MADCO’s second company, MADCO 2, kicks off their first performance of the season with three new choreographers, three new dancers, and an exciting new community partnership with St. Louis Academy of Dance (SLAD). SLAD’s pre-professional company Pazazz Performers open the first MADCO 2 production of the season, followed by new dance works choreographed by MADCO dancers Arianna Russ, Daryon Kent, and guest choreographer Kevin Loveland Jr.
“This is my second year as the leader of MADCO 2 and I’m really enthusiastic about the new additions to our dance family! Their energy, dedication, and athleticism in rehearsal will shine through on-stage,” said Elyse Guttmann, MADCO 2 Rehearsal Director, about new dancers Brittani McClellan (St. Charles), Kristen Ahring (Edwardsville), and Enrique Herrera (Chicago).
Guest choreographer Kevin Loveland Jr. was discovered through MADCO’s Dare to Dance choreographic showcase in January 2019. His work “Fliegenfalle” received the “Artistic Director’s Choice Award” for artistic excellence in choreography. He has been commissioned to create a new work on MADCO 2 that will premiere in their season debut. Kevin is the first guest choreographer that the MADCO 2 company has ever had.
“Dare to Dance opened opportunities for me as a choreographer, not only giving me the opportunity to set work on the second company but also opening other avenues to me that might not have presented themselves before. I’m excited to work with the company and explore new ideas and concepts. It’s easy to get stuck in the familiar and working with new dancers, in a new environment will allow me to expand my creativity as a dance maker,” said Kevin about his experience to date with MADCO.
A new partnership with St. Louis Academy of Dance provides opportunities for young dance artists to be a part of this professional production. The Pazazz Performers are an award-winning, pre-professional dance company in residence at SLAD. They can be seen dancing for local events that create positive change in the community through the arts. Their repertoire of work is as diverse as their talent. The Pazazz Performers are selected through an audition process and are dedicated to a range of dance techniques including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, pointe, and choreography. These talented young artists will perform the opening number at the MADCO 2 concert.
MADCO 2 will be presented in partnership with the Touhill Performing Arts Center in the Lee Theater on Saturday, October 19th at 8 PM and Sunday, October 20th at 2 PM. Tickets are $15 and only sold at the door the day of the performance. This concert is made possible thanks to support from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Sports Medicine, and Training Center, and the WS and BK Ross Charitable Foundation.
St. Louis Academy of Dance provides top of the line education in the art of dance in 3 beautiful state-of-the-art studios. Personal, hands-on instruction, classic to contemporary discipline for ages 2 to adult, with performance opportunities for ALL! More information available at www.stlouisdance.com or @STLAcademyofDance on Facebook.
MADCO provides community inspired, innovative dance experiences through collaborations that provide a pathway for self-discovery, social connections, and excellent entertainment for audience members, students, teachers, presenters, and corporate clients. More information is available at www.madcodance.com or @madcodance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.