Dance on the Lawn, New Jersey’s Outdoor Dance Festival, Returns To Montclair

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Photo: Ethan Pose

Montclair, NJ – Dance on the Lawn, Montclair, NJ’s outdoor dance festival, will return this year to the front lawn of the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, on Saturday, September 10 from 3- 5pm. Live performances will include Nai-Ni Chen and Company, Maxine Steinman & Dancers, Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts and more. Also included in this year’s program will be an original work by William Ervin, winner of Dance on the Lawn’s 2022 “Emerging Commissioned NJ Choreographer” award. Free. Full lineup below.

William A. Ervin Jr. Photo: NhyiraK Photography LLC

In addition, Dance on the Lawn welcomes the warmth of summer with “Garden Dances,” an informal outdoor gathering hosted by community friends of DOTL at their homes. Garden Dances will be held on August 18 featuring DOTL (2018) performers Sameena Mitta/MeenMoves. Hosts for this special fundraising event are Nina Cooke John & Andre John. To attend, RSVP TO info@danceonthelawn.org. Location information for this special event will be provided with reservation confirmation.

Maxine Steinman

Dance on the Lawn, celebrating its ninth year, serves as a showcase and mentoring launchpad for NJ and NY’s finest choreographic talent. The yearly DOTL Festival offers Montclair residents and neighboring communities a sneak peek at emerging and established artists from New Jersey and the New York area.

Founded by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren in 2014, Dance on the Lawn hopes to increase New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing professional and emerging companies, plus students of dance from around the state, together to perform in a community setting. In addition to offering presentation opportunities, Dance on the Lawn created an “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” and mentor program to help support young, emerging artists.

“We are so fortunate to again be able to feature Nai-Ni Chen and Company at Dance on the Lawn. We were lucky to have been colleagues with Nai-Ni, who tragically passed away in Hawaii this past December. Nai-Ni always said to us, ‘I am happy to help.’ We are so honored to have shared so many precious moments,” said Charmaine Warren, Founder/Artistic Director and Laura Marchese, Managing Director of Dance on the Lawn.

Full 2022 lineup (subject to change):

NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS
Bhaarat Nritya Academy
Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts
Danceworks & Co
Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy

NEW JERSEY COMPANIES
Maxine Steinman & Dancers
Nai-Ni Chen and Company

DOTL’S EMERGING COMMISSIONED NEW JERSEY CHOREOGRAPHER
William Ervin and Mentor Dormeshia

NEW YORK PROFESSIONAL:
MORISATO / Mikaela Morisato

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