Dancing People Company (DPC) is Ashland, Oregon's cherished dance company. It is the only professional full-time modern dance group in all of Southern Oregon, so the honor and responsibility of providing first-rate dance performances all year long for our community is significant. Founded in 1994 by artistic director and choreographer Robin Stiehm, Dancing People Company is dedicated to presenting high quality, innovative modern dance that appeals to a wide variety of audiences. Originally based in Minneapolis, the company relocated to Ashland in 2003. The five artists of DPC perform the director‚Äôs witty, evocative and entertaining contemporary choreography. Combining fluid movement with strong structure and beautiful partnering, DPC‚Äôs work speaks volumes about the human condition.
DPC has performed at prominent venues around the world, including the Mussorgsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia; the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Poland; the Aichi Auditorium in Japan; and the International Festival of Modern Choreography in Belarus, plus performances throughout Minnesota and Oregon. In the summer of 2012, the company will once again be performing in Russia at the OPEN LOOK International Dance Festival. DPC is proud to represent Southern Oregon and the U.S. at this festival of international dance artists.
There are many places in town where you can see the professional performances of this amazing company. DPC performs at their spring Salon Series; the OSF Green Show; summer‚Äôs Dance in the Park, a free event at the Butler Band Shell; and other special performances around town. In addition to professional performances, DPC creates community-based workshops and performance pieces that empower through movement and creativity. In Ashland, this includes the Winter Solstice celebration, ‚ÄúCall Back The Sun‚ÄĚ. In other areas in the Rogue Valley, DPC teaches, creates and interacts with a variety of community groups, including K-12, college students, seniors and at-risk populations. DPC has a strong high school program, in which the company spends two weeks at each school teaching, rehearsing and choreographing, then performing with the students at the project‚Äôs culmination. This school year, DPC will work with students in Central Point, Eagle Point, Ashland and Grants Pass.
Dancing People Company offers dance classes at our Ashland studio for community members of all ages, taught by the company‚Äôs professional dancers. DPC offers excellent training in modern dance technique, aerial, Hip Hop, composition, creative movement, ballet, and improvisation to students at all levels. These classes enable students to discover dance as a means of expression and enjoyment. DPC‚Äôs school supports the company‚Äôs most basic belief‚ÄĒthat dance is for everybody.
Throughout the year, especially in the summer, DPC offers camps/workshops for students of all ages and levels. Workshops are offered in Modern Dance, Musical Theatre, Modern African Movement, Contact Improvisation, Aerial, and Hip Hop. These workshops cultivate confidence and self-expression for students of all ages and levels.
DPC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and welcomes contributions of any size. Individual donations, business donations, and grants are the major source of funding for the company. Arts International, the Carpenter Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Kinsman Foundation, the City of Ashland, the Oregon Arts Commission, U.S. Bank, Templeton Foundation, and the Oregon Cultural Trust/Jackson County Cultural Coalition, among many others, have supported the company‚Äôs work.
For information about the company, upcoming performances, classes, workshops, or to make a donation go to www.dancingpeople.com <http://www.dancingpeople.com> or visit the studio, 310 Oak St. #5, Ashland, OR 97520.