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i Dance Orlando Festival

i Dance Orlando Festival

ME Theatre 07:30 pm

Orlando’s all-new festival will be the first of its kind to showcase the versatility of dance as an art form ORLANDO, Fla.
The ME Dance company will present its new I Dance Orlando Festival, Orlando’s first arts festival to solely explore the art of dance to its richest extent. Registration for the dance festival has opened for all local and regionaldance schools and companies interested in participating.

The event will take place April 30 –May 1, 2016 at the state-of-the-art ME Theatre, which is specially equipped for dance performances of all kinds. I Dance Orlando Festival is being introduced to bring together the local community of dancers,choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative manner that will allow them to perform new works and also inspire and educate the public through dance.

The festival aspires to create an environment for students and artists to cultivate their talent and artistry to its fullest potential, all while strengthening public appreciation and support for this unique andvast art form.

“The I Dance Orlando Festival is designed to offer a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphereaimed at cultivating a creative exchange of ideas,” says Marshall Ellis, founder and artistic director of ME Dance and concept designer for the festival. “The festival will encourage artists to explore new grounds, offer a creative outlet, and also provide both local artists and the public the opportunity to experience dance in a new way.”Throughout the festival, the ME Dance School will host open, drop-in classes (no registration needed) for the general public for the deeply discounted price of only $7 per class.

Participants

  • 2nd Sight Dance Company
  • The Alexa Schmidt Group
  • Blast Entertainment Services Inc.
  • Crawford Jazz Project
  • Dance Theatre of Orlando
  • DayStar Theatre Arts
  • Emotions Dance Studio
  • Emotions Dance Company
  • European School of Performing Arts
  • Flava Dance Company
  • Florida Dance Theatre
  • FrediDanceProject
  • Kavin Grant Productions and Entertainment
  • Kingdom ARTS
  • Lake Wales High School
  • Marshall Ellis Dance School
  • ME2 Company
  • New Element Works
  • South Orlando YMCA
  • The Vincent Sanrocco Group

April 30 – Showtime 7:30pm

  • 2nd Sight Dance Company
  • The Alexa Schmidt Group
  • Crawford Jazz Project
  • Dance Theatre of Orlando
  • European School Of Performing Arts
  • New Element Works
  • Marshall Ellis Dance School
  • Kavin Grant Productions and Entertainment
  • South Orlando YMCA
  • The Vincent Sanrocco Group

May 1 – Showtime 7:30pm

  • Blast Entertainment Services Inc.
  • Crawford Jazz Project
  • Dance Theatre of Orlando
  • DayStar Theatre Arts
  • Emotions Dance Company
  • Emotions Dance Studio
  • Flava Dance Company
  • Florida Dance Theatre
  • FrediDance Project
  • ME2 Company
  • Lake Wales High School
  • Kingdom ARTS
  • The Vincent Sanrocco Group

WHERE

ME Theatre (Marshall Ellis Theatre) – 1300 La Quinta Drive #3, Orlando, FL 32809

Flyer

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K.E.Y.S. presented by Dance Theatre of Orlando

ME Theatre 08:30 pm

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DANCE THEATRE OF ORLANDO PREMIERES K.E.Y.S., A CHOREOGRAPHER’S SHOWCASE JULY 15-17

K.E.Y.S collects various dance pieces to represent the different keys of life to find happiness – with a special number created to pay tribute to the victims of the recent Orlando tragedy. 

In conjunction with its current season’s uplifting themes of life, happiness and self-improvement, K.E.Y.S. features a collection of pieces from various choreographers that will each represent different keys of life to find happiness. The individual dance pieces all have similar reoccurring elements that will blend them together into a seamless production, despite each piece’s unique direction from a different artist.

The show will feature five different choreographers with varying backgrounds, skills and experiences. These are:

 Marshall Ellis – Ellis is the founder and artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Orlando, the Marshall Ellis Dance School and ME Theatre. With more than two and a half decades of dance and choreography experience, Ellis’ credits include Ballet Austin, London Studio Centre, Orlando Ballet, Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba and Walt Disney World.

 Daniel Hunalp – Hunalp’s training has encompassed several different dance styles throughout his life, starting dance at just six years of age. He has attended several notable schools and performed for various companies, including: Sarasota Ballet, Ann Reinkings Broadway Theatre Project, Tap Dogs, Norwegian Cruise Line and Walt Disney World.

 Alex Jones – In addition to graduating from the University of South Florida, Jones has trained with The Dance Center at Satya Life, Highland School of Dance, Harrison Arts Center and LINES Ballet. Jones has worked with Alonzo King, Bill T. Jones and Doug Varone. He has performed in Tunisia, Africa, on behalf of the American Embassy as well as at Walt Disney World in various shows. He is currently the artistic director of Collective Soles Dance Company in Tampa, Fla.

 Jani Walsh-Weber – After spending 20 years as a professional dancer, Walsh-Weber has accumulated a wealth of experience throughout her career, performing in some of Broadway’s greatest works, such as: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’A Chorus LineStarlight ExpressSweet CharityCats and West Side Story. She is currently a directing consultant and choreographer for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Disney Event Group.

 Cindy Wilson – As a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Dance, Wilson has performed with several modern dance companies in NYC and regional theatres. She has choreographed international pieces in Japan and Canada, as well as pieces for Viking

Cruises and Disney Cruise Line. She is currently a choreographer for Walt Disney World, working on pieces for parades, conventions, stage shows and TV shows.

Each of the talented choreographers have created and choreographed original pieces for K.E.Y.S., each featuring their own unique style and music. The night will unfold with moving pieces that reflect various stages and aspects of life and how each individual deals with them. The K.E.Y.S. collection will feature the following dances:

 Lives! A Tribute (Wilson) – A tribute to the victims of the tragic Orlando nightclub shooting that happened June 12, 2016, ending the lives of 49 individuals. The piece will feature live drummers and singers, and will kick off with a song titled Wading in the Water – written, composed and performed by France Neil. *Donations will be accepted during the show to aid the One Orlando Fund. 

 Love ME (Ellis) – Original work telling the story of three girls trying to find a key to someone’s heart set to music by Ben E. King.

 Discombobulate (Ellis) – An original work accompanied by music from Hans Zimmer that showcases life’s distractions and the disconnected parts of life.

 Sam I Am (Ellis) – A kinetic solo performed by company dancer Christopher McKenzie to music by Sam Smith.

 Fear A Bhata or “Boatman” (Ellis) – An original solo peerformed by company dancer Lauren Sherwood to live music. Fear A Bhata (Boatman) is a traditional Gaelic song estimated to be from the late 1700s, and the clarinet version will be played live during the dance by performer Jessica Pollack. Music composed by Chelsea Komschlies.

o Pollack graduated Northwestern University cum laude in 2013, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance under Steve Cohen, Lawrie Bloom, and Leslie Grimm. She studied chamber music at IES Vienna and the University of Vienna under Stefan Neubauer of the Vienna State Opera House. She is actively involved in the performing arts and music community, producing many story-heavy shows and performing regionally.

 Love, in Darkest Hour (Jones) – The works of composer Daniel Hope and visual artist Gwen Luffman come together with Alex Jones’ choreography for this touching ensemble piece.

 Ain’t it a Kick in the Head (Walsh-Weber) – This piece is heavily influenced by Walsh-Weber’s time as a dance captain for Broadway’s Dancin’, with choreography that resembles Bob Fosse’s movement style and technique.

 Stay a Little Longer (Hunalp) – An original piece set to the musical duo Brothers Osborne’s song of the same name.

K.E.Y.S. will have a three performances during the July 15-17 weekend at 8:30 p.m. at the ME Theatre (1300 La Quinta Drive, Orlando, FL, 32809). Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Each show lasts an hour and 45 minutes, including an interactive 15-minute intermission. Beer, wine, water, soda and light snacks are available for purchase. Tickets are $20 per person.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit DanceTheatreOfOrlando.com or call 407-816-7080.

 

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

ME Theatre 07:30 pm

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The Marshall Ellis Theater will host The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis for two shows, Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot in a contemporary drama laced with humor and street savvy characters. After 2,000 years Judas is finally given a hearing in a strange court of last resort in purgatory. The play premiered in 2005 at New York’s Public Theater with Philip Seymour Hoffman directing. This production comes to the ME Theater after a four-show run at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach.To order tickets, click link: http://chbmediaonline.com/lastdaysofjudas.html or go to www.chbmediaonline.com and click the Last Days of Judas button.

August 27 and 28.
Saturday evening at 7:30 pm.
Sunday matiness at 2 pm.
After 2,000 years in purgatory, Judas finally gets his day in court. A dazzling drama spiced with dark comic overtones. Set in the present, witnesses emerge out of all times and places, from Pontius Pilate to Sigmund Freud. Last Days of Judas Iscariot was first produced at the Public Theater, New York City, with Philip Seymour Hoffman directing in 2005.

Variety says, “Stephen Adly Guirgis has written a real jaw-dropper …expressionistic fantasy … flamboyantly street-savvy characters … his command of language downright thrilling.” While the Guardian (UK) called it “An extraordinary play … not since Angels in America have I seen a play so unafraid to acknowledge the power of the spirit …”

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the ME Theater, Orlando. Only $15. Blackbox theater at its best! A decade after its premier at the Public Theater in NYC, “The Judas Play” is already acclaimed as one of the great plays of the 21st Century.

To buy online with a credit card or paypal follow this link: http://chbmediaonline.com/lastdaysofjudas.html. To pay by check, mail to Positively Florida, 725 Laurel Bay Circle, New Smyrna Beach 32169, and make sure to say which performance! Tickets can be mailed up to one week before the show, or picked up at will call (at the theater) before the show. Questions, or for special needs, call Gary Broughman at 386-690-9295, or email chbmedia@gmail.com.

Uniqart Concert

Uniqart Concert

ME Theatre 08:30 pm

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Uniqart Concert

Two Companies in Three Nights
Dance Theatre of Orlando and Uniqart Dance Company will share the stage in September!
Uniqart Dance Company was created to bring forth an eclectic fusion of performing arts to unique places.
We are a neo-classical ballet company represented by 10 exceptional dance artists and our in-house choreographer, who have performed for leading companies in world-renowned stages. The heart of the company lies in its original choreography by Vitali Safronkine.
Since 2014, UDC has presented elegant ballets designed to fit the unique stages of various places such as: Dubai, Switzerland, Spain, USA, and England.
More Details Coming Soon

 

The Nuthouse – A New Holiday Tradition – November 11-13, 2016 at 8:30pm

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Location for performances:
ME Theatre
1300 La Quinta Drive
Orlando Florida 32809

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The Nuthouse

The Nuthouse

ME Theatre 08:30 pm

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THE NUTHOUSE – A New Holiday Tradition – Music by Tchaikovsky (Nutcracker Suite)
The Nuthouse created by Marshall Ellis of Dance Theatre of Orlando has a new holiday traditional for Central Florida. If you are tired on the normal Nutcracker productions then this reinvented show will satisfy both seasoned and novice patrons.

Dec 2, 3, 4 @ 8:30pm
Dec 9, 10, 11 @ 8:30pm
at ME Theatre
1300 La Quinta Drive
Orlando, FL 32809

Light – A Cabaret of Hope

Light – A Cabaret of Hope

ME Theatre 08:00 pm
img_1423. A musical theatre cabaret to celebrate life, love, adventure and freedom.
Admission is free of charge, and tickets can be reserved at this link:
We will also be raising money for The Human Rights Campaign!
Put together in part by Celebration Theatre Company a new theatre company.
Directed by Lena Feliciano, Ashley Michelle Cole & Taylor Smith, Music Directed by Cara Irene Langston, accompanied by Chase McAbee.
 
 
 
 
Love Stories a musical journey

Love Stories a musical journey

ME Theatre 08:00 pm

Love Stories a musical journey presented by Modern Theatricals “Tells the story of a Woman and a Man who are so destined to be together nothing can keep them apart, for the power of love is stronger then we know. Despite obstacles they may face all their answers lie within one book. This show has epic love songs from your favorite musicals, and animated movies. ”

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CHANGE by Dance Theatre of Olando

ME Theatre 08:30 pm

 

CHANGE_postcardDance Theatre of Orlando Presents

 

“CHANGE”

 

Only one thing can make a change.

 

Choreography by Marshall Ellis

 

Music by Bon Jovi

 

No more excesses. No more magical thinking. No more self-sabotage. You know it won’t be easy, but so what? You’re committed to the goal. Love is the only thing that can make a change in your life. Take a journey with Tommy a Gina as they find a way to make a change. Marshall Ellis Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Orlando creates another full length production.

 

The Dance Theatre of Orlando is funded through ME Dance, Inc., a charity that serves as a beacon of light in the Central Florida arts community. ME Dance, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts organization founded by Marshall Ellis. The mission of ME Dance, Inc. is to introduce innovative ideas through dance to create growth in the arts community and to enrich the arts community by providing an outlet to feature talent in art through entertainment. The organization is determined to assist other local dance organizations and dance students throughout community, regardless of affiliation.

 

:::WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:::

 

For more information, visit DanceTheatreOrlando.com or call 407-816-7080.