Dog-Eared Dancers was formed in early 2010 by a group of former dancers who wished to create and perform dances after a long hiatus from the stage and studio. They perform a varied repertory as the dancers come from diverse technical and stylistic backgrounds -- ballet, modern, classical Indian, and musical theater. In August of 2010, they had their inaugural performance on stage at The Music Shed, Battell Stoeckel Estate, presented by Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, as part of the first Norfolk ArtsWave! Festival in Norfolk, CT.
Dog-Eared Dancers came together for the love of creating and performing dances. The founding members met in New York City during ballet workout classes at a local fitness club. The dancers caught the performing bug again. Each had moved onto different careers and interests, but once a dancer, always a dancer. Dog-Eared Dancers was formed to afford these artists, "of a certain age" an opportunity for rebirth, exploring the possiblity that you can teach old dogs new tricks . . . and new choreography.
When I created the Norfolk ArtsWave! concept it was quickly dubbed "Norfolk's Show of Shows;" just as quickly, I realized there was a missing link. Music, literature and art were all represented, but dance was not. Fortunately, Dog-Eared Dancers presented itself and the artistic circle was closed. The rest is history. As it turns out the match is perfect. Norfolk is a NORC [Naturally Occurring Retirement Community] and this seasoned dance troupe is a graceful, engaging, and often amusing, reminder that movement is life, no matter the years.