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Houston, TX METdance Company Workshop + Audition
Marlana Doyle Apr 11, 2017 - Apr 12, 2017; Tue
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
METdance, founded in 1995, strives to educate, entertain, and inspire its audiences through a diverse curation of repertory that spans a full range of emotion, content, and collaboration. Based in Houston, TX, METdance’s passionate performers and choreographers (Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Larry Keigwin) come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and instill the company’s work with a complete spectrum of emotionality and physicality. From comedy and humor to poignant and dramatic, from fierce athleticism to detailed minimalism, METdance is committed to presenting works that speak to every audience member regardless of their background, age, gender, or experience with dance. In this way, METdance is proud to be a leader in diversity and vitality of arts content.
Diversity, vitality, accessibility, and inclusiveness are guiding principles for METdance, and its students, performers, choreographers, and audiences reflect the city’s breadth of rich cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The organization’s outreach efforts in collaboration with Young Audiences of Houston and the Arts Access Initiative amplify METdance’s impact in the community through educational engagement programs designed to expose children to dance’s evolving role in the cultural landscape, as well as to instill an appreciation of the art as a social activity and form of expression. In both its outreach activities and on stage, METdance is dedicated to presenting dance works that are relevant to diverse modern audiences. Under the guidance of its Founder and Executive Director, Michelle Smith, Artistic Director, Marlana Doyle, and Associate Director, Joe Celej, METdance has become a leader in diversity and vitality of arts presentation and instruction, as well as an integral part of the infrastructure supporting Houston’s dance community.
The METdance professional company affords Houstonians with an opportunity to experience the artistry, inspiration, and ingenuity of some of the nation’s leading choreographers in contemporary dance, as well as some of our city’s most gifted dance artists. METdance has a reputation for exceeding the caliber of choreographic talent operating in most regional dance companies and commissioning critically acclaimed works by internationally renowned artists and rising stars in the dance world. METdance’s repertory includes works specially tailored to the company by luminaries like Robert Battle (Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and one of the Masters of African American Choreography by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Peter Chu (Capezio A.C.E. Award winner), and Camille Brown (Princess Grace and Bessie Award winner and TED fellow). In some cases, METdance has enjoyed the exclusive privilege to present these works—exposing Houston audiences to an array of the country’s most sought-after dance artists, elevating the regional profile of Houston dance presenters, and linking the city to the national conversation around innovative contemporary dance practices. Please visit www.METdance.org for more information.
Marlana Doyle, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of the METdance Company is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Point Park University in 2001 with a BA in Dance. Marlana has been dancing with METdance for the past fifteen years and was a major part of the company’s reorganization in 2003. Under her direction, Marlana’s artistic vision has taken the company to new levels of excellence and growth while holding tightly to the company’s long tradition of diversity and versatility in its dancers, choreographers, collaborators, and content. Through her commitment and drive, the company has performed at venues across the country including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out (2012,2014), Destiny Rising at the Joyce Theater in NYC, Dance Chicago, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis, and the17th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, CA, in addition to local venues such as the Dallas Dance Festival and Austin Dance Festival. Her strength of vision has brought many sought-after choreographers to METdance and the Houston public including Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Larry Keigwin, Peter Chu, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska. Marlana represents METdance as a member of Dance Source Houston, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and Dance USA, spending the last nine years as an emerging leader at both APAP and Dance USA. She was awarded the Dance USA Leadership Mentee Fellowship for the institute of training in 2012 and is currently serving as a Dance USA Artistic Director Council Chair for the 2016 – 2017 Season. Marlana has also served on many grant and organizational panels for the Houston Arts Alliance. As a dancer, Marlana has performed works by many of the talented METdance choreographers and continues to delight audiences on stage with the company. Marlana is a regular faculty member at the METdance Center and directs the highly successful MET too youth company, an intense program focused on preparing young dancers for dance programs at universities and a career in dance performance. Marlana is also a guest teacher and an award winning choreographer for her students throughout the US. She lives in Sugar Land TX with her husband Ben and her two adorable daughters Olivia and Evie.
For more information please visit: METDANCE.org
Workshop + Audition Description
WE ARE LOOKING FOR ENTHUSIASTIC DANCERS FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON AND FOR OUR PROFESSIONAL INTENSIVE IN JUNE, 2017. A LIVE AUDITION IS RECOMMENDED. REQUIREMENTS
Dancers Age 21 and Older
Proficient in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Jazz
Provide us with a headshot and resume at the audition OPPORTUNITIES
Contracts Available from September- September with a 32 week guarantee
Repertory Company with a multiple performance in Houston and domestic touring
Dancers of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to
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