Reflecting on 25 to Watch Live! 2023: Moving, and Being Moved
On Monday, July 24, Dance Magazine’s annual “25 to Watch” feature was brought to the stage for the first time, featuring 12 of 2023’s “25 to Watch” artists. An evening of stellar performances and panel discussions kicked off at 6 pm at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in New York City.
Maria Majors, Kelly Ging, and Tommy Wasiuta of STL Rhythm Collaborative opened the show with Wasiuta’s playful Three to Get Ready. Mikaela Santos followed with a masterful rendition of a variation from Petipa’s Le Talisman, and both Dominic Moore-Dunson and Andrew McShea performed world-premiere solos: In his eyes and You, a body, respectively. Madeline Maxine Gorman and Ashton Edwards each presented dance on video (Between Myself and Bright Young Things). The first-act performers then joined editor in chief Caitlin Sims onstage for a brief panel to discuss their pathways to dance, repertoire, and career aspirations.
Several “25 to Watch” artists from the previous 22 years that the feature story has been a popular part of the magazine attended the evening as audience members; they stood for a moment of recognition and applause.
After a brief intermission, Quinn Starner began round two with an homage to her competition-dance days in Jason Parsons’ Into the Storm. Tendayi Kuumba followed with a performance of her BlackBird solo. Erin Casale danced a cheerful variation from Leonid Lavrovsky’s Walpurgisnacht; Dandara Veiga brought heat and articulation in her premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Novo Começo; and Jordan Demetrius Lloyd presented his introspective Black Cherry. Finally, Cameron Catazaro and Ashley Knox closed out the night’s dance portion with an emotional performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, followed by a second panel discussion.