The Dancing Arts Ensemble, established in 1982, is an unincorporated not-for-profit association. Members are chosen by audition and are required to sustain a high level of technique and artistry, as well as a professional schedule of training.
From September to December, the Ensemble is selected by audition and provides the main roles for The Nutcracker cast and other holiday pieces.
In January, the studio and touring companies of the Ensemble are selected through an audition process. Both Ensembles perform in the upcoming Concert. In addition, the touring company performs at area nursing homes, community events, and festivals through the year. This two-tiered system is created to ensure a manageable and safe touring program, yet allow for greater numbers of younger dancers to gain essential performance experience. Until rehearsals are underway and choreography is developed, participants of Ensemble the studio or touring company cannot be defined. If chosen, please be prepared to fulfill all opportunities that the touring company will provide.
The Ensemble consists of 30+ dancers and four resident choreographers striving to further the exploration and appreciation of worldly issues through the presentation of dance as a disciplined art form and means of personal expression in concert, workshop, and lecture-demonstration formats. The ensemble is dedicated to strengthening and expanding the eastern Massachusetts arts community. To date, the Ensemble tour has reached over 8,000 people of all ages throughout eastern Massachusetts.
The Dancing Arts Ensemble, founded and directed by Karyn Edison, maintains its uniqueness as a professional youth company. Its members have much formal performance experience and work well with seasoned dance professionals.