People Dancing will celebrate
30th b-day at Arthur Miller
People Dancing, a Michigan-based dance company founded in 1985, has six to 10 core artists and a dynamic artistic director, Christina Sears-Etter, who recently added executive director duties to her busy schedule.
Sears-Etter studied dance at U-M and after graduation performed professionally in London at Chisenhale Dance Center and the Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts. She returned stateside and performed professionally in New York with Katrina Van Zee Dance and The Next Stage, an off-Broadway ensemble, among others. She also produced work with other artists at the Merce Cunningham Studio.
After her professional successes, Sears-Etter returned to the classroom and earned a master’s degree in fine arts from State University of New York: College at Brockport where she studied choreography. Since coming back to Michigan, she’s continued to dance, perform and choreograph. She was named artistic director of People Dancing in 1999 and teaches at Eastern Michigan University’s Music and Dance program.
Sears-Etter has seen many changes in the performing arts over the past 20 years, and she describes them as good changes. Today’s dancers and companies are more aesthetic and have more cultural diversity than in year’s past, she says, and that brings a new depth and different dynamics to the stage.
She says she’s excited to be on the cusp of the changing dance scene, and that People Dancing has embraced this new diversity in its dancers and choreography.
These changes will be visible in “Thrive: 30th Anniversary Concert” on Aug. 7 and 8 at the Arthur Miller Theater, U-M, North Campus. The Concert Series is supported by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, New Leaders Fund, EMU Student Funders group and others.
The People Dancing core group of artists will be joined by four guest artists: Valerie Green, Dance Entropy, New York City; Tanya Calamoneri, Company SoGoNo, New York City; and Jillian Hopper and Paulette Brockington, Detroit.
for their close-up