Arts, Culture, and History Come Together in the Lehigh Valley
In 2011, DanceNOW entered a new partnership with ArtsQuest, a non-profit in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that celebrates the arts and culture. Joining forces with this like-minded arts organization, that shares DanceNOW's vision of defying the norm and seeking out the unconventional, DanceNOW SteelStacks™ is bringing some of New York City's most exciting dance innovators to the new Performing Arts Center at SteelStacks.
Back by popular demand, for a fourth season, "Nut/Cracked is a masterful mash-up of nostalgia, artistry, and fun. It unpacks the traditional
holiday Nutcracker through a post modern dance lens that will make you feel as if you have just eaten a big plate of your very favorite
holiday sweets and, joyfully, not gained one pound."
(The Huffington Post)
"You never know what'll happen next, but when it's over you find that what started as a series of flimsy sketches
has turned into a passionate declaration of naivete in the best sense: innocence regained.
The New York Times
It' The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it. The Bang Group has taken every little girl' favorite Christmas show and torn it limb from limb. Mixing Tchaikovsky's original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and others, the company turns the sugar coated ballet into a percussive piece of dance theatre. Expect tap dancing, singing and some unusual pointe shoe activity. Nothing is sacred as Nutcracked twists and melds various dance traditions into an ode to American eclecticism which honors the power of the human urge to dance while riding Tchaikovsky's voluptuous waves of rhythm.
"Humor, absurdity, quirky choreography, and numerous invitations for laughter..." - Dance Enthusiast
Alex Springer, originally from Farmington Hills, MI, is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and video editor. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Dance and a minor in Movement Science he joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2008. He has enjoyed working with Alexandra Beller, Amy Chavasse, Elizabeth Dishman, Leyya Tawil/Dance Elixir and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Additionally, Alex has staged Varone's work for various companies and universities and has taught at the Bates Dance Festival, the 92Y, Dance New Amsterdam, and the Playground. Alex creates work with Xan Burley, together the Median Movement. They have shown work in NYC at the 92Y Sundays at Three, DanceNOW[NYC] Joe's Pub (Encore Challenge Winners 2011), the TANK, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX (Space Grant Artists Fall 2011), Rooftop Dance, among other venues.
Xan Burley, a native of Youngstown, OH and a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Dance and English, is an active performer, creator, teacher, and arts administrator. She has had the great pleasure of working with artists and companies such as Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon Dance, Amy Chavasse, Shannon Gillen + Guests, Shannon Hummel Cora Dance, Leyya Tawil Dance Elixir, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, among others. She joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012 and enjoys continued work with Donnell Oakley and Tami Stronach Dance. Xan acts as co-producer of WAXworks and has held teaching positions at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Cora School for Dance, PAVE Academy Charter School, and Poly Prep Performing Arts Camp. She is currently on faculty at the 92Y teaching teen modern and has taught technique for professionals at Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, Triskelion Arts, and the Playground.
"A vast range of conceptual beauty...that inspires conversation long after you leave the room." - DC Metro Theater Arts
Morgan grew up in Orange County, CA dancing the Hula and Polynesian dances of his Hawaiian ancestors. Discovering ballet, jazz and modern dance at the age of 17, Christopher studied dance at the University of California Irvine. But after only 2 years in school, he was offered a job dancing for Malashock Dance & Company in San Diego. Thus began his extensive performing career that would have him move to Munich, Washington DC, New York, Dublin and London. Now, he brings his diverse heritage and over 15 years of experience as a dancer, educator, choreographer and arts facilitator to directing his contemporary dance company.
His work stems from a belief in the urgency of live performance in an increasingly isolating, commercial, and digital world. His choreography has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents, in venues including The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), La Mama (New York City), Theater Artaud (San Francisco), The Maly Theatre (Moscow, Russia) the Hong Kong Cultural Center (China) and the South Lawn of the White House.
"Mr. Steffensen, a handsome man who looks masculine with his shirt off but also good in a dress, is effectively understated and understanding." - Brian Seibert, New York Times
Brandin Steffensen is a dance artist performing at The McKittrick Hotel, with Keely Garfield Dance, and with Liz Gerring Dance Company. He has performed with Brian Brooks Moving Company, Tiffany Mills Company, Christopher Williams Dance, Yoshiko Chuma, Lawrence Goldhuber, and Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, among others. He performs Deborah Hay's solo News and produces and performs Glimpse with Nancy Stark Smith. He directs Underscore NYC and curates Dance.Talk.Show! at the Actors Fund Art Center. His Pentamodes have been seen at The New Museum, New York Live Arts, La Mama, The Tank, and other venues. His evening length works include Switch and Now The Show. Steffensen's film appearances include Naomi Foner's Very Good Girls; Jonathan Caouette's Walk Away Renee. He holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah; Brandin teaches dance classes, workshops, and contact improvisation, as well as hosting regular Underscores.
The StepCrew, an unbelievable new show which brings together three styles of exhilarating dance forms – Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance, and Tap. With virtuosic dancers and musicians from the likes of The Chieftains, Cherish The Ladies, and Bowfire, this cast of outstanding talent takes you on a dance journey as champions in their respective art forms show audiences the amazing similarities and differences between these three captivating styles. As if dancing weren't enough, The StepCrew boasts three world-class fiddlers backed by an amazing five-piece ensemble comprised of some of the most talented and respected musicians in the Celtic music scene today.