her debut in the principal role of Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet,” Tennant emerged over the next 25 years as one of the world’s most illustrious prima ballerinas.

She went on to earn accolades in every major classical role as well as having several contemporary ballets choreographed for her. Tennant worked with the legendary choreographers: Sir Frederick Ashton, Roland Petit, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier, and James Kudelka. And she danced across North and South America, Europe and Japan with the greatest male dancers of our time including: Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, Anthony Dowell and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Tennant gave her farewell performances in “Romeo and Juliet” in 1989.

Since this time, Tennant has proven equally skilled as an award-winning writer, lecturer, director, producer, teacher, administrator, and international arts ambassador. She has produced a pair of children’s bestsellers, “On Stage, Please,” and “Nutcracker.” And in addition to crafting a homage to her former mentor, Betty Oliphant, Tennant has been the driving creative force behind three CBC-TV specials including: “Salute To Dancers For Life,” “Margie Gillis: Wild Hearts in Strange Time” and “Karen Kain: Dancing in The Moment.” She has also accepted a role as Toronto’s Cultural Ambassador for the 2008 Olympic bid.

When:
Saturday, February 11, 2006, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Cost:
$20.00 per student.
Please pre-register by calling Dance Gallery Studio at 734-747-8885.

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

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 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 call 734.747.8885.

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

Enjoy music and dance performances February 17-18th, Ann Arbor’s Northside Church

What:
Dancers from the Peter Sparling Dance Company and Dance Gallery Youth Ensemble will perform with the Phoenix Ensemble in a creative project that celebrates great American composer, Charles Ives. This festival was made possible in part by the generous support of Ufer Insurance of Ann Arbor.

Who:
Charles Ives was one of the great American geniuses, musically innovative and far ahead of his time. The first, true American collagist and sampler, Ives boldly took disparate musical and literary materials from the culture around him and placed them within the rigorous traditions of classical music. It is common today for serious artists to quote or borrow from popular culture, but this was revolutionary and deemed rather eccentric in Ives's own time. Ives’s music gives us a provocative glimpse into America’s complex musical and cultural psyche. Ives believed in the democratic well-being of humankind and carried that belief into an innovative career in life insurance. Like the American poet Wallace Stevens, he kept up a professional life and created “on the side.” He was probably the most famous, and definitely the coolest, life insurance executive of all time.

When:
Two evenings of music:
8:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2006
8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2006
Northside Community Church - 929 Barton Drive, Ann Arbor, MI

An afternoon of music and dance:
2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2006
Dance Gallery Studio - 815 Wildt St. Ann Arbor, MI

Cost:
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students for each event.
A Festival Pass for all three concerts cost $30 for adults, $25 for students.

Contact:
For reservations and further information, e-mail [email protected] or call 734-358-2100 (The Phoenix Ensemble) or 734-747-8885 (Carol Thompson, Dance Gallery Studio,[email protected]).

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 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 call 734.747.8885.

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Join Guest Artists from José Limón Dance Company for Modern Dance Master Class

Dancers to learn new skills and observers welcome at Ann Arbor’s Dance Gallery Studio January 12th at 7:00 p.m.

What:
Guest artists from the famous José Limón Dance Company will provide a modern dance class for intermediate to advanced dancers presented by the University Musical Society and hosted by Dance Gallery Studio.

Why:
As an alumnus of the Jose Limon Dance Company, Peter Sparling welcomes this talented group of performers to share their knowledge with local dancers and modern dance enthusiasts.

The Peter Sparling Dance Company will also be co-hosting an audience reception following the Friday, January 13, 2006 performance at Ann Arbor’s Power Center.

When:
Thursday, January 12, 2006, 7:00 p.m.

Cost:
$20.00 for Participants
$10.00 for Observers

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

Contact:
To register, contact the UMS Education Department at 734.647.6712 or e-mail [email protected]

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 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 call 734.747.8885.
Carol Thompson
[email protected]

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October 2004

All the State is a Stage...

Peter Sparling Dance Company brings "Peninsula" to several Michigan Communities.

Peter Sparling Dance Company will tour "Peninsula", a multi-media trilogy and danced travelogue of the state of Michigan for their 2004-2005 Season. Three years in the making and encompassing sites across the entire state-from Sleeping Bear Dunes to the UP copper mines to the Ford Rouge Plant--the work features a panoramic videotape backdrop and narration by Peter Sparling and music by Frank Pahl. Sparling's six dancers provide an overlay of "live" performance while their videotaped images at various sites throughout the state are projected on the screen behind them. Archival footage of the auto and mining industries contrasts with present-day settings to create a portrait of the enormous historical, cultural and environmental changes characterizing the state--and a reaffirmation of its hopes for regeneration of human and natural resources.

"Part I: From Rust and Ruin" opens with the clamor and automated rhythms of life in the assembly plant. Individual dancers perform sharply etched movement portraits of a random sampling of workers on a typical line. Behind them appear full-screen images--often including themselves-of automated machinery, the mammoth interiors of the plants, the slow motion pouring of molten steel, or a montage of grinning grilles from a century of Detroit-made automobiles, or a juxtaposition of archival photos of mid-century factories (including Albert Kahn's original drawings for the Rouge Glass Factory) with the latest technology.

"Part II: Crossing the 45th Parallel" is structured as a travelogue without words in five episodes, tracing a journey between five Michigan locations strung along the 45th Parallel: Hartwick Pines State Forest and four sites along the Leelanau Peninsula, including a lighthouse, a one-room schoolhouse, a small airport, and Sleeping Bear Dunes.

"Part III: Sounding the Glacier" mines the remote reaches of the Upper Peninsula and the loneliness of abandoned mining towns, ending at the Dreamland Hotel. A line of dancers wends its way across the stage as if tunneling into a copper mine while piles of pennies spill from old wagons, suitcases and trunks. Videotaped images of dancers in the Quincy Mine Shaft or within the charcoal kiln at Fayette Historical Site evoke the isolation, scale and architecture of those sites and the human responses to the conditions existing today as well as their historical contexts.

For more information contact the Peter Sparling Dance Company at (734) 747-8885.

Dance Gallery Studio Announces New Director

Ann Arbor, MI - August 4, 2004 - Dance Gallery Studio welcomes the new Director of Studio Programs, Kathryn Contessa. Ms. Contessa recently moved to Ann Arbor and has a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is trained in ballet and modern dance and has extensive teaching experience with both youth and adult students. She has danced professionally with the Charleston Ballet Theatre, The Richmond Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet and currently performs as a soloist with the Cerulean Dance Theatre. Kathryn's choreography premiered in Richmond, VA in 2003. Her recent work, "DeCapo", was created using Life Forms, a computer animation program. Kathryn has received a technology grant for her choreography as well as scholarships and awards for her dancing.

Under her guidance, a host of highly-qualified instructors will instruct classes at Dance Gallery Studio, highlights include:

  • A pre-professional training program for youth who want an in-depth, conservatory style dance instruction
  • Youth classes in creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet, jazz, modern for both boys and girls
  • Adult class in Gyrokinesis®, "Pilates on the Ball/Mat", stretch and strengthening, ballet, modern, yoga, "Broadway Dance," and much more
  • Dance and health workshops, master classes with visiting guest artists and performance opportunities

There is an early registration discount, work study program, and scholarship opportunities are available. For additional information, please call (734)747-8885.

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Generous Guru

"Would fifty thousand dollars help?"

Inside Ann Arbor Fund Raising Article

Ann Arbor Observer, August 2003

  The question caught Peter Sparling off guard. For six months, Sparling's studio and dance company had been trying to raise $200,000 to move from the soon-to-be-demolished Technology Center on Third Street to a converted factory on Wildt. But when Sparling stopped to see Rodolf Arnheim after getting back from a trip to New York in June, a major gift was the last thing on his mind. The two men have been friends for twelve years, and Sparling describes the retired U-M psychology of art professor as "my guru." He says that Arnheim's theories on art and perception gave him "the guidelines toward a way of looking at my own work."

  But as Sparling described his dreams for his new studio, the intellectual guru revealed another side: the $50,000 Arnheim offered would cover three-forths of the $65,000 still to be raised for the move. The dancer admits his first reaction was that his friend--who is ninety-nine and lives in Glacier Hills--might finally be losing his judgment. "We are taking donations starting at twenty-five dollars, "Sparling responded cautiously. But Arnheim insisted on the larger amount. (The studio is still working on raising on the last $15,000.)

  The nonprofit studio and company moved in July, shortly before demolition started on the Tech Center. The new space, airy and wide-windowed, has room for faculty and administrative offices, a reception area, dressing rooms, and extra office space to sublet, as well as a pair of dance studios. The smaller one will be used by Ruth Leney-Midkiff for her growing youth program. The larger studio, which has room for classes of thirty-five students, is now officially the Rudi Arnheim Studio.

  Many of the other artists who left the Technology Center are moving to cheaper space in Ypsilanti. Sparling admits that he was tempted to join them. He decided against it, he says, because he wants "to preserve the vitality of the independent artist in Ann Arbor. We are taking a stand and staying here."

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New digs for Dance Gallery

Former factory on Wildt Street has plenty of space for classes and Peter Sparling Dance Company's rehearsals

By Susan Isaacs Nisbett
Ann Arbor News Special Writer, May 2003


   Next week's Peter Sparling Dance Company performances take viewers on trips to Paris and through Michigan. But there's another voyage coming up, too, for this modern dance company affiliated with the not-for-profit Dance Gallery Studio: a July 1 trip to new studio space north of its current location in the Technology Center, due for demolition to make way for a new Ann Arbor Y.

   The Dance Gallery has signed a 10-year lease with Metro Properties for former ball bearing factory at 815 Wildt St., just north of Summit Street and a block west of Main Street. The building offers approximately 5,800 square feet of space: enough for two studios to house classes and rehearsals, plus office space and another space Dance Gallery can sublet to a dance-friendly business, says Sparling. The lease includes an option for a 10-year renewal and first rights of refusal if the building comes up for sale.

   Though the move was necessity, it also represents a step up for Dance Gallery. With two studios rather than one, the organization can expand its rapidly growing youth dance class program, headed by Ruth Leney-Midkiff, and add more classes for adults.

   This winter, Sparling, Dance Gallery Executive Director Susan Byrnes and the Dance Gallery board have been hard at work garnering major financial pledges toward the move. Now they will begin the effort to garner smaller pledges that will take them to their goal. "The Question before us February 1 was whether we could raise the $200,000 to make the move possible," says Sparling. "Now that we are at 60 percent of that goal, we are ready to launch phase two of out fund-raising campaign, to secure the short and long-term life of the organization. We hope the community will come out and support us."

   After June 30, when Dance Gallery must be out of its current space, classes will likely go on hiatus till fall, save for some possible August dance workshops, if all is ready. Architects Design Group and Beal Construction are on hand to aid in the building's transformation from factory to studio.

   "We will have to order new sprung floors and build out mirrors and barres, develop new programs and hire extra staff," says Sparling, who is excited about the new 48-by-61 foot main studio, with its ranks of windows on east and west. "And of course, we need to cover the rent differential for the first 18 months in the space, until we can break even by expanding our program of classes in the new space."

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