The mission of Moving Forward/DTSBDC is to create and perform new modern dance choreographies that sensitively illuminate our multi-faceted American landscape. DTSBDC’s repertory focuses on identity in the context of historical events and personal stories, thereby bridging cultures and connecting shared human experiences. Through performance, touring and educational programming, the company engages the community in Washington, DC and the world at large.
As the company’s home for the past 20 years, DTSBDC celebrated its last season as the leading modern dance company of the Washington, DC region and was recognized internationally for its many touring programs for the State Department. DTSBDC. was named number one “2012 Best of Dance” by the Washington Post last month. In September 2012 Sarah Kaufman, Pulitzer Prize winning arts journalist, said that the company is “not only a DC gem but a national dance treasure”. The company was also just named the new company in residence for the National Portrait Gallery in 2013-2014 to create new works around the “Dancing the Dream” exhibit. The first comprehensive dance exhibit of the Smithsonian focuses on American creativity through dance. Burgess’ photo will be on display next to Mark Morris, Judith Jamison and Robert Fosse in the “American Masters” gallery. Burgess’ new works created through research at the National Portrait Gallery will premiere in their Kogod Courtyard and then move to the Kennedy Center in 2014 under the direct invitation of Michael Kaiser. Please note that 2013 is a critical artistic year of growth and momentum, both artistically and administratively. DTSBDC has a long history of artistic contributions in the District of Columbia including ongoing dialogues and partnerships with the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA), the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), DC Public Schools, the School Without Walls, Georgetown Day Upper and Lower Schools, George Washington University and the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American program to name a few. The company has performed in venues throughout DC including the Atlas, the Chinatown Cultural Center, School Without Walls, Georgetown Day School, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Dance Place, Lincoln Theater, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, Lisner Auditorium, the Kennedy Center and the Asian American Student Unions of Georgetown and George Washington Universities among others. Its vibrant youth programs are all focused on identity expression through dance and video art. The company oversees the Episcopal High School Dance Program, runs a successful Summer Dance Intensive at Georgetown Day and partners year round with School Without Walls to serve Asian-American students in a unique after school program of hula, modern dance, video design and field-trips to major museums and theatre and dance performances. Furthermore, the company provides free dress rehearsals to over 600 DC Public School high school students each season.
Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess launched Moving Forward/DTSBDC as a non-profit modern dance company in 1992, and the company just completed its highly acclaimed 20th Anniversary Season. It was named the “#1 Best in Dance” by the Washington Post. Earlier in the season the company was called “not only a DC gem, but a national treasure” by Sarah Kaufman, Pulitzer Prize Winner, in the Washington Post. The company is the Washington, D.C. region’s leading contemporary dance company and is now the oldest modern dance company in the city that has stayed consistently running, supporting dancers year long. The company is acclaimed nationally and internationally as well. It has been the subject of multiple feature stories in numerous American and international outlets, including The Hindu (India), El Comercio (Peru), The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Washington Post Magazine, among others, for its critically acclaimed work. The company has been covered by the National Geographic Channel, Mongolian National TV, Mexican National TV, and Voice of America, to name a few. It has been a US State Department Cultural Ambassador for over 15 years. DTSBDC was awarded the Mayor’s Arts Award for Artistic Excellence in 2005, has received 5 Mayorial Proclamations and is the recipient of 9 Metro D.C. Dance Awards. The company has toured extensively both nationally internationally, and is a major international cultural envoy for the US State Department, having completed over 20 international tours.
DTSBDC is ethnically and culturally diverse, with dancers from six countries, including Ecuador, Chile, Korea, Japan, Peru and the USA, who have language fluency in six languages: Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and English.