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DanceTheYard

DanceTheYard (DTY) is The Yard’s resident dance collective (The Yard is a non-profit performing arts organization located in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard).  DTY is co-directed by The Yard’s Executive Director, Alison Manning, and The Yard’s Director of Island Programs & Education, Jesse Keller, with Artistic Advisor David R. White.  Choreographing together since 2011, Alison and Jesse have created an emerging body of work and fostered a collective of professional artists—hailing from Martha’s Vineyard and New York City—who are committed to seeing the work presented in both the local and national dance arena.

DTY presents an annual weekend of performances, as part of the Yard Arts summer series.  The collective also performs regularly at various community based events on Martha’s Vineyard, often inviting community members—of all ages and abilities—to participate in the work.  Off island, DTY has performed in the Women In Motion series at NYC's TheaterLab, at NYC's Triskelion Arts Center, at NACHMO Boston, and at universities in Ohio, New York, and throughout New England.   

At the heart of DTY is The Yard’s mission to support artists and their instrumentality through paid creative research and residency, public performance, and long-term educational application and community engagement across all ages and cultural populations. 

 

Additional Links: 
Visit DTY's page on The Yard's website
DTY's newest evening length work, Atlas, which premiered at The Yard in September 2015

I Have Worked With

  • March 2016

    In March 2016 DTY co-director Jesse Keller will perform a solo at The Forum in Saint Thomas.  

  • February 2016

    Members of Dance The Yard have traveled to Ohio University for the past three years (2014, 2015, and 2016) to both perform and teach. 

  • February 2015

    DTY co-director Jesse Keller has taught master classes and performed at the American College Dance Association two consecutive years (2014 & 2015). 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Jesse
Job Title/Position: 
Co-Director of DanceTheYard
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 405
Chilmark, MA 02535
Physical Address: 
1 The Yard Middle Road (near Beetlebung Corner)
Chilmark, MA 02535
Last Name: 
Keller
Phone: 
5086459662
Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
The Yard

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Jazz
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Media - Film
Year Founded: 
2011
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
10
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
National Dance Education Organization
Education: 
Members of DTY have dance degrees from the following institutions: Ohio University, Marymount Manhattan College, & Wesleyan University
DTY co-director Alison Manning was a scholarship student at The School at Jacob's Pillow in 2007
Awards: 
In 2014, DTY co-director Jesse Keller was awarded the Women Empowered 'Woman of the Year' for her work as the leading dance educator and teaching artist for the community of Martha's Vineyard

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Variable
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
10

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Certifications / Training: 
BFA Degrees in Dance, Education, Composition