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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Washington, DC - Dance/MetroDC's confluence of all that is dance-tastic in the DC metro-region is called Dance Is The Answer. Dance Is The Answer is a collective effort on the part of the region’s dance companies and artists to collaborate in their offerings of affordable dance experiences during the country’s designated National Dance Week in April and coordinated by Dance/MetroDC, the region’s sole dance-specific non-profit service organization. This year, it includes two and a half weeks of dance-related activities in DC, Maryland and Virginia, including an opening dance party on April 15th, called “Dance Your Taxes Off”. So file your taxes and join in tax-free celebration afterwards!

You can continue on your dance-centric experience through May 2nd: there will be Flash Mob dances (you’ve seen them on You-Tube), with dozens of people erupting into unison movement in public places, along with classes, workshops, performances, lectures, open rehearsals and more, at various venues throughout the Metro DC area, all leading up to a smashing closing event celebrating dance all over the city. Look for Living Legacy Chats with renowned dance artists of today, yesterday and tomorrow; there’ll be Tango, Bollywood, Hip-Hop lessons and more; and the introduction of a new website for Dance/MetroDC that will give you more on dance now and throughout the year.

If Dance Is The Answer, you might be asking yourself, “What is the question?” According to Peter DiMuro, director of Dance/MetroDC, “We like to think of dance – the experience of moving, the viewing of a performance - as the answer to most of what ails our present-day society. Blue? Take a salsa- or modern or Afro-Cuban class. Bored? Get the family together and observe world class dancers rehearse in the studio. Befuddled? Attend a pre-concert chat and find out what’s beautiful at the ballet, what’s curious about the concert, what’s vibrating on video!!!”

Dance Is The Answer 2010 will inspire you to see dance as your answer to keeping fit, enriching your social life or touching your soul – all at an extreme value, because most events are intentionally low-cost or FREE, and some offer special discounts through DancePass. DancePass offers discounts throughout the entire year by select presenters, artists and theaters. A DancePass can be purchased for $15 through Dance/MetroDC by calling (202) 778-1190 or visiting www.danceistheanswer.org.

For a list of all events and more information about Dance Is The Answer 2010, please visit www.danceistheanswer.org. *Please note events are being added daily and website should be complete by the beginning of March!

Dance/MetroDC serves and engages dance artists, organizations and their audiences with year round promotion, resources, training and collaborative opportunities. Representing the DC Metropolitan Area, including Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in MD and Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the City of Alexandria in VA, Dance/MetroDC is a regional branch of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. More information can be found at www.dancemetrodc.org or by calling (202) 778-1190.

WHAT: Dance Is The Answer 2010
WHEN: April 15 through May 2, 2010
WHERE: Various locations throughout the Metro DC area
HOW MUCH: Some events are FREE; Ticketed performances discounted with DancePass*
INFO: (202) 778-1190 or www.danceistheanswer.org

Partial Listing of Dance Is The Answer 2010 Participants
*Please note more companies, organizations and artists are being added daily!

African Heritage Dancers & Drummers – DC
American Dance Institute – MD
AVADance – MD, DC
BalletNova Center for Dance – VA
Biodanza East Coast USA – MD
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop – DC
Choreographer’s Collaboration Project – VA
CityDance Ensemble – MD, DC
ClancyWorks – MD
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center – MD
Dance Institute of Washington – DC
DancePlace – DC
Deviated Theatre – MD
Dhoonya Dance – VA
Dissonance Dance – DC
Glade Dance Collective – DC
Greenbelt Dance Studio – MD
The Harman Center for the Arts – DC
Jane Franklin Dance – VA
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - DC
Joy of Motion Dance Center – MD, DC
Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre – VA
Kesler Physical Massage & Movement Therapy – MD
Knock On Wood Tap Studio – MD
Kuchipudi Kalanidhi – MD
Maryland Youth Ballet – MD
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy – MD
Montgomery College Dance Program – MD
Next Reflex Dance Collective – VA
PG County Department of Parks & Recreation – MD
Sahara Dance – DC
SAPAN Institute – DC
Step Afrika! - DC
Tango Mercurio – DC
UpRooted Dance – DC
Urban Artistry – MD, DC
The Washington Ballet – DC
Widening the I – MD

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