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This month's featured dance company is near and dear to my heart - the DWH Performance Company. Here's what they are, in their own words:
Dance with Harout Performance Company
“Everyone dances. Everyone has a place.”
Dance with Harout Performance Company is a unique dance ensemble that integrates dancers of all ages and abilities, from all walks of life. Everyone dances and everyone has a place on stage, regardless of age, race, body type, sexual or gender orientation, dance experience or physical limitations. Under the stewardship of founder, artistic director, producer and instructor Harout Aristakessian, the Company has grown exponentially over the last three years, and now comprises more than 30 dancers, aged 22 to 70. While a few have formal dance training, many of the company’s performers have little or no previous dance instruction. Most had never danced in front of an audience before joining the group.
Harout’s unique choreographic voice coalesces stylistic elements from street and lyrical hip hop, burlesque, urban-inspired jazz and Middle Eastern dance traditions. Instead of insisting on rigid adherence to any one form of expression, Harout encourages dancers to infuse each dance move with her or his own spirit and style. This artistic focus on self-expression and self-acceptance (as opposed to physical or aesthetic “perfection”) allows dancers the freedom to explore new emotional, intellectual and physical connections to the music and choreography. Harout has harnessed and forged this artistic diversity into an eclectic repertoire of cohesive works that showcase each dancer’s voice and abilities.
Dance with Harout Performance Company has performed at a variety of venues up and down California’s Central Coast over the past three years. The Company’s Spring Showcase will be the group’s first solo showcase performance.
Harout also teaches a variety of dance classes in Santa Barbara, including hip hop, burlesque and cardio dance. For more information on Harout and Dance with Harout, please go to Facebook/Dance with Harout or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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