Maya Angelou’s Children’s Poetry Comes to Life

Dance Place hosts a contemporary double-bill from Light Switch Dance Theater and special guests Next Reflex Dance Collective.

Light Switch Dance Theatre‘s Nest uses contemporary dance, visual art, music and film to investigate the concepts of home for those without one. 

Special guests Next Reflex Dance Collective perform Jump In inspired by Maya Angelou’s book of children’s poetry Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, with original music by Nate Masters.

About the Program

Nest uses contemporary dance, visual art, music, and film to investigate the concepts of a nest (home) for those without one. Nest explores the challenges, achievements and aspirations of current and former members of the homeless community. Those without a “nest” we ask: How was it lost? Was it ever there? How hard has is it to obtain a “nest” when you don’t currently have one? What are essentials in our nest for survival in the greater community? Nest asks those who have; What are you willing to do in your community to help those who don’t have a nest? In exploring these questions the exhibition/performance illustrates that every human deserves and needs a home.

Jump In is a culturally rich and diverse dance work that nurtures a broad audience with original music composed by Nate Masters. High impact dancing toys with grey areas of experience that keep us from confronting our fears head on.

About the Companies

Light Switch Dance Theatre (est. June 2013) is a sites-specific project-based company dedicated to multi-disciplinary performances in non-traditional spaces. Sandra C. Atkinson, MA (Founder/Artistic Director) creates socially conscious art driven by today’s social issues. LSDT strives to make every space an interactive artistic place.

Next Reflex Dance Collective is an award winning modern dance company based in Northern Virginia, founded by Roxann Morgan Rowley and Erika Surma in 2007. Its

mission is to create art collaboratively with artists of all disciplines and to support the creation of experimental dance work.

About Dance Place

Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in the development of our Brookland / Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC.

WHAT: Light Switch Dance Theatre & Next Reflex Dance Collective

WHEN: Saturday, June 25 at 8pm and Sunday, June 26 at 2pm 

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017. Metro: Brookland-CUA (Red Line)

TICKETS: $15 – $30. Book online at or call 202.269.1600 

For more information visit or call 202.269.1600

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