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Curious about Florida's dance world? Just take a bite out of this 'sampler'

Dancers pose in front of an overturned car while wearing white outfits
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Maya Billig (Left, with Isaiah Gonzalez and Kayla Castellon) is one of the choreographers featured during this year's Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler

A showcase for some of the best that Florida's dance world has to offer is back this month for live performances — after the COVID-19 pandemic drove it online last year.

The 11th Annual Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler runs for three performances starting Friday, Oct. 29.

It features works by eight dance companies and choreographers.

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The sampler is named for longtime choreographer Daniel Lewis — who is also the founding dean of dance for Miami's New World School of the Arts.

Lewis says it's thrilling to be back to live performances again.

"Doing the sampler virtually was difficult," he says. "I know people right now are sort of burned out looking at all this dance online. I went to a dance performance the other day — there were tears running out of my eyes seeing live bodies on stage moving."

For the first time, the sampler is also expanding beyond Miami-Dade County. The performances kick off at the Duncan Theatre, on the campus of Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.

The full list of companies and choreographers for the sampler are: Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Ballet Flamenco la Rosa, Ballet Vero Beach, Maya Billig, Dance NOW! Miami, Karen Peterson and Dancers, New World Dance Ensemble, and Sandra Portal Andreu.

If You Go:

11th Annual Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler
Featuring 8 Florida companies and choreographers

Where:

  • Duncan Theater
  • 4200 S Congress Ave., Lake Worth, FL
  • New World School of the Arts
  • 25 NE 2nd St., Miami, FL

When:

Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Duncan
Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. and
Sunday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. at New World School of the Arts

FOR MORE INFO: dancenowmiami.org

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