North Texas non-profit brings together Dallas’ eclectic dance community for second annual dance festival at the historic Majestic Theatre on Aug. 6

(DALLAS, TX - July 2017; source: CultureHype) – Wanderlust Dance Project is sweeping through Dallas again this summer, this time for a one-of-a-kind dance experience like no other. The North Texas-based non-profit is bringing together the Metroplex’s eclectic dance community for its second annual dance festival featuring the best dancers and choreographers in town, with a sprinkle of Julliard talent. The festival will take place at the historic Majestic Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 6 with doors at 6:30 p.m. and show time at 7:30 p.m. Individual performance tickets start at $35 with student tickets discounted to $25 can be purchased online here in advance or at the door. The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St., Dallas, Texas 75201.

Premiering in 2016 as the only non-profit focused on giving young pre-professional dancers and choreographers the opportunity to learn from seasoned experts, Wanderlust Dance Project’s professional dancers hail from top local companies like Bruce Wood Dance Project, Avant Chamber Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Encore! and Dallas NeoClassical Ballet. The Project’s emerging talent pool comes from the nation’s top professional arts schools including Julliard, New York University, University of Southern California, Chapman, Manhattan Marymount, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and Booker T. Washington High School.

In the dance festival’s second year, the Project introduces a new and exciting opportunity for emerging choreographers involved. Wanderlust Dance Project’s “Emerging Choreographer” program, the brainchild of founder and former Texas Ballet Theatre dancer Addison Holmes, aims to give budding choreographers a chance to exhibit their dances onstage in a professional atmosphere. On Sunday, Aug. 6, attendees will watch Booker T. Washington alum Madison Hicks’ creation come to life as a part of the new series. One of four students accepted into Julliard’s prestigious dance program from the local performing arts school, the young choreographer’s works have won awards at Youth America Grand Prix and Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors Showcase.

Holmes, who created the Project after her own experiences in the world of professional dance, was a fifteen-year-old student at Texas Ballet Theatre in Dallas when she was given an opportunity to dance with the corps de ballet in several ballets. Inspired by her moment in the spotlight as a teen, she made it her mission to support generations of dancers to come by founding the non-profit in 2016.

“It was immensely eye opening to dance alongside professionals,” said Holmes. “I knew one day I would pay the opportunity forward to the next generation of dancers. It’s easy to create a workshop for students, but the real growth comes when we perform.” 

With that in mind, Holmes’ Wanderlust Dance Project has blossomed into its own niche in the dance community. The second annual dance festival will celebrate this, featuring performances from all levels of choreographer’s and dancers.

Image courtesy of Wanderlust. Vincent Harding & 2016 cast of "Hiraeth" by Amy Morrow (www.amarts.org)

For more information on Wanderlust Dance Project, visit www.wanderlustdanceproject.com. 




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