Jane Franklin Dance in front of temporary Public Art installation “Two Boxes of Oranges and Admonia Jackson” by Nina Cooke John

Jane Franklin Dance returns to Theatre on the Run with a collection of dances by 6 choreographers that reflect history, emotion and identity.

  • Dressed Up by Kelsey Rohr flirts with aggression, sensuality, and passion. Inspired by the work of visual artist Donna McCullough from the NVFAA Athenaeum exhibit “Women’s Work” it is danced to “Turkish Lady Face” by The Underscore Orkestra.
  • Ryan Carlough premiers Place Hold. Four dancers find a foothold, upstage center, as a focal point for exchange and compromise. The piece is danced to music by Hoyo-Mix, a team of composers who create evocative music for the Chinese video-game developer miHoYo.
  • In Silent Move-y Jane Franklin Dance's Forty+ Project brings to life a silent movie about transportation. Choreographed by Emily Crews and set to the lively ragtime music of Scott Joplin, the performers explore various ways of traveling through the dance to get to their final destination. Come along for the trip and find out where they end up!
  • Houseless by Jane Franklin is danced to poetry by Bennie Herron.  “Herron’s verse style is informed in part by the socially conscious Hip Hop artists of the 1990s and poets of the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, among a myriad of other sources.”
  • Element is a new work by Christopher Saunders. The three male dancers create a narrative that explores unity and strength and the flip side of softness.
  • Site See - Inspired by the installation by Nina Cooke John for Waterfront Park, choreographer Jane Franklin explores Alexandria’s layered history through movement, dance, and spoken word.  “Archaeologists exploring the Alexandria waterfront in 2015 and 2018, in advance of the ongoing redevelopment, discovered the remains of four vessels that were sunk on the Potomac mudflats in the latter part of the 18th-century as part of a process to extend Alexandria's shoreline.” A manifest lists people and commodities on a ship that came or left from the Port of Alexandria in 1792.  Words from the ships’ manifest are heard as dancers respond.  Movement activates a hint of a fuller truth, “imaging what it could have been like being outside of that hull, outside of that space of history, or outside of that time and looking back.” Nina Cooke John
    The six part work includes a segment by Washington DC award winning choreographer Robert J. Priore.


Domenique Ross in rehearsal.JPGPhilip Baraoidan and Michala Conroy in rehearsalSite See at Waterfront Park


About Jane Franklin Dance
Jane Franklin Dance partners with music, media, visual artists and community participants.  Jane Franklin Dance has been presented at multiple venues and festivals and internationally in Mexico. A recipient of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Creative Communities Award, Jane has developed innovative and collaborative projects combining dancers with the round wall skateboarding community, with a life size kinetic sculpture, with the architecture of a specific site, with dogs & owners, and with interactive live video and sound for numerous public art projects. The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts selected Jane Franklin for the 2023 Artist Residency Program for the Waterfront Park public art initiative Site See. Jane Franklin is a recipient of the American Association of University Women Elizabeth Campbell Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Arlington, and her video work Four Mile Run Footbridge was selected for PHOTO/VIDEO 13: Juried Mid-Atlantic Exhibition.  Jane Franklin Dance has been recognized by Virginia’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The company tours for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Paul Mellon Arts in Education Program and the Virginia Commission’s Tour Directory.

About Ryan Carlough
Ryan Carlough is a native of North Potomac, Maryland. Mr. Carlough began his dance training with CityDance where he had the opportunity to work closely with and perform works by the Gallim and Koresh Dance Company, as well as original choreographies by William Smith, Maleek Washington, and Robert J. Priore. He graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Arts Management. While at SUNY Purchase, he had the pleasure to perform works by Jose Limon, George Balanchine, Doug Varone, Kimberly Bartosik, and original works by Gregory Dolbashian and Shannon Gillen. Since graduating he has worked and performed with Company E, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, Chamber Dance Project, State Street Ballet, PrioreDance, S.J.Ewing & Dancers, and I.C. Movement Project.

About Emily Crews
has been a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance educator since 1991 when she moved to the DC area after graduating from the College of William and Mary. Since the fall of 2000, she has been exploring her tap dance roots as a member of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. In addition, Emily serves as the Financial Director for Dance Place.

About Forty+ Project
Forty+ celebrates the collective creativity of people past the age of 40. Each project features a different choreographer and results in a unique tapestry of collaboration. Forty+ an adjunct and ongoing project of Jane Franklin Dance provides a platform for dancers and choreographers to create in a community of movement.

About Robert J. Priore
Robert J. Priore founded his company PrioreDance in the fall of 2016. He is also very proud to be a founding member of Company | E, where he has had the honor of dancing works by Ohad Naharin, Andrea Miller, Sharon Eyal, Rachel Erdos, Roni Koresh, Marco Cantalupo and Thomas Noone. Robert continues to hone his craft while being the Choreographer-in-Residence for the CityDance Conservatory as well as an Ignite Artist. Robert received a BFA in dance from Point Park University. Robert was a 2015 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project and created a special work for the artists of Company | E, Speak Easy. Speak Easy has been on the road, being presented in collaboration with Company | E, in Russia, Azerbaijan, Cuba and most recently in Ukraine. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 Robert also was named an outstanding fellow in the arts in his home of the District of Columbia. In April of 2017, Robert traveled to Holguin, Cuba to set an original work on the dancers of CoDanza. In Fall of 2017, Robert returned to Holguin with fellow dancer Abby Leithart to perform the premier of Casita with CoDanza at the Vladimir Malakhov Grand Prix, where the piece won the audience choice award. In July of 2018, PrioreDance was chosen to perform Priore’s choreography at the InsideOut Stage at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow. In September 2018, Robert and five dancers returned to Holguin to present an excerpt of Cirque De Nuit for the Vladimir Malakhov Grand Prix. Most recently, Robert was commissioned to create a work for the Mark Twain Prize Award Ceremony, which was nationally televised on PBS mid-November 2018. Robert was awarded the Pola Nirenska Memorial Award in 2019 for outstanding contribution to art in the District of Columbia, which is given to one dance artist per year.

Kelsey Rohr (Assistant Artistic Director) studied dance at Richmond Ballet through their public outreach program. She later graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a BFA in Dance and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She went on to dance with Joshua L. Peugh’s Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and then worked in Geneva, Switzerland with Ballet Junior de Genève and Guilherme Botelho’s Alias Dance Company. She has performed works by Sharon Eyal, Barak Marshall, Angelin Preljocaj, and Roy Assaf. Currently, she enjoys dancing under Robert Priore’s PrioreDance in D.C. and Jane Franklin Dance in Arlington.

About Christopher Saunders
Chris Saunders (he/him) is an artist who believes dance is an experience. That no matter where dance takes him, he will always grow from the journey that's in his path. Originally from Fairfax Virginia, Chris earned his Bachlors of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah University. Upon graduating college he performed at the theme park Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio and was a guest performer with the company Motion in Washington, DC. Christopher has recently worked for the company, RWS Entertainment Group in New York City, which has a partnership with Holland America Cruise Line. Where he has performed throughout the Mediterranean, Mexico, Panama, Asia, South America and Antarctica. Chris is currently back in Northern Virginia teaching and educating at local studios in the DMV.


  • Saturday, December 09, 2023 | 07:00 PM - 11:59 PM
  • Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 04:00 PM - 11:59 PM


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