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
WUDance Collective is a student repertory company-in-residence in Washington University's Performing Arts Department. WUDC was established in the fall of 2015. Its aim is to provide a forum for select dancers to engage in dynamic, inspiring, and creatively challenging works of choreography; while providing a valuable collective learning experience regarding professional protocol and expectations. WUDC is a unique blend of talented and expressive movers from diverse backgrounds who bring a wide range of movement styles, technical accomplishments, and performance skills. Under the artistic direction of Cecil Slaughter, the dancers work with faculty, community, graduate and undergraduate student choreographers. WUDC participates in performances throughout the St. Louis community. The company holds it annual spring concert in the Edison Theatre on Washington University's Danforth campus.
Master of Ceremonies
Ryan is honored to be a part of the National Dance Week celebration. A native of St. Louis, he has performed with dozens of theatre companies around the area, most recently appearing as The Barber in the STAGES St. Louis production of Man of La Mancha (where he has also performed in their Theatre for Young Audiences productions of Alice in Wonderland, Seussical, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, and Disney's 101 Dalmatians). Other favorite credits include the long running Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and the short-lived Storybook Circus Giggle Gang shows at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Ryan has performed for 14 seasons as Jack Frost with Saint Charles Christmas Traditions, and is the creator and director of the Legends & Lanterns Halloween festival along historic Main Street.
We are preparing for our 2021 Dance Week event. We are having 2 company registrations for the 2021 event, which is differnt than past years. We are offering our registered 2020 dance companies a 'pre-registration' to be a part of our 2021 event. Any other dance company/performance groups will be able to register in January, 2021 for any open slots.
Pre-Registration coming soon!