Freespace Dance in Dance on the Lawn.
Freespace Dance performs in Dance on the Lawn 2017. COURTESY TONY TURNER

Dance on the Lawn has announced its lineup for its return to Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 8, 3-5 p.m., with a free outdoor festival on the front lawn of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Ave. 

In its fifth year, Dance on the Lawn will feature performances by more than 13 New York and New Jersey dance companies and schools. The Festival’s fifth anniversary celebration will also include work from the three consecutive winners of Dance on the Lawn’s Emerging Commissioned NJ Choreographer award, Robert Mark Burke, Kyle Marshall and Lauren Connolly, and a special showcase presentation of “Tap Dance in New Jersey,” featuring top tap talent Maurice Chestnut, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Jason Samuel Smith.

The 2018 Dance on the Lawn lineup:

NEW FOR 2018

New Jersey School – Unique Performance Arts Center (Lisa Batchelor/Director)

New Jersey Professional – MeenMoves – (Sameena Mitta/Artistic Director)

New York Professional – Barkha Dance Company – (Barkha Patel/Director)

2018 “Emerging commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” – Javier Padilla & The Movement Playground (Javier Padilla)

RETURNING FOR 2018 (New Jersey)

New Jersey Schools – Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) – (Sharron Miller/Director), DanceWorks & Co. (Kathy Costa/Director), New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (NJDTE) (Nancy Turano/Director),

New Jersey Professional – Freespace Dance (Donna Scro/Director)

Dance on the Lawn's Charmaine Warren
CHARMAINE WARREN

Charmaine Warren is winner of the Dance NJ’s JETÉ AWARD, in honor of founding the Dance on the Lawn Festival. Dance NJ is the service organization committed to advocating the excellence of dance and dance education in the state.

The New Jersey State Arts Council has given four awards to Dance on the Lawn artists: Nancy Turano, Artistic Director, NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble, DOTL artist since 2014; Kyle Marshall, DOTL 2016 “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” recipient; Lauren Connolly, DOTL 2017 “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” recipient; and Hillary-Marie, Choreographer/Director FutureSTEP Tap Company, who participated in DOTL 2017 for the first time.

For more information, visit danceonthelawn.org.