ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2016) – The Orlando-based ME Dance Company announced today it is officially changing its name to Dance Theatre of Orlando. The beloved dance troupe, founded in 2011, is expanding through the new year and the name change is a reflection of that growth. The company’s original, full-length dance productions will also transform into more robust, fleshed-out stories designed to captivate and intrigue audiences of all ages.
“The new name for ME Dance will bring forth a new era for the dance company,” says Marshall Ellis, founder and artistic director of ME Dance, Inc. and Dance Theatre of Orlando. “With a new name, expect a whole new set of artistic works and expression. The dance company will continue to present its usual full-length productions for each season, but these productions will be edgier – they will incorporate new elements of dance, new innovative technology and, above all, they will focus on engaging stories.”
2016 Productions Preview
This year, there will be a strong focus on developing the dancers into strong storytellers for each performance. Their classic technique will blend with dynamic narratives to provide more than just a showcase of technical feats, but also a unique and fully immersive entertainment offering that will enchant audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
For 2016, the Dance Theatre of Orlando will present the following original productions:
TOUCH – The Human Experience; Music by Bruce Springsteen; March 4-6, 11-13, 2016
K.E.Y.S.; A collection of dances directed by various choreographers; July 15-17, 2016
The Nuthouse: A New Holiday Tradition; Music by Tchaikovsky; December 2-4, 9-11, 2016
“Although the ME Theatre will continue to be the principal home of Dance Theatre of Orlando, expect some traveling performances in the near future,” hints Marshall Ellis.
The Dance Theatre of Orlando is funded through ME Dance, Inc., a charity that serves as a beacon of light in the Central Florida arts community. ME Dance, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts organization founded by Marshall Ellis. The mission of ME Dance, Inc. is to introduce innovative ideas through dance to create growth in the arts community and to enrich the arts community by providing an outlet to feature talent in art through entertainment. The organization is determined to assist other local dance organizations and dance students throughout community, regardless of affiliation.