About the GLBC Contemporary Performance Division...
The CPD is a pre-professional and pre-collegiate contemporary dance company with an educational and performance focus providing opportunities for its members to explore professional contemporary dance. The company curriculum emphasizes college preparedness, storytelling, creativity, concert performance, and concert production. Dancers, ages 12 to 18, gain experience in choreography and concert production, and perform pieces choreographed by a wide diversity of Mid-Michigan and nationally recognized choreographers. Performances are frequent throughout the year, and interested dancers have the option as part of their experience to perform in Greater Lansing Ballet Company productions, as well as Contemporary Division productions. Company Dancers are challenged to develop their creativity, character development, technique, problem solving skills, leadership, and story telling ability, all in a self-esteem building environment which is developmentally appropriate for young people.
Upcoming Events and important dates
Focusing on choreographic preparation for the coming Fall.
Monday, August 19 - Thursday, August 22. 6 to 9 p.m.
Friday, August 23. 6 p.m. Team Building
Rehearsals will be held weekly on Saturdays, starting September 7, 2019 and continuing through June 13, 2020.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note rehearsals may be extended from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. if needed immediately preceding performances.
Rehearsal time also includes a Company Class.
This year's season will include several performance opportunities, including showcases in:
- Broadway/Musical Theatre, Percussive Dance, Jazz
- Classical Dance/Ballet
- Dancer Choreography
Additional community performances, festival performances, and company guest appearances may occur throughout the year, including a Chicago Dance Immersion.
Cost and Requirements
A company fee of $700 covers the 2019-2020 season. We recommend payment in 10 monthly installments of $70 (September 2019 - June 2020).
In order to continue growing and developing their skills, Dancers in the CPD must be enrolled in at least 2 technique classes in area studios. It is recommended at least one be at the Greater Lansing Academy of Dance.
Lisa Whiting Dobson, Artistic Director
Lisa Whiting Dobson is on the faculty of the MSU Department of Media and Information where she teaches television producing and directing. Winner of over seventy regional, national, and international awards for her producing, directing, and editing work, she is also a Television Producer/Director for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Adjunct Professor in the Digital Media, Audio, and Cinema Department at LCC, and is Artistic Director of the Greater Lansing Ballet Company Contemporary Division. Lisa has taught dance for thirty years at local studios including Nancie Bauer School Of Dance, Synergy, Class Act, Fusion Dance Center, and Greater Lansing Academy of Dance. She has also been the Artistic Director of Happendance Impulse and DANCE Lansing Community Dance Project. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Children’s Ballet Theatre (Past President). She has also served on the Board of Directors of Happendance (Past President), Michigan Dance Association (Past Secretary, Past Vice President), Michigan Dance Council (Past Secretary), and Michigan Youth Arts Festival (Past Dance Division Director). Lisa has stage managed numerous dance and theatrical productions at LCC, Wharton Center, and other community venues. Lisa holds four degrees in telecommunication, psychology, and dance.
Lauren Mudry, Associate Artistic Director