ARC Dance Programs
ARC Dance commission's new works and collaborations in a wide range of styles and dance genres from locally emerging choreographers as well as from creators who have international reputations. We offer a three performance production season July through December at the Leo K/Bagley Wright Theatre as well as local and touring appearances. Our performances are an affordable, local option to audiences that might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the beauty of dance.
Education and Outreach
Every December, ARC produces its own reduced-ticket price, “child friendly” (shortened) version of the “Nutcracker” in its large studio facility located in the North Ballard/Crown Hill section of Seattle. Since 2004, these performances have been a much-anticipated, sold-out seasonal event during the holiday season.Ongoing local collaborations include: The Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Early Dance, Ballard's Seafood Fest, Crown Hill Arts Festival, and The Seattle Symphony.
ARC Dance operates a 10,000 square foot dance facility in the North Ballard/Crown Hill area of Seattle. Our Ballard studio and performance space houses both ARC Dance and its associated training school, Arc School of Ballet (founded in 2004). The following programs are offered at the ARC Dance Space: dance instruction, master classes and auditions, workshops, and seminars. Studio space is also offered at affordable rates and available to other groups in the community.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
ARC presents an annual mixed bill program at the Seattle Rep in July the following is a quote from Seattle dance critic Alice Kaderlan:
"ARC Dance Company might be Seattle's best-kept dance secret. For a number of years, Marie Chong has been choreographing and curating programs for a summer performance and this year she has outdone herself. Not only has she continued to upgrade the quality of the dancing, this year she has assembled a cast of choreographers whose works, all of them world premieres, provide a diverse evening of visual treats." (Seattle P-I Reader Blog-7/16/2010)
Our highest priorities are to maintain a financially sound dance organization that enriches our community through seasonal qualitative performances, employing dancers, and maintaining our North Ballard/Crown Hill dance facility that offers ongoing education in the art form of dance.