Dallas — A newcomer to the Dallas dance scene and Dallas Dances this year is Bridget L. Moore’s contemporary dance company, B. Moore Dance. Founded in 2018, B. Moore Dance’s mission is to empower and transcend generations through the art of dance by cultivating the arts through leadership, education and performances.
“This isn’t something that I jumped right in to do,” says Moore about starting her own company. “It really took me about six months before I decided that this was something I really wanted to pursue. And it was really because I wanted to continue to have a platform and a place to continue to do the work that I love so much.”
On Saturday, B. Moore Dance will be presenting an excerpt from Moore’s evening-length work NISSI, which the company will premiere at its 3D Vision performance, Sept 6-8, at Addison Theatre Center.
Moore says the section follows a very simple concept, which is this idea of moving from one place to another. “The dancers are in constant motion with this idea or perception of moving forward, but in doing so they’re in relationships with each other. They’re connected and have to work in unison, which is something I don’t typically do in my work. So, I had to challenge myself to do that, but it’s symbolic of community and coming together as one.”
Moore adds, “And it’s also very much about my personal life and where I am right now in that phase in my life and just being able to connect with people and feeling that sense of community with everyone.”
Moore has a BFA in dance from The Ohio State University and a MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She dance with Ronald K. Brown’s EVIDENCE: A Dance Company from 1999-2008 and has received numerous choreographic commissions, notably from Ailey II, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Red Clay Dance Company, Bruce Wood Dance/METdance, Urban Bush Women and TITAS’ Command Performance.
Moore also spent three years in Seoul, South Korea, as a visiting artist at Sungkyunkwan University. She is also the former artistic director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre and was recently named the artistic director of Joffrey Ballet School-Texas.
Looking ahead in her new role with Joffrey Ballet School-Texas, Moore says, “I want to be able to nurture these young people and help push them to their highest potential. And also help mentor them into their professional careers.”
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» Dallas Dances, presented by the Dance Council of North Texas, is 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 at Moody Performance Hall. Each day has different programs. Follow our 2019 Dallas Dances special section for more features and reviews.
Below is a list of companies and performers:
- Saturday: Ballet Dallas, Ballet Ensemble of Texas, Ballet Frontier of Texas, B. Moore Dance, Bruce Wood Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Elite Classical Coaching, Hailey von Schlehenried, Natyanjali Kuchipudi Dance School, RIFF (tap dance), Texas Ballet Theater
- Sunday: Academy Dance Company, Brandi Coleman Dance, Chamberlain Performing Arts, Dallas Ballet Company, Dallas Youth Repertory Project, DBDT: Encore!, LakeCities Ballet, 6 o'Clock Dance Theatre, Texas Ballet Theater School, Tejas Dance, Zion Dance