The mission of the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography presenting program is to support the creation of innovative work, stretch the potential of the art form and develop new audiences for dance while extending ideas about what dance can be. The program is committed to providing VCU and the Richmond community with opportunities to experience a broad range of the diverse aesthetics of contemporary dance while providing insight into its history and development.
While in residence with VCU Dance, guest artists have made significant contributions to the development of the Richmond dance community, student performance skills and new dance works. Most guest artists have taught a repertory class in residence, as well as worked intensively with the students on performance elements and in the community performing outreach activities. VCU Dance is committed to building new audiences while enlightening the current dance audience in the university and Richmond communities.
For 2018-2019, the presentation of a residency and performance by Ananya Dance Theatre is made possible in part by grants from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
Guest Artists By Year
Helen Simoneau/Helen Simoneau Danse
Company Stephanie Batten Bland
Urban Bush Women/Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Edgeworks Dance Theater
Antares Danza Contemporanea
Monica Bill Barnes & Company