Summer Dance Workshop

Doug Varone and Dancers

June 5 – 25, 2016

Photo by J. Caldwell
Photo by J. Caldwell

Doug Varone

Doug Varone founded Doug Varone and Dancers in 1986, and has become known for his emotionally charged, animated, and distinctive movement style. His incredible ability to tell a non-literal story can be seen in his solo The Fabulist (2014), in which he illustrates the confidence experienced in youth and the vulnerability that comes with aging. Captivated by detail, he is also known for site-specific works, like The Bottomland (2008), which was set in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky, and featured in PBS’s Dance in America series. Commissions include the Limón Company, Hubbard Street, Rambert Dance Company (London), Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancemakers (Canada), Bern Ballet (Switzerland), An Creative (Japan) and Batsheva Dance Company. He received an OBIE Award (2006), multiple NEFA National Dance Project grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship (1996), and two individual Bessie Awards (1998, 2007). In 2015 he was honored with a Doris Duke Artist Award for Dance. He is currently on faculty at Purchase College and his latest piece, ReComposed, commissioned by the American Dance Festival, premiered in July 2015.

Company Alumni will be joining the Summer Dance Workshop as guest faculty:

Natalie Desch    

Natalie Desch, Juilliard BFA, University of Washington MFA, performed with the Limón Dance Company (1996-2001) before joining Doug Varone and Dancers (2001-2012.) During her time with Varone, she collaborated in over twenty new works and served as co-rehearsal director. Natalie has been a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and worked with Varone at several regional opera and theater companies. She has taught at the following summer intensives: Limón (1998-2000), Varone (2002-2011, 2015, 2016), the Bates Dance Festival (2003, 2010), the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (2009-2011, 2016), the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater (2014), Ririe-Woodbury’s Move-It workshop (2014, 2016), and Ballet West Academy (2015, 2016.) Natalie taught extensively at various studios in New York City including the Limón Institute, Peridance, Dance New Amsterdam, and the 92nd Street Y amongst others (1996-2012), was a faculty member at Hunter College in NYC (2005-2012) and guest faculty at Weber State University (2015.) Natalie has staged the works of Varone, Limón, and Jiri Kylián on companies and universities around the world, and her choreography has been presented at venues throughout the United States. In 2008, she earned her yoga certification from YogaWorks NYC. Natalie currently teaches for Ballet West Academy, Utah Valley University, and Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Adriane Fang    

Adriane Fang is a dancer, teacher and choreographer with a keen interest in multi-disciplinary collaboration.  She was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 1996-2006 and has worked with several other choreographers including Colleen Thomas, Bill Young, Wally Cardona and Clare Byrne.  She has been a guest teacher at Indiana University and the Damansara Performing Arts Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has taught and staged the works of Doug Varone for various universities and companies, including North Carolina School of the Arts, CityDance Ensemble, BalletMet Columbus, Juilliard School of the Arts, Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota. She was on faculty at George Mason University from 2006-2009 and at the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshops from 2000-2007 and 2015. She has choreographed works for places such as Shendandoah University, James Madison University and was awarded a 2014 Local Dance Commissioning Project Award from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to present her full-length work, Grains.  Currently on faculty at the University of Maryland, Adriane is the recipient of a 2007 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for her performance with Doug Varone and Dancers.