Dance at Socrates: Week 1

This August, Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates returns to the Park for its 5th season! Each week, two choreographers will complete respective residencies at the Park. During this time, the public will be able to observe cutting edge dance and movement in the making. Come see these resident choreographers perform their finalized pieces along with other contemporary dancemakers in free public performances on Saturday, Aug 5, 12, and 19 at 4pm.

For the full Dance at Socrates program click here.


July 30 – August 5, 2017: Brandon Collwes & Xoac Contemporary Ballet

August 5, 2017 | 4 – 5:30PM: Brandon Collwes & Xoac Contemporary Ballet with Tiffany Mills Company & Kathryn Alter

Brandon Collwes

Trained at the Pittsburgh CLO in musical theater and jazz dance, at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater when he studied George Balanchine technique, the Creative and Performing Arts High School of Pittsburgh where he started making his own choreography, and the Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase for some college. He became a member of the CDF Repertory Understudy Group in 2003 where he work closely and was trained by Merce Cunningham and Robert Swinston. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in January 2006 where he danced up until the close of the Company in 2011 in the finale Legacy World Tour. He is currently principal dancer of the Liz Gerring Dance Company, Sally Slivers and Dancers and continues to teach dance across the globe while developing and performing his own work. Brandon is also a self taught abstract painter inspired by natural movement and the street working mostly with acrylic paint, canvas and salt. (Photo: Paul Caravaglia)

Xoac Contemporary Ballet

Eryn Renee Young is co-founder and resident choreographer of XAOC Contemporary Ballet, a New York City-based neoclassical ballet company founded in 2010. Her choreographic work has been showcased at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Young Choreographer’s Festival at Symphony Space, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival at the Paramount Theater, the White Wave Dumbo Dance Festival, the Martha Graham Studio Theater, the Counter/Pointe Series presented by Norte Maar, the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition, the Brooklyn Dance Festival, the Choreographer’s Canvas at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, NYC10: an initiative for NYC Dance Week at Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts Center, Steps on Broadway, the Moving Beauty Series, the Algonquin Arts Center, Peridance Capezio Center, the Boston Conservatory, the Bart Leukede Theater at Rider University, and New York University, including a solo choreography show entitled A New Era: Elements of Dance in 2009 and another in the Gallatin Arts Festival in 2012. Awards include 2015 Edward Villella Emerging Choreographers Competition at Rider University, 2015 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant for her ballet outreach program “Project Ignite,” 2014 Eryc Taylor Dance New Choreography Grant, selection as a mentee for the 2013 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training, and selection as a choreographer for the 2013 Women in Dance Series. Ms. Young holds a degree in Contemporary Ballet Choreography and Fine Art from New York University.



Dance at Socrates is presented in partnership with Norte Maar

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