National Dance Week - STL - 2015

April 25, 2015

There's hip-hop and then there's Compagnie Käfig's brand of hip-hop, with its global composition, international flavor and fusion of styles. With dancers set in motion to the rhythmic beats of samba, bossa nova and electronic music, this show is a savvy, wild mash-up of innovative, dynamic choreography that promises to be one of the most entertaining highlights of the year.

Compagnie Käfig is the brainchild of Mourad Merzouki, a native of Lyon, France who studied martial arts and circus arts as a child and was influenced by hip-hop as a teen. Since 1996, the company has expanded the language of hip-hop by cleverly introducing a wide range of influences, ranging from Bollywood, Russian dance and contemporary dance to samba and capoeira to Merzouki's own expertise in circus and martial arts. By avoiding social stereotypes, Compagnie Käfig has managed to create its own unique style that does not deny its hip-hop origins, but rather enables the hip-hop movement to win over diverse audiences around the world.

2015 Honary Dance Company

Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) is a professional performance organization under the artistic direction of Ashley L. Tate. ADC specializes in blending modern, jazz and comtemporary training with urban street dance. The company offers outreach activities that include choreography, performances, master class instruction, workshops and private lessons. Since its inception in 2007, ADC has performed at a plethora of major events and private engagements. ADC has been featured on Fox 2 News, "Best of the STL" on STL TV, Show Me St. Louis and the Nine Network. The company has produced a number of dance concerts at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), Ivory Theatre Missouri History Museum and the Edison Theatre. Inc the current season, the company has joined forces with the Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and added the organization as their official philanthropy. They have also been invited to perform at the Dance Chicago Festival, the University of Illinois-Chicago, the Pulse On Tour Dance Convention in Chicago and the Peridance Capezio Center in New York City. Ashleyliane Dance Company is committed to creating a comfortable atmosphere for adult dancers to continue learning and growing as artists and for young dancers to find their niche.

2015 Participants

Aalim Dance *
Lois Salwa Marshall Belly & Arabian Dance
Afriky Lolo
Diadie Bathily African
AimDance Company
Alicia Jonas
Almas Del Ritmo Dance Company *
Carmen Guynn
Ashleyliane Dance Company *
Ashley L. Tate Hip Hop
Banyan Dance Company
Kimberly Anderson Haitian
Beyond Measure Dance Theatre *
Alicia "Sunshine" Gbaho African Fusion
Beyond Motion Dance Company *
Vicki Brown
Bollywood Shuffle
Pallavi Chandak Bollywood
Clarkson School of Irish Dance *
Mary Clarkson Irish
Collective Motion
Lisa LeMasters Contemporary Ballet
Common Thread Contemporary Dance Co
Consuming Kinectics Dance Company
Africa Brown Hip Hop
Dustin Crumbaugh
Dance Concert Society of Kirkwood *
Kathy Massot Pointe
Dance Experience Dance Company *
Kristin Fakhzad
Dances of India *
Asha Prem Eastern Indian
Tyrus Watson
Dimensions Dance Company *
Sandra Morgan Jazz
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation
Grand Center Arts Academy-Dance Ensemble
Keith Tyrone Williams Contemporary
Harris-Stowe State Univ. "Honytcombs & Golden Hornettes"
Franky Little
Kari James Dance Network *
Kari James Jazz
Anthony Redd Williams
L.A. Dance Center *
Lisa Horn
LaVerne Meier School of Dance
Jaana Schweitzer
Leverage Dance Theater
Diana Barrios-Whitman
M&M Dance Company
Megan Leuchtmann Lyrical/Contemporary
Metro Dance Company, NFP *
Jennifer Reily Modern Ballet
Midwest Ballet Theatre *
Donna Patzius-Hill Ballet
Missouri Ballet Theatre
Adam Sage Ballet/Modern
Missouri Contemporary Ballet
Missouri River Cloggers
Mary Fedak Clogging
NiMiLi Crew
Nikki Molina
Oasis Dance/Tribe Azuka
Somra Elnubia
Pazazz Performers *
Kacy Voskuil
Pointe of Surrender
Erica Hill
Rhythm Queens
Robin M. Berger Tap
SIUE University Dance Company
Kristin Best Kinscherff
St. Louis Strutters *
Pat Bruder Tap
Tammys Tumbling and Dance Center *
Tammy Bell Tap/Jazz/Acro
Tandava Tribal Belly Dance
Jennifer Kasper Belly Dance
The Big Muddy Dance Company
Paula David Contemporary
The Chamber Ballet of St. Louis
Shannon Christine
The Slaughter Project
Cecil Slaughter Modern
Tribe Ayaka
Sakinah Ali African Fusion
Turning Pointe Academy of Dance
Dianna Andrews Gaither
Washington University Dance Theatre
Webster University Dance Ensemble
Beckah Reed Modern
Wildwood Dance & Arts
Leah Cordiano-Siemens
WU Sauce
Jennifer Crump, Sourik Beltran, Will Sieling
Zumba with Kim B
Kim Bolourtchi