Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Friday, May 19 at 8 PM
Viginia Arts Festival
Peebles Theatre, Ferguson Center for the Arts
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

Lula Washington’s choreography has been seen in films including Avatar and The Little Mermaid, but perhaps this indefatigable choreographer’s greatest gift to the future lies in the hearts and minds of the more than 45,000 South Central Los Angeles children who have found inspiration in her dance school. Her dances, which are rooted in the African-American experience, are joined in the company’s repertoire by works from Donald McKayle, Christopher Huggins, Donald Byrd and Rennie Harris. See dance distinguished by power, grace, and “a sure theatricality that is captivating” (The New York Times). 

Bindlestiff Familiy Cirkus

Saturday, May 27 at 7 PM
The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has traveled the world, bringing its unique hybrid of vaudeville, circus, burlesque, and sideshow to theaters, clubs, colleges and festivals, adding a contemporary twist to the grand traditions of American Circus. 

Chicago Tap Theatre

June 30 - July 16
Stage 773 - 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL

Chicago Tap Theatre is excited to re-imagine one of their most acclaimed story shows, Changes, for Chicago audiences. From the creative team behind Time Steps (chosen as a top dance event of 2016 by the Chicago Sun Times, Dance Magazine, and See Chicago Dance) comes this science fiction tale of aliens, fame-hungry despots and the power of Bowie featuring all-new arrangements by Kurt Schweitz and tap dance by Chicago Tap Theatre. In Changes, Poetry Slam creator Marc Kelly Smith develops an all new narrative of a lonely spaceship operator regaling his on-board computer with a tale of a planet inhabited by peace-loving aliens, and the events that unfold when they encounter both a power-hungry species from another world and a potential hero with his trusty sidekick.

Spring Preview Opportunities

APAP 2018

Americas Hall I, Booth TBD

Dance Showcase at APAP 2018

New York City Center - 130 W. 56th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - City Center Studio 5
Artists and Schedule To Be Announced

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - City Center Studio 4
Artists and Schedule To Be Announced

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APAP 2017 Showcasing Companies


Chicago Tap Theatre

Under the dynamic direction of internationally renowned dancer Mark Yonally, Chicago Tap Theatre sets out to preserve the quintessential American dance form of tap, while taking tap dance to the next level of creativity and innovation. The company tours with live music and performs original choreography, along with the works of Buster Brown, Eddie Brown, Bill Evens and classic tap pieces such as the BS Chorus and the Shim Sham.

"The troupe's goal is to tell stories through the meticulous use of tap techniques, turning the beats generated by their tap shoes into something akin to the conversations between characters." --Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun Times

Named Best New Production 2016 in Dance Magazine for Time Steps    
Named one of the Best Dance of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune for We Will Tap You!

Darrah Carr Dance

Bessie award-nominated Darrah Carr Dance unites with "Irish-American Jazz Powerhouse" (Irish CentralTara O'Grady and her Black Velvet Band for Celtic Jazz Tryst-a delightful fusion of swing dance, tap rhythms, and Irish dance steps set to OGrady's jaunty sound spanning Celtic, folk, funk, blues, jazz, and swing. The exuberant show features a cast of championship Irish dancers including Trent Kowalik, the original star of Broadway's Billy Elliot, and Timothy Kochka, two-time winner of the Word Irish Dancing Championships and seven-year member of Riverdance. As a special highlight of the full program, guest choreographer Seán Curran evokes the romance and charm of the Big Band Era with his whimsical piece On the Six.

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater is a world class Spanish dance company under the dynamic leadership of Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus Dame Libby Komaiko and Artistic Director Irma Suarez Ruiz. Original Spanish classical ballets, folkloric suites and Flamenco dramas, more than 125 works have been created especially for the company. New works are presented along with revivals of international 20th century masterpieces.

"Critic's Choice....undeniable sensuality....I thought my heart would fly out of my chest when the six dancers performed Timo Lozano's RITMOS DEL FLAMENCO" --Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader 

James Sewell Ballet

An exquisite chamber-sized contemporary ballet company, James Sewell Ballet offers a dynamic artistic vision that challenges audiences to expand their notion of ballet. Anna Kisselgoff of THE NEW YORK TIMES wrote, "Mr. Sewell of American ballet's most inventive choreographers...Different and unpredictable, this is the company to see."

In this year's showcase, James Sewell Ballet partners with McKnight International Choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar of Israel to present Eyal and Behar's work KILLER PIG, a work that demonstrates a choreographic language that is both full of passion and amazingly delicate, and presented with intense honesty and uncompromising physicality. "The cumulative energy left me exhilarated..." praised a reviewer for BACHTRACK. 

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Celebrating 37 years as a dance powerhouse, Lula Washington Dance Theatre is one of the most admired African-American contemporary dance companies in the country. Innovative and provocative, Lula Washington uses dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture.  

In New York, the company will showcase Lula Washington's new work in progress, OPEN YOUR EYES, set to the music of Earth, Wind & Fire, an upbeat, idealistic and fun-filled dance; Tamica Washington Miller' s SNOWY DAY, a new family work based on the books of Ezra Jackson Keats; the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. solo, an excerpt from THE MOVEMENT; and GLOBAL VILLAGE set to the Afro-beat music of Nigeria's Fela Kuti.