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Next Topic - Artist Talk Series: The State of Dance
Thursday, May 15, 2014
7 p.m. Location: CentralTrak

The art scene in Dallas has been experiencing significant growth over the past few years. Included in that growth has been an impressive collection of dance troupes. This upcoming installment of CentralTrak's NEXT TOPIC will focus on the changing dance scenes by bringing together Mark Lowry, the co-Founder, editor and chief theater critic of; Joshua L. Peugh, Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance; Danielle Georgiou, a Dallas based dancer/choreographer, video artist, and writer; and Jamie Thompson, a dancer for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. The discussion will center around the growth of small dance companies and projects within the Dallas metroplex, the financial funding, the education of dancers, the competitive nature of dance, and other issues facing contemporary dance in DFW. For more information about NEXT TOPIC  go to our website. 




Mark Lowry

Mark is the co-Founder, editor and chief theater critic of He was a staff writer and theater critic at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1998 to 2008, where he also wrote about dance, opera, dining, music and pop culture. He was a proud drama geek in high school and studied theater in college before turning his focus to journalism at the University of Texas at Arlington. Mark is a member of the American Theater Critics Association. In 2003, he was selected for a fellowship at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, for which he received a scholarship from the New York Times Foundation. He co-founded TheaterJones in early 2009, and now serves as its editor-in-chief as well as the CEO of Cloudbusting Media, Inc. He has written for the Dallas Observer, Dallas Morning News, FW Weeky, Auditoria and other publications, and is frequent contributor to the Star-Telegram, and Dallas Voice. He lives in Dallas.


Joshua L. Peugh

Joshua L. Peugh is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and an Adjunct Lecturer of Dance at Southern Methodist University. In 2006, Joshua moved to South Korea to join Universal Ballet Company where he performed soloist and featured roles in the works of Ohad Naharin, Christopher Wheeldon and others. After two-and-a-half years with the company, Joshua left UBC and co-founded his own company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, in Seoul. Since then, he has created work for festivals all over Asia and North America winning awards for his choreography in Korea, Japan, and Canada. Joshua has been commissioned to create new dance works for BODYTRAFFIC, BalletX, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Southern Methodist University, and Booker T. Washington HSPVA. He has also served as a juror for the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, as Associate Choreographer for Bruce Wood Dance Project, and will be a member of the adjudication panel for the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition of 2014.


Danielle Georgiou

Danielle Georgiou is a dancer/choreographer, video artist, and writer based in Dallas, TX. She recently directed and produced, Dirty Filthy Diamonds, with her dance company, DGDG: the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, and choreographed Her Song for Echo Theatre Dallas. Currently, she is developing a new piece for DGDG with her partner, Justin Locklear, for the summer of 2014. She will have a solo show of her video and sound work at Austin’s Women and their Work in May 2014. Her work has shown across Texas, New York (the Horton Gallery), California (Rogue Fringe Festival, Fresno), Oregon (Portland’s Experiment Film Festival), and Germany (2nd Berlin Becher Triennial). She is represented by Ro2 Art (Dallas, TX). She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She writes a monthly column for TheaterJones and is the newest arts contributor for the Dallas Observer.


Jamie Thompson

From Belize, Central America, Thompson is a recent graduate of Belhaven University (Jackson, Mississippi) where he received his B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. He received additional training from Belize National Dance Company and Dramatic Forces School of Dance. His previous dance experience includes serving as dancer, choreographer and teacher for Belize National Dance Company and dancing with Talk Dance Company of Jackson, Mississippi. His special community interests include working with organizations that work for the betterment and development of youth. He is currently a dancer for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.


On Thursday evenings once a month CentralTrak hosts a diverse series of artist's talks and panel discussions.  See for details and updates.

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