Dance Collective


We are dancemakers, story tellers, and thinkers, seeking to raise the profile of modern dance in D.C. Through collaboration and performance, we challenge our bodies and minds to create meaningful art that evokes emotion and makes audiences think. We value a collective process that draws together people from diverse artistic backgrounds. We are Glade Dance Collective.


During the summer of 2009, Sylvana Christopher approached Betsy Loikow with the desire to form a dance collective with young contemporary dancers and choreographers in the D.C. metro area.

Inspired by a project at Dance Educators Institute, Sylvana wanted Glade to be a unique call to choreographers to make dances that subverted the inherent hierarchies and environmental restraints of choreographic processes she had experienced. 

Drawing on Betsy's strengths as a social and political advocate, the founded Glade Dance Collective to create dances that had social relevance; that could give voice to those without one; and that could educate and spur discussion.

Glade committed to dance about real issues that people care about and that would meet the audience where they are, so that people beyond the arts world might begin to understand how dance can be part of their lives.

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