WinterSong embodies both tradition and reinvigoration for its veteran dancers

Company dancer Dana Martin-Wylie discusses the fast approach of and preparations for another WinterSong, one of her last productions with CCDT since joining as a Young Apprentice at age 9. Dana Martin-Wylie (foreground) with the cast of Santee Smith's Star Dreamer in rehearsal. The cooling temperatures, final rehearsals, and poinsettias that litter the studio can only mean one thing. That’s right folks, WinterSong is just around the corner! With less than a week until the rest of the Company and I hit the stage of the Fleck Dance Theatre, I am more than ecstatic to be performing in yet another production of WinterSong - dances for a sacred season. This year, however, is accompanied with a

Inside the creation process with Apolonia Velasquez

Company dancer Lola Jenkins shares her experience working with commissioned artist Apolonia Velasquez on UNHUSH, a world premiere for WinterSong 2017. From Left: Paris Forbes, Lola Jenkins, and Makenna Martinez in rehearsal for Unhush. Working with Apolonia Velasquez has been such a great experience and is making the rest of the cast and I grow so much as a dancers. Our rehearsals are moving at a fast pace as WinterSong gets closer, and we have all been working our brains into overdrive. The first couple of rehearsals included a lot task work, meaning Apolonia would give us a concept or idea from which to make a movement phrase, and then she would re-work it. For example, my task was to make

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