Amateurs Dance with Professionals in a New Show

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Eight-year-old Keiara Muhammad, center, warms up at BRIC Arts Media House. She's one of 30 non-professional dancers performing in "On Earth Together." (Tracie Hunte)

It takes years of training to become a professional dancer. But one choreographer in Brooklyn is challenging that idea. 

On Earth Together, a new production by Ronald K. Brown’s dance company Evidence, will feature non-professional and company dancers throughout its two-week run.

Brown said he frequently uses amateur dancers to bring "genuine, unbridled passion" to his shows.

“Dance belongs to everybody,” Brown said. “I teach the professionals and the college level, but basically I want a class where everyone is there. And so I just want everyone to understand they can dance.”

The show opened Friday at the BRIC Arts Media House in Downtown Brooklyn and runs through November 24.

To listen to the full piece, click on the audio link.


Dancers in "On Earth Together."

Dancers in On Earth Together.


Gisele Regatao


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