In brief: N.J. companies in virtual ‘Dance on the Lawn’
Dance on the Lawn, Montclair’s outdoor dance festival, will return this year with a virtual event in response to the pandemic. The festival, celebrating its seventh year, will present “best of” Dance on the Lawn archival footage — highlighting compilation performance video dating from the festival’s inception in 2014 — via its website, YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
In addition to the highlights, the Sept. 13 streaming event will include panel discussions by dance school representatives, professional dancers and NJ School, NJ Professional and NJ emerging Artistic Directors, as well as an additional panel discussion with artistic directors now rescheduled for DOTL 2021. The 2021 artistic director/choreographer panel will include Amber Sloan, Dance on the Lawn’s 2020 N.J. emerging commissioned choreographer, Rekha Srinivasan (Bhaarat Nritya Academy), Jessica Totaro (Movement Arts Project/Dance for Joy), Nai-Ni Chen (Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company), Megan Chu (Inimois Dance) and Nicole Philippidis (277dance project).
READ: TAP ON TAP AT DANCE ON THE LAWN (2018)
Dance on the Lawn was founded by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren in 2014, in the
hope of increasing New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing together professional and emerging companies, plus students of dance from around the state, to perform in a community setting.
The 2020 Dance on the Lawn virtual lineup:
NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS
Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts
DanceWorks & Co.
New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble
Grooves Unlimited Dance Studio
NEW JERSEY COMPANIES
Freespace Dance Company
10 Hairy Legs
Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company
DOTL’S EMERGING COMMISSIONED NEW JERSEY CHOREOGRAPHERS
Robert Mark Burke
Oluwadamilare “Dare” Ayorinde
2021 LINE UP ~ ARTISTS NEW TO DOTL
Bhaarat Nritya Academy
Movement Arts Project/Dance for Joy
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
New Jersey Ballet