Our 2017-18 Resident Companies are DC Contemporary Dance Theatre/El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea, Motion X Dance DC, UpRooted Dance


* Joy of Motion is now accepting applications for 2018-19 Resident Companies; please access the RFP here *

DC Contemporary Dance Theatre/El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea (TDC)

Founded in 1984 as the first multicultural repertory dance company in the District, TDC relocated to El Salvador in the early 1990s and then returned to the US in 1999 to engage with Salvadoran artists in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Founding Artistic Director Miya Hisaka has taught at Joy of Motion for more than 30 years. TDC showcases “the power, passion, and poetry of its Latin American roots, with an added international flavor of its multicultural dance artists.” (Artistic Director: Miya Hisaka)



Motion X Dance DC

Founded in 2013, Motion X is a newcomer to the DC dance scene. Uniting emerging choreographers with more seasoned artists, Motion X presents innovative contemporary dance in a visceral, immersive context, building from a collaborative process. Founding Artistic Director Stephanie Dorrycott is the Jazz Department Chair at Metropolitan School of the Arts (Alexandria, VA) and the Associate Director for Greater Washington Dance Center (Reston, VA). Motion X Dance presents “diverse choreography that speaks to many types of people, showcasing the athleticism and talent of our artists.” (Artistic Director: Stephanie L. Dorrycott)

UpRooted Dance

Founded in Charlottesville, VA, in 2007, UpRooted works at the intersection of dance and other art forms, creating immersive storytelling and striking visuals. Founding Artistic Director Keira Hart-Mendoza has been a guest artist at James Madison University, Arizona State University, University of Virginia, and Coppin State University and is the Resident Movement Artist at Georgetown University Hospital. UpRooted Dance creates “intersections between dance and other art forms,” including visual art, music, theater, and technology. (Artistic Director: Keira Hart-Mendoza)

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