Under the artistic leadership of Kaye Weinstein Gary, this company serves as a vehicle for creative projects for its artistic director as well as other artists both locally and nationally.
K Dance works closely with actors and directors in the Richmond area. Mixing text and movement has become an interest to this company, which works project to project. K Dance auditions and hires both dancers and actors. K Dance has established a relationship of collaboration with Firehouse Theatre Project, Barksdale Theatre and Richmond Ballet.
K Dance produces at least two major events each year, including "Yes! Dance Invitational", which has presented to the Richmond audiences more than 90 companies. K Dance hopes to expand awareness of other small ensembles by bringing these groups to Richmond for this festival. Artist from Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" appear annually in "Yes".
Recent repertory of K Dance include: Israel Horovitz's Shorts, (22 actors, dancers and musicians), Suzan-Lori Parks 365 Days/365 Plays, The Words of Wendy Wasserstein: Medea, Workout, Exemplary and Exhausted, John Glore's The Morpheus Quartet, Joan Ackerman's A Great-Looking Boat, For Addie (Richmond Hotel), Tiffany and Fuller (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), The Man Who Couldn't Dance by Jason Katims, The Dog by David Mamet, and 140 by Marsha Norman.
Funding sources and support for K Dance has been received from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and CultureWorks. This company is proud of the support generated by individual donors, corporations and foundations. Recognition by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation has been especially meaningful.
K Dance is a member of RVA Theatre Alliance and is profiled on GIVERICHMOND.ORG of The Community Foundation.
K Dance was incorporated and received IRS non-profit status in 2000. Permanent exemption from Federal income tax was received March 2005.
This professional dance company presents concerts, lectures and educational residencies for the purpose of educating and informing the public about the art of dance, particularly contemporary modern dance and theatre. K Dance focuses on the creative process of dance, both in its educational programs and in developing concerts for the viewing public. Each project and production is unique in scope and thematic material.
Productions in contemporary modern dance often are abstract in content, yielding a small audience base. K Dance develops a more confident and wiser audience through its productions, lectures, and discussions.
Residencies are conducted by Kaye Weinstein Gary and classes are offered for both children and adults. “Dance – The Language of Movement” is a series of movement classes (grades 4 through 12) stressing body awareness, space exploration, rhythmic awareness and creative exploration. Special topics include dance history, dance composition and contemporary modern dance and theatre.
Adult classes are offered in ballet, modern dance, stretch & strengthen and fitbarre (fitness classes taught from a movement point of view).
Ms. Gary has conducted short term residencies under the Virginia Commission for the Arts Artist-in-Education program:
- Arts on the Road Program
- Manassas, Virginia
- Lunenburg County
- Giles County, Virginia
Ms. Gary teaches at the Richmond Ballet and has a loyal following of adult students, who study with her on a regular basis. Past teaching positions:
- University of Richmond
- Randolph Macon College
- Center for the Arts, Henrico County
- Governor’s Magnet School for the Arts (Norfolk)
- Hollins College Choreographic Residency
- Southside Virginia Community College (Artist-in-Residence)
- Longwood College (Artist-in-Residence)
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Regional High School for the Arts
- Dance Ltd.
- Virginia Ballet Theatre School
- University of Kansas
- Iowa State University
- James Madison University (graduate teaching assistant)
- The Collegiate Schools
- Academy of Dance Arts - Charlottesville