FWDC Presents: Choreographer’s Lab


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News release from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective:

Fort Wayne Dance Collective Presents: Choreographer’s Lab
Dancers and Choreographers wanted for a free 12-week intensive!

(January 25, 2016) — Fort Wayne Dance Collective is offering a 12-week intensive in the craft of choreography and dance making, open to the community of Fort Wayne and free of charge.

Join Fort Wayne Dance Collective Artistic Director, John Byrne during this comprehensive series that will guide emerging choreographers and dancers through the process of making original dance works. Choreographers will be encouraged to create original material with participating dancers while finding their unique movement style and vocabulary. Choreographers’ work will be showcased in the performances on April 23 and 24, 2016 at Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s Elliott Studio Theater.

All participants will be provided with access to costumes, lighting and sound technology and a technical director for the performances, which will take place at FWDC’s Elliot Studio Theater. Take advantage of this unique program offered by the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, as inspired by university-level dance composition course.

Instructor John Byrne is a graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts. John began his training at the Juilliard School and The School of American Ballet where he worked with and performed works by Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, and David Dorfman. At 18, Byrne joined Taylor II Dance Company, touring internationally performing the Taylor repertory and teaching residences at educational institutions including Stanford, Harvard and CalState Long Beach. He later originated a role in the iconic piece “Promethean Fire” with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the American Dance Festival. With Battery Dance Company, John toured The Middle East as an American ambassador for the Arts while performing the work of Jonathan Hollander, as well as his own work. John has performed in West Side Story at the famed La Scala Opera in Milan, as well as the Beittedine Festival in Lebanon. Byrne has staged music videos for Florence + The Machine, Mariah Carey, Elton John, and Lady Gaga as well as global campaigns for SONY, TARGET, the GAP, Smirnoff, White House Black Market, Kate Spade, Wet n’ Wild, PEPSI, CLINIQUE, H&M, The Super Bowl and CBS’s 2 Broke Girls. Byrne has created dance installations at museums including The Lever House NY and presented a 12-week season of original choreography at NY’s Theatre80. In 2014, Byrne was commissioned to
create an original evening-length piece entitled “Gravitational Intoxication” which premiered at Rocca Di Frassinello in Maremma, Italy.

Choreographer’s Lab Schedule:

*All Choreographers Lab events to take place at Fort Wayne Dance Collective, 437. East Berry St.
#203, Fort Wayne


  • FEB 6 & 20
  • MARCH 5 & 19
  • APRIL 2 & 16


  • APRIL 23 @ 7pm APRIL 24 @ 4PM

Space is limited. Please register as a dancer or choreographer by email john@fwdc.org or call 260-424-6574 for more information.


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