December News! Modern Dance Primitive Light!








December News! Gearing up for Modern Dance Primitive Light!

Circle Modern Dance hopes you are enjoying your Holiday season!  For the last few months we have been working on our annual production of Modern Dance Primitive Light and we cannot wait to show everyone. We also have somenews on classes for December and beyond. Additionally please check out fellow arts organizations, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Tennessee Association of Dance.

A big thank you to all who attended and helped but together our ball last month. Everyone had a blast.  One of our patrons, Hei Park, put together a video of some of the party goers dancing away to Hudson K (she also took some fabulous photos of the event).  Check it out here:

Modern Dance Primitive Light 2012

December 13-15, 2012 will find Circle Modern Dance in the Historic Laurel Theatre for our 21st annual production of Modern Dance Primitive Light (MDPL).  This year will again present a diverse mix of dance and musical styles from eight fanstasic new and returning choreographers. Included in that group will be a work from founding director, Mark Lamb, who set choreography on dancers during his workshop in October.

If you have never seen us perform, MDPL conveys the warm inviting spirit of the holidays with respect to the diversity of our audience. A dance company founded on inclusivity Circle Modern Dance, voted Metro Pulse’s Best of Knoxville Dance Company, celebrates movement and creativity year after year inviting audiences to connect with dancers, performance artists, and live musicians while being immersed in the warm ambiance of the Laurel Theater.

This performance is appropriate for all ages. Audience members are encouraged to bring pillows as seating is limited.

Show times are:
Dec. 13th at 8pm
Dec. 14th at 7pm & 9pm
Dec. 15th at 7pm & 9pm

Tickets may be purchased online, via KnoxTix at, Adult tickets are $13, Children/Seniors/Military are $8.50. If available, tickets at the door will be $15 & $10.

CMD is a proud partner of the Penny 4 Arts Penny Performances Program.  MDPL is a Penny Performance for December, for more information on how Knox County school children can take advantage of this opportunity, please visit:

For additional information, please contact Sarah Whitaker and Amanda Merriss, MDPL Director and Producer, Circle Modern Dance, 865-309-5309 or

This performance helps further the mission of Circle Modern Dance to provide opportunities to area dancers, musicians, and performance artists to showcase their work. It is Circle’s philosophy that everyone is a dancer and every body has the right to dance.

Circle Modern Dance Classes

Circle Modern Dance is very happy to be back in the Emporium Annex studio after Carpetbag Theatre’s production and Annex construction. You may have noticed the new flooring after the water damage we experienced.  Much thanks to Carpetbag Theater for letting us borrow their blackbox space for classes and rehearsals.  A big thank you to The Arts & Culture Alliance and Dewhirst Properties as well!

Due to Modern Dance Primitive Light and the upcoming holidays, regular classes are about to go on hiatus but we are very excited to offer a unique opportunity during this break for an extended ballet workshop with both Colleen Moore and some of our core teachers.

**Regular Classes end 12/5/12**

Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm Contemporary Modern Dance Technique with Morgan Fleming
Wednesday 7:30-9:00pm Adult Open Level Ballet taught by Dr. Mary
Sunday 3:00-4:30pm Open Level Modern Dance Technique with TBD
Sunday 4:30-6:00pm Improvisation Techniques with Dr. Mary

December Ballet Workshop

Wednesdays with Colleen 7:30-9pm 12/19, 12/26, 1/2
Sundays with Circle Teachers 1:30-3pm 12/30, 1/6

As a reminder class pricing will remains:
$5 per class (first class free)
Unlimited classes will return in January 2013 and are a not only a great deal but also a great gift for dancers!

Dance into 2013, we are hosting an open house in the annex studio on 1/6/13 3-5:30pm.  Learn more about Circle Modern and register for unlimited classes 3-3:30pm. Preview our offerings in a unique sampler class from 3:30-5:30pm. It’s a new year, you should join us on the dance floor!

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Circle Modern Dance has had the pleasure to perform with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra several times over the last five years and they have also provided us was additional rehearsal space for productions as needed. We appreciate their partnership and the KSO is currently in the running to receive a $5,000 grant from The Trust Company of Knoxville.  We encourage you to vote for them in this campaign so that they can continue sharing high quality performing arts through their mainstage programming, educational outreach, and the music & wellness initiative.  Learn more about the campaign, the KSO, and vote at this link:

Tennessee Association of Dance

Circle Modern Dance is a proud member of the Tennessee Association of Dance, a statewide network of organizations and individuals dedicated to artistic excellence and committed to ensuring that dance is a vital and respected part of life for all Tennesseans. TAD provides services that support communication, fellowship, advocacy, leadership, and education for a broad-based dance constituency.
A professionals’ summit for educators, professional dancers, and adult dancers will be held in Nashville January 11-13, 2013.  The focus of the weekend will be on Building Dance Literacy: Critical Analysis, Evaluation, and Composition.
Check out their web page for more information:

We Hope to see you soon!

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