CMD December Newsletter

Circle hopes everyone has been enjoying their holiday!  With just under 3 weeks left until Modern Dance Primitive Light 2013, we’ve been hard at work.  Everyone is putting their heart and soul into this production and we are ever so thankful for all involved. Please enjoy this newsletter to learn more about Modern Dance Primitive Light (including meeting one of our choreographers and a contest), a new way to give back to Circle Modern Dance, and about our upcoming class schedule. Also, have you seen our new website? There are still some tweaks to be made, but we’re pretty excited.  Many thanks to Andre Hayter for the volunteer hours spent on the revamp.We hope to see and dance with you soon!

Modern Dance Primitive Light 2013

Tickets for Modern Dance Primitive Light 2013 are on sale now.  Hopefully you have seen the posters up around town, received a postcard in the mail, or talked to any of our amazing dancers, choreographers, musicians, board members, or volunteers. Check out pictures from one of our recent showings here on our Facebook page.  We can’t wait to see you at The Laurel!

Circle Modern Dance Presents

Modern Dance Primitive Light 2013

Thursday December 19th @ 8pm

Friday December 20th @ 7pm & 9pm (Choreographer’s Panel to follow 9PM show)

Saturday December 21st @ 7pm & 9pm

Tickets available through for $8.50 and $13 or at the door for $10 and $15

at the Laurel Theatre

1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN

Bring a pillow as seating is limited

Circle Modern Dance is proud to present its 23rd annual production of “Modern Dance Primitive Light” where you can experience exciting new contemporary dance works accompanied by live music set the backdrop of the gorgeous stained glass windows of the Historic Laurel Theater. This year will feature choreography from Danah Bella of danahabella DanceWorks, and a special appearance by Go! Contemporary Dance Works as well as offerings from Circle Core Members and artists from the local community.

As always, MDPL is a cozy and delightful event that has something for everyone including the incredible house band made up of some of Knoxville’s finest musicians including Mike Murphy, Preston Davis and Core Member/Musical Director Nate Barrett.

MDPL is an all ages show and is a participant in the Penny 4 Arts program. Circle Modern Dance would like to thank the Tennessee Arts Commission and WUOT for their financial support.

Founded in 1990 as a platform for area choreographers to showcase their work, Circle Modern Dance believes that “everyone is a dancer, and everybody has the right to dance”.

Meet MDPL Choreographer and Core Member, Darby O’Connor

Something new we have started this year is introducing choreographers from the show. Our first video this year is with Darby O’Connor:

Ticket Giveaway to MDPL 2013!

We are running a promotion on both our Twitter and Facebook pages this week for a chance to win a pair of free tickets to the Friday night Dec. 20th 9pm performance of Modern Dance Primitive Light 2013! Like our page or follow us, like our new profile picture, and share the same picture with your friends (or retweet the giveaway post to friends)! Winners will be announced on Dec. 9th!Give Back to CMD this Holiday

Circle Modern Dance has joined as one of the charitable organizations that is supported by Amazon’s new Amazon Smile program. When you log into Amazon Smile, select CMD as your charitable organization of choice and Amazon will donate back .5% of every purchase back to us! As always, we will gladly accept donations via Paypal as well.

Circle Dance Classes Holiday Schedule As we look towards the Christmas Holidays (and Modern Dance Primitive Light Show week!!), our last classes in December will be held 12/11.  We’ll be taking a break to perform, celebrate the holidays, and rest up. We’ll see you back in the studio on January 5th.

2:00-3:30pm Open Level Modern Technique
3:30-4:30pm Improvisation
6:00-8:00pm Open Level Capoeira with Capoeira Fundo da Mata (
6:00-7:30pm Intermediate/Advanced Modern
7:30-9:00pm Ballet with Colleen Moore(Open Level)
6:00-8:00pm Student-led Capoeira with Capoeira Fundo da Mata (

Per class fee: $5 (first class free), Capoeira classes are $12 after the first free class

2nd Annual Open House January 2014

On January 5th, Circle will be hosting our 2nd annual open house.  This is a great opportunity to meet our teachers and experience all the variety that Circle offers.  We invite anyone to join our circle and take class, from those who have just discovered their love for dance to the experienced dancer, Circle has something for everyone! The class will include modern technique and improvisation and will be taught by: Amanda Merris, Angela Hill, Callie Minnich, Darby O’Connor, Laura Burgamy, Mary Alford, Nate Barrett, and Sarah Whitaker.  This is a great time to purchase annual class passes for the year too! Best of all the open house is FREE!

Circle Modern Dance 2nd Annual Open House

Jan. 5, 2014

1pm Doors Open
2-4:30pm Class

Emporium Annex Studio, 100 S. Gay Street (see our website for directions if you have never danced with us before)

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