Small Stage 40


about the show

The Universal Story of Love- told by an eclectic collection of dancers. From February 14 to February 17, 2019, our small stage performed stories of love, high, and heartbreak at the historic and elegant Heritage Hall. We united a diverse group of dancers with a wide variety of styles, including tap, burlesque, highland, and more. Each performance showcased the unique styles, perspectives, and inspirations of Small Stage performers.

On February 14th, attendees received an extra special valentine from Small Stage: a live hustle demonstration and workshop taught by Savage and Samuelle. This award-winning duo is passionate about sharing their love for this fun and social dance style, and had Small Stage audiences twirling and turning during the show.

On February 15th and 16th, Small Stage 40 presented Afroscience, with by Tonye Aganaba. This unique performance combined music, visual art, dance, digital media, and social science to communicate Tonye’s personal experiences as a Queer, Black, Disabled, Immigrant, Non-Binary, Femme Presenting Artist. In collaboration with a variety of guest artists and creatives, AfroScience was an intimate and interactive intersectional* art show. The show inspired, motivated, and educated anyone who experienced or participated in it.

Friends, lovers, and strangers alike were impressed, amazed, and delighted by this unique display of dance.

*intersectionality is a concept used to describe the various ways that oppressive cultural and societal institutions like racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, xenophobia etc are inextricably connected.

works by

Alexandra Clancy, Makadi, Tonye Aganaba, Cazzwell van Dyke, Dezi Raider/ Dezi Desire, Desiree Dunbar, Mark Atherton, Hardeep Singh Sahota, Jacq Smith, Livona Ellis, Susan Nase, Deeksha Arora, Manisha Malhi, Gursimar Sahota, Jessica Keeling + Jojo Zolina


Dancers: Desirée Dunbar, Alex Clancy, Mark Atherton


Small Stage