Sunday, June 27, 2010


Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Artists of Shorts 5

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Shorts 5 is almost here!

The fifth annual 'Shorts' event!

With new works by Bubba Carr, Beth Lewis, Staci Scaturro, Stephen Loch, Kristyn McGeehan, Stephanie Johnson, Cara O'Grady and Jena Michele Kovash


Guest works by Terry Slade and Redemption Dance Theater, the Good Moves Dance Consort and a very special performance by Adele Myers and Dancers!

Don't miss 'Communicating About Choreography'
a dialogue with the choreographers
7:00 PM Friday and Saturday before the show

$10 General Admission
$8 Students, Seniors and Artists
$5 with a program/ ticket stub from a recent local dance performance

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

In case you're wondering what you missed at the workshop last Thursday....

Overcoming Choreographer’s Block – April 1, 2010
A Workshop Review by Jaki Hawthorne

My body aches to the core. It’s the good kind of ache. You know, the kind you get from doing something you love, with people you love, until you are about to drop from exhaustion… and then you do it some more. Get your mind out of the gutter, people! I’m talking about DANCING!

Joanna Brooks of Brooks & Company Dance ( offered up an amazing opportunity to help choreographers with the dreaded Choreographer’s Block… cue dramatic film noir music!

Choreographer’s block is a mentally paralyzing phenomenon which all choreographers experience at one time or another. You create something and you open a door, and with every opening there is bound to be a close…a point at which you just can’t create for a while. It may be just a moment, or maybe a day, perhaps a month or sometimes much longer. The workshop was designed to give you tools to re-open the door to your creative process. The workshop was guided by Staci Scaturro from Orlando, Florida, a 15-veteran of dance choreography and founder of the company Soul Play Modern Dance.

Staci was enthusiastic, inspiring and very real. Her genuine love of dance and quiet way of making you feel welcome in her class, no matter what your experience level, was something to be cherished. She doesn’t take herself too seriously and, speaking for myself, that’s something of great value to find in any kind of instructor.

The class was 9 or 10 dancers of unknown levels…I loved that Staci did not have anyone spouting off their experiences and yeeeeeeeaaaaaaars of dance training… and we just played (yes, played!) for about 3 hours. With varying degrees of guidance, we used props, visual imagery, music, and spoken word to create mini compositions.

One of my favorite games was the 4-corner “Soul Play” where each designated wall of the room had a different station of activity. One corner was the toy box with silly, found objects from the space. Another was a wall for contact improvisation using the wall in as many ways as your brain could conceive. A third was a long list of locations for you to play around with literal and abstract ideas about movement inside a volcano, or on a rollercoaster, or at the Louvre... In between each station was a directive such as to move in a masculine way, or only on the floor, or super slow motion, etc. It was quite something to behold a room full of dancers creating movement with completely unique motivations, and yet it still could have been a composition as a whole.

Yesterday was a revisit to a part of my roots that I had thought was quite forgotten. For me, it was a trip back in time to the world of modern dance. And a joyful and wonderful trip it was. Thank you Joanna Brooks and Staci Scaturro for a unique journey and a bag full of tricks to help break the cycle of the closed, creative door.

On a separate note: My girls from Jahara Phoenix were awe inspiring. Several of them stepped so far outside of their box that there is no longer a box! I was genuinely moved by their willingness to experience movement far beyond their comfort zone and to open up and accept whatever is tossed into the dance mix. Amazing!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Shorts 5 Workshop

Overcoming Choreographers Block

Wondering where to begin?

Stuck in the middle?

Can't find the right ending?

Join brooks & company dance on Thursday April 1, 2010 for 'Overcoming Choreographers Block.'

Returning Shorts choreographer Staci Scaturro will guide us through an evening of fun and challenging dance composition exercises in a workshop designed to help you master those "drawing a blank" moments in your creative process.

Workshop fees are just $10 for the general public, $5 for local artists and free for Shorts 5 participants.

WHEN: 6:00-9:00 PM, Thursday April 1, 2010
WHERE: Atlanta Ballet Midtown, 1400 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
WHO: brooks & company dance and anyone who wants to develop their choreographic tool-kit

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Shop and the same time

You already do it; Google anything you want to find online, get your prescriptions from, download that movie or album from iTunes, buy every one's gift at Online searching and retail shopping have become part of our everyday lives. Now there's a way you can become a supporter of brooks & company dance without writing a check, without any heavy lifting, from the same place you are sitting as you read this and (here's the best part) at NO COST to you or to us.

It's called The Giving Seed and it is a brilliant way to get folks to support non-profits by doing something they are already shopping. It's simple:

1. Visit

2. Click on brooks & company dance from the drop down menu
3. Select your favorite online retailer from the drop down menu
4. Shop as usual

It also works with Google search. Simply go to and enter what you'd like to search for in the Google window.

I've already made it my homepage...and I think you should, too!

A big thanks to keif for uncovering this incredible company, thanks to the wonderful people I've had the pleasure of meeting from the The Giving Seed and thanks to all of you for shopping, for searching and for supporting BCD!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Saturday Night- RELIEF WORK

brooks & company dance
and eight local dance companies have joined Zoetic Dance Ensemble to present



January 30, 2010
8:00 PM

7 Stages Theatre
1105 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307-1925

TICKETS: $20 general admission, $15 students, senior & artists



photo courtesy of Will Day

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Atlanta’s dance Renaissance gets national exposure in Dance Magazine"

Dance educator and critic Cynthia Bond Perry has a overview of Atlanta's expansive dance scene and a retrospective of the Atlanta Ballet, its leadership and its ethos published in this month's edition of Dance Magazine.  Highlights of these articles are featured on the local arts blog ArtsCriticATL in her own words.  Her articles and sidebar and accompanying images do a great job of placing dance around the city and educating readers about the unique aspects of the 70+ artists, companies, schools and studios she names.  As a must-read for those of us on the scene, it's a good starting place to get to know our extended familty.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Mini Mob Makes Dance Debut

Diehard Flashers braved the elements on New Year's Eve to dance for the sheer joy of it.  The Durski's provides this link to video of the mini mob and LynnBob shot this one.  Photos are courtesy of Eddie Hatchett. We were excited that Beth Lewis joined in... she has just returned to the states from completing Pilobolus' Shadowland tour which concluded with a special performance for HM Queen Elizabeth II.  Thursday's dance marked a 50 year celebration for Flasher Susan Asher.  Long time BCD supporters Lynn and Bob were there to specifically start off their New Year dancing among friends!  Other Flashers: Lisa, Su, Honora, Red, Kelley, Christy, Cherlyn & her friend, Jo and Kayte.  Thanks to our supporters for coming along and thanks to photographer Joeff Davis from Creative Loafing for dropping by.  We'll post more video and images shortly.  Also, thanks to @atlantabike of the Atlanta Bike Coalition and @joeventures for helping spread the word about the mob.

Contact us at info(at)brooksandcompanydance(dot)org if you are interested in participating in a Flash Mob.