Mason Dance Company Takes to the Stage at Metro D.C. Dance Awards

Posted: October 25, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: October 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm

By Catherine Ferraro

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Metro D.C. Dance Awards, the George Mason University Dance Company shared the stage on Oct. 6 with some of the most talented dancers and choreographers in the area in a night filled with spectacular performances.

Mason was the first university dance company ever to perform at the annual awards ceremony, which took place this year at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Some of the other performances that evening included the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Next Reflex Dance Collective and Urban Artistry.

Dance/MetroDC, a branch office of Dance/USA, the national service organization for nonprofit professional dance, presents annual awards to the best dancers, choreographers, designers and productions throughout the region in the past year.

Reprising their performance from the annual Gala Concert in March 2010 and clad in the Mark Morris Dance Group’s own costumes, the Mason dance students performed “Polka,” the final movement from Mark Morris’ masterpiece “Grand Duo.” The piece is set to Lou Harrison’s duet for violin and piano.

According to Elizabeth Price, director of Mason’s School of Dance, the opportunity to perform at the Metro D.C. Dance Awards arose after Peter DiMuro, director of Dance/MetroDC, visited Mason last year to teach a class and was impressed by the students’ professionalism.

“Having the opportunity to perform with some of the most talented dancers and companies in the area is a sign that we have been embraced as a part of the professional dance community,” says Price.

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