Dance St. Louis has announced its 2017-2018 season, featuring a season kick-off tap production by Emmy Award- and American Choreography Award-winning master tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith, virtuoso tap star Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and tap phenom Derick K. Grant, followed by a co-presentation of Chicago with the Fabulous Fox Theatre as well as the return of two of Dance St. Louis’ signature productions: New Dance Horizons VI and SPRING TO DANCE Festival. The season begins on Sept. 30, 2017, and ends May 26, 2018. The 2017-2018 season also focuses on accessibility to the community with a $20 ticket price for each of Dance St. Louis’ exclusive presentations.

In addition to hosting two of the season’s presentations in the Grand Center Arts District at the newly renovated historic Grandel Theatre, Dance St. Louis is also pleased to announce the appointment of Terence Marling as artistic consultant. In his position as artistic consultant, the former choreographer and artistic director of Hubbard Street 2 and former dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, National Theater Mannheim (Germany) and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is curating New Dance Horizons VI and the 11th Annual SPRING TO DANCE Festival. He is also overseeing the artistic and performance components of the Dance St. Louis Monsanto Education Outreach Program, which operates in six urban middle and high schools in the St. Louis Public School District, Normandy School District and University City School District.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Dance St. Louis,” said Terence Marling. “I love the depth of talent and artistic drive that I have been able to find in St. Louis and I’m proud to be a part of an organization that supports local companies, audiences and aspiring artists. I look forward to a dynamic season that will further raise the spotlight on talented and pioneering local and national companies.”

Details about the 2017-18 season presentations and tickets continue on the following pages.

TAP Dynamics
Date: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and 3 p.m. Oct. 1
Location: The Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square, Grand Center Arts District, St. Louis, MO 63103
Tickets: $20
*(Optional: $20 post-performance cocktail reception add-on or $45 post-performance dinner add-on)

The production consists of Jason Samuels Smith’s Going The Miles and excerpts from Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ And Still You Must Swing, performed by the three virtuoso Award-winning tap dancers: Jason Samuels Smith (Emmy & American Choreography Awards), Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (Astaire Award for Best Performance, Princess Grace Statue Award), and Derick K. Grant (Ovation & Helen Hayes Awards). The trio, who are considered three of today’s most influential and celebrated tap dance luminaries in the world, take the stage to perform these works with live jazz music.

In excerpts from And Still You Must Swing, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith — three of the world’s most influential ambassadors of tap — come together in a show that captures the heart and legacy of tap dance and honors the overwhelming influence of jazz roots on this outstanding art form. Named “Best Dance Performance” in 2016 by The New York Times, it’s a rhythmic feast including live music, dynamic choreography and stunning improvisation.

Going The Miles takes a step further than simply tributing Miles Davis, one of the world’s greatest American jazz artists who was at the forefront of many of its most important movements. Jason Samuels Smith, in collaboration with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Ingmar Thomas, engage on this musical odyssey, celebrating the diversity of contributions that our respective culture and collective consciousness continues to make through two of the world’s most thriving American art forms. For the musicians in their own right, this work emphasizes interplay inspired by three of Miles’ iconic tunes, highlighting just why “improvisation” is still the highest expression of these forms.

Tickets are $20 and go on sale June 12. This event includes two add-on options: a post-performance cocktail party on Saturday, September 30 for an additional $20 or a post-performance benefit dinner with drinks in the Grand Hall on Sunday, October 1 for an additional $45. For performance-only tickets ($20), contact Metrotix at 314-534-1111or metrotix.com. For cocktail reception add-on ($20) or post-performance dinner add-on ($45), contact the Dance St. Louis box office at 314-534-6622 or boxoffice@dancestlouis.org.

Chicago (Co-presentation with the Fabulous Fox Theatre)
Date: Friday-Sunday, March 2-4, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m. March 2, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. March 3, 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. March 4
Location: The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103
Tickets: $25-$125

There’s never been a better time to experience Chicago, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history. Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. It’s no surprise that Chicago has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, Chicago always delivers.

Tickets are $25-$125 and go on sale in September. Tickets are available through Metrotix at 314-534-1111 or metrotix.com.

New Dance Horizons VI: Live at The Grandel
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Location: The Grandel, Grandel Square, Grand Center Arts District, St. Louis, MO 63103
Tickets: $20

Three cutting-edge choreographers set original dance pieces on three local professional companies to create three world premieres. Now in its sixth year, the original Dance St. Louis production, which was started to elevate the work of local dance companies to a national level through collaboration with nationally recognized choreographers, returns for the 2017-18 season with a fresh theme curated by Dance St. Louis’ new artistic consultant Terence Marling. New Dance Horizons VI explores the relationship between live music and live dance.

Tickets are $20 and go on sale June 12. Tickets available through Metrotix at314-534-1111 or metrotix.com.

11th Annual Emerson SPRING TO DANCE® Festival 2018
Date: Memorial Day Weekend/Friday-Saturday, May 25-26, 2018
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances
Location: Touhill Performing Arts Center, 1 University Blvd., UMSL Campus, St. Louis, MO 63121
Tickets: $10-$20

One of the region’s must-see festivals returns for its eleventh year. SPRING TO DANCE has become a St. Louis Memorial Day Weekend tradition, featuring 20 professional dance companies from across the country that converge at the Touhill to perform consecutive nights of nonstop, diverse dance. From contemporary and classical to modern, tap, ballet and more, the festival offers something for everyone with a different program each night. It’s the best opportunity to see a wide range of nationally touring professional dance companies in one place. It’s world-class dance for a bargain price as low as $10-$20 per evening.

Tickets go on sale April 1, 2018. Please contact the Touhill Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at 314-516-4949 or touhill.org.

SPECIAL TICKET OFFER: The Nutcracker starring Saint Louis Ballet
Date: Friday, Dec. 15-Saturday, Dec. 23
Time: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 17, 21, 22 & 23, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 & 23
Location: Touhill Performing Arts Center, 1 University Blvd., UMSL Campus, St. Louis, MO 63121

Dance St. Louis past subscribers and supporters receive a 20 percent discount on tickets to The Nutcracker starring Saint Louis Ballet. (Not valid on weekend matinees). The Nutcracker fills the mainstage at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on Dec. 15-23, offering audience members 11 performances, including matinee performances on two weekends. Gen Horiuchi’s Nutcracker has become a St. Louis favorite with dazzling costumes, sets and special effects. The large professional cast of company dancers and special guests swells with students from the Saint Louis Ballet school in children’s roles. The holiday favorite is performed to the traditional Tchaikovsky score.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 15. The special 20 percent discount is valid from Aug. 15-Sept. 15. For tickets, contact the Touhil Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at 314-516-4949 or touhill.org.

SPONSORS

The 2017-2018 season sponsors include local and regional funders: Ameren, Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission. National funders include National Endowment for the Arts and The Shubert Foundation. The Touhill Performing Arts Center is the collaborative partner of the 11th Annual SPRING TO DANCE Festival. V

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