Expect more than just dance at Ormao Dance Company's bigger and better new digs, the old Coca-Cola warehouse building on Spruce Street. Just west of Interstate 25 and downtown, the space allows for far more collaboration with other area artists, says founder and artistic director Janet Johnson.
Since moving over the summer, the troupe has already hosted live bands, art showings and theatrical performances by community groups. Their entry corridor has been prepped to showcase pieces of art in conjunction with Modbo, and will change every two months. Johnson says she envisions people walking down the corridor, checking out the artwork and also enjoying "the moving art" of dancers through the studio windows.
The troupe will also join the Modbo and S.P.Q.R. in their "Second Friday" opening events starting Friday, Sept. 9. Folks can stop by Ormao to enjoy the artwork, live music and of course, dance performance, before moving on to the Arts Alley District to see what's new at the galleries.
The addition of a second dance studio also means the company has added new classes for the fall. It now offers lunch-hour yoga, more beginning adult classes, hip-hop for all ages, and a youth musical theater class. Johnson also plans to host "open stages" every two months at which local artists and aspiring artists can share their dance performances with the community.
Outside the studio, look for troupe members at the What IF...?! Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10; in their interactive work called "Mathtastic," four dancers will demonstrate geometry, patterns, rhythms and shapes through music, movement and a few props.
In addition to all the collaborations, you can expect plenty of dance business as usual at Ormao. Johnson says the company's annual fall performance, Nov. 5 and 6, will boast "the wonderful, eclectic, accessible modern dance" the troupe is known for.
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