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Join the Dance Party with Monica Bill Barnes-Master Class and Auditions

Oct 20, 2023 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Students, alumni, and local community members are invited to audition for internationally recognized guest artist Monica Bill Barnes to take part in the upcoming Springfield College CommUnity Dance Concert. You have the option to take the class for fun, observe, or audition.

The class/audition will be with Barnes and Flannery Gregg, a member of Monica Bill Barnes & Company. This new dance work will be performed as part of the December 8-10 CommUnity Dance Concert on campus. Details on rehearsal days and times will be given at the audition. Note: You must be 18 or older to audition.

Monica Bill Barnes (left) and Flannery Gregg
Photo: David Wilson Barnes

Monica Bill Barnes is a dancer and choreographer. Since her company’s founding in 1997, her choreography has been seen in many places, such as New York City’s Bowling Green public fountain, on stage at Carnegie Hall, throughout the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in Greta Gerwig’s film, Little Women. The company has been presented in more than 50 cities and internationally in venues ranging from The Kennedy Center to the Sydney Opera House in a collaboration with Ira Glass in Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. Barnes began collaborating with Robbie Saenz de Viteri in 2013 at which point the company adopted the motto of “bringing dance where it doesn’t belong.” Recent collaborations include a national tour of The Running Show; at a site-specific show, called Days Go By, in a mall; and two online works created during the pandemic called Keep Moving and It’s 3:07 Again. Her company is currently developing a new show, Many Happy Returns, and creating a commissioned work, The 20-Year Project, to celebrate the opening of the Perelman Performing Arts Center in New York City in fall 2023.

Flannery Gregg is a performer, movement director, and rehearsal director based in New York City. She has rehearsal directed and performed in Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s productions of The Running Show, Days Go By, Keep Moving, It’s 3:07 Again, and Many Happy Returns. She has also worked alongside Barnes as associate choreographer/dancer on Little Women. Gregg was the movement director of The Reality Show: NYU (created by Elizabeth Swados) from 2017-2022, staging performances at the Barclays Center, Radio City Music Hall, and New York University’s Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. She was the assistant choreographer to Sam Pinkleton on the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, and the associate choreographer to Sonya Tayeh for Sing Street on Broadway. Born and raised in San Diego, Gregg earned her Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is thrilled to be dancing with Monica Bill Barnes & Company.

This event is free and open to the Springfield College community and the public.
If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, or have any questions, please email Sarah Zehnder, director of Dance, at szehnder@springfield.edu.

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October 20, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Wellness Center Room 210 – Dance Studio
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