Direction and Choreography
The MoCo spring production is managed by Gia Mongell Binner, the director of the Movement Collective (formerly the Modern Company), and supported by TYSOD instructors Akeem Edwards and Jenna Werner. Past guest choreographers for the spring MoCo show have included Ricky Davis, an Atlanta-based dancer with the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company; Lara Davis, an instructor with the Academy of Ballet in Peachtree Corners, member of the Georgia Ballet, and choreographer of the award-winning film, “Capriole”; Jessie Kaplan, instructor at En Pointe Studios in Atlanta and dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruises; and Cameron Birts, a dancer with Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance and graduate of University of the Arts Philadelphia.
The spring show gives MoCo students the opportunity to experience stage performing that is similar to that of professional commercial dancers. It also provides an additional element of development for MoCo dancers to understand both creative and leadership aspects of a public performance.
Two performances are presented back to back on one Sunday in April. At the intermission of each performance, audience members are invited to learn and perform a brief dance based on Modern technique. This interactive part of the event is meaningful for the guests and the dancers. There is also time to talk with members, choreographers, and the directors. The performance schedule is as follows: