MONTCLAIR, NJ - Hundreds of people flocked to the front lawn of St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Saturday to partake in a unique display of dance talent from across the tri-state area.

Performance artists entertained the crowd with movement and sound for hours. Over ten dance companies from New York and New Jersey participated in the free public event.

In 2014, Dance on the Lawn was established by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren to increase New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing professional and emerging companies, plus students of dance from around the state, together to perform in a community setting. 

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Now in its third year, Dance on the Lawn Dance Festival featured NJ Dance companies Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs, Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy and Donna Scro’s Freespace Dance, Grooves Unlimited Dance Studio (Livingston); Nancy Turano's New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (Summit) and American Repertory Trainees (Princeton), including two Montclair-based dance companies, Kathy Costa's DanceWorks & Company (Montclair) and Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts' Performance Workshop Ensemble (Montclair).

The New York companies included new work by Troy Powell (Artistic Director - Ailey II); ZEST Collective (Gentry George - Artistic Director) and Keigwin + Company (Larry Keigwin - Artistic Director).

In addition to offering presentation opportunities, Dance on the Lawn created an Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer and mentor program to help support young, emerging artists.

Kyle Marshall, Dance on the Lawn’s 2016 “Emerging Commissioned NJ Choreographer, presented new choreography in the festival program.

As a result of her visionary leadership in founding the Dance on the Lawn festival, Warren was awarded the Dance NJ’s JETÉ AWARD. 



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