Get to know your local artists: Charlotte area

January 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

The NC Dance Festival is finishing up our touring season, with one last performance in Charlotte, January 25-26 at 7:30pm at the UNC-Charlotte campus!  See performance details, ticket info, and directions on our website.

Four Charlotte-based choreographers and companies have been selected to perform alongside the NCDF Touring Artists this weekend.  Bridget Morris/Echo Contemporary Dance Company and Oneaka Mack/Oneaka Collective are on the program for Friday night, and Ashley Suttlar Martin/4thrightdance and Rodrigo Jimenez with Charlotte Salsa Dance are scheduled for Saturday.

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Bridget Morris by Steve Clarke

Bridget Morris by Steve Clarke

Bridget Morris 

Echo Contemporary Dance Company Artistic Director Bridget Morris received her training in the Charles Weidman technique under former Weidman dancer, Mary Ann Mee, at Central Piedmont Community College. She received the Patrice Bearnside award from Dance Central (CPCC), for her contributions as a dancer in the company. In 1998 she graduated from Ohio State University with a B.F.A. in dance. Since graduating she has been a company member of Moving Poets Theatre of Dance and Alban Elved Dance Company. Bridget founded Echo Contemporary Dance Company in the summer of 2010. Bridget is currently on the board of the Charlotte Dance Festival and dancing for Kim Jones, professor of dance at UNCC.

Echo Contemporary Dance Company will perform Transitions, a dance deconstructing the spatial patterns found within urban society.

Image copyright Oneaka Dance Company

Image copyright Oneaka Dance Company

Oneaka Mack

Oneaka Mack, Artistic Director of the Oneaka Dance Company has been literally healing audiences with movement for nearly 20 years as a performer, teacher of West African, Caribbean and Expressive dance. She has observed the impact of dance on an individual’s physical and emotional state and the effect of energy transmitted while moving to various types of ethnic music. Her students express that they experience a feeling of wellness during and after dancing to traditional African rhythms, thereby, enabling them move to with ease in their day-to-day physical activities.  The Oneaka Dance Company provides classes in African Dance, Choreography, Modern, Drumming, and Yoga, among others, and offers workshops, performances and residencies with the aim to “empower, as well as enable, participants to build bridges amongst one another as they learn about their local/global communities and culture through our program & services.”
photo by Yi-Chun Wu

photo by Yi-Chun Wu

Ashley Suttlar Martin, Director of 4thrightdance,  is an Independent Artist, performing and teaching throughout the country. She holds a MFA in Dance from Temple University and a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her choreography is presented widely, from Brooklyn to San Diego. She has served on faculty at Morehead State University and Queensborough Community College – City University of New York. Since Martin’s relocation to Charlotte, she participated in the 20th Anniversary North Carolina Dance Festival as a Touring Artist, served as Coordinator of the 48 Hour Project (Charlotte Dance Festival Board) and is co-producer of FRESH, a performance series that tours major cities along the east coast. Martin is Assistant Professor of Dance at Coker College (SC) where she directs the department’s Repertory Dance Company. She is Adjunct faculty at Central Piedmont Community College (NC), a Zumba Instructor and Designer of Embellish, her own line of hancrafted accessories.

Ashley will present “In the Sole,” a solo of personal identity, accompanied by recordings of family stories and recollections.
Rodrigo Jimenez copyright Charlotte Salsa Dance

Rodrigo Jimenez copyright Charlotte Salsa Dance

Rodrigo Jimenez

Rodrigo A. Jimenez, originally from Chile, studied Latin American Folklore and Flamenco dancing which he began performing at an early age. In the United States, he continued his dance studies on International Latin Ballroom (Silver Medalist), Latin American Folklore, Flamenco and Capoeira. He has performed and toured in the United States, a month and a half tour through Europe in 2002, and a South American tour in 2003. He moved to Charlotte in 2003 and ever since he has been teaching dance and performing in several local events, festivals and shows in various important venues including The Halton, McGlohan, Booth Playhouse and The Belk Theater.  Owner of his own Dance Studio “World Dance Center” where he currently teaches and Salsa company “Charlotte Salsa,” Rodrigo is also a Teaching Artist for the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and a PT Faculty Dance Instructor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC).

Intrigued?  Catch these performers and the NCDF Touring Artists this weekend in Charlotte!  Last Chance!


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