touching, poignant, affecting, in motion, dancing
present, stream, existing, modern, contemporary
Founded in 1997, Moving Current Dance Collective is under the artistic direction of Shelley Bourgeois, Erin Cardinal and Cynthia Hennessy. The Tampa based Collective has found its voice by bringing contemporary dance to the Bay Area. With a group of talented and diverse dancers, Moving Current has established itself as one of Southeastern Region’s top modern dance companies. Each season, Moving Current offers their community two professional concerts and NewGrounds, a concert dedicated to Florida’s chorographers. Moving Current has produced 80+ evening concerts presenting local and national choreographers, dancers, musicians, poets, actors, and visual artists. Along with original work by Cardinal, Hennessy & Bourgeois, they have also presented the work of Michael Foley, George Staib, Sara Sweet Rabidoux, David Dorfman, Stephanie Skura, Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson and many others.
Moving Current also presents “On the Spot” which is an improvisational based concert series performed in non-traditional venues such as museums, outdoor locations, schools and various other non-theater performance spaces. Besides promoting professional choreographers and dancers, Moving Current is also committed to arts education for students of all ages. Every year the collective conducts workshops and residencies in public schools K-12, including our original performance of “Dancing Verbs, Adverbs & Similes” that merges language arts and dance for elementary school children. We offer classes in dance to the community and annually lead an Inter-Generational project funded in part by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and centers around the Forever Moving Dance Group, dancers and movers ages 50-85, and Hillsborough County students ages 6 - 18. This group of individuals come together to interrelate through art and dance created from their own words and movement. In 2007, Moving Current was the Company in Residence at the Florida Dance Festival teaching and performing in Miami, FL. In addition, Moving Current produces an annual concert dedicated to emerging choreographers called NewGrounds. For 13 years, over 50 local and national choreographers and nearly 200 dancers have shared their exciting work with Tampa Bay audiences.
Moving Current was the only organization to receive an Emerging Group Grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County in 1999. Since then, we have received funding from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, South Arts, the Knox Family Foundation & the Gobioff Foundation along with many individual contributors.
The collective and its directors are dedicated to bringing modern dance to the forefront of the performing arts by creating and producing work that is not only accessible to a wide audience but does so without compromising the artistic integrity of contemporary dance today.