In conjunction with the temporary exhibition The Art of American Dance, Crystal Bridges brings an exciting selection of dance companies, choreographers, and filmmakers to the Museum, enriching your experience of the artwork and sharing new insights on intersections between visual art and dance.



October 22 – 23

Ballet Arkansas is the state’s premiere dance company. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, the company tours nationally and hosts world-class dancers.

Gallery Conversation » Ballet Arkansas, October 22
Performance » Ballet Arkansas, October 23



October 28 – 29

Nicholas Van Young is based in New York City and was a cast member of the off-Broadway sensation STOMP for nine years. He is currently a company member and co-creator/ choreographer of Electronic Tap Music with Dorrance Dance. Van Young began his professional career at the age of sixteen as part of Tapestry Dance Company of Austin, TX where he was awarded "Best Male Dancer" in 2001 and "Best Choreography" in 2003 by the Austin Critics Council. His New York-based dance company, SoundMovement, focuses on tap and modern dance through experimental sound manipulation.

Performance Lab » Nicholas Van Young Presents SoundMovement, October 28

Nicholas Van Young will also join us for Halloween in the Hollow on October 29!



November 4 – 6 and November 12

Alice Bloch is a fourth-generation Isadora Duncan-trained dancer and renowned dance scholar. Bloch has a doctorate in dance history from Temple University and a choreographic master’s degree from UCLA. She teaches at the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, MO.

Spotlight Talk and Performance » Alice Bloch explores Isadora Duncan, November 4
Gallery Conversation » Alice Bloch, November 5

Alice Bloch will also join us for our Family Sunday Dance Party on November 6, Creative Connections on November 7, and Art Night Out on November 12!

Photography by Bob Morrison.



November 10 – 12

Thomas F. DeFrantz is a professor in both the Dance Program and African American Studies at Duke University. DeFrantz received his BA from Yale, MA from the City College of New York, and a doctorate in Performance Studies from NYU. An author, performer, and dance historian, DeFrantz is also the founder and director of SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, an interdisciplinary group that explores connections between performance and emergent technology.

Gallery Conversation » Thomas F. DeFrantz, November 10
Firebird Family Workshop » SLIPPAGE dancer Carmen Carriker, November 10
Artinfusion Insight » Thomas F. DeFrantz, November 11
Performance Lab » Previewing FastDANCEPast by SLIPPAGE, November 11

SLIPPAGE will perform during our Art Night Out on November 12!



November 12 – 16

Rulan Tangen is the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of Dancing Earth, an Indigenous contemporary dance collective based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dancing Earth is rooted in the traditions and spirit of the first peoples and land, and works collaboratively with Indigenous communities across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Dancing Earth is a recipient of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s Expressive Arts Award.

Gallery Conversation » Dancing Earth, November 12
College Hang Out » Rulan Tangen, November 16
Performance Lab » Dancing Earth Presents Seeds: Red Generation, November 17

Dancing Earth will also perform during our Art Night Out on November 12!

Photography by Paulo Tavares for Dancing Earth.



November 30

Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine directed the award-winning documentary Ballet Russes, which maps the company’s beginnings in turn-of-the-century Paris, its halcyon days of the 1930s and 1940s, and its culmination the 1960s and ‘70s. Called “the dance film of the decade,” Ballet Russes contains a treasure trove of archival footage and treats modern audiences to a rare glimpse of a company that transformed the face of ballet for generations.

Gallery Conversation » Filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, November 30
Film and Discussion » Ballet Russes, November 30



December 7 – 10

CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company creating physically intense and politically astute performance works that move audiences to imagine what is possible. Ana Maria Alvarez, Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer, received her BA in Dance and Politics from Oberlin College, and her MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, where she is currently an artist in residence. Alvarez and the company combine salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, and contemporary dance with theater, compelling text, and original music to bring dynamic experiences to the stage.

Performance Lab » CONTRA-TIEMPO Presents Agua Furiosa, December 7
Gallery Conversation » CONTRA-TIEMPO on Dance and Social Change, December 8
Spotlight Talk » Ana Maria Alvarez, Artistic Director of CONTRA-TIEMPO, December 8
Artinfusion Insight » CONTRA-TIEMPO, December 8
Dance » Salsa with CONTRA-TIEMPO!, December 9
Family Workshop » Hip Hop with CONTRA-TIEMPO, December 10