Push: Moving History Forward
For the 2011-12 season, Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) explored the roots of some of the dance forms that originated in the United States: hip hop, swing, contact improvisation, and modern dance. Students gained an understanding of how the canon of dance history serves as a foundation for their own dancing bodies, and how they as young people in the field are moving history forward.
DCM director, Tiffany Rhynard, created two new pieces collaboratively with the dancers utilizing her background in swing dancing and contact improvisation. Guest artists Teena Marie Custer and Nicholas Leichter created new works with the company blending a variety of styles from hip hop/b-girling to modern dance and popular social forms.
After premiering PUSH in Middlebury at the end of January, DCM toured to Philadelphia for a week. While in the city, company members took classes at popular venues, took in historical landmarks, and performed at area colleges and universities.