Traverse City Dance Project 2016 Press Release



Traverse City Dance Project Brings World Class Dance to Michigan in its Fourth Season

Eight dancers from across the country create and perform four new works in a limited time engagement

Traverse City, Mich., June 22, 2016 – The Traverse City Dance Project brings thrilling masterwoks and bold new ballets to the Milliken Auditorium Saturday, August 13 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Featuring a top roster of artistic director Jennifer McQuiston Lott and artistic associate / company manager Brent Whitney’s favorite dancers from across the country and new music by the industry’s most exciting artists, tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door)and can be purchased from:

“The creative environment of Northern Michigan is fuel for all of these artists,” said Lott. “As a result of the great work we have accomplished over the last three seasons, we are gaining a national reputation as pioneers for the works that we create in Traverse City.”

The Traverse City Dance Project continues its tradition of bringing new music to the dance stage. Composer Ryan Lott, front-man of the internationally-acclaimed band Son Lux, who has written music for the films Paper Towns, Looper, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, among others, collaborates with celebrated chamber ensemble yMusic, dubbed “the future of classical music” by the New York Times, for the recordings of Jennifer McQuiston Lott’s Dances for a New Millennium. Brent Whitney teams up with sought-after NYC composer / dance accompanist Dorian Wallace and violinist Hajnal Pivnik for I'm not Leaving Until the Amber Turns to Grey, exploring emotions that do not have words or definitions to describe them. The work is inspired by the web series The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. The program also includes Ligeti Essays, a signature work of iconic choreographer Karole Armitage, and O Sole Mio by Mauro de Candia, director of State Theatre Company of Osnabrück in Germany and founder of Arte & Balletto. Whitney will be adding an additional female duet to de Candia’s piece bringing the first Italian and American

choreographic collaboration to the company. Known as the “punk ballerina,” Armitage has led an extraordinary career spanning ballet, opera, theater and film. She has created ballets for top companies around the world, including the Paris Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance

Theater, the Bolshoi Ballet, and Ballet Nacional de Cuba. De Candia’s O Solo Mio is a joyous, poetic duet for two men that combines humor, musicality and technical prowess. De Candia has created works for companies such as the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Tanztheater, Braunschweig, MaggioDanza, the Milwaukee Ballet, and the Staatsballet Berlin. Dancers include Kendall Britt (Ballet Memphis), Marcia Hetrick (Milwaukee Ballet), Dylan Keane (Sacramento Ballet), Cristian Laverde Koenig (Armitage Gone! Dance), Stephanie Salts (Steps Repertory Ensemble, NYC), Amy Saunder

(Ballet Next), Rachael Malehorn (Milwaukee Ballet) and Jeremy Zapanta (California Ballet). Apprentices are Northern Michigan natives Madison Vomastek (Undergraduate at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance) and Amber Bailey (Undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma). Lott and Whitney encourage the Traverse City community to get involved in the project by attending the studio to see the creative process and watch the dancers at work. Rehearsals run from July 18 through August 12. To schedule an appointment, email Additionally, open company classes are available to advanced pre-professional dancers from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Monday through Friday for $10.

A kid-friendly performance will be held at the Milliken Auditorium at 12:00 p.m. on August 13. Tickets can be purchased for $15 using the following address:

About Traverse City Dance Project Co-founded in 2012 by artistic director Jennifer McQuiston Lott and artistic associate / company manager Brent Whitney, the Traverse City Dance Project’s mission is to build and stage a bold mixture of new and existing dance works, inspire and educate audiences, collaborate within the local community and to provide a creative laboratory for

dancers and choreographers in beautiful northern Michigan. For more information regarding the dance project,please visit or join the discussion on Facebook (


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