DanceATL will host its first potluck mixer September 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, participants are invited to arrive at 4:30 and watch a rehearsal of staibdance’s upcoming work fence.
The mixer will offer artists an opportunity to network and share about their work. In addition to an elevator-pitch forum, where attendees can speak about their season and personal artistic goals, the potluck will include a dancewear costume swap. Community members can contribute used but usable dancewear, and those who are interested in “shopping” can donate $2 to DanceATL.
The mixer will also be an opportunity for attendees to learn about the organization. Jacque Pritz, DanceATL’s operations manager, says, “We want to stress the idea that everyone is a part of DanceATL, and that we are all about every single artist and artistic endeavor in Atlanta. Whether they have an upcoming show or not, we care.”
DanceATL reestablished itself in 2018 as a support organization for Atlanta’s dance community. It now has a staff member, a founding board and volunteer committees focused on dance writing, community, production, creation and archiving.
In the future, DanceATL plans to offer workshops on dance writing, increase opportunities for resources and collaboration and create a production calendar to help avoid conflicting shows. “What we’re trying to do is to foster this idea of community and collaboration above competition,” Pritz says.