Direction and Choreography
The production is managed by Tracy Vogt Wardlaw, the director of the Modern Company, and supported faculty members Michele Carter and Brandon Ellis. In addition to the studio faculty, guest artists choreograph, provide instruction to members, and perform in the show. Guests 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 show is performed by current Modern company students, alumni and guests. Principal and Senior Company dancers are given the opportunity to choreograph and direct individual pieces. This experience provides an additional element of development for the students 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 a reception and prize raffle at each performance and the opportunity to talk with members, the choreographers and the director. The performance schedule is as follows: