Evan Matthew Stewart performs an excerpt from “Shadow Force” with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, choreographed by Nai-Ni Chen, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Dance on the Lawn returned to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Saturday with its first live, in-person performances in the pandemic, after holding a virtual festival in 2020.

The annual festival is a showcase and mentoring launchpad for choreographic talent from New York and New Jersey. Founded by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren in 2014, Dance on the Lawn aims to increase New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing professional and emerging companies together with students of dance from around the state to perform in a community setting.

This year’s lineup included: Dance on the Lawn emerging commissioned New Jersey choreographer Amber Sloan; New Jersey schools Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, DanceWorks Studios, Movement Arts Project/Dance for Joy and Maurice Chestnut’s  Dance Therapy; New Jersey companies Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and Inimois Dance; and New York companies 277 Dance Project (with Nicole Philippidis) and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (with Chalvar Monteiro and Jacquelin Harris in excerpts from Merce Cunningham’s “Landrover”).

— Information submitted by Dance on the Lawn

Haley Klouse, Ellie Martens, Isabella Moglia, Ella Pflueger, Chloe Schuster and Talia Yustein with DanceWorks Studios peform “Spirit,” choreographed by Taylor Carey, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Libby Blubaugh with Movement Arts Project/Dance For Joy performs “Gaia,” choreographed by Jessica Totaro,, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Dance on the Lawn’s founder and artistic director, Charmaine Warren, laughs with managing director Laura Marchese during the festival’s closing remarks at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The audience applauds at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Chalvar Monteiro and Jacquelin Harris perform an excerpt of “Landover,” choreographed by Merce Cunningham, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Jacquelin Harris performs an excerpt of “Landover,” choreographed by Merce Cunningham, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Dancers Jacquelin Harris and Chalvar Monteiro smile as Sharron Miller introduces them at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Dance on the Lawn host Nasha Thomas introduces the founder and director of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Eric Parra and Emily Tellier of 277 Dance Project perform an excerpt of “Thoughts as Storms, a Sixth Exit Work,” choreographed by Nicole Philippidis, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Eric Parra and Emily Tellier of 277 Dance Project perform an excerpt of “Thoughts as Storms, a Sixth Exit Work,” choreographed by Nicole Philippidis, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Ross Daniel and Elisa Schreiber of 277 Dance Project perform an excerpt of “Thoughts as Storms, a Sixth Exit Work,” choreographed by Nicole Philippidis, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The lawn of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is filled with dance festival attendees at Dance on the Lawn in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Rio Kikuchi, Thibaut Witzleb, Candace Jarvis, Evan Matthew Stewart and Greta Campo perform an excerpt from “Shadow Force” with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, choreographed by Nai-Ni Chen, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Rio Kikuchi performs an excerpt from “Shadow Force” with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, choreographed by Nai-Ni Chen, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Rio Kikuchi performs an excerpt from “Shadow Force” with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, choreographed by Nai-Ni Chen, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Rio Kikuchi performs an excerpt from “Shadow Force” with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, choreographed by Nai-Ni Chen, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Evan Matthew Stewart performs an excerpt from “Shadow Force” with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, choreographed by Nai-Ni Chen, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Evan Matthew Stewart performs an excerpt from “Shadow Force” with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, choreographed by Nai-Ni Chen, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Candace Jarvis performs an excerpt from “Shadow Force” with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, choreographed by Nai-Ni Chen, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
“Inimois Dance” is performed by dancer and choreographer Megan Chu at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
“Inimois Dance” is performed by dancer and choreographer Megan Chu at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Louise Benkelman, Amber Sloan and Jordan Morley perform “A Tangled Web.” choreographed by Sloan, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Louise Benkelman, Amber Sloan and Jordan Morley perform “A Tangled Web” choreographed by Sloan, at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Amber Sloan begins a performance at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The audience applauds at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Reagan Edward, Ahadu Chase, Tatiana Corbett, Quiya Harris, Ava DeBarros, Jaden Foremen and Ellis Foreman perform with Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Maurice Chestnut takes a turn tapdancing at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The audience claps to the rhythym of the tapdancers at Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2001 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)