• Dance classes Friday and Saturday followed by public performance 7 p.m. Saturday at Mariner Theatre
Thodos Dance Chicago, an internationally acclaimed dance company featured in a PBS special, comes to Homer this weekend to share expertise as a rare treat for dancers and audiences.
Workshops Friday and Saturday are followed by a full scale performance at 7 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre.
As they perform their vibrant choreography, Thodos Dance Chicago has been described as breathtakingly athletic and powerfully beautiful.
Audiences are in for a delightful performance from a level of skillful dancers that normally do not venture far from the large metropolitan areas.
“This is a really big deal to bring this dance company to Homer,” said Gail Edgerly, executive director of the Homer Council on the Arts.
Funding help came from WESTAF and the Rasmuson Foundation through the Harper Arts Touring Fund, and the Helen Walker Performing Arts Fund, a program of the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, both foundation grants administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
This performance was also made possible with generous support of Ocean Shores Motel and Cosmic Kitchen.
“This ensemble of well-rounded artists who teach, choreograph, and perform brings contemporary dance to a wider audience with an appealing style incorporating a variety of dance forms created and performed with an innovative flair,” according to reviews. “The Company’s highly unique mission of inspiring expression through dance education, dance creation, and dance performance has established Thodos Dance Chicago as an innovative presence in American contemporary dance.”
Reaching young minds through dance education is vital to Thodos Dance Chicago. As a teaching company, members hold BAs and MFAs in dance, and teach at the elementary, high school and university levels. TDC is in residence at The Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls where it teaches daily classes and operates a Youth Ensemble.
Thodos Dance Chicago also offers a robust dance fitness curriculum for adults through partnership the Chicago Sport and Social Club and hosts a week-long intensive program every August geared to advanced, pre-professional and professional dancers.
Tickets are on sale at the door, at the Homer Bookstore and at HCOA at www.homerart.org.
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