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by Samara Napolitan | sam@revuewm.com DANCE


DANCE IN THE ANNEX PHOTO: SETH THOMPSON/EPIGLOTIC PHOTOGRAPHY


July 14, 2011 4:00 pm • Fifth Third Ballpark


Mike Posner


THE 2011 LINE-UP • Mike Posner • LMFAO • Big Sean • IYAZ


• Christian TV • Jesse Fick


• DJ Jason Vedder • DJ L.A. & DJ Xcape


LMFAO


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COST: Big Sean


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Local Dance Collaborative Connects to the Community


with a special logo featuring tiny animated dancers. Without Graham’s legacy, Dance In The Annex (DITA), among numerous contemporary dance collaboratives across the country, wouldn’t exist. In return, DITA promotes the art form Graham pioneered throughout Grand Rapids. “I had so many friends


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say that [the Martha Graham logo] reminded them of DITA—friends who didn’t know who Martha Graham was. That was a huge com- pliment,” said Amy Wilson, DITA co-founder. Such praise is indica-


O O G L E C O M M E M O - RATED THE 117th birthday of Martha Graham, an American modern dancer and choreographer,


will build on the artistic energy that accumu- lates downtown during the art competition. “We’re basing our work this year on site-


specific pieces, and the idea that dance in an ephemeral, fleeting art form,” Wilson said. The annex of Wealthy Theatre, from


DITA SUMMER MASTER


CLASS SERIES 2011 Monday July 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Int./Adv. Contemporary Technique Guest Artist: Jaime Brege


Thursday July 14 & 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Int./Adv. Contemporary Technique Guest Artist: Sukie Keita


Thursday Aug. 18 & 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Int./Adv. Contemporary Technique Guest Artist: Carrie Morris


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tive of DITA’s impact on dance and the arts in Grand Rapids. Appearances have included ArtPrize since its inaugural year, UICA’s NoshNight and original performances at Wealthy Theatre. Most recently, DITA col- laborated with local musicians to perform Trip the Light: Ephemeral at the Theatre. Planning for the upcoming ArtPrize is well underway. Inherently collaborative, DITA


which DITA derives its namesake, is home to the collaborative’s affordable master classes that attract talented and diverse Guest Artists across West Michigan. The origins of DITA are derived from the classes, since it began as a core group of dancers in 2008 seeking a type of professional instruction not offered by Grand Rapids dance studios at the time. Since Wilson moved to


All Classes $12/$9 Students with ID Classes are located at Wealthy Theatre Annex 1110 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids


Michigan from Brooklyn in 2001, co-founder Angie Yetzke’s (now inactive) familiarity and connections within the local dance scene as a long-term resident proved to be invaluable in


fostering a sense of community in the area. To this day, DITA exclusively invites Guest Artists connected to West Michigan. “The dance community in West


Michigan is so small,” says Wilson. “We have to work together.” n


SCHEDULE | DINING |SIGHTS


SOUNDS | SCENE


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