Leaping Through Summer

Resident and visiting dance companies present athletic, graceful work.

By Kelsey Dayton

One doesn’t necessarily think “Wyoming,” when thinking of where to see dance by cutting-edge companies and some of the top performers of the art form. But this summer Dancers’ Workshop is offering performances by companies that showcase the athleticism and breadth of the art form. Here is what’s planned for summer 2016.

Contemporary Dance Wyoming
Annual summer performance
8 p.m. June 16 and 17 at Center for the Arts

Jackson’s resident professional modern dance company, known for its highly athletic repertoire, performs new dances this summer. Members’ resumes include companies like Gallim Dance and Elisa Monte. New work performed in June features choreography by artistic director Babs Case and dancer Kate Kosharek, as well as New York City-based Troy Ogilvie, formerly of Gallim Dance. Dancers will perform bold original work that showcases the strength of ensemble.

David Dorfman Dance
In residency the week of July 18
6 p.m. July 21 in Dancers’ Workshop Studio 1 at Center for the Arts

“Come, And Back Again”
8 p.m. July 23, Center Theater, Center for the Arts

David Dorfman’s mission is to get the whole world dancing. He brings his contemporary dance company to Jackson for a weeklong residency including open rehearsals and master classes. “Aroundtown” debuts next year and features impossible-seeming spins and unique partnerings. The company’s residency culminates in a performance of “Come, And Back Again.” It explores daily life, vulnerability and mortality and is driven by the charged poetry of the ’90s band Smoke.

Stars of American Ballet, Featuring the Principal Dancers of New York City Ballet
In residency the week of August 15
— Fundraising Gala Performance —
6 p.m. August 18, Center Theater at the Center for the Arts
— Performance —
8 p.m. August 19 and August 20, Center Theater at the Center for the Arts

People travel from all over the world to see the New York City Ballet. But this summer, principal dancers, the highest rank within a professional company, come to Jackson as part of Stars of American Ballet. The company is in residence at Dancers’ Workshop the week of August 15 offering open rehearsals, master classes and performances.