Ben Sanders is one of our newest dancers and we thought we would get his thoughts on his time with DTSBDC as we prepare for our February 7-8 performances at the Kennedy Center.
Why do you love dancing?
Ben: Dance has always been a universal form of communication. I love dancing because no matter who I meet, I can communicate with them through my dancing and that gives me a sense of fulfillment that I cannot get from anything else.
Where did you grow up?
Ben: I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania called New Oxford. It is located about 10 miles East of Gettysburg, PA. I come from a very large family. My dad comes from a family with 16 children and my mom comes from a family with 4 children. My family has always been a huge support system and always encouraged me to do what makes me happy!
What was the first show you danced in for the company and what was that like?
Ben: My first show with the dance company was the premiere of “Revenant Elegy” at the National Gallery of Art. This was such an amazing experience for me and was my first performance with a professional dance company! I was so honored to be dancing with DC’s premier dance company and with the best group of mentors a young dancer could ask for!
What is your favorite part of dancing in the company?
Ben: My favorite part of dancing with the company is being able to learn from such a wonderful group of experienced professionals that are excited to share their knowledge of dance with me!
Are you excited for the Kennedy Center performance in February?
Ben: Yes! I cannot wait for it! The Kennedy Center is a performance venue that I have enjoyed going to ever since I was little. It is such an honor that I get to step on the stage at the Kennedy Center in February and do what I love to do best!
Read George Jackson’s review of DTSBDC’s premier performance of Homage at the National Portrait Gallery.
photo credit: Mary Noble Ours
The Georgetowner featured Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company’s November 16, 2013 performance of a new work Homage choreographed by Dana as part of his year-long as the first-ever choreographer-in-residence at the National Portrait Gallery. Check out the article and performance photos.
BISNOW featured DTSBDC’s reception at Pepco Edison Place Gallery celebrating their residency at the National Portrait Gallery. Have a look! Scroll down to “Dancing the Dream”.
Dana and dancer Ben Sanders talked about the DTSBDC Residency at the National Portrait Gallery and their open rehearsals during an interview on WJLA TV. Check it out!
Check out the Washington Post article about DTSBDC’s residency at the National Portrait Gallery and the current open rehearsals that are taking place as Dana choreographs the new work “Homage” inspired by the “Dancing the Dream” exhibit. Open rehearsals will continue Saturday October 26 and November 2 from 11:30am -3:00pm. The performance will be November 16 at the National Portrait Gallery. Admission is free.
The company held its first open rehearsal this past Saturday at the National Portrait Gallery for Dana’s new work “Homage” based on the museum’s current exhibit “Dancing the Dream”. We had a great turnout with a steady stream of museum-goers stopping to watch the creative process. Open rehearsals will also be held from 11:30am -3:00pm on Saturday October 26 and November 2. “Homage” will be performed in the museum’s Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard on November 16, 2013 at 12:00 noon. Admission is free. Visit the museum website for more information about the performance.
Have a look at a gallery of photos from the rehearsal.
The company will be artists-in-residence at the
Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery through Spring 2014. More open rehearsals will start in March 2014.
Check out the new fall publicity photos and don’t miss our performance November 16, 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC
photo credit: Jeffrey Watts
We want to thank Kay Casstevens, Deputy Chief Development Officer at National Gallery of Art, and her staff for making the premiere of Revenant Elegy at the National Gallery of Art such a success!
Photo credit: Mary Noble Ours
DTSBDC performed at the White House celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month this past May. They were thrilled to be able to pose with the President!