Massachusetts
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
Anna Myer and Dancers / beheard.world

Since its founding in 1992 Anna Myer and Dancers has performed Anna Myer’s innovative choreography to a steadily growing audience throughout the Northeast, most notably in Boston and New York City, and to the acclaim of some of the country’s most prominent dance critics. Myer’s unique language of movement is a fusion of her classical, modern, and postmodern background. Her dances are emotionally charged and infused with a keen formal intelligence. The Company has been presented by Dance Umbrella’s Boston Moves (1999), the Fleet Bank Celebrity Series (2003), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (2002 and 2003), Summer Stages Dance (2006), and Crash Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (2007, 2012), Hibernian Hall (2011 and 2014), Strand Theater (2008), Fringe Festival, Scotland (2009), North Conway, NH (2012), Holderness, NH, (2012), Bennington College, VT (2013), Bridgewater State College (2013) basketball courts in housing developments in Boston (2011 –2012) The Harlem Stage, NYC (2014), Hibernian Hall, Boston (2014).

Critics in both The New York Times and The Boston Globe have hailed her work. Accolades include “Ten Best Dance Events of 2001” (Christine Temin of The Boston Globe), and “Best of Arts and Dance” (2003, 2005 The Boston Phoenix). Jennifer Dunning wrote “Ms. Myer is a master weaver” (The New York Times) while Thea Singer wrote, “...a moving confluence of music, rap, and dance sends a message” (The Boston Globe, 2008). AMAD had a feature article on Hoop Suite in The Boston Globe on June 8, 2012.

As a choreographer Myer has a long history of artistic collaboration using live music, original scores, and people of various ages and backgrounds. Ten years ago Anna Myer and Dancers forged a new direction, adding the talents of poets and hip hop dancers, creating a new language that blends the energy and speed of street dance with the fluidity of classically trained dancers. The dance company’s director, Anna Myer, understood the transformative power of artistic expression on both sides of the spectrum. She took the resulting work to theaters, to colleges and even public housing development basketball courts to offer performances to the widest array of audiences possible. The work featured eclectic combinations of modern and hip hop dance along with rap, spoken word and original musical and choreographic compositions. The company of collaborators continue working together to convey messages that captured their stories and their hopes for family and community.

Early in 2015, AMAD created Anna Myer and Dancers/beheard.world with collaborating partner, Jay Paris, expanding and rnaming their non-profit to embrace performing arts in new ways while also adding a film division. The broader platform gives the company even more opportunities to influence diverse audiences. It’s new mission statement is: Using film, performing arts and advocacy campaigns to give people and communities transformative ways to be seen and heard. To see more go to www.beheard.world.

Additional Links: 
Myer and her collaborators on "Street Talk Suite Talk" - local poet-rappers, six dancers, composer Jakov Jakoulov, and violinist/violist Mark Berger - are out to whack our commonality home.
Anna Myer and Dancers embarks on a new venture in conjunction with Youth Link/NAFI: The Hoop Suite Project relies on the interface of various art forms; Classical violin, and cello contemporary dance, hip hop, rap,spoken word and drums.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Anna
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
536 Massachusetts Ave
Dance Complex
Cambridge, MA 02139
Physical Address: 
536 Massachusetts Ave Dance Complex
Cambridge, MA 02139
Last Name: 
Myer
Phone: 
617-513 9314

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Literature - Spoken Word
Media - Film
Media - Video
Music - Orchestral
Music - Rap / Hip-Hop
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
2001
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
8
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
BEST OF ARTS AND DANCE, Boston Phoenix (2003)BEST OF 2001, Boston Globe, Christine Temin (2001)PICK OF THE YEAR, Boston Phoenix, Marcia Siegal (2000)
Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Felowshoip Finalist
1 of ten best Dance Events of the Boston Globe 2010 and 2013
Ford Foundation Scholorship
Feature Article Sunday New York Time 1999
Creative City Grantee/Alum Network
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
Arts for low income communities and beyond on outside performances on basketball courts

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
large room or basketball court or large stage
Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$35,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
12
Maximum Number of Performers: 
12

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Dance
Media
Theater
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$35,000