BWW Interview: Dante Brown and the DB/WD WORKSHOP

BWW Interview: Dante Brown and the DB/WD WORKSHOP

Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance (DB/WD) will be hosting its first annual workshop May 19-21, 2017 at the Gowanus Loft in Brooklyn, NY. Over the course of three days, professional artists (ages 18 and over) will be able to interact with a range of choreographers who are leaders in the dance community, making provocative work. The artists will lead a workshop based on their choreographic interests as well as share excerpts of their work in an evening performance. Partial proceeds from the program will be donated to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance (DB/WD) is a collaborative space where movement artists aim to generate compelling thematic environments within a process of physical and theoretical inquiry. Through investigating theatrical moments from a given theme and their respective emotive counterparts, the goal is to produce work that is approachable and physically innovative.

I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Dante Brown regarding the DB/WD workshop:

Q: What is the DB/WD workshop?

A: The DB/WD workshop is a time and place where dancers can meet and have access to other dancers. It's a platform to allow for intimate interactions with dancers and choreographers to make and create dance in a way that is accessible and affordable. It is also a way to bring the dance community together and share our unique voices.

Q: How did the idea of the workshop come about?

A: The idea came about out of the challenges of being a dancer in NYC. The dance community here is so big and there is a lot of competition. It is very easy to get frustrated and quit. I wanted to create a community using dance. I wanted to re-think what community is and develop a way to help and support dancers. We as dancers seem to lack access to other dancers and it is important to connect with each other.

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Caryn Cooper Caryn Cooper is an arts administrator, educator and performer. She began her dance training at a young age studying ballet in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) technique for eight years and has trained in other dance forms such as tap, jazz, hip hop and West African where she has had the opportunity to perform at various venues in the Greater New York City Area including, The Wild Project, Frederick Loewe Theatre, 92 Y, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and Radio City Music Hall. Administratively, she has worked for a number of arts organizations including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico and the New York City Center. She is currently pursuing her certification to become a Moving for Life instructor under the direction of Dr. Martha Eddy using dance to help breast cancer recovery patients and those with physical disabilities. Caryn holds a BFA in Arts Management from LIU Post, a MA in Dance Education from NYU, and is a member of the dance/NYC Junior Committee.