Help us build a collaborative weekend of dance education and performance by supporting the 2011 Showcase Series!
:pushing progress, founded in 2006 by Artistic Director Calen Kurka, is a contemporary dance company that values the cultivation of dance education and performance opportunities through the collaboration of New York's most innovative and proficient teachers and choreographers. By developing educational programs and performance events, :pushing progress offers these artists a platform to share their visions with the community.
The company hosts workshops, intensives, and training programs, for pre-professional and professional dancers, that are both technically challenging and demanding of a strong mental presence. Calen, with Associate Director, Chris Hale, and the faculty of :pushing progress, challenge their dancers and students to step out of their comfort zones and to merge knowledge of the body with their movement vocabulary.
To complement this educational programming, :pushing progress presents the fourth annual “Showcase Series.” This Series celebrates raw artistry and helps foster the work of the many talented artists, both established and up-and-coming, in the metropolitan dance community by creating a venue to share new projects at various stages of their unique process. Past artists have included Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, Next Stage Project, Slam, Jason Parsons, Dana Foglia, Heather Gehring, Shelly Masenoir, and Synthesis Dance Project along with the original works of :pushing progress directors Calen Kurka, Chris Hale, and Maya Escueta.
This year’s “Showcase Series” will be held at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center on May 21st & 22nd, 2011. Evolving from past showcases, the 2011 Showcase Series aims not only to offer performance opportunities to emerging artists, but also to encompass the main objective of :pushing progress by uniting dance education with performance in one singular event. The Showcase will join the performance series with a one day workshop offered by donation from 10am to 5pm on May 22, providing a day of instruction and education from the talented artists and choreographers presenting their work, and culminating in the Showcase Series performance as the finished product of a weekend of artists sharing their work together. This year, :pushing progress is also seeking out young talent by inviting student choreographers to show their work alongside some of New York’s most cutting edge emerging professional artists.
Through the 2011 "Showcase Series," :pushing progress strives to create a collaborative event that gives teachers and choreographers in the New York dance community a cohesive venue to share their knowledge and art form. By holding a donation only workshop, and by offering lower ticket sales including student pricing, this year’s Showcase hopes to make both dance education and performance widely accessible to the public.
The total cost of the space and technical support for this 2 day event is $7,500. Through projected ticket sales and donations for the workshop event, we estimate that we will be able to raise $5000, leaving a minimum cost of $2500 needed to make the event a reality. The funds raised on Kickstarter will be used for space rental, lighting design, program production, and paying the talented artists who will be teaching at this one day workshop. We hope you will help us meet our minimum goal of $2500 and support what promises to be an amazing weekend of dance!
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You will receive a heart felt thank you and a special mention in the Showcase Series performance program.
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You will receive a heartfelt thank you, and donor credit in the program as well as on our website.
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You will receive the previous rewards as well as online access to exclusive rehearsal footage, and a personalized digital thank you note signed by :pushing progress faculty.
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You will receive all lower level rewards as well as a personalized phone call and prime seating at the Showcase once we receive your ticket reservation.
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You will receive all lower level rewards as well as a :pushing progress DVD and an invitation to one of our rehearsals.
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You will receive all lower level rewards as well as 2 complementary tickets to the Showcase.
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You will receive all of the lower level rewards as well as a private question and answer session with our esteemed faculty.
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You will receive all of the lower level rewards as well as an additional 2 tickets to the Showcase and an invitation to join us at an exclusive post show dinner.
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You will receive all of the above and a full scholarship to the :pushing progress Summer Intensive.
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