We loved catching up with Jennifer from Onstage Dance Company! You can find our previous interview with Onstage here!
N: Have you used the piece you created during ChoreoFest? In what way?
ODC: While we haven't used the specific piece we created during ChoreoFest, we did discover many new methods for creating collaborative choreography. We've used these strategies while creating new work for our Repertory group and have been really happy with the results!
N: What advice do you have for this year's participants?
ODC: Focus on the quality of whatever you create, instead of the quantity. It can feel overwhelming to create an entire piece in one night and worry that it's not long enough. Instead, we created a relatively short piece last year that was probably around 3:30 minutes and focused more on the quality of the content and making sure we were really happy with what we were making, as opposed to throwing stuff together just to fill time.
ODC: There were so many favorite memories from last year. Just the experience of spending that much crazy quality time with my dancers was a real treat. But at one point one of our dancers was teaching us a really complex Bollywood-inspired movement phrase that was a challenge for the rest of us. The moment we all nailed it, we screamed so loud in celebration. It was a high-point of the night!
N: What have you been up to in the last year?
ODC: We have been up to so much this year! We've wrapped two performance seasons since our last ChoreoFest, expanded our Repertory group, created a Residency program at our studio, and have help hundreds of classes. OnStage is on a roll!
N: Where can people see you/your work these days? Any upcoming performances?
ODC: We've had a ton of performances over the past few months but our next ones are: The Festival of Us, You, We & Them, The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, The OnStage | Repertory Fall Showcase and the 12th Season of OnStage begins in October.