What's in a dance?: Cincy choreographers showcase their moves, and audiences are slowly catching on

Performances this weekend at Jarson-Kaplan Theater

CINCINNATI -- There are very few full-time dance companies in the Tri-State. Funding has a lot to do with it—it costs a lot to pay dancers, and rehearsal and performance spaces don't come cheap.

That’s why Dance Cincinnati is a vital outlet for local choreographers, particularly those who haven't established companies on their own.

Mario de la Nuez and his wife, Meredith, are the founders of De La Dance Cincinnati and of this annual showcase for local dance makers, now in its fifth year. Along with De La Dance, others staging work April 11-12 are MamLuft Dance Co., Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet, Ballet Tech Ohio, Demetrius Klein Dance Company, independent choreographers Diane Germaine and Lauren Slouffman and ensembles from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, College Conservatory of Music and Northern Kentucky University.

In this video, we take you to a run-through of the showcase and talk with insiders about the challenges of building a thriving dance community in Cincinnati.

If You Go:

WHAT: Dance Cincinnati

WHEN: 8 p.m. April 11-12

WHERE: Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati

COST: $33.75-$37.75

TICKETS AND INFORMATION: cincinnatiarts.org

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