Afriky Lolo, founded and led by Diádié Bathily, is a West African dance non-profit corporation that is committed to bringing West African dance and culture to the St. Louis, Missouri, community through teaching and performing. Diádié Bathily formed Afriky Lolo in 2003, and became a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in 2007. The Company has 75 dancers — ranging in age from 6 to over 60 and 8 drummers. Afriky Lolo, meaning African Star, performs traditional West African dance at community events throughout the year. The Company’s annual performance is its largest event.
Afriky Lolo performances are choreographed, staged, costumed and directed by Diádié Bathily. These performances reflect the rich culture of West Africa, and each dance performed by Afriky Lolo is enhanced by traditional West African costumes.
Afriky Lolo continues to grow its public recognition, its teaching opportunities and its performance opportunities.
A safe space to dance barefoot, microphone, private dressing area, need at least an hour in advance to set up and prepare.
Beyond the Circle dancers is a cultural exchange through Native American song and dance based out of Springfield MO. They represent the Navajo, Ottawa, Ojiwe, Apache, Lakota, and Cherokee tribes. They have performed and powwowed all over the United States sharing their heritage and culture through traditional song and dance.
A PA system with 2 microphones, and an area large enough to dance.
Samba Bom is a Midwest-based music and dance ensemble that plays authentic Brazilian music at schools, night clubs, wineries, festivals, and private events.
The group plays a unique mix of Brazilian popular music styles, including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forro, Chorinho, among others the Batucada is an exciting, all-percussive jam session that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group - just like Carnaval festivities in Rio de Janeiro.
We also can provide workshops and residencies in Brazilian percussion, dance and/or Brazilian culture. Additional musicians and Brazilian dancers with authentic costumes can be added to the performances to transform your event with a taste of tropical Brazil.
For live music shows: Preferably a stage and a PA sound system. Upon request, the group can provide the sound system.
For Brazilian percussion workshops: A room that will allow loud drums.
For Brazilian dance workshops: Preferably a room with a dance floor.
City in Motion Dance Theater has been part of the cultural fabric of Kansas City since 1985. City in Motion Dance Theater is a professional dance company, a school of dance and a presenter of dance. Its mission is to foster the development of high-quality contemporary dance programming and expand the dance audience in the Kansas City metropolitan region. City in Motion is comprised of eight professionally trained dancers and directed by three co-artistic directors, Andrea Skowronek, Penelope Hearne and Stephanie Whittler. The company has a balanced combination of high quality technique and artistically driven choreography. City in Motion strives to ensure that dance concerts demonstrate a wide range of themes from comedies to abstract commentaries on social, political, and human reflections. The movement varies from high energy physicality to soft fluid dynamics that suspend, release and travel across the stage in smooth spatial patterns. The tour brings sixty minutes of dance using eight dancers performing new works and repertoire pieces. The tour series shows eight contemporary pieces. They can also offer workshops in creative movement, modern, improvisation and ballet for teens and adults.
Established in 1979, El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco has garnered a reputation as one of the best Mexican folk dance companies in the U.S. The Asociacion Nacional de Grupos Folklorico has named this troupe the Premiere Mexican Folk Dance Company in the U.S. No other U.S. folklorico dance company has been awarded this honor to date. El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco fills the stage with an exuberant array of the regional dances and music of Mexico, performing nationally and internationally. “We want to perform. We have such an abundance of our folklore, and would love to share our culture and traditions with everyone.”
PA system, tape playback, dressing room near the performance space, non-carpeted dance floor, CD player
Grupo Atlántico is an ensemble of folk dancers whose purpose is to share the rich tri-ethnic heritage (African, Indian and Spanish roots) of the Caribbean and coastal regions of Colombia, South America. Select from solo presentations, group performances or educational workshops. All these programs include examples of different music, rhythms and percussive instruments. The symbolism of costumes, dance steps and body movements are explained in cultural and ceremonial contexts, with the use of live music, posters, slides, and videotapes. These joyous, earthy dance traditions of Latin America offer exciting glimpses of authentic Colombian Carnival, Native American customs, African and Spanish artistic influences in the New World.
Will be provided according to kind of program requested.
We are an authentic, traditional Polynesian dance troupe. We do luau shows with CDs or a live band covering the South Pacific islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand in full, 1-hour authentic show. A fire/knife dancer and drummers can be added when possible. Audience participation is encouraged as we teach hula or Tahitian style movements. Our performance history includes the Festival of Nations for 10 years and Dancing in the Streets at Grand Center for 5 years. In some presentations, we can teach language and history. We wear the right costumes required for each island culture of the South Pacific. WE BRING THE SPIRIT OF ALOHA to all audiences!
Electricity hook-ups, parking, private dressing area, beverages (water)
Kacico Dance has been voraciously creating and presenting fresh, exciting, contemporary dance since 2005. They have developed a wide variety of programs for different audiences and venues. The professional, nonprofit company’s mission is to raise the level of contemporary modern dance in the Midwest to new heights, to be a pillar of artistic excellence and innovation for the region, and to help audiences appreciate and enjoy this exquisite dance form. Kacico Dance is comprised of 7 professionally trained dancers and is under the Co-Artistic Direction of Allison McKinzie, Holly Noel Harmison, and Maggie Osgood Nicholls. Kacico Dance is available for workshops/lecture demonstrations, master classes, informal and/or improvisational performances in non-traditional performance settings, formal theatre concerts, and residencies.
Available on request
Kansas City Ballet offers exceptional quality and a wide variety of repertory from renowned classics to exciting contemporary ballets. The company has a strong tradition of excellence, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007-08 with prestigious invitations to perform at New York’s Joyce Theater and Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America festival. The Village Voice calls Kansas City Ballet, “… a sleek little company with a strong repertory and 26 excellent dancers,” and the New York Post writes “… it's a lively, stylish company, and we would welcome a return visit.” Kansas City Ballet’s home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, in conjunction with their stage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is poised to make Kansas City AND Kansas City Ballet a true destination for dance. Devon Carney became Kansas City Ballet’s artistic director in July 2013. Please contact the company for current touring repertoire. Each booking includes community outreach, education activities, master classes, and lecture/demos that may be tailored for presenter needs.
Available on request
Marimba Sol de Chiapas marimba band has been sharing the magical music of the Mexican Marimba with audiences of all ages in a variety of local, national, and international venues for more than 30 years. Sol is committed to the authentic performance practice and spirit of the marimba heard throughout Mesoamerica, including regional folkloric and popular music from Mexico, Guatemala, and other Latin American traditions. Musical offerings include concert performances and festival appearances, and Sol's mesmerizing "Passport to Fiesta!: A Festival of Traditional Mexican Music and Dance" is a collaborative celebration of the captivating world of Mexican folkloric music and dance. Dedicated to community as well as art, Sol is proud to offer bilingual (Spanish/English) arts education programming, master classes, lecture/workshops, and residencies, and Sol is School Touring Qualified under the auspices of Kansas City Young Audiences (see separate listing).
A minimum (approximately) 15' wide by 8' deep, level hard-surfaced space with appropriate lighting and access for wide instruments. Please contact for set-up, sound support and technical needs.
Missouri Contemporary Ballet is a professional dance company that creates exciting, edgy, hip entertaining performances to communicate to audiences of all ages through live dance programs of the highest quality. They provide educational and outreach performances to schools, retirement homes, and organizations throughout Missouri. MCB is one of a small number of companies in the US that is exploring the relatively new genre of dance, contemporary ballet, which blends classical training in ballet with modern and jazz movement.
Proper lighting, sound equipment, sprung wood floor with Marley surface (other surfaces require approval), lighting pre-hang provided in advance.
MADCO provides community inspired, innovative dance experiences through collaborations that provide a pathway for self- discovery, social connections and excellent entertainment for audience members, students, teachers, presenters and corporate clients. The company is proud to be the Professional Dance Company in Residence at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri- St. Louis where it reaches 30,000 people annually. MADCO was described in International Dance Magazine as “an army of terrific dancers with high energy, flat- out physicality and exacting discipline, while never forgetting the entertainment value.” MADCO suggests pairing education & outreach programming with any performance to create a lasting impact on your community. You can find more information at www.madcodance.com.
Accommodations within reason can be made by contacting the Company Manger Emiliee Morton at 314.681.4923.
From collisions of comic absurdity to unexpected revelations of beauty, Owen/Cox Dance Group surprises and delights audiences with its free-spirited mix of the classic and contemporary. Based in the historic jazz-town of Kansas City, the group is comprised of diverse yet close-knit group of dancers and musicians with extensive national and international performing experience. With backgrounds ranging from the Bolshoi Ballet and the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, to Alvin Ailey and Dave Brubeck, these dancers and musicians form a highly skilled and multi-faceted corps. The collaborative results speak for themselves: fresh and vibrant new works that are classical in form, but contemporary in expression.
Marley floor, stage minimum 34' x 18', lighting optional, sound reinforcement depending on venue, 2 dressing rooms, minimum set-up time 6 hours.
Prasanna & Seema's group are specialized in Indian classical music and dance. We normally perform classical dances such as - Bharathanatyam (from South India), Kathak (from North India), Indian folk dances. Our music is a classical Indian music called Carnatic. We are also experimenting with Indian dance and music with western music to create the "Raga Experiment" and "Natya Experiment". Our main aim is to entertain and also educate.
Wooden Stage, 25'-32', lighting optional, audio system required, set up time a minimum of six hours.
Preston Tonepahote is a multi-talented Kiowa storyteller, orator, and traditional dancer. As a solo storyteller, he shares Native American animal tales, creation myths, and legends along with historic accounts and personal experiences. As a member of the intertribal Eagle Talon Brotherhood, Tonepahote introduces dancers and drummers from a number of tribal backgrounds. Select from a solo performance, small group presentation, or large group dance including 20 dancers and a drum. Tonepahote and the Eagle Talon Brotherhood perform at festivals, evening concerts, and schools. With the goal of enhancing cultural awareness, Preston Tonepahote shares his knowledge of Native American traditions in a number of formats.
A perennial favorite, St. Louis Irish Arts boasts award-winning step dancers, and traditional musicians, all committed to sharing their skills with students and audiences of all ages. They have produced Four CDs, featuring arrangements by master fiddler Niall Gannon and World Champion harpist Eileen Gannon who won the 2004 Irish World Cup Title. The company performs at festivals and teaches school workshops in tin whistle, Irish fiddle, bodhran, harp, and step dance. Select from a solo, small group, large group, or cross-cultural presentation. Master Irish accordionist, “We do what makes us happy and that is to play our music and do our dancing and pass on the tradition.”
Saint Louis Ballet is nationally recognized for its high artistic caliber. Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi is a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and an internationally acclaimed choreographer. Saint Louis Ballet is a classically trained company of twenty-four international artists with a diverse repertoire ranging from great full-length ballets, such as Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the annual holiday classic The Nutcracker to contemporary works by renowned choreographers George Balanchine, Christopher d’Amboise, Jessica Lang and Michael Uthoff. Saint Louis Ballet is a partner organization with the Blance M. Touhill Performing Arts Center and implements quality dance education programs for young people. Master classes by Horiuchi and company members are also available. Please contact the company for current touring repertoire.
Available on request.
St. Louis Dancing Classrooms (SLDC) is an in-school social and emotional learning program that cultivates essential life skills in fifth grade students through the practice of ballroom dance. SLDC Teaching Artists model, instruct, and guide students in developing important skills and behaviors including civility, respect, teamwork, and self-discipline whilst teaching the basic steps of six different ballroom dances. SLDC residencies consist of 20 lessons, occurring twice a week for 45 minutes each, spanning approximately 10 weeks. All lessons take place during the school day. Each residency culminates with an in-school performance. Additionally, all participating schools have the opportunity to attend and compete in our Fall and Spring Semester Qualifying Event Competitions. Finalists from these competitions move on to compete at the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match Championship held each May.
A clean, well-lit space with optimum dimensions of 30' x 40' cleared of all desks, chairs and objects
Tamara introduces her audiences to the sunny land of Spain. Her educational, interactive program combines dance, music, video and images. The rhythm of Spanish music carries the participants through a presentation filled with Spanish language, castanets, fancy heelwork and hand clapping. Tamara has been a faculty member of the Kansas City Ballet School since 2008. Dance workshops include basic foot patterns, steps and postures executed in the traditional flamenco style. Suitable for schools, colleges and community groups.
Available on request
Program Description: The Big Muddy Dance Company is a St. Louis based repertory dance company that seeks to build a love of dance by providing fun, experiential, and highly entertaining performances while training and developing talent for the future. By engaging emerging and renowned choreographers, we continue to intrigue audiences. We aim to invigorate life through dance by collaborating across the community through outreach. Their 2012-2013 season repertoire includes: “Wash” an original work by Brandon DiCriscio (former dancer with River North Dance Chicago). “The ‘40s” a technical swing number choreographed by Lou Conte (founder of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago). “Group Therapy” choreographed by Harrison McEldowney. Originally set on Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, this work has 8 dancers that take the audience on their comedic journey through couples’ therapy. “Utilize This!” an original work choreographed by Jessica Taylor, artistic director of DAMAGEDANCE company of New York. “Punctuations” choreographed by Sam Watson, professor of dance at the University of Arizona. “A Fragile Heaviness” an original work by, up & coming St Louis choreographer, Kameron Saunders. “Syrup & Honey” a sultry solo choreographed by Marc Wayne of Kansas City, MO. “The Band” an installation work by gloATL director Lauri Stallings of Atlanta, GA. “The Beat”, a contemporary ballet piece by Antonio Douthit and Kirven Boyd, dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. New upcoming works will include “Frankie and Johnnie” and “Dance Sport” by Harrison McEldowney, a tango work by Michael Uthoff, and new works by Sam Watson, Dustin Crumbaugh, Geoffrey Alexander, and Thom Dancy. The Big Muddy Dance Company – Invigorating Life Through Dance!
Please call for details!
The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company has been hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the most exciting, captivating dance troupes in the Midwest. Dance Magazine, in fact, has spotlighted Wylliams/Henry in their critic’s choice issue of favorite picks across America. Works by internationally acclaimed choreographers, such as David Parsons, Dwight Rhoden, Donald McKayle and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, as well as classics by some of the 20th century’s greatest masters, such as Jose Limon, Hanya Holm and Doris Humphrey, are presented by the Company in each of its seasons. Performances are given in both conventional and non-traditional spaces -- often in partnership with community organiza¬tions -- to introduce contemporary dance to new audiences. Wylliams/Henry connects with a broad spectrum of individuals in both urban and rural communities, while presenting the most powerful and uplifting works from the rich archive of American modern dance.