The National Dance Week - St. Louis event highlights and showcases some of the best dance talent in various disciplines including, but not limited to, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, african, middle eastern, modern, and more. This one day event is celebrated with dozens of professional, university & studio companies all performing on stage, all for free! The outdoor event starting at noon is held on the corner of Washington and Grand, the Heart of the Art & Entertainment District in the City of St. Louis!
Honary Dance Company
KARLOVSKY & COMPANY DANCE is a St. Louis based contemporary modern dance company in residence at the Grandel Theatre and supported by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Now in their 6th Season, Karlovsky & Company Dance performs vibrant, inventive works that articulate and illuminate, through movement, the relationships and experiences that reveal our humanity. The company is led by founder and artistic director, Dawn Karlovsky; a recipient of the 2015 Artist Fellowship awarded by The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Karlovsky teaches Modern Dance and the Alexander Technique at Washington University, and in the Department of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis. Working in close collaboration with a diverse group of musicians, visual artists, and choreographers, the company reaches local, national, and international audiences through concert performances, dance for the camera, site-specific dance, and educational programs for older adults and children. Karlovsky & Company Dance completed their first international tour in France in June 2018 presenting two sold-out concert productions, site-specific dance performances, and educational programs in elementary and middle schools. Karlovsky & Company Dance is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Master of Ceremonies
Lara Teeter has performed, directed and choreographed for major regional theatre and opera houses nation-wide. He is currently a Professor of Theatre, Head of the Musical Theatre Program at the Webster Conservatory for Theatre Arts here in St. Louis. Previously, Lara has taught for Shenandoah University, Northwestern University and California State University at Fullerton. Lara is proud member of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance and was elected President, serving a two-year term from 2014 to 2016. The MTEA is an International organization celebrating 20 years of service devoted to stimulating the growth of the fine art of acting, singing, and dancing in colleges and universities worldwide. As a result of Webster Conservatory's connection to this amazing organization, an exchange with the Norwegian College of Musical Theatre occurred this spring semester as a way of celebrating the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts 50th Anniversary (1967-68 to 2017-18). A veteran song & dance man, Lara has performed in three national tours and six Broadway shows, including the revival of the Rodgers and Hart classic, On Your Toes, for which he received a Tony nomination and Outer Critics Circle Award. In 2000, Lara made his Carnegie Hall debut followed by his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in 2001. From 1999-2004, Lara served as Artistic Director of Light Opera Works in the Chicago, IL. Since 1990, Lara has performed on the MUNY stage in shows such as Singin' In the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, White Christmas, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Bye, Bye Birdie, AIDA, and most recently All Shook Up. Recordings include On Your Toes, Lady Be Good and the Grammy nominated Wizard of Oz. For the Variety Children's Theatre, he has directed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, ANNIE, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and Beauty and the Beast which earned him a St. Louis critics nomination for best choreography. This year, the Variety Theatre was awarded the St. Louis Critics Circle Award for their body of work. He and his wife, Kristen, are the proud parents of Charlie, Elizabeth, Katherine and Maggie.