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Wednesday September 4, 2013 | 10:15-11:45 am

Intermediate Contemporary with Artistic Director Betsi Graves

$15 Drop-In

Urbanity Dance | 280 Shawmut Ave | Boston, MA 02118

Betsi Graves, founder and director of Urbanity Dance, is originally from Orlando, Florida and holds a BA from Boston College.  At the age of 17, she was selected by Mia Michaels to tour across the U.S. on full scholarship with LA Undergound.  She has taught ballet and jazz at Harvard University, Boston College, and several Boston-area dance schools; and is currently on faculty at Boston Ballet, Regis College, and Urbanity Dance.  As a choreographer, Ms. Graves has won national choreography awards and judged for dance competitions throughout New England.  Her choreography has recently garnered grant support from Massachusetts Cultural Council, the City of Boston and Boston Dance Alliance.  She is an alumna of Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer’s Lab (2006) and Green Street Studios Emerging Artists Program (2008).  She danced for Karen Murphy-Fitch’s Falling Flight Project and in fall 2008 danced as a street performer for Theatre Mama and Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza.  Her choreography has been reviewed as “soulful and inspiring,” “unique and full of energy,” and “gutsy and culturally poignant.” Recent projects included Urbanity Dance’s The Story of Stuff (November, 2010), Contemporary Theatre of Boston’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June, 2010) and Urbanity’s Between the Lines (November, 2011) an interactive dance journey and collaboration with artists in Boston’s SOWA district. In 2011, Graves’ choreography was featured at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Women in Dance at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre (December, 2011), Endicott College, Plymouth State University, Boston College, EarthDance and Mass MOCA.  Commissions in 2011-2012 include an African Opera, “Missa Luba” for UMASS (December, 2011), Women in Dance (Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York City, January 2012), and the Dance Gallery Festival (Houston, TX and Alvin Ailey Citigroup, NYC, December 2011.

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