New work debuts at Bainbridge Dance Center

Bainbridge Dance Center alumni Kim Lusk, now a rising choreographer in the Seattle dance scene, will debut her latest work in-progress at a special performance at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the center (844 Madison Ave. North).

“Kim was a student of mine when I taught at Bainbridge Dance Center almost a decade ago,” said BDC director Christiana Axelsen.

“She has steadily gained prominence for her unique and enjoyable choreography,” Axelsen added. “Her work was just shown in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center as part of a split bill with an award winning show by Joanna Kotze touring from New York. She has an upcoming premiere of an evening-length production at Velocity in March.”

Lusk is the current artist in residence at BDC, Axelsen noted.

“Kim taught a masterclass and workshop for our advanced students in October,” she said. “During the week of Nov. 27 through Dec. 2, she and her company members will be given full reign of our studios during non-school hours for rehearsing and developing new work.”

The final performance, Axelsen said, will give the audience, as well as BDC students and their families, an inside peek at the creative process of a working professional choreographer.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person.

“I think what would be particularly interesting for Bainbridge [audiences] about Kim’s journey as a choreographer is that all along the way she has continued to work professionally with people she grew up with on Bainbridge — from her composer to her costume designers,” Axelsen said. “She trained her whole childhood at Bainbridge Dance Center, and I hope that our school can continue to be an artistic home for her and her islander peers as they launch their careers as professional artists.”

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