Updates from the inaugural Savannah Dance Festival, slated for October 2012

I can’t believe that it’s already been 5 months since I blogged about the the first annual Savannah Dance Festival, scheduled for October 18-20, 2012: The new Savannah Dance Festival and thinking big. I devoted an entire City Talk column to the SDF as well.

A few updates:

  • The SDF has a great new website up and running, which includes some beautiful photos of local dancers taken by David Perkins and Hannah Lancaster. (I’ve used one by Perkins as the thumbnail for this post on my home page.)
  • The website also has information about how to make donations.
  • The Sean Curran Company, one of America’s leading modern dance companies, is still slated for the October 2012 festival.
  • The first big SDF fundraiser will be a Casablanca themed Valentine’s Day gala at the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center. Stratton and Mary Leopold will be honorary chairs of the event. You’ll be reading and hearing a lot more in coming weeks about entertainment and special guests for that event.
  • Board president Pat Alley, whom I quote at length in the column linked above, was interviewed for the January issue of Savannah Magazine.
As I’ve said previously, I’m excited and enthusiastic about the prospects for Savannah as a hub of dance, especially modern dance. We already have a plethora of schools and teachers, plus the great work being done at Savannah Arts Academy, but dance has not gotten its due from local audiences. As Savannahians are exposed to more dance — and as potential donors and supporters see that such efforts are viable — I expect dance to flourish here as it never has before.
I’m sure I’ll be circling around to the SDF again.