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By Siobhan Burke
Bringing some cheer to an otherwise somber day, the Mark Morris Dance Center celebrates its 10th anniversary with an open house on Sept. 11. This festival of free events at the sleek Brooklyn facility includes dance and music classes and a performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group. (West Coasters: You can catch the company a few days later in Berkeley, CA, Sept. 16–18 at Cal Performances.) Over the past decade, the center has become home to classes eclectic enough to pique any dancer’s interest, from ballet to Gaga to Afro-Caribbean movement. Whether or not you make it on the 11th, the weekly schedule is worth checking out. See www.mmdg.org.
Meet Your Match
Every budding artist needs a mentor, and seasoned artists can learn a lot from up-and-comers, too. The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, based in San Francisco, plays matchmaker by pairing emerging local choreographers with established ones—and giving them time, space, and money to work together—through its various CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) programs. The company is now accepting applications from potential mentors and mentees for the next round of CHIME in Southern California and CHIME in the San Francisco Bay Area. MJDC also announced that its national mentorship program, CHIME Across Borders, will be led next year by Elizabeth Streb. See www.mjdc.org/CHIME/guidelines.html.
Mark Morris dancer Lauren Grant teaches at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Photo by Johan Henckens, Courtesy MMDG.