Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dance Without Walls YOUTH Intensive

Applications NOW available! Click HERE to apply

What is Dance Without Walls?  Just like it sounds, dancing outside of the box, beyond the walls of a studio...

We seek youth who are not only interested in dance but in dance making, dance writing and performance. Dance Without Walls is a four week intensive where dance inspired students will keep journals, view performances, attend live rehearsals with professional dance companies, visit farms where we will look at agriculture and dance, zoo visits to observe movement from the animal kingdom, journal keeping where we discourse/discuss dance, social change and ecological consciousness. This program is an exclusive program where only 8-10 selected students will be chosen to participate.

Dance Without Walls will run for 4 weeks: July 16, 2012 - August 10, 2012 9:30am-4:00pm Mon- Fri
Total Program Costs ONLY $750
Culminating Performance August 10, 2012 6pm @ BAAD!                                                                  
Due May 15 (deadline extended to June 1)

Click HERE to apply 

 Photos from Dance Without Walls Last Year
 One of our students exploring at the farm

 Partner stretching after a long day of dancing

 Kickin' it at  the beach

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Photos from Performance at Andrew Freedman Home

What a fantastic environment the Andrew Freedman Home is.
Have you been there yet? If not, go check it out. 
This performance series was curated by Christal Brown via No Longer Empty's This Side of Paradise.

Photo credit: Autumn Scoggan

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The CYPHER @ TU Dance in St. Paul, MN 2/25/12

This past weekend Marjani brought The Cypher to TU Dance in St. Paul, MN and we rocked it!  TU Dance, a non-profit professional dance organization, founded and created by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands; an incredible duet shaking up the dance world in Minnesota and beyond.  It's a fantastic space, open, positive, re-affirming, and professional. 

With the legwork of performer Alanna Morris, Abdo Sayegh, and Julie Sand, we were able to provide a captivating experience for TU Dance pre-professionals, company members, and visitors varying in age, dance background, even a few who were new TU Dance Open Classes/Workshops!!!  
I've experienced TU Dance to be on of the few but necessary organizations offering a powerful mix of quality and access.  Directly in alignment with our vision for social justice, cultural organizing, and artistic expression here at LOVE|FORTÉ A COLLECTIVE! 
If YOU attended The Cypher this past weekend at TU Dance, leave us a note and Tell Us About Your Experience....leave a comment on this blog, our facebook page, or email us!!!  Check out the amazing blog recap of Kenna about her experience with The Cypher @

"Ms. Forte brought me to a new place of working in tandem.  Every single thing that she did tugged at the strings that make me dance.  For instance: we had to have two people in the Cypher, and you could jump in when you saw someone doing some movement that you wanted to get a piece of.  I LOVE DOING THAT!...Marjani Forte has me on that NEW shit, that CYPHER.....It makes me excited to think about the possibilities and permutations of what can occurr in the Cypher."- Kenna Cottman/Kenna.Camara: The Cypher is fed by RISK

Also, for all those, here's a list of the songs on this Cypher's Playlist [featured song Post Boat by Ngozi Flux- get free downloads of their music at]  

  • Feeling Good by Nina Simone Album Compact Jazz
  • Cold Nights And Rainy Days  by The Last Electro Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble Album Yesterdays Universe
  • A Peace of Light by The Roots, Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian & Haley Dekle  Album How I Got Over
  • West Naima (Naima's Hip) by Hossam Ramzy   Album Sabla Tolo - Journeys Into Pure Egyptian Percussion
  • 15 Steps by Radiohead    Album In Rainbows
  • Sail by Off the Record    Album Sail - Single
  • Creator by Santigold vs. Switch and FreQ Nasty   Album Santigold
  • See-Line Woman (Masters At Work Remix) by Nina Simone    Album Verve Remixed
  • Neutron Wireless Crystal   by Swimming    Album Ecstatics International
  • Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex    Album Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
  • Post Boat by Ngozi Flux    Album Thee Ugly [FEATURED MUSIC download FREE at]
  • 14 Din Da Da by The ROOTS    Album Homegrown Vol.2
  • Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters    Album The Chess Box [Disc 2]
  • Weird Fishes/Arpeggi by Radiohead    Album In Rainbows
  • Inside You Radio Mix by Ngozi Flux    Album Thee Ugly [FEATURED MUSIC download FREE at]
  • Love Song #1 by Me'Shell Ndegéocello    Album Comfort Woman
See ya at the next Cypher March 26 7-9pm @ 
Dance New Amsterdam in NYC
Wanna bring LOVE|FORTÉ and The Cypher to YOU?  
Email us at or visit our website at 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The CYPHER Discount!

Good news everyone, we are offering a great discount to our next CYPHER (Monday January 23rd at Dance New Amsterdam). 

Requirements: Bring a Friend, tell the front desk at DNA that you brought a friend to The CYPHER, and you can both pay 1/2 price ($8 each)!

So bring a friend, save money, and dance with us.  See you on  Monday!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The CYPHER: It's Back!

            • When: Monday, January 23rd, 2012
            • Where: Dance New Amsterdam 
            • Time: 7-9pm
            • Why:  Expand, improv, share, learn, play and dance!