Dance at Stockton - Stockton Dance Company
Stockton University's Resident 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 Starr Foster (Starr Foster Dance), Robert Moses (Robert Moses' Kin), 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 2019-20 season, Stockton Dance Company presents two performances in the Experimental Theatre, and one main stage production in the Stockton Performing Arts Center. The main stage production includes guest choreographers Tiffany Mills and Meredith Rainey. Auditions begin on September 23, 2019.
Stockton Dance Company Performances
Fall Choreography Project
Dec. 2-4, 2021
Fall Choreography Project showcases a mixed bill of dance works from the most promising choreographers in the Stockton dance community. Fall Choreography Project continues a 30-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.
Spring Dance Concert
March 2- 5, 2022
Spring Dance Concert highlights the gifted artists of the Stockton Dance community, presenting dances from notable choreographers that challenge these maturing performers. Described as “incredibly moving” by the Coachella Valley Art Scene, Michael Nickerson-Rossi’s dances have been hailed for their edge and beauty, and in his work for the Stockton Dance Company he orchestrates a mixture of movement and emotion that challenges the performers with its intricacy and physical complexity. Nickerson-Rossi joins resident choreographers Beau Hancock, Chandra Moss-Thorne, Caitlin Quinn Pittenger, and Rain Ross, whose eclectic, imaginative choreography dependably delights. This diverse program promises to be a moving evening.
Emerging Choreographers Showcase
April 21-23, 2022
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. Witness the variety and vibrancy of the Stockton community’s finest emerging choreographers.