Unique. Original. Passionate. Those are the words commonly used to critique the annual Chop Shop: Bodies of Work contemporary dance festival. Featuring master classes, lectures and performances by leading choreographers and dancers, the festival has something for everyone. Chop Shop is broken up into three main components; the performing arts, the master classes and the community classes. See it all Feb. 15 and 16.
The 2014 Performing Artists
Ten contemporary dance companies will take stage at this year’s Chop Shop festival. You can catch their performances at 7:30 on Feb.15 and at 3pm on Feb.16 at The Theatre at Meydenbauer in Bellevue. Read more about each company here.
- Spectrum Dance Theater (Seattle)
- Grand Rapids Ballet (Michigan)
- Adam Barruch Dance (New York)
- Anna Conner + CO (Seattle)
- Bryn Cohn and Artists (New York)
- Gerard Regot (Barcelona, Spain)
- The Stone Dance Collective (Eastside)
- Pocket Inc (Seattle)
- Price Suddarth (Seattle)
- Ballet Arkansas (Arkansas)
Play the video below for a taste of what to expect.
If you’re an experienced dancer, this is your rare opportunity to take a class from one of the artistic directors participating in the performance. The directors are in town for a limited time so you don’t want to miss this chance to learn from some of the best. Classes are open to students who have at least three years of dance experience and are ages 12 and up. Classes start in the morning on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16. Tickets are $18. See a full schedule of classes here.
Free Community Classes
Possibly the most exciting thing about Chop Shop are the free community classes for anyone who wants to experience dance. Director of Chop Shop and artistic director Eva Stone will give a free lecture on reading dance. Stone will explore movement as a language and the creative process that goes into contemporary dance choreography. This lecture is open to all ages. Stone will also teach a free dance technique class on basic modern dance movement. See the full schedule of free community events here.
WIN TICKETS TO CHOP SHOP!
Tell us about your best dance experience in the comments below. It can be anything from your wedding dance to your favorite dance movie sequence to your first dance memory. On Friday, Feb. 14 we’ll award the writer of the best dance story with 2 tickets to Chop Shop at 3pm on Sunday, Feb. 16.