WonderRoot, an arts organization geared toward positive social change, has teamed with dancer/facilitator Sean Hilton (who has performed with gloATLand Atlanta Ballet to launch Dance Chance Atlanta, a monthly hourlong movement arts showcase modeled after a popular Chicago initiative.

The sessions are designed to expand the vision and reach of dance while uniting artists from different disciplines. Think “open mic” for the movement arts. The first creative showcase is 7:30 p.m. March 2 in Studio 1 of Atlanta Ballet’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre. The sessions will continue on the first Saturday of every month.

Being a professional mover or shaker is welcomed but not required. First-timers or artists specializing in other mediums with a desire to experiment through dance are encouraged to throw their name and contact information into a bowl on the evening of the showcase. Three names and an alternate are drawn, and each artist has a month to create up to 15 minutes of choreography for the following month’s Dance Chance.

A different moderator will lead a talkback with each session and offer a personal perspective. Atlanta dancer/choreographer/teaching artist Nicole Liveratos is moderating the first showcase.

Comments or questions should go to facilitator Sean Hilton at seananthonyhilton@gmail.com.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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