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Mignolo Dance performs ‘Paradox in Transition’ by Charly Santagado at the 2019 Dance on the Lawn. FILE PHOTO

Dance on the Lawn, Montclair’s outdoor dance festival, will return this year with a virtual event in response to the pandemic. The festival, celebrating its seventh year, will present “best of”  Dance on the Lawn archival footage — highlighting compilation performance video dating from the festival’s inception in 2014 — via its website, YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the highlights, the Sept. 13 streaming event will include panel discussions by dance school representatives, professional dancers and NJ School, NJ Professional and NJ emerging Artistic Directors, as well as an additional panel discussion with artistic directors now rescheduled for DOTL 2021. The 2021 artistic director/choreographer panel will include Amber Sloan, Dance on the Lawn’s 2020 N.J. emerging commissioned choreographer, Rekha Srinivasan (Bhaarat Nritya Academy), Jessica Totaro (Movement Arts Project/Dance for Joy), Nai-Ni Chen (Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company), Megan Chu (Inimois Dance) and Nicole Philippidis (277dance project).

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READ: DANCE ON THE LAWN: FOR AYORINDE, FALL AND FEEL FREE (2019)

READ: TAP ON TAP AT DANCE ON THE LAWN (2018)

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Dance on the Lawn was founded by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren in 2014, in the

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hope of increasing New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing together professional and emerging companies, plus students of dance from around the state, to perform in a community setting. 

The 2020 Dance on the Lawn virtual lineup:

NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS

Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts

DanceWorks & Co.

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble

Grooves Unlimited Dance Studio

NEW JERSEY COMPANIES

Alborada Dance

Freespace Dance Company

10 Hairy Legs

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company

MeenMoves 

Mignolo Dance

Maurice Chestnut

Kyle
Oludamilare “Dare” Ayorinde likes movement that feels awkward and uncertain.
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DOTL’S EMERGING COMMISSIONED NEW JERSEY CHOREOGRAPHERS 

Robert Mark Burke

Kyle Marshall

Lauren Connolly

Javier Padilla

Oluwadamilare “Dare” Ayorinde

2021 LINE UP ~ ARTISTS NEW TO DOTL

Bhaarat Nritya Academy

Movement Arts Project/Dance for Joy

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Inimois Dance

New Jersey Ballet

277dance project