ORLANDO DANCE COMPANIES TAKE THE STAGE NEXT WEEKEND FOR THE INAUGURAL I DANCE ORLANDO FESTIVAL
Orlando’s all-new festival, hosted by ME Dance Charity, will be the first of its kind to showcase the versatility of dance as an art form
ORLANDO, Fla. (April 21, 2016) – ME Dance Charity has officially announced the line-up of dance companies for the performances of its new I Dance Orlando Festival, Orlando’s first arts festival to solely explore the art of dance to its richest extent.
After dozens of company applications and thorough reviews, dancers from the following companies and dance groups will perform on April 30 and May 1:
- 2nd Sight Dance Company
- The Alexa Schmidt Group
- Blast Entertainment Services Inc.
- Crawford Jazz Project
- Dance Theatre of Orlando
- DayStar Theatre Arts
- Emotions Dance Studio
- Emotions Dance Company
- European School of Performing Arts
- Flava Dance Company
- Florida Dance Theatre
- Kavin Grant Productions and Entertainment
- Kingdom ARTS
- Lake Wales High School
- Marshall Ellis Dance School
- ME2 Company
- New Element Works
- South Orlando YMCA
- The Vincent Sanrocco Group
Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the state-of-the-art ME Theatre, which is specially equipped for dance performances of all kinds, located at 1300 La Quinta Drive, Orlando, FL 32809. There is a $5 donation request for each performance night. Although performances by the groups above will take place two days only, the festival and celebration of dance starts tomorrow, April 22 until May 1.
During this limited time, the ME Dance School will host open, drop-in classes for the general public for the deeply discounted price of only $7 per class. All those interested in learning to dance – no matter age or experience – are encouraged to attend any of the various dance classes offered, which include: ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary, as well as flexibility and strength conditioning classes.
I Dance Orlando Festival is debuting to bring together the local community of dancers, choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative manner, allowing them to perform new works and also inspire and educate the public through dance. The festival aspires to create an environment for students and artists to cultivate their talent and artistry to its fullest potential, all while strengthening public appreciation and support for this unique and vast art form.
“The I Dance Orlando Festival is designed to offer a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere aimed at cultivating a creative exchange of ideas,” says Marshall Ellis, founder and artistic director of ME Dance and concept designer for the festival. “The festival will encourage artists to explore new grounds, offer a creative outlet, and also provide both local artists and the public the opportunity to experience dance in a new way.”
For more information and to reserve tickets, visit MEDance.org or call 407-816-7080.
About ME Dance, Inc.
Founded in 2012, ME Dance Inc. is an Orlando-based, non-profit arts organization founded by Marshall Ellis. The mission of ME Dance is to introduce innovative ideas through dance to create growth in the arts community and to enrich the arts community by providing an outlet to feature talent in art through entertainment.
Founder Marshall Ellis brings more than two and a half decades of dance and choreography experience to the table with credits including Ballet Austin, London Studio Centre, Orlando Ballet, Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba and Walt Disney World. In addition to the professional dance company, Marshall Ellis’ portfolio also encompasses a dance school and Orlando’s newest performance venue.
The ME Dance School provides students with an environment in which to cultivate their talent and artistry to its fullest potential through dance education.
The ME Theatre is a state-of-the-art performance venue with flexible seating and a capacity of accommodating up to 130 guests. It is available for dance productions, concerts, musicals, plays, weddings, corporate events, meetings, private gatherings, photo shoots, video productions and other theatrical uses.
For more information, visit MEDance.org.