Dance at Stockton - Stockton Dance Company

Stockton University's Resident Dance Company 

Dancers from Stockton Dance Company

Founded in 1979 by Gail Lee Abrams and Joshua Jess Cabot, the Stockton Dance Company presents professional level concert dance to the Atlantic County community. 

Dancers audition to be part of the company, and there are between 30-50 members in the company each year.  Resident choreographers Rain Ross, Caitlin Quinn Pittenger, and Beau Hancock create original works each year, and select Guest Artists are invited to choreograph for the company.  Such guests have included Meredith Rainey (Pennsylvania Ballet), Andrea Miller (Gallim Dance), Jon Lehrer (Lehrer Dance), Lauren Putty White (Philadanco), Germaul Barnes (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), and others.

For the 2018-19 Season, Stockton Dance Company presents two performances in the Experimental Theatre, and one main stage production in the Stockton Performing Arts Center.  For the main stage production, choreographers include Starr Foster, Caroline Fermin, Rain Ross, Caitlin Quinn Pittenger, Beau Hancock, and Chandra Moss.  Auditions begin on Oct. 1, 2018.

Stockton Dance Company Performances

Dancers in performance

Fall Choreography Project
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2018

Fall Choreography Project brings to the Experimental Theatre’s black box a mixed bill of dance works from the most promising choreographers in the Stockton dance community.  Fall Choreography Project continues a 29-year Stockton tradition of presenting unpredictable and thought-provoking works from choreographers at all stages of their artistic development.  These dance makers are forging new avenues for contemporary choreography, and the Fall Choreography Project is an opportunity to view the early work of the next generation of New Jersey dance artists.

Dancer Performing

Spring Dance Concert
Feb. 28-March 2, 2018

Spring Dance Concert highlights the gifted artists of the Stockton Dance community, presenting dances from notable choreographers that challenge these maturing performers. Richmond-based Starr Foster shares her award-winning choreography that “embraces the human spirit.”  In her quest to make the world “richer with art,” Foster creates dances full of clever partnering, technical polish, and architectural compositions. Founding member of Gallim Dance and Julliard graduate Caroline Fermin blends her improvisational interests, Gaga-infused physicality, and “fiercely expressive and virtuosic” technique in her choreography for the Performing Arts Center stage. These nationally recognized guest artists join resident choreographers Rain Ross, Caitlin Quinn Pittenger, and Beau Hancock, whose eclectic, imaginative choreography dependably delights.  This diverse program promises to be a moving evening.

Dancer in Performance

Emerging Choreographers Showcase
April 25-27, 2018

Emerging Choreographers Showcase is filled with moments of striking physicality, unusual grace, and the unexpected.  This juried showcase for dance makers at the start of their composing careers is a laboratory for choreographic experimentation and innovation.  The Experimental Theatre’s intimacy allows audiences a personal experience with this forward-looking choreography, and provides these developing dance makers a chance to cultivate their artistic voices. Witness the variety and vibrancy of the Stockton community’s finest emerging choreographers.