TeenTix Blog - Dance

The Human Behind the Label

​Review of Sweet Land at Taproot Theatre Company, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Emily B.!

Hugh Hastings, Michael Winters, Pam Nolte, Molli Corcoran, Tyler Todd Kimmel, Daniel Stoltenberg, April Poland and Chris Shea in Sweet Land, the Musical at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

The battle cry “Us versus them,”and the brutal labeling accompanying it, is all too familiar today. One might not expect a seemingly simple historical fiction musical to offer a relevant response,yet Taproot Theatre’s Sweet Land does just that with touching, convicting, and joyful power.

Sweet Land tells the story of a young German woman, Inge Altenburg, who travels to Minnesota to marry a man she’s never met, Norwegian...

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Press Corps Update!

The TeenTix Press Corps is back in action!

In case you missed it, the TeenTix Press Corps is back in action! We’ve had a busy relaunch this spring—we held two Arts Criticism 101 workshops at Franklin High School and Cleveland High School, and held a 5-week intensive arts-writing course called Adventures in Contemporary American Culture. Read on for the full updates on each workshop!

ARTS CRITICISM 101

Franklin High School
Our workshop covered the basics of arts...

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Individuality and Uniqueness

​Review of Black Bois by Dani Tirrell at On the Boards. Written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Mayyadah Z! 

The cast of Black Bois. Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

This performance was very moving for me because the social issues that were brought up are happening in our world right now. I loved that throughout the piece the dancers got a chance to scream as loud as they could and let out all their anger from the injustices they experience everyday of their lives. I have not experienced the prejudice these people have, but I know how terribly they have been treated and how unfair it is...

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Rarely Shown Complexities of Black Men

​Review of Black Bois by Dani Tirrell at On the Boards. Written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Jocelyn A!

The cast of Black Bois. Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

Heading into the dimly lit theater that is On the Boards to see Dani Tirrell’s Black Bois, I was met with soft blue lights, a talkative audience, and 90’s hip hop. But even with this, I could not anticipate how poignant this performance would be. Reducing Black Bois, to just “a dance piece” would be embarrassingly unjust. It is a brilliant and moving work of art, that transcends labeling it into one genre. Black Bois tells the...

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TWO Teen Nights this Saturday!

​It's the ultimate showdown--which will you choose? 

Not just one, but TWO of our beloved Arts Partners are hosting Teen Nights at the SAME TIME on Saturday, May 19th. See what's on and make your choice this weekend! 

TEEN NIGHT @ UNEXPECTED PRODUCTIONS: Improv, laughter, and fun! Start the night with an interactive improv workshop and improv Q&A--then grab your seat to see improv in action at a professional show!

Pre-show forecasts include a TeenTix Meet-Up (a.k.a...

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2018 Summer Opportunities for Teens

​Stay active & keep your creativity going this summer with these exciting classes, workshops, and camps! 

Participants from The Residency, a hip-hop summer intensive at MoPOP

It's the most wonderful time of the year: SUMMER. Below is a comprehensive list of ALL OUR PARTNERS' opportunities for youth this year, conveniently separated by genre. Dive in and make this summer the best one yet! 

DANCE

Samba w/ Live Music @ Abbey Arts
Mondays, 7 - 8:30 PM (drop-ins ok) 
All ages
With a live Brazilian band, you will learn dances marked by the driving, rapturous beat of Samba. Remember to wear...

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THROWBACK: Three Teen Takes on PNB’s One Flat Thing

PNB dancers in the 2018 production of "One Flat Thing" by William Forsythe

When Pacific Northwest Ballet premiered William Forsythe's One Flat Thing Reproduced in 2008 it caused quite a stir, polarizing audiences and prompting questions about what defines "ballet." In early versions of the Press Corps, teen reviewers tackled the debut of One Flat Thing. Read these impressions from 10 years ago, then go see it for yourself! The piece has been remounted this weekend in PNB's Director's Choice program! ...Read more →

Recap: The 2017 Teeny Awards!

Winners, cupcakes, the art, the big $$$, and ALL THE LOVE!

2017 Teeny Award Winners, Photo by Bronwen Houck

On Sunday, September 24th, teens, parents, artists, and arts leaders gathered at TeenTix Community Partner, Vera Project to celebrate the 10th annual Teeny Awards, hosted by TeenTix arts crush, Justin Huertas and members of The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society

The Teeny Awards are planned with support from The New Guard, TeenTix’s teen governing body, and celebrate the best in local arts and culture according to...

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Fall/Winter Opportunities 2017

​Keep active this season! Find something arty, crafted for your interests.

Our partners and community do so much more than provide art(erriffic) experiences--many of them also hold programming year-round that supports your participation! Check out what's on the docket for Fall/Winter 2017. 

Henry Art Gallery
Teen Art Collective
Deadline to Apply: September 25

The creatives, the makers, and the movers of tomorrow are already here. What role do you want to play in the arts? Join the Henry...

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2017 Teeny Award Nominations are OUT (and awesome)

The winners of the 2016 Teeny Awards. Photo by Bronwen Houck

The New Guard has deliberated and are EXCITED to share the nominees of the 2017 TEENY AWARDS!

Don't forget - the below are just nominees! TeenTix members - remember to #VOTE for your favorites! VOTE NOW VOTE NOW VOTE NOW! Voting ends September 8, 2017 @ midnight.

TEENY AWARDS 2017 NOMINEES

ORGANIZATION AWARDS
Celebrating the region’s most teen-friendly arts organizations

1. FAVORITE ORGANIZATION
Voted on in real-time...

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Nominate A Teen for the Youth Arts Advocate of the Year Award!

Last year's YAAY nominees. Photo by John Ulman.

Do you know a teen who is always getting their friends to go to shows? How about a teen who works to keep arts education in school? Or a teen who creates opportunities for other teens to express themselves through art? Or a teen who pours themselves into leading a drama club, poetry slam, photography club, writing club, dance team, or WHATEVER KIND OF AWESOME ARTY CLUB? Know anybody like that? 

Nominate them for the Youth...

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#2017TeenyAwards: What To See & What To Do

New Guardians Isabel, Conor and TeenTix member showing off the voting board at the 2016 Teeny Awards

You know all about what to wear to the 2017 Teeny Awards - AND we hope you've got your Teeny Awards tickets (but if not, no worries, you can do that right here!), AND you've probably noticed that the doors open (@2:30 pm) a whole hour before the awards ceremony starts (@3:30 pm) on Sunday, September 24th.

Why's that?

So glad you asked!

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO/EAT/SEE during the pre-show red carpet/cupcake hour!


WHAT TO...

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2017 Teeny Awards: What It Is & What To Wear

New Guardians Meg and Esme at the 2016 Teeny Awards Red Carpet

When the summer heat dies down and the yellow buses start running again, you know it’s Teeny Awards time!


WHAT IT IS

The Teeny Awards celebrate the things teens (aka Seattle’s trendsetting young taste-makers) love in our local arts & culture scene! The winners are selected by popular vote — in other words, YOU choose which shows, exhibits and organizations should receive coveted awards such as “Best Aesthetics,” “The...

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TEENTIX SUPERSTARS: DALE & CHRISTINE BATEMAN

Dale and Christine Bateman are GiveBIG SUPERSTARS and OMG are they passionate about TeenTix!

Christine introduced Dale to TeenTix after she got to know the TeenTix Press Corps, who were out and about practicing their skills and viewing art at the Balagan Theater where she was Marketing Director. The Press Corps and The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society are a big deal to Christine and Dale. They strongly believe in...

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2017 Summer Opportunities for Teens

From sword fighting to sound design, this list has it all--peruse our partners' offerings for incredible classes, workshops, programs, and more!

Milwaukee-based teaching artist Tyrone Miller works with participants to teach the mechanics of of DJing at MoPOP's Hip-Hop Residency program.

Get your hands on some art this summer and keep yourself movin' and groovin' during the hottest months of the year! There's something for everyone on this list: 

DANCE

Summer at Spectrum @ Spectrum Dance Theatre
June - August 2017
Various ages, check listings
Take a summer intensive, study with Donald Byrd, or get your dance + drama on at SDT this summer! You'll gain a deeper understanding of technique and focus on...

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What to See: May 2017

Catch Seattle Opera's The Magic Flute during their ~Teen Night~ on 5/19/17!

Hey TeenTix members! It’s Katherine and I’m bringing you more recommendations from The New Guard, TeenTix’s Arts Leadership Society.

During April, we saw a TON of different shows and went to many events. Our favorites were Here Lies Love (which is still playing!) at Seattle Rep, The Secret Garden at 5th Ave, and Ballet on Broadway at PNB. Personally, I saw The Fog Machine Play at *new partner* Copious Love Productions (which...

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GIVEBIG SUPERSTAR: ELLA MAHLER

Ella Mahler, our next GiveBig SUPERSTAR is a bit of a chameleon. She is part artist (dancer+choreographer+performer), part fundraiser and arts advocate at The Ostara Group, part keen art consumer, and part TeenTix Advisory Council member. Ella is basically living the art nerd dream.

You may see Ella in the wild at some of her favorite TeenTix partner organizations: SAM, NW Film Forum, and On the Boards to name a few.

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GIVEBIG SUPERSTAR: TUCKER CHOLVN

Do you know Tucker Cholvin?

Maybe you do – when he was 16, Tucker discovered the wonders of the TeenTix Pass. Tucker used TeenTix to see art all over Seattle – from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, to On the Boards, to the Seattle Art Museum. In his words “you name it - I went there using TeenTix.

Tucker also hung around TeenTix HQ all the time. He was on the Teen Steering Committee (the precursor to The New Guard) AND he...

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Introducing our NEWEST partners!

A visual artist paints a picture while musicians and poets do their thing during Abbey Arts' oldest and most beloved event, THE ROUND, on 2nd Tuesdays at the Fremont Abbey.

Every year, we here at TeenTix get SO MANY REQUESTS from arts-presenting organizations to join our multi-faceted roster. TeenTix staff vets them, and The New Guard decide whether they're relevant to teen arts-going wants/needs/desires.

Well, today, we're stoked to present FIVE BRAND NEW TeenTix partners! Help us welcome CHOP SHOP Contemporary Dance Festival, ComedySportz Improv, Copious Love Productions, 18th & Union, and...

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What to See: March 2017

Each of the 60 paintings in Jacob Lawrence's Great Migration series is accompanied with a caption. "One of the largest race riots occurred in East St. Louis." Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

Happy March, TeenTix members!

I’m Katherine, a member of The New Guard, TeenTix’s youth leadership board. We’re excited to bring you our recommendations for upcoming shows and TeenTix-eligible events! (Hopefully, this will become a monthly tradition.)

Last month, New Guard members went to a LOT of events. Some of our favorites were Cendrillion at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sound Off! at MoPOP, and Well at Seattle Rep....

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