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updated: May 07, 2011, 8:30 AM
DANCEworks began as a groundbreaking collaboration between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theatre Foundation designed to offer important choreographers a month-long residency in which they are commissioned to create, rehearse and premiere a brand new work on the Lobero stage. This partnership puts Santa Barbara on the map as a community that supports the creation of innovative new art in a meaningful way. With talents like Aszure Barton and Larry Keigwin on its roster, the DANCEworks residency has quickly become well-known and much-coveted in New York dance circles.
Aszure Barton's Busk, created during DANCEworks' inaugural year, has since toured internationally to critical success and premiered at the Baryshnikov Art Center in New York City in the fall of 2010.
For the third annual DANCEworks residency featuring Doug Elkins and Friends, choreographer Doug Elkins and his company completed a month-long creative residency February 22-March 19, 2011)at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. The Doug Elkins Dance Company established strong ties within the Santa Barbara community while they were in residence at SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara performing and teaching, during 1998, 1999 and 2004. Elkins' 2011 residency will involve the community in many exciting ways, including recruiting local dancers to participate in flash mob performances in downtown Santa Barbara.
SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara is funded by support from individuals, foundations and corporations. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
DANCEworks is sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and WESTAF in addition to generous support by The Towbes Family Endowment for Dance, The Towbes Foundation, and the Dianne & Daniel Vapnek Family Foundation.
DANCEworks is funded in part by the Events and Festivals Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission,
and by the Santa Barbara Independent, and KCSB 91.9 FM.
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