Dance On The Lawn Announces New Tax Sponsor, Opens Festival Entries For 2022


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originally published: 05/11/2021

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) – Dance on the lawn, Montclair, New Jersey’s premier outdoor dance festival, today announced its new fiscal sponsor, the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD). All donations to Dance on the lawn will now be received by the IABD, intended for Dance on the lawn Festival. Previous donations to DOTL were received through the Dance NJ organization.

Dance on the lawn serves as a premier showcase and mentoring launching pad for top choreographic talent from NJ and New York City, providing residents of Montclair and neighboring communities with insight into emerging and established artists from New Jersey and the New York area York.

The mission of the IABD is to preserve and promote the dance of people of African descent or descent, and to assist and increase opportunities for artists in advocacy, audience development, education, fundraising, networking, performance, philosophical dialogue and touring.

Dance on the lawn also announced the opening of its application process for DOTL 2022. New Jersey dance schools, New Jersey professional dance companies, New York professional companies and an “Emerging Commissioned NJ Choreographer” are invited to apply. The application deadline for Dance on the lawn 2022 is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 17. Selected artists must be available to perform at DOTL 2022 – Saturday, September 10 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair, NJ.

Founded by Charmaine Warren, resident of Montclair in 2014, Dance on the lawn hopes to increase New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing together professional and emerging companies, as well as dance students from across the state, to perform in a community setting. In addition to offering presentation opportunities, Dance on the lawn created an “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” and mentorship program to help support young emerging artists.

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Charmaine Warren, Founder of DOTL, is also the Founder / Artistic Director of Black Dance Stories. She was named “Bessies Angel” in 2021 and won the 2017 Bessie Prize for “Outstanding Performance” at the Skeleton Architecture Collective. She is also the winner of the Dance NJ’s JETÉ AWARD, in honor of founding the Dance on the lawn Festival. Dance NJ is the service organization committed to championing excellence in dance and dance education in the State. Ms. Warren, along with Laura Marchese, Managing Director of DOTL, is the driving force behind “Dance on the Lawn: Montclair’s Dance Festival”. Ms. Marchese is the recipient of the NJ Governor’s Arts in Education Distinguished Teaching Artist Award, as well as the Artist of the Year award. In 2018, Ms. Marchese received national recognition as a Master Teaching Artist in Dance by Young Audience Arts for Learning.

The New Jersey State Arts Council awarded four awards to Dance on the lawn artists: Nancy Turano, artistic director, NJ Dance Theater Ensemble, DOTL artist since 2014-2018; Kyle Marshall, 2016 DOTL Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer recipient; Lauren Connolly, DOTL 2017 Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer recipient; and Hillary-Marie, choreographer / director FutureSTEP Tap Company, participating artist at DOTL 2017.

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