Happy Spring! IndepenDANCE is excited to announce the start of our 8th season! We have lots of exciting events to share, along with our 2016 showcase, scheduled for Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at the Ellen Theatre!
We are kickin’ off the season with a call for choreographers & dancers. See below to submit a choreographer application and audition information.
"When a body moves, it's the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I'll tell you who you are."
Photography by Shayna Nicole | GingerSnaps Photography
CALL FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS
Applications due Sunday, March 20th at 5:00 pm MST!
It's time to get this dance machine started!! Choreographer Applications are now being accepted for our 2016 showcase. Expect to submit your initial concept, style, and selected music. Do your best to express your vision! Must be 18 or older to submit an application.
Join us April 17th at Jazzercise Bozeman for our 2016 Auditions! Registration begins at 10am. We will start the day off with a short warm-up to get everyone moving at 10:30 am and then continue with some of this year's choreographers teaching short combinations for all to try.
All dancers 18+, male or female, are welcome to audition. No experience is required as IndepenDANCE strives to include all dancers of all styles and abilities in our show each year. No rehearsed material is necessary, and there is no fee to audition!
Dancer Spotlight: Jay Sinnott
Join us in getting to know some familiar faces from our annual showcases throughout the years!
Photograph by Caitlin Dahl.
Jay Sinnott & Kay Van Norman are pictured in "Lapis Dreams" from IndepenDANCE 2015 Spectrum.
When did dance become part of your life?
"I started partnering when I approached middle age because I wanted to meet girls, which was not happening in my life. I didn't succeed much at that goal, but found I had a need to dance despite limited ability. I was a hardcore Lindy Hop dancer when that was popular and migrated to Argentine Tango for around 20 years, which involved less intense sweating. Performance type dance involvement happened much later. Lauren Coleman, my tango teacher, offered some workshops including one on one ballet. I [soon] found out about a jazz lesson by Rena Easton. I took a couple of lessons, and she was looking for some men for her piece in IndepenDANCE. The steps I was asked to do were not much more than walking, but the next year I went to the audition and ended up way over my head in 3 groups (modern, jazz, and African).
I might point out that I am a retired engineer and took my first ballet class a few weeks after my retirement. It seems like there are so few men in dance that we can get away with less talent and skill."
Who are/were your influences in the dance world? Who inspires you?
"I'm afraid my knowledge of the dance world is limited. Whenever I saw professional or accomplished dancers, I thought how cool it would be to be able to do that, since I had no experience in my youth. Most of what I know comes from things related to IndepenDANCE."
What is your favorite style of dance to perform and why?
"I don't really have a favorite; they all impress me. I think jazz or hip hop or something Latin would most fit my personal style and way of moving and the way music speaks to me. I'm taking ballet lessons, which seems futile sometimes, because I love the extreme grace of the style and because it's the source of the vocabulary of dance (it's fortunate that I speak French). Modern dance, I think, is more open to someone without specific skills because it seems there are no set rules. I would do them all if I had the time and energy. I would love to be competent at ballet, but that may not happen."
What is your favorite style of dance to watch and why?
"Having danced a little now, I am always impressed by high level dance; I have an idea how hard they work to pull off what they do. From ballet to hip-hop, I like to see musical, athletic, imaginative and polished dance. When I see dance performed which appears flawless to me, I think, ‘Wow.’"
When did you join indepenDANCE and how did you find out about it?
"I think I was in on the 2nd performance. I stepped away a couple of years. I started ballet lessons and felt I had no business on stage for a while. I came back last year and had a mostly great experience, though it's certainly a challenge in many ways. This year would be my 5th."
What has your favorite year of indepenDANCE been and why? Hard to believe we’re entering our 8th season!
"The first time was exciting just to be on stage (I had danced on stage at Club Med a few times, where we rehearsed following a leader two times and performed for a crowd the same day).
My second year was overwhelming, when I took part in 3 groups. Last year was great for many reasons. I felt somewhat comfortable with the process and my girlfriend and her family were in the audience. I didn't feel quite so much like an outsider." What are you most excited about for this season of indepenDANCE?
"I have decided that I want to audition. That's hard because I'm slow to break down and reproduce steps that I'm shown. I'd like to try something new. I sometimes say to myself that I have it all: I'm old AND inexperienced."
IndepenDANCE is a proud participant of the 2nd Annual Give Big Gallatin Valley!! This 24-hour, online and live celebration of giving was created to increase philanthropy in Gallatin County. The goal is simple – inspire neighbors to come together, show their pride in their communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations - like IndepenDANCE!
Stay tuned for more info on donor lounges , prizes, & events that will happen throughout the day!