Mission: The Dancers' Space supports and develops the professional contemporary dance community by creating unique and valuable platforms for artistic exchange, public engagement and dance education.
History and Structure:
The Dancers' Space (TDS) is a nonprofit organization founded in August 2013 in South Florida by Danielle Armstrong, Diana Hoffmaster and Donna Murray in an effort to make visible and develop the art-based, contemporary dance community by creating platforms and programs for professional dancers, pre-professionals bridging to the professional world, dance educators, and choreographers.
By forming two important partnerships with the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Duncan Theatre, TDS connects the local dance community to the professional national landscape of modern dance by offering unique opportunities never before easily available to local artists. This collaborative mission sets TDS apart from the traditional model of a dance company and thus has brought wonderful opportunities to South Florida artists and audiences, such as projects, interaction, and collaborations with professional national and international dance artists.
Twice a season, TDS and the Duncan Theatre present create.DANCE.florida, a series of two full-scale productions in November and April showcasing modern and contemporary dance works created locally, regionally and statewide. With this platform, TDS and the Duncan Theatre support audience engagement, arts education and appreciation and the development of artistic work.
At the Duncan Theatre, TDS organizes the professional Master Class Series, which consists of four master classes by visiting companies each season. These master classes take place on the Duncan stage and are free to dancers in the community.
To date, TDS has presented 32 Florida artists and companies and commissioned five original works from local, national and international artists, as well as collaborated on special projects with the American Dance Legacy Initiative and BODYTRAFFIC. In addition, TDS artists have been presented by DANCE/USA in Miami, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Florida Dance Educators Organization and has outreach and education affiliations with the Harid Conservatory, Palm Beach Atlantic University, BAK Middle School of the Arts and Palm Beach County Schools Professional Development program.
In August 2017, TDS was invited to the Goyang International Dance Festival in South Korea. TDS performed two works, choreographed by Korean artist Sung Yong Kim and TDS Co-Director Donna Murray, and spent two weeks teaching, leading workshops and touring.
Education and Professional Development:
The Kravis Center’s ArtSmart program, continuing arts education for adults, hosts TDS choreography Works in Progress showings. These two informal studio performances support the creation of new work by giving working artists a platform for sharing their new works.
The Education Department at the Kravis Center and TDS have partnered with the Palm Beach County School Board granting dance educators professional development credit for participation in TDS classes at the Kravis Center. Since 2014, TDS has been contracted by the Palm Beach School District to facilitate the annual, mandatory Pre School Dance Day for the dance educators in Palm Beach County. These workshops have included classes in Modern Technique, Dance for Film, Wellness for Dancers and Dance and Humanity workshops.
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