Washington Ballet Faculty Member Stuart Loungway to be Presented at Dance Place

Washington Ballet faculty member, Stuart Loungway has been selected by an independent panel to be presented by Dance Metro DC at Dance Place (3225 8th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20011) on September 17 & 18, 2016. Loungway’s selection is part of Dance Metro DC’s 2016 Presentation Grant award that covers all production costs and provides a guaranteed competitive artist fee for the presentation.

Stuart Loungway will be presented at Dance Place on September 17 & 18, 2016 For tickets please visit http://danceplace.org

Dance Metro DC will present three of Loungway’s works: Mockingbird, a contemporary ballet that explores themes of love, loss and redemption; Stagioni, a modern day “Four Seasons” is vibrant, fast-paced and dynamic in its physicality; and Chamber Duet, an intimate unfolding of a contemporary ballet duet.

About Dance Metro DC’s 2016 Presentation Grant Program:

Dance Metro DC’s 2016 Presentation Grant program supports the presentation of original dance works by DC area choreographers. Works by two choreographers have been selected for presentation during the fall 2016 season at professional dance venues in Washington, DC. The Presentation Grant is created for choreographers, production companies, and independent dance artists who have existing dance works ready for presentation, or are currently developing dance performance works for the stage.

In addition to Stuart Loungway, choreographer Katie Sopoci Drake was also selected to share her work Space-Time Suite to be presented at Dance Loft on 14 on September 29 & 30, 2016.

About Stuart Loungway:

Stuart Loungway began his training with famed ballerina of the Ballet Russes De Monte Carlo,Tatiana Riabouchinska , before receiving a full scholarship to the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School, where he studied under the renowned teachers Irina Jacobson, Larisa Skylanskya and Jorge Esquivel. He continued his training at School of American Ballet, under Stanley Williams, Andrei Kramarevsky and Richard Rapp. He began his professional dance career, as a member of the Houston Ballet, under Ben Stevenson and continued on to dance with Joffrey Ballet, before joining San Francisco Ballet and eventually rising through the ranks and in a soloist capacity, performing and originating roles in works by George Balanchine, David Bintley, James Kudelka, William Forsythe, Mark Morris, and many others. Loungway continued his career, as a Principal Dancer, at The American Repertory Ballet, under the direction of Septime Webre. There, he originated roles such as Siegfried in Mr. Webre’s Swan Lake, as well as performed a variety of soloist and principal roles in work by Webre, York, Balanchine and others. He has performed as a guest artist with Mexico City Ballet and at the Palais Garnier. 

Loungway maintains an active schedule as a master teacher, choreographer, performer, and served on the dance faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University; University of Iowa; and Desales University, and The Joffrey Ballet School. Selected as Who’s Hot, by National Dance Critics Association Chair Karyn Collins, Mr. Loungway’s choreography, as expressed by Robert Johnson of the Star Ledger, is “elegant and evocative” and “bodes well for the future of dance.” He is the recipient of the Individual Fellowship Recipient in Choreography, awarded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/NEA in recognition of the high artistic merit of his work. He was also awarded the Kaatsbaan Choreographic Fellowship in 2014, and has been invited to have his work performed at Jacob’s Pillow. Loungway has served as the company teacher for Ballet Hispanico, and The Washington Ballet,as well as a faculty member at Steps NYC. He presently works, on a regular basis, in support of Helen Pickett in providing workshops and further instruction on Forsythe Technique and modalities. He currently serves on the faculty of The Washington Ballet.

About Dance Metro DC:

Dance Metro DC is a board-driven initiative that provides activities and resources to dance professionals in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Dance Metro DC works to make the conditions possible for dance to thrive in our region, and aims to help professionals in dance contribute deeply to the economic and cultural development of the national capital region. For more information, please visit dancemetrodc.org









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