Dana Lawton Dances Heads to Thailand for International Tour – “The Fluid Tour”

Fresh off of celebrating their 10th Anniversary Season, Dana Lawton Dances (DLD)is headed to Thailand in August for two weeks for “The Fluid Tour.” A coed company with dancers of all different ages, DLD is under the direction of Dana Lawton, a tenured associate professor at Saint Mary’s College of California, a faculty member of the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and Co-Director of the Enchanted Ridge Dance Retreat. This is the first Asian tour for the company.

DLD will travel to Bangkok, Thailand for “The Fluid Tour” which includes series of performances and workshops. On August 8th, the company will host an open rehearsal at the Bangkok Arts & Culture Center with a special invitation to press and social media professionals. At 7:00 pm that evening, the company will give a performance sponsored by Friends of the Arts, Thailand. On August 9th, Lawton will lead a Contemporary Dance Workshops for students and professionals at the Bangkok Racquet Club Soi 49, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Dana Lawton Dances will then engage in a one-week residency at the International School Bangkok, an international K-12 private school, from August 10-18. Over the course of the week, the company will teach master classes ranging in areas from choreography to technique to mentorship at rehearsals. DLD will also choreograph a performance piece for advanced dancers at ISB and the company will perform with the ISB students on August 17 and 18. This is the third international tour in the company’s 10 year history. In 2015, the company toured Belfast, Ireland presenting their work Home (2015). Prior to that, the company performed in Royère de Vassivière Festival in France in 2014.

Holding Space is an evening-length concert which features selections from acclaimed past DLD performances of Beyond This Moment (2012), Home (2015) and DLD’s most recent 10 year anniversary season (2017). The works presented in Holding Space span the emotional spectrum from poignant, sentimental dances to lighthearted romps. The 10 member multi-generational company highlights the unique perspective of the rich multiplicity of human lives, provides the audience with a new perspective on what constitutes a dancer, and inspires people to reimagine what is possible at any age.

Lawton founded DLD in 2007 with a mission to celebrate social diversity and develop meaningful collaborations with other artists. Based in Oakland, CA, DLD is a multi-generational modern dance company. “My company ranges in age from 25 to 70. “Dance is not a static, inflexible art form, but rather an adaptable, transcendent form. My dances emphasize the imperfect emotional message I want to share with others, rather than promoting an idea of perfection. Utilizing dancers of all ages helps to reinforce this idea,” says Lawton.

One of the company members, John McConville, taught dance for ten years in Bangkok and established the Dance Program at the International School. “Both the International School Bangkok and the Friends of the Arts Organization have been long-time supporters of the arts and to return to Bangkok and to perform for them with Dana Lawton Dances is a wonderful and unexpected joy,” says McConville. For Lawton, one of her favorite parts of touring internationally with DLD is the opportunity to transcend language barriers through dance. “When you get to share work, you are sharing a part of yourself. This helps to create a deeper connection with others,” says Lawton.

Open House Fundraiser for “The Fluid Tour”

DLD is off again! Come get a glimpse of the wonderful work DLD will be sharing the the citizens of Bangkok, Thailand as part of “The Fluid Tour.” Join us on Sunday, July 29 for an afternoon of performance, community, and fundraising!

Audience favorites from Beyond This Moment, HOME and DLD’s recent anniversary season. Live music performed by Jon Lawton and a Q&A with dancers and Artistic Director, Dana Lawton.

Doors open 3:30pm
Two preview performances are set at 4 pm and 6 pm.

Light appetizer and beer/wine bar.

$20-2000 gets you in!

Can’t attend this event? You can still donate to support this tour.
You can donate online via PayPal: bludance@aol.com, or give at the door.

How the money raised supports the company and this tour:
$30 a day per dancer per diem
$60 a day per dancer lodging
$10 a day per dancer transportation
$100 sponsors a dancer for a day
$700 sponsors a dancer for a week
$1,500 sponsors a dancer for the whole tour!
Come and pay-what-you-wish to support this exciting tour to Thailand!

DANA LAWTON DANCES: 10th Anniversary Show

Dana Lawton and Leah Curran dancing

Dance Up Close/East Bay & Shawl-Anderson Dance Center present:

DANA LAWTON DANCES: 10th Anniversary Show

Saturdays & Sundays, October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

October 14 and 15 are SOLD OUT!

Contact: Rebecca Johnson (415) 722-2457 rebecca@shawl-anderson.org

Dana Lawton Dances 10th Anniversary Performances


DANA LAWTON DANCES: 10th Anniversary Show

Six evenings of original dance and live music performances


Saturdays & Sundays, October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
pre-show reception each night at 7pm, performance begins at 8pm


Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, 2704 Alcatraz Ave Berkeley CA 94705


$35 includes pre-show reception with wine, pizza and chocolate at 7pm
$25 performance only at 8pm


http://www.shawl-anderson.org/performances & http://danalawtondances.org/artists/

BERKELEY, CA August 31, 2017 – The Dance Up Close/East Bay program of Shawl-Anderson Dance Center presents Dana Lawton Dances and her company in their 10th anniversary performances. Artist-In-Residence at Berkeley’s Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in 2007, Dana Lawton Dances (DLD) was founded to bring together a group of dancers spanning a wide range of ages committed to Dana’s artistic vision. A key focus of her work in the last decade has also been collaborations with musicians and composers to support her choreographic explorations. The anniversary performances will highlight Lawton’s dancers, feature live music and revisit a decade of Lawton’s dances, which have become a beloved part of the fabric of East Bay contemporary dance.

Lawton explains,

“My original reason for starting the company was to celebrate social diversity and develop meaningful collaborations with other artists. My company ranges in age from 23 to 67. Working with dancers of diverse ages offers a unique perspective into the rich multiplicity of human lives, provides the audience with a new perspective on what constitutes a dancer, and inspires people to re-imagine what is possible at any age.”

This anniversary season will showcase the range of dancers and composers that Lawton has collaborated with in six pared down evenings of music and dance. The run will embrace simplicity in design and visuals, punctuated by elegant lighting design by Linda Baumgardner, in order to reveal the essence of the relationship between movement and sound and celebrate the emotional impact of Lawton’s work. Each weekend will feature a different program of dances and musicians, so audiences are encouraged to attend more than one show.

In honor of the 10th anniversary, audiences will also have the opportunity to kick off each evening at 7pm to mingle over pizza, wine and chocolate. The performance begins at 8pm each night. Tickets for the performance only are $25 and tickets including the 7pm reception are $35.

Collaborators include Lawton’s core company of dancers and several of the musicians that she has worked with in the last 10 years.


  • Michael Armstrong
  • Leah Curran
  • Garth Grimball
  • Leah Hendrix-Smith
  • Dana Lawton
  • Jerry Lin
  • John McConville
  • Colin McDowell
  • Robin Nasatir
  • Vera Schwegler
  • Jennifer Smith

Musicians & Composers:

  • Arwen Lawrence
  • Jorge Liceaga
  • Ted Curran
  • Dina Zarif
  • Ameila Romano
  • Michele Beauchesne
  • Sean McCue
  • Jon Lawton

    Company Designer

    Linda Baumgardner

Musician Schedule by date

October 7-8

Ted Curran; Arwen Lawrence, Jorge Liceaga & Dina Zarif

October 14-15 (SOLD OUT)

Sean McCue & Michelle Beauchesne

October 21-22

Jon Lawton




About Shawl-Anderson Dance Center:

Shawl-Anderson Modern Dance Center provides Bay Area dance students of all ages and levels with high caliber training in both contemporary and traditional movement forms in a welcoming, non-competitive environment. The Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1958 by Frank Shawl and Victor Anderson. Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is committed to nurturing and mentoring the growth of dancers and choreographers; cultivating a healthy and supportive atmosphere for creative expression; sustaining traditions essential to excellence in the field; and, fostering the evolution of the art of dance.

About Dance Up Close/East Bay:

The Dance Up Close/East Bay series offers local audiences an intimate space to see professional level work, and supports local choreographers who want to produce their work for several weeks in a row. With the help of two grants in 2008 from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, the presenting series is run by Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. It was launched in late May 2008 with Paufve Dance and has been followed by such artists as: Nina Haft and Company, ahdanco, Dandelion Dance Theater, Urban Jazz Dance, Angela Demmel & Dancers, Fog Beast, Stranger Lover Dreamer, Right Brain Performance Lab, ka·nei·see | collective and Mid to West Dance Collective.


For high-resolution images please email: rebecca@shawl-anderson.org

Photo credit page 1: Rob Kunkle