Local Dance Companies And Artists To Perform At That Which Connects: Camden’s...

Local Dance Companies And Artists To Perform At That Which Connects: Camden’s Festival of Dance

Special performance by former So You Think You Can Dance contestant, Musa Cooper

Musa Cooper

Over a dozen dance companies and artists will take part in That Which Connects, Camden’s Festival of Dance and Summer Intensive on August 19th in Camden at Rutgers University Gordon Theatre.  The dance festival includes two dance performances at 4pm and 7pm, and a three-day dance intensive of technical training and rehearsals for pre-professional dancers on Wednesday, August 16 through Friday, August 18, 2017.  The dance festival focuses on empowering the creative spirit of Camden’s diverse dance community by connecting artists located in and around the city of Camden.

The festival (TWCC), in its 2nd cycle, was created to link young dancers from Camden, the Delaware Valley and within the US with incredibly passionate professional role models, and to inspire and invest in the next generation of artists.  Proceeds from festival performances afforded the creators to offer this opportunity and give several full scholarships to young dancers, ages 13-18.  Funding has also been made possible through generous supporters and sponsors, such as ATS Group in Camden, NJ, and investor and developer Damon Pennington.  TWCC debuted in December 2015 and was initially birthed as a result of Introspective Movement Project’s original work “That Which Connects”, an 8-minute contemporary jazz dance piece.

Guests who attend the festival will be treated to an array of performances from Camden native and former So You Think You Can Dance contestant, Musa Cooper; Introspective Movement Project; 10 Hairy Legs; Ballet, Inc; Project Positive; Olive Dance Theatre; several independent choreographers; and pre-professional dancers from the Summer Intensive. The festival will also feature a documentary of the intensive leading up to the performances, shot and edited by Camden native Ta’Quan Allen.

The summer intensive faculty include, to name a few, Musa Cooper; Broadway star, former Philadanco dancer, and internationally renowned choreographer and teacher Monique Smith; former Philadanco dancer Jay Stanton; former Miss New Jersey Vanessa Baker; Rutgers alums Alana Donato, Gina Montalto, and Camille Moten, who, along with Olivia Mode-Cater, instructs at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

More information about the festival and summer intensive can be obtained on the website http://www.thatwhichconnectscamden.com.  Tickets to the performances on Saturday, August 19th can be purchased on Eventbrite: That Which Connects – Camden’s Festival of Dance.  Students interested in being a part of the summer intensive can send an email to thatwhichconnectscamden@gmail.com.