by Nicole Harris
Introducing Juliana Utz and
Turning Key Dance Company!
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J: Turning Key is excited to announce that we are working with Orchard House, home to Louisa May Alcott and author of Little Women, to present a Little Women piece this summer to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the novel. All of the movement will be generated from the original text. For this particular piece, dancer Melenie Diarbekirian will be dancing the role of Jo March, transposing the poem “My Beth” into a solo. In the novel, Jo writes this poem in response to her sister Beth dying of scarlet fever. I am intrigued to see how Melenie can bring the emotion of the text to the stage.
N: What are you most excited about for this year’s National Choreography Month?
J: I am very excited to be involved with NACHMO for a second year and I am most excited to see what can be created in a short amount of time. Having to make quick decisions about movement, music and concepts, can lead to interesting and surprising work.
N: Who are some of your favorite choreographers?
J: I have always been drawn to choreographers who produce narrative work in new and exciting ways. I am fascinated by Matthew Bourne's ability to take the classics like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Red Shoes, and transform them into works that are fresh, yet familiar. I am also interested in how seamlessly Bourne uses contemporary movement to enhance these classical ballets.
J: Turning Key Dance Company supports dance in higher education, and offers a college mentoring program to young dancers seeking a career in the performing arts. We are passionate about informing students about all of the possible job opportunities in the field of dance. Our company has dancers that have graduated from undergraduate, and graduate dance programs, as well as dance conservatories. We have a good understanding of these programs and their differences. Artistic director Juliana Utz offers private lessons and seminars on finding the right dance program, choreographed solos for auditions, resume and application guidance and how to make a career in dance. We strive to present our students with the tools they need to thrive in higher education and the dance community. Turning Key Dance is proud to have successfully mentored seniors into prestigious dance programs such as Boston Conservatory, University of South Carolina and Marymount Manhattan College.