New Contemporary Dance Company to Debut in August

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Veronica Hart, Caitlin Lennon and Elisa Alexander. Photo by Grace Boyle.

A new seasonal contemporary ballet company based in Crozet will make its public debut in August with three performances. ConcorDance contemporary [cDc] was formed by Veronica Hart, a dancer with Charlottesville Ballet and co-artistic director for Albemarle Ballet Theater. Her professional dance career began in 2003.

“I want to give the audience the feeling of childlike freedom that make anything and everything seem possible,” said Hart. “Anyone who likes ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ will love concorDance contemporary,” she said. The company will operate under the Studio For The Performing Arts, the nonprofit extension of Albemarle Ballet Theatre.

The cDc’s professional dancers will perform four original creations beginning August 9 when choreographer Ryan Beck, co-director of Garage Contemporary Ballet in San Diego, will come to stage Conversations on Olympus at ABT at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children, students and seniors. The cDc will perform two shows at Piedmont Community College’s Dickinson Black Box Theater at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, students and seniors. On August 11, they will perform outdoors at Pollak Vineyard in Greenwood at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The majority of professional dance companies typically perform from September through May. cDc fills a seasonal gap by giving dancers and choreographers another place to perform for audiences. In the company now are Charlottesville Ballet dancers Elisa Alexander, Audrey Fenske, Caitlin Lennon, Moira Price and Devin Sweet along with Dinah Gray, an instructor and choreographer with ABT. They have danced professionally with the American Ballet Theater, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Richmond Ballet, The Julliard School and San Diego Ballet.

“Our mission is to create a closer relationship between the audience and the artists by capitalizing on each company member’s uniqueness. By accentuating everyone’s individuality, our creations will be unlike anything else,” said Hart.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.concordancecontemporary.org/tickets or at their studio in Crozet. For more information, call 434-823-8888.