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CrossRoads Dance Project is a contemporary and classical dance company founded in 1998 by director Kathryn Eurich.  The company's mission is to present artistic works of inspiration and beauty through dancefilm and performance.  We desire to present works that celebrate the human spirit.

BIO and HISTORY

Kathryn Eurich is the founder of CrossRoads Dance Project (CDP).  Kathryn received her professional training at the Milwaukee Ballet and the Washington Ballet.  She received her B.F.A. in (Classical and Contemporary) Dance Studies at George Mason University.  Ms. Eurich has performed internationally in Israel, Kenya, Austria and Germany.  Her company, CDP, was founded in 1997 and is still performing throughout the D.C. Metropolitan.

CrossRoads Dance Project began in Arlington, Va. under a grant through the Arlington Commission for the Arts at The Gunston Arts Center.  During this time, the company performed throughout the state of Virginia in the public school systems with Young Audiences of Virginia.  For five years, CrossRoads presented classical and contemporary dance in impoverished and rural areas where children had very limited access to the arts.  Additionally, the company mentored students at the Darrell Green Learning Center in Washington D.C.  As an outreach, CDP offered free classes and performance opportunity to these inner city children and gave them opportunities to experience the arts.  Currently, CDP has become the official resident company of Crossroads School of the Arts in Reston, Va.  This school has a unique mission of training up a diverse student body in classical and contemporary dance so they may present dances that challenges its audiences to feel and experience live dance as opposed to just observing it.  The school embraces every child who desires to receive training, and feels everyone is free to dance and should have equal opportunity to receive professional classical dance training.

 Professionally, CrossRoads Dance Project has performed in the D.C. area at The National Theatre, Gunston Arts Center, Joy of Motion's Jack Guidone Theatre, and The Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center (Middleburg Va).  CDP was recognized by The Washington Post for its unique and ongoing production of "The Gift of the Nutcracker", as well as its signature style for weaving folk dance into the classical and contemporary choreography (see reviews).  Most recently, CrossRoads has explored the world of dance and film.  The most recent film "Deeper" was honored at the National Dance Association Conference in Indiana (2010),  Dance: Yes We Can! at the Lansburgh Theatre- a presentation by Dance/USA, and currently is in repertory at The Bell House in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

Who We Partner With:

CDP has partnered and worked alongside faith based organization, humanitarian projects, and other groups that believe all people have the right to dance and experience the arts in a professional atmosphere.  CDP has danced in churches, synagogues, and inner city centers; from the deserts of Israel to the fields of Africa, CDP will go anywhere that the human spirit is cherished!

 Some of the groups we have worked with:

Grace Children's Center,  Kenya, Africa.  Dancers from CDP taught dance to orphaned children and presented a small performance with the students at the Church on the Rock, in Nairobi.

Feast of Tabernacles Festival, Jerusalem, Israel.    This 7 day event revolved around the Annual Jewish Holiday brought together thousands of people from around the world and gathered Muslims, Jews, and Christians to the Mount Of Olives in Jerusalem for an arts festival filled with dance, drama, music and art. Dancers from CDP were invited to assist in leading the dance portion of the festival.

Darrell Green Learning Center, Washington D.C.:  CDP offered free classes and performance opportunity to at risk-inner city children.  The company built friendships and trusting relationships with these young people and witnessed them grow artistically and emotionally.

Freedom in Creation, Vienna Va.:  FIC reaches war affected and at-risk communities in Uganda, Africa by offering Arts therapy, international education, and fresh drinking water.  CDP has performed in several of their local events helping to raise money for the organization.

The Bell House, Tulsa, Oklahoma:  The Bell House is an arts cooperative that explores film, dance, and photography, and presents artists whose works are thought provoking, spiritual and inspirational.