Great Etudes at the Great Friends Dance Festival

A sold out run of the Great Friends Dance Festival opened each night with an Etude, created that day by one of the visiting choreographers or dancers at the Festival.  Dancers sign up to participate and the work is created in just two hours during the day and performed at the show that night.  The Etudes, an idea brought to us by John-Mark Owen in 2012, have become one of the signature elements of this community of dancers and an audience favorite.  Etudes this year were created by Simona De Tullio of Breathing Art Company (Bari, Italy), Caitlin Trainor (NY), Kat Nasti (Boston) and Fernando Rodriguez of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet.  Saturday’s performance began with a work in progress showing of a new dance by IMC dancer Tara Gragg.  Pictured is Kat Nasti’s “Party Pooper,” a fun addition to the canon.