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Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company Launches Educational Digital Platform Dance With Us With Premieres of a Series of New Dance Films
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Jun 25th, 2021 – Jun 27th, 2021
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New York-based nonprofit performing and teaching organization Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company presents Dance With Us, an educational digital platform centered around the premiere of a series of new dance films. The resource launches from June 25-27, 2021 at 7pm ET (same program repeated on three successive evenings) with the premieres of the films and the reveal of the platform, a website whose URL will go live at this moment. The evening will be hosted by emcees Daniel and guest Dante Puleio, Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company. The kickoff events include an exclusive guided tour of the website, a screening of several short films, the World Premieres of Willow and Dollhouse, and previews of six new dance films that will launch monthly through the end of 2021. The events are free with advance registration requested here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-with-us-platform-launch-and-party-with-daniel-gwirtzman-dance-company-registration-149716460965. Donations are accepted via the Company’s PayPal Giving Fund, where 100% of contributions go to the nonprofit. Mixing discussions, dancing, and conversations, the interactive premiere promises to be highly accessible, entertaining and educational. Watch the trailer!

This multi-faceted project explains ways to view and speak about dance. Utilizing performance and studio footage, the resource demystifies concert dance by teaching fundamental concepts of the art form. This digital resource will be distributed widely and freely, contributing to the Open Educational Resources movement (OER), a commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility. The resource will be available to anyone regardless of geographic location. Multiple partnerships will ensure the impact on students, professionals, and the general viewership. The Company will also provide the resource to channels, institutional libraries, public and private schools (K-12, Higher Education), and culturally based organizations.

Schedule of Events
6:45pm: House Opens with Pre-Show Slideshow of 200 Company Photographs 
7:00-8:00pm: Program 
8:00-8:30pm: After Party 
8:30-9:00pm: Discussion

 “Contemporary dance has been seeping more and more into the mainstream culture for decades, enhanced with the advent of shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. With the proliferation of dance online, increased exponentially during the pandemic, more people are arguably seeing contemporary dance than ever. And an appetite for innovative choreography is a byproduct of this exposure,” said choreographer and company director Daniel Gwirtzman. “The development of Dance With Us was in place years before the pandemic, with resources that have been created over the past two decades, an extension of programming we have offered as a company since our inception in 1998. We have long been committed to conversing about dance, empowering audiences to trust their opinions, and gain more knowledge of dance in pursuit of expanding one’s dance literacy. The ubiquity of dance on film, finding more currency in popular culture, is not going to change. This platform gives everyone, regardless of their exposure to dance, tools to use to speak about dance, encouraging them to understand their viewpoint is as valid as that of an ‘expert.’ At this moment when there is so much dance to see, this platform seeks to serve as a how-to primer.”

Highlights
Amuse-Bouche: Parade, a two-minute film for the ensemble, acts as a curtain for the evening.
Tour of the Site: Like walking through the rooms of a house, the platform will be revealed and explained. 
Watch excerpts of the pedagogical films.
View the Library, an archive of dance films and filmed performances documenting the Company’s history.
Be among the first to watch a suite of new films produced during the pandemic.
Featured films Willow and Dollhouse.
Sneak Peek at the upcoming dances to be launched this year.


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