Dance Discovery

Deepen your connection to dance! Whether an expert or simply a spectator, engage with fellow dance fans as you experience the art form through a variety of fun and inspiring events.

Dance Barre

Immerse yourself in the world of movement! You’re invited to gather on The Z Stage with friends for a free hour-long experience featuring dance experts, video performances, and beverages. Dance Barre inspires dance lovers, dancers and choreographers, as well as enriches the upcoming mainstage performance.

Wednesday
Mar
02
7:00 pm
Wed
7:00 pm
Mar
2
Dance Barre
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Play, Collaboration & Community

One woman's journey dancing with Pilobolus

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Gather on The Z stage in a café setting to hear dance experts, watch dance, and enjoy a beverage at this complimentary event!

Join us and learn about the international touring company, Pilobolus, through the eyes of former Pilobolus dancer, Mary Ellen Beaudreau.

What’s it like to be a dancer for an international touring company known for “testing the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and the power of connected bodies”? Former Pilobolus dancer Mary Ellen Beaudreau will share her unique perspective - touching on performing, community building, educational outreach.  She’ll approach the evening’s discussion from Pilobolus’ perspective that "everyone can dance" - and maybe invite us to do a few moves of our own!

Wednesday
Mar
30
7:00 pm
Wed
7:00 pm
Mar
30
Dance Barre
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Motion State Film

Season 4

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The fourth season of the Motion State Dance Film Series is on its way!

This celebration of choreography for the camera is the only year-long, traveling short film festival in New England devoted to showcasing the best contemporary creative voices from around the world exploring this dynamic and diverse medium.

Motion State Dance Film Series is the only short film festival in New England devoted to showcasing the diversity of contemporary creative voices exploring the medium of choreography for the camera.

Stage Performances

Acclaimed dance companies from across the country on The Z stage.

Sunday
Mar
20
7:00 pm
Sun
7:00 pm
Mar
20
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Pilobolus

Big Five-Oh!

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$27 | $37 | $47

For its 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobolus questions its own “givens,” turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus –that feisty arts organism– puts the “Oh!” in Big Five-Oh!, and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds. The celebration includes signature works from vintage classics to their trend setting innovative work in shadow!

Friday
Mar
25
8:00 pm
Fri
8:00 pm
Mar
25
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Step Afrika!

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Oct 26

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Oct 29

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Step Afrika!’s signature performance shares the step tradition of audience participation and closes with a complex, polyrhythmic percussive symphony!

Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 60 countries across the globe, and the Company now ranks as one of the top 10 African-American dance companies in the United States. They promote stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding.

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

Saturday
Mar
26
10:00 am
Sat
10:00 am
Mar
26
Dance Discovery
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Step Class with Step Afrika!

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Join us for a free step class with Step Afrika!

Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 60 countries across the globe, and the Company now ranks as one of the top 10 African-American dance companies in the United States. They promote stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding.

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

Classes

Learn salsa, tap and more in The Z’s Creative Classroom, including Master Classes led by mainstage performers! New classes added throughout the year.

New classes added soon!

Cultural Road trips

Excursions to experience dance beyond New Bedford.

Sat
10:00 am
Mar
26
Dance Discovery
 presents

Step Class with Step Afrika!

Step Class with Step Afrika!