Announcing Dance Month at The Berman

The Berman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates Dance Month, January 26-February 18, with exceptional dance troupes.

The program opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26, and 10 a.m. Friday, January 27, with the Dorfman Legacy Project, a journey of family, trial and triumph. A child of Holocaust survivors, Carolyn Dorfman has created an acclaimed body of contemporary dance that describes the human condition. This extraordinary program is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Center, the Mardigian Library and the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Also, at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 28, The Berman will present a Carolyn Dorfman’s Repertory program filled with compelling and unique words of bold athleticism and dramatic nuance.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, February 4, “Michigan Five: University Showcase” comes to The Berman. This dance program will highlight the work of five professional choreographers and their students, representing five of the best university dance programs in Michigan. Greg Patterson, associate professor of dance at Oakland University and founder and artist director of the Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company, will headline the performance.

Sunday, February 5 from 1 pm – 3:30 pm, Allure Dance Company will host a Day of Dance for children ages 3 – 12.  So, Kids: You Think You can Dance?  Come join Allure Dance Company  in workshops created just for children.  Each workshop ends with a performance on The Berman Stage!

The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble will present New DANCEfest X at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 11 at The Berman. The evening will feature works by acclaimed choreographer, EDE founder and Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower and guest choreographers. The highlight will be a revival of Stephen Iannacone’s “Bolero,” set to the music of Maurice Ravel.

The final program will be the Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 18. Renowned for its virtuosic expression of Columbian folklore and its many manifestations in dance and physical theatre, this mesmerizing group celebrates both classical and contemporary styles.

Ticket prices are $15 for JCC members and $20 for non-members to the Michigan Five showcase; $20 for JCC members and $25 for non-members to the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble; and $30 for members and $40 for non-members for all other programs.  Call the Box Office for student and workshop prices.

For information and tickets, please visit www.theberman.org or call (248) 661-1900.

The Berman is located at 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield.

Inspired by an extraordinary gift from Madeleine and Mandell Berman, The Berman Center for the Performing Arts is a beautiful, world-class, 600-seat theatre that opened in the spring of 2011.  More than 40,000 guests already have attended events at The Berman, including performances by Patti LuPone, Marvin Hamlish and David Broza.

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