About DDW

Mission Statement

Duarte Dance Works (DDW) artistic and educational mission is to perform in both traditional and non-traditional venues, and to collaborate with multiple artists and organizations. In addition to educational programs, DDW intends to serve the communities by providing public performances of various forms of contemporary dance.

Director’s Statement

Art and education are an endless process of sharing. Collaboration in all levels is key. This collaboration, this interplay between art and education, is what feeds and sustains the artist in me. The roles of artist and educator are intricately and beautifully intertwined. The creation of Duarte Dance Works allows me to bring my philosophy to both artists and audiences. With DDW I want to heighten cultural appreciation in contemporary Dance.

About DDW

Duarte Dance Works (DDW), a contemporary dance company, is founded and directed by internationally known Brazilian artist and dancer, Armando Duarte. The company’s inaugural performance was held in July, 2002, and showcased Duarte’s original choreography including two world premieres. Featured artists were Houston Ballet principal Dominic Walsh, Houston Ballet soloist Fernando Moraga, former Ballet de Santiago soloist Paola Georgudis, and dance alumni and students from The University of Iowa. For the past five years DDW has continue its tradition of artistic excellence with performances in Iowa City, Davenport, IA, Louisville, KY, Grand Island, NE, and Houston, TX.

DDW dancers and students have the opportunity to perform side-by-side at major venues throughout the country. An integral part of Duarte Dance Works’ artistic and educational mission is performing in both traditional and nontraditional venues, and collaborating with multiple artists and organizations. In addition to educational programs, DDW intends to serve the communities by providing public performances of various forms of contemporary dance.

Credits

The Company

 

2007
Analia Alegre-Fermenias
Rachel Barger
Amy Bennett
Lauren Bombick
Erika Christiansen
Paul Cristiano
Mary Davies
Courtney Johnson
Lovar Kid
Jennifer Kray
Amanda Krum
Diana Musial
Carrie Nicastro
Simone Pietro
Vladimir Reche
Kate Robbins
Brittany Roberts
Patricia Schneider
Amy Stange
Laura Sundth
Erin Taylor
Beth Turner

 

2006
Diego Carrasco
Mary Davies
Armando Duarte
Nicole Hussain
Megan Fickel
Courtney Johnson
Jennifer Otto Kray
Tara Leaderbrand
Jennifer Medina
Phillip Olenburg
Trevor Szcuba-Scheineder
Jackie Stewart

2005
Kristen Best
Julius Carter
Diego Carrasco
Armando Duarte
Nicole Hussein
Kate Johnson
Julia Katcher
Leah Mena
Phillip Ollenburg
Jennifer Otto
Julieane Rosing
Lindsay Schwab
Brenda Tally
Dan Stark
Allison Thompson
Afton Wilson
Nicole Wong

2004
Laura Buckoltz
Erica Chinn
Coleen DeRosa
Armando Duarte
Rebecca Evans
Kate Hirstein
Katie Johnson
Julia Katcher
Lisa Koteman
Leigha Mena
Maureen Miner
Mareva Minerbi
Meagan O'Connor
Jennifer Otto
Maggie Rupretcht
Lindsay Schwab
Sarah Strackany
Jamie Sweeney
Dan Stark

2003
Marina Fukushima
Alessandra Herszkowicz
Kate Hirstein
Amy Isherwood
Courtney Johnson
Jennifer Otto
Jessica Panosh
Daniel Stark
Nicole Wong

2002
Rebecca Evans
Marina Fukushima Alessandra Herszkowicz Kate Hirstein
Erin Huismann
Meagan O'Connor
Jennifer Otto
Emily Price
Tamara Schreiber
Nicole Wong

 

Guest Artists

2006 - Diego Carrasco, Jennifer Medina and Courtney Johnson (UI Alumni)
2005 - Diego Carrasco, Dan Stark and Nicole Wong (UI Alumni)
2004 - Katie Hirstein, Jennifer Otto, Dan Stark and Nicole Wong (UI Alumni)
2003 - Alessandra Herszkowicz, Jennifer Otto and Daniel Stark (UI Alumni)
Fernando Moraga and Leticia Oliveira (courtesy of the Houston Ballet).
2002 - Dominic Walsh and Fernanda Moraga (courtesy of the Houston Ballet).
Paola Georgudis (former dancer of Ballet de Santiago, Chile)

Costumes and Set

Margaret Wenk

Lighting Design

Gary N. Holmquist

Photography

Rita Barros
Brad Causey
Amanda May
Reggie Morrow

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