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“Dance on the Lawn” celebrates dance in New Jersey and aims to increase exposure to dance by bringing professional and emerging companies, plus students of dance from around New Jersey together in a community setting that is free and open to the public. Since their inception in 2014, they have presented New Jersey School Performing Groups, New Jersey Professional Companies including Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs, Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy and Donna Scro’s Freespace Dance, plus New York Professional Companies including Seán Curran Company, Janice Brenner and Dancers, works by Troy Powell (Artistic Director, Ailey II), Ballet Hispanico Dos and DanceGrandMoultrie. Additionally, each year they select and support an “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” with performance opportunities guided by a mentor. Robert Mark Burke was chosen in 2015 and Kyle Marshall is the 2016 recipient. Charmaine Warren and Laura Marchese are the guiding force behind “Dance on the Lawn.” Their SummerStage performance will feature dancers Gentry Isaiah George, Kyle Marshall, Robert Mark Burke.
SummerStage Master Class veteran Calvin Wiley is an international fitness professional with over twenty years of experience and recognition. Known for his unique and provocative style of teaching and motivating others, Calvin’s dynamic choreography is high-energy and stylistically diverse.