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
Nov
10
7:00 pm
Wed
7:00 pm
Nov
10
Dance Barre
 presents

Playing Faves

Motion State Film

Playing Faves

Join us for a film presentation of short experimental dances created specifically for film!

Playing Favorites is a unique cinematic event, showcasing an eclectic collection of dance films, pulled from the first three exciting seasons of the Motion State Dance Film Series.

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.

Wednesday
Mar
02
7:00 pm
Wed
7:00 pm
Mar
2
Dance Barre
 presents

Dance Barre Pilobolus

Play, Collaboration & Community

One woman's journey dancing with Pilobolus

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
 presents

Motion State Film Season 4

Motion State Film

Season 4

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.

Friday
Oct
08
8:00 pm
Fri
8:00 pm
Oct
8
Dance Discovery
 presents

Dorrance Dance

Dorrance Dance

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$39 | $45 | $49

New York City’s Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company and one of the hottest ensembles on the scene.

Their work honors tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history, rooted in Irish step dancing and African American jazz tap dancing, in a new dynamic and compelling context. Not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it rhythmically, technically, and conceptually.

Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, the company engages with audiences on a musical and emotional level, sharing the complex history and powerful legacy of this American art form throughout the country and the world.

They'll perform SOUNDspace, which was originally a site-specific work that explored the unique acoustics of NYC’s St. Mark’s Church through myriad sounds and textures of the feet. The piece has been adapted and continues to explore what is most captivating and exceptional about tap dancing – movement as music.

Wednesday
Jan
12
7:00 pm
Wed
7:00 pm
Jan
12
Dance Discovery
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Tyler Leif & Company

Tyler Leif & Company

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General Admission $25

Join us for an unforgettable evening of joy, laughter and story-telling through dance theatre like you’ve never seen before!  Tyler Leif & Company celebrate The Z’s storied, historic theater space by creating two original site-specific dance pieces that carry as much quirky character as the space itself!  This evening, you can expect (in alphabetical order): ballet, beat-boxing, chaos, dance battles, drinks, flower-y dresses, hip-hop, hugs, human connection, laughter, modern dance, mosquitoes, microphones, water guns, and, of course, the choreographers promise that this is gonna be really, really cool.

In a time where we are starved for connection, don’t miss out on this special performance that weaves the dancers around the audience in a way we never have before.  Come experience this one-night-only performance directed, choreographed and originally scored by Boston-based Tyler Leif Catanella, an artist that creates, facilitates and celebrates artistic and intimate moments of human connection.

Sunday
Mar
20
7:00 pm
Sun
7:00 pm
Mar
20
Dance Discovery
 presents

Pilobolus

Pilobolus

The 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!

Cultural Road trips

Excursions to experience dance beyond New Bedford.

Thursday
Oct
07
6:00 pm
Thu
6:00 pm
Oct
7
Creative Classroom
 presents

Dorrance Dance Master Class

Body Percussion Dance Class

Master Class With Dorrance Dance