Dance in greater Indianapolis during 2007 emerged from its Cinderella complex with new-found vibrancy, including growth in collaborations between organizations and venues, the number and scope of performance companies and dance academies and public awareness.
Audience development is Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on everyone’s list. Most innovative has been Dance Kaleidoscope’s hands-on “build it and they will come” invitation to young professionals to observe and participate as David Hochoy choreographs and works with the DK company. DK, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Butler University and Clowes Hall joined for a soaring stratospheric program.
Fringe Festival showcased Central Indiana’s smaller companies, including excellent programs by Susurrus, Motus and No Exit.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre shared its prestigious tour to Latvia with a month-long NUVO blog (Blogtrotters at www.nuvo.net).
A national media buzz came with Madame Walker Theatre bringing Savion Glover for performances and a special academy. Concurrently, NUVO shed light on Park Tudor’s tap program and other greater Indianapolis dance academies whose tap students have gained national honors and show business careers for many years.
Indianapolis native Jeffrey Page, now living in Los Angeles, made news for his choreography for Beyonce, appearing on national television. Page is an Asante alum and choreographs for Iiabada.
These performance academies, like Kenyetta and Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, are growing beyond their niches.
Butler Ballet gained further prominence with cutting-edge choreographer James Kudelka’s residency. Equally, Jordan Academy of Dance soared into the spotlight with renowned master teacher and choreographer Petrus Bosman leading the summer intensive. Prestigious, if lesser known, personalities conducted master classes at Indianapolis Ballet Academy and Russian Ballet Academy.
IU Ballet, already recognized for excellence in training and pre-professional productions, literally married the prince with the appointment of international icon Michael Vernon as director.
Dance in Central Indiana is dusting off its cinders as it moves toward its 80th year of existence.