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Attention, choreographers and other artists: Dance Chance wants to let you strut your stuff

WonderRoot's Chris Appleton
Chris Appleton of WonderRoot hopes the program will unite dance with other art forms.

Experienced choreographers, first-timers and artists in any medium who want to experiment with dance will have opportunities to create, share and discuss new work in Dance Chance Atlanta, a series of monthly choreography showcases.

WonderRoot, an arts organization geared toward positive social change, has teamed up with dancer and facilitator Sean Hilton (who has danced with gloATL) and Atlanta Ballet, which will present the series in Studio 1 of its Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre. On the first Saturday of each month, the program will present new work by three local artists, and a moderator will then lead an artist talk-back. The first Dance Chance event is set for Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m.

WonderRoot Executive Director Chris Appleton explained that the initiative fits with his organization’s growing reach into Atlanta’s creative communities and enables it “to further connect with and support Atlanta’s movement artists.” WonderRoot’s first major dance initiative took place in 2011 at Magnetic Theater, a renovated former church in Reynoldstown.

Julie Nakagawa, artistic director of DanceWorks Chicago, a friend and mentor to Hilton, developed the Dance Chance model. Artists vie for selection by dropping their names into a bowl on the evening of a preceding monthly showcase. Three artists and one alternate are drawn from the bowl, and they have about a month to create, revise or re-format up to 15 minutes of choreography for the next month’s Dance Chance. Bowls will be placed in four locations: WonderRoot, Atlanta Ballet, the Little Five Points Community Center and Octane Westside coffeehouse. Interested artists should drop their names, email addresses and telephone numbers into one of the bowls by February 4.

To offer fresh perspectives, there will be a different moderator each time. Well-known local artist Nicole Livieratos will moderate the first evening’s talk.

Inquiries should be directed to Sean Hilton at seananthonyhilton@gmail.com.

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