USA/FL - “New Voices" Launches Dance Now Miami's 19th Season in Miami Beach and Kendall (exp 12/9)

by Kimberly Chmura
(Miami, FL, US)

South Florida's leading contemporary dance ensemble, Dance NOW! Miami, entering its 19th year, is expanding its footprint with its "New Voices" initiative by commissioning a work from Jamaica-born and Miami-raised choreographer Christopher Rudd. The world premiere of his work, sponsored by Miami Salon Group and Citizens Interested in Arts, will be featured in the company's first major program of the season, on Saturday, December 1, at Miami Beach's Colony Theatre, with an encore presentation on Sunday, December 9, at the Alper JCC in Kendall.

The program also includes a revival of Dance NOW Artistic Directors Diego Salterini and Hannah Baumgarten's "Random Patterns of Falling Leaves", Salterini's "Melody in Four Parts: Just Traveling", and the world premiere of Baumgarten's "Grace."

"Chris is a perfect fit for Dance Now's Florida-rooted but international-in-scope approach to today's dance world," says Baumgarten. "We are excited about his work, which melds multicultural influences with his own signature style, created specifically for our company's dancers." Mr. Rudd's choreography draws on contemporary ballet, modern dance, and aerial approaches. He trained at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and is a graduate of Miami's own New World School of the Arts. He has gone on to perform with and choreographed for many leading groups, including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, the Elizabeth Streb company, and Cirque du Soleil, and is the director his New York-based ensemble, RudduR Dance.

"Random Patterns of Falling Leaves" is Salterini and Baumgarten's critically acclaimed homage to autumn,
its revival timed for the ending of fall with its early December dates. Salterini's "Melody in Four Parts: Just Traveling" is a metaphysical journey from birth to death and the beyond, created after the passing of his mother, with an original score by Ohio composer Jenny Bernard Merkowitz and text from Seattle-based poet Janée Baugher. The world premiere of "Grace," choreographed by Baumgarten, will tell the story of her Biblical namesake Hannah, bringing a Jewish and female perspective to the performance.

Tickets for the Saturday, December 1 Colony Theatre evening are $35 general admission, and $15 students (at the box office in-person only). Regular price tickets can be purchased in advance online at and in-person for all tickets at the theater box office, 1040 Lincoln Road, in Miami Beach.

Tickets for the Sunday, December 9 Alper JCC encore afternoon are $25 general admission, and $20 JCC members and $15 students (at the box office in-person only). Regular price tickets can be purchased in advance online at and in-person for all tickets at the JCC box office, 11155 SW 112th Ave, in Kendall.

Both venues are fully wheelchair accessible, with nearby parking. For group sales of ten or more, and for more information, and to request materials in accessible format, or any disability accommodation, visit or contact Dance NOW! at (305) 975-8489 and [email protected]

FOR MORE INFO: or (305) 975-8489 or [email protected]

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