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Bold choreography, subtle humor, and 60 minutes of dance magic.
Support the artists + commission dance moves inspired by you.
Bold choreography, subtle humor, and 60 minutes of dance magic. Support the artists + commission dance moves inspired by you.
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No splits required to help out. Photo by Jazzy Photo.
No splits required to help out. Photo by Jazzy Photo.

LETS KEEP GOING!

Thanks to the support of folks like you, we have raced past our initial goal and are ready to reach even further! $7,000 was the bare minimum we needed to make this project happen. By stretching our goal to $10,000 we will be able to create a richer experience for you, and even pay everyone a little more. Here's where the additional funds will go:

  • Paying Ryan, our composer, who has initially donated his services
  • Crafting custom costumes for our special guest dancers
  • Boosting every collaborator's fee
  • Purchasing additional curtains to create some theater magic.... I won't give away any surprises

THANK YOU for helping us get this far. We are grateful, amazed, and excited to keep going!

THE PROJECT

"... a movement vocabulary that literally vibrates at the intersection of classicism and pop action, like a slam-dancing sarabande."       
        — Sandra Kurtz, Seattle Weekly

A Dance for Dark Horses is a dance for everyone. It combines the things we all love to watch: humor, physicality, rhythmic music, and a story about a group of underdogs. It’s rigorous, it’s cheeky, it’s alone-in-your-room-groove-your-heart-out dancing — all in an effort to leave the audience (you!) feeling enlivened and electric.

** All donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE through our fiscal sponsor: Velocity **

"Quartet for the Dead Set" Photo by Jazzy Photo
"Quartet for the Dead Set" Photo by Jazzy Photo

Dark Horses is premiering March 2018. I have the rare honor to make this dance through Velocity’s Made in Seattle program, which is designed to boost choreographers onto the national stage. It's my first ever evening-length work, and is based on a 3-year process of exploring success, failure, and determination though dance.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

Dance is a wonderfully collaborative art. Although Velocity is providing production support, space, and mentorship I am responsible for paying my collaborators - this is why I need your help. 100% of your donation will go towards paying these artists.

TURN YOUR DOLLARS INTO DANCE - COMMISSION US!

In addition to your $$$, we want your help with creating movement. For every $100 you donate I will choreograph 8 counts of choreography inspired by a word of your choice. Here's how it works:

1. You donate any increment of $100.
2. I collect a word from you that you want turned into dance.
3. I create movement based on your word, and send you a video. For every $100 you get 8 counts of dancing.
4. We put as many of these moves as possible into the final piece.
5. You come to the show and try to spot your moves!

Turn your Dollars into Dance: An Infographic
Turn your Dollars into Dance: An Infographic

THE ARTISTS

Art is important. And artists need to be supported! With the show just a few months away, I'm hard at work creating material with my amazingly talented collaborators:

AMIYA BROWN (Lighting Designer)
SHANE DONOHUE (Dancer)
RYAN HUME (Composer)
ERIN McCARTHY (Dancer)
ALEXANDER PHAM (Dancer)
JEFFREY + JULIANA SHIRBOURN / JOLIE JOLI (Costume Designers)

** AND these special guest dancers added after we made the video **
JENNA EADY
BRITT KARHOFF
ALE MADERA
DEVIN MUÑOZ
LILLIAN ORREY
KATIE WYETH

Learn more about us HERE!

"Trio in Silver" Photo by Jazzy Photo
"Trio in Silver" Photo by Jazzy Photo

"She's making a name for herself as she churns out balletic parodies to nostalgic ’90s synth beats. Lusk’s bone-dry humor is delivered via sharp-as-a-tack choreography."       
        — Kaitlin McCarthy, City Arts

Risks and challenges

With the responsibility of raising the funds to pay my collaborators, I face the risk of not fully compensating them. It's important to me to pay the artists that add their creativity and intellect to my project. As the cost of living sky rockets in Seattle, it is more crucial than ever to support our artists AND keep them in this city that thrives on the vibrancy and creativity they bring.

Sharing my work with all of you is the reason I make dance, and bringing you more into the process with this campaign feels really good. We can’t wait to share the magical evening we’ve made for you.

THANK YOU!

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    Straight from the horse’s mouth:

    You're awesome. We are SO thankful, and we will send you good vibes in our next rehearsal.

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    Wild horses can't drag us away

    From thanking you with a shout out on Facebook (expect dancing, ponies, and.... dancing ponies).

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    We love your Giddy-up

    And to keep you galloping, we're going to send you our favorite playlist. Curated by Kim and Ryan, it's a combo of our favorite pump-up rehearsal songs and Ryan's original tracks. We'll also send you a special thank you on Facebook.

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    Prancing Pony

    Your support will literally keep us prancing. For every $100 you donate you will commission 8 counts of choreography inspired by a word of your choice (to be collected after the campaign ends). We will send you a video of the moves you helped us create so you can try to spot them in the show!

    You will also get our curated playlist to dance to as you try out the moves for yourself. AND a shout out on Facebook.

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    Yee Haw!

    You are invited to our special VIP celebration leading up to the opening night of the show. A toast, good music, and plenty of time to chat with the artists!

    You will also enjoy:
    - Commissioned dance moves
    - Our curated playlist
    - A thank you on Facebook

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    Jump on the Pony Express

    The reward that is exciting for you and your mailbox: Get added to my postcard list! I travel a lot, and I always send postcards with updates on my art and goings-on. You'll get an initial thank-you post card, then one every few months for YEARS to come.

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    - An invitation to our VIP party
    - Commissioned dance moves
    - Our curated playlist
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    You sure Ponied Up

    We will thank you for your amazing generosity over a special dinner, "A Celebration of Spices", prepared and hosted by food expert and dance connoisseur Paul Swanson. You and one guest will enjoy a night of delicious food and great conversation.

    You will also enjoy:
    - Postcards from Kim
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    - Commissioned dance moves
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