The mission of DASSdance is to move contemporary dance forward by
merging diverse cultures and dance styles with athleticism and innovation.
DASSdance has been a non-profit organization for 15 years, creating daring, innovative artistic works through our professional company and engaging young people in educational programs. To elevate the performing arts in our community, we have consistently compensated our professional dancers for rehearsals and performance. DASSdance creates access to professional level dance training through scholarships and free and reduced events. Our programming includes a history of partnering with peer non-profits that make dance a catalyst for positive change.
>Athleticism >>>>>> Art >>>>>>>Intrigue>>>Glamour >>>>>>>Function>>>>>>>>>>>Passion>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Imagination
All-Terrain Dance is a dynamic, visceral style born from diverse influences and developed by Artistic Director, Daniel Wilkins The muscular athleticism of sports, the free flow of modern dance, the viper quick accuracy of Hip Hop, the lift and architecture from ballet and the grounded elegance from jazz are all pieces of a puzzle that are assembled to create thrilling contemporary dance. Wilkins investigates the limits of physical architecture with an acute attention to agility. The fluidity and attack that signals the intermixing of these vocabularies allows DASS to tackle movement with a comprehensive realism and intensity. All-Terrain Dance exemplifies the contrastive and changing forces that constitute contemporary life. DASS' All-Terrain productions traverse multiple artistic mediums. Visual art, video and photographic projection interact with technologically innovative set and lighting design as well as fashion forward costume design.
Artistic Director/Choreographer Daniel Wilkins formed DASSdance in 1996 after seeing a need for daring and innovative movement in the dance community. Incorporated with the State of New York as a 501 (c)(3) in 2000, DASSdance took up residency at Diane von Furstenberg-The Theater and created a sensation in the fashion industry.
DASSdance has appeared in several publications such as Fashion Wire Daily, Flaunt, Paper Magazine, Art News, W Magazine, New York Magazine, as well as The Seattle Times, The Daily, and the New York Times radio WQXR. DASSdance has collaborated with Diane von Furstenberg, (DVF.com) on costume creation and enlisted the talent of visual artists, sound artists, and lighting directors on nine full-length works to date. Other colaborators include award winning Technical Director and Lighting Designer, Jeff Sugg, (JeffSugg.com) and Museum of Modern Art collected artist, Lyle Starr, (MoMA).
DASS has also been presented by festivals in New York and Washington State, including DanceNow Festival (New York, 2004), d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival (New York, 2006), Move! Festival (Tacoma, 2006, 2007), On the Boards 12 Minutes Max (Seattle, 2006, 2008), the Lynnwood Family Multicultural Festival (Lynnwood, 2007). Winterfest (Seattle Center, 2008), Seattle Weekly's Artopia (Seattle, 2008), Chop Shop Festival (Bellevue, 2008), Big Bang (Velocity Dance Center, Seattle, 2009), Seattle International Festival (2009), Siteworks (Museum of Glass, Tacoma, 2009), and Bumbershoot (Seattle, 2009), South Seattle Arts Festival (2010), Boost Dance Festival (Seattle 2011) and was featured in Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society's production of HMS Pinafore.
In 2004, DASS transitioned into a bi-coastal company with primary residence in Seattle. The company has performed works at the Bagley Wright Theatre in the Seattle Center, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Velocity, Washington Hall, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center among others. DASS officially became a Washington State charitable organization in 2007.
DASS has donated proceeds and partnered with Real Change, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Read Across America, Seattle Race Initiative, Washington Hall, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center and the Seattle Housing Authority.