Winter Park, FL 32792
The Center for Contemporary Dance is responsible for the evolution of contemporary dance in Central Florida, contributing to the development and launch of 12 regularly-presenting local contemporary dance companies and dozens of independent choreographers. Over the past 13 years, the organization has supported emerging and seasoned artists in the creation and presentation of more than 250 new dance works, including those by Moore Dance Project, U-Turn Dance Company, Coby Project, Dawn Branch Works, explore theatre & dance co., DRIP, Yow Dance, Emotions Dance Company and more.
Under the artistic leadership of award-winning choreographer Dario J. Moore, Moore Dance Project is the area’s first and only African-American professional dance ensemble. Moore Dance Project produces socially-relevant, artistically-engaging contemporary dance works that celebrate and examine new perspectives in the African-American experience.
Founded in Washington, DC in 2001, the Project has been operating out of The Center for Contemporary Dance since 2006. Since arriving in Central Florida, Moore Dance Project has presented more than 30 new dance works, including those commissioned by Pepsi Co., the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Rollins College, the Onyx Awards, Black Enterprise Magazine and the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation.
U-Turn Dance Company is the area’s first pre-professional contemporary dance ensemble, featuring talented dancers ages 9 to adult who are preparing for a career in the Dance Arts. Dancers participate in a rigorous and comprehensive Pre-Professional Program at The Center for Contemporary Dance. Under the artistic direction of Dario J. Moore, U-Turn Dance Company made its Central Florida debut in 2001 and performs regularly both in mainstage productions as well as in specialty arts-education programs throughout Central Florida and nationally.
Under the artistic leadership of choreographer Dawn Branch, this contemporary dance company fuses ballet and modern with hip hop influences in choreography that is at once edgy and soulful. Learn more at www.dawnbranchworks.com.
Mary Love Dance Projects is a contemporary dance company merging classicism and contemporary perspectives. In the upcoming season, the company presents innovative choreography, multimedia explorations and nationally recognized repertory. For more information visit www.marylovedanceprojects.com.
Established in 2009 by Christopher Gonzalez La Corte, explore theatre & dance co. is an interdisciplinary performance company that creates original works to examine the basis of human interaction as well as issues, controversies and taboo topics within and around the community. Holding open rehearsals once a month for artists to join the collaborative process, explore theatre & dance co. strives to unite a community of artists (novice to professional) who want to collaborate and have a sense of ownership in high-quality community performances. To learn more, visit www.exploretheatredance.com.
Founded by Artistic Director Nikki Peña, Coby Project is in its second season as a resident dance company at The Center for Contemporary Dance. Grounded in improvisation, Coby Project utilizes movement to explore innate human connections and experiences.