New numbers announced for DANCE ON THE LAWN outdoor dance festival in Montclair


Dance on the Lawn, Montclair, New Jersey’s premier outdoor dance festival, “returns to the lawn” with live performances on Saturday September 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Avenue. To free. The 2021 DOTL Festival will also be broadcast live on DOTL’s virtual channels, YouTube and Facebook. The DOTL 2020 festival took place virtually last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Celebrating its eighth year, Dance on the Lawn is a premier showcase and mentoring launch pad for top choreographic talent from NJ and New York. DOTL offers residents of Montclair and neighboring communities an insight into emerging and established artists from New Jersey and the New York area. (Photos attached.)

DOTL 2021 performances this year will include choreographer Amber Sloan of Dance on the Lawn Emerging Commissioned NJ, New York Company 277 Dance Project and New Jersey Company Nai-Ni Chen Dance. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancers Chalvar Monteiro and Jacquelin Harris will join the lineup to perform clips from Merce Cunningham’s Landrover. Chalvar, who began his dance training at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts in Montclair, will return home for the first time since joining Ailey. Jacquelin, in 2016, was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. “Landrover” is featured with permission from The Merce Cunningham Trust.

Founded by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren in 2014, Dance on the Lawn hopes to increase New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing together professional and emerging companies, as well as dance students from across the state, to perform in a community framework. In addition to providing presentation opportunities, Dance on the Lawn has created an “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” and mentorship program to help support young emerging artists.

Dance on the Lawn acknowledges the support of the dance company 10 Hairy Legs, which donated its net assets to DOTL after the company dissolved. Funding from 10HL specifically supports the annual DOTL NJ Emerging Commissioned Choreographer Award. “This financial support underscores our NJ dance community‘s intention to keep the focus on dancing in NJ. It gives us at DOTL even more power to showcase and support young NJ dance creators on their way, and We are honored to be chosen by 10HL as recipients of these funds, ”said Ms. Warren.

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