Laurie De Vito & Dancers (formerly She-Bops and Scats) is a New York-based dance company founded in 1986 and dedicated to bringing quality concert dance to the stage. The repertory is a reflection of Laurie De Vito’s versatility and creativity. The pieces are all autobiographical on some level and are inspired by musical compositions which evoke particular emotions that evolve into corresponding images and shapes. The company’s repertory is stimulating and varied. “When Hearts Weep” explores the innate bond of shared agony as thirteen women gather to grieve in this moving meditation on the mutuality of female loss; “Ellington” brings the magic of the big band era to the stage; “Conversation With Conscience” utilizes the stillness of reflection to examine whether three dancers are separate entities in dialogue, or one consciousness amidst self-exploration; “Birth of the Blues” vibrates with the energy of the era of glitz and glitter and the emotions of passion and sorrow; “Embrace Her” immerses the stage with memory as an eternal presence from the past hovers while her loved ones play out the narrative of the present without her; “Permission: The First Step” explores the movement out into the unknown; “Balance of Choices” displays the drama of personal decision; “River Suite” is an undulating dance of water; In “Surrender…to moving forward,” small vibrations grow to a crescendo as a tidal wave of movement sweeps the dancers together and apart in intricate partnerships. All pieces convey Ms. De Vito’s absolute joy of moving through space. These works have earned her great praise and support as a choreographer.

 

Laurie De Vito & Dancers’ work has been praised by Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times as well as by other journalists across the country. The company has had successful seasons in New York at The Kumble Theater at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Pace Downtown Theater, Brooklyn Lyceum, the Marymount Manhattan theater and Dance Space; they were also a part of the Ninth Annual Downtown Dance Festival in September 1990 with performances at the World Trade Center Plaza and South Street Seaport. In addition, the company has performed in many major cities across the United States including Charlotte, NC, Augusta, ME, St. Peter, MN, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Plymouth, NH

About the Company

Repertory List

2016    Now What? Find the Silence.

2015    Just Because

2014    Looking Down Into Time

2013    Solace

2009    Surrender…to moving forward
2007    Embrace Her
2005    When Hearts Weep
2005    Conversation With Conscience
2004    Metamorphosis
2003    For Sake of Another
2002    Dylan said, “God bless all the bodies.”
1999    Equestrian Tales
1995    From These Two
1995    A Tango With
1995    Gula Gula
1995    More Than Words
1995    Josephine
1993    The Last Breath of Memory
1992    Has this ever happened to you waiting for the IRT?
1991    Between the Line
1991    Sing, Sing, Sing
1990    River Suite
1989    That Good Night
1987    Times Past
1987    Black Coffee
1986    Ellington
1986    Balance of Choices
1985    Permission: The First Step
1983    Birth of the Blues
1983    Kaleidoscope
1983    Shiver Me Timbers
1983    Just Another Saturday Nite
1982    Three Minutes of Madness
1982    Walkin’ on Air
1981    Midler Sweet Time: 6/8
1981    Family Album
1981    Celebrate Me Home
1981    The Path

 

Performances

2016   Biomorphic Dance Festival, West End Theater, NYC

2011   HOPE Concert for Japan, Dance New Amsterdam, NYC
2010   APAP and Gene Pool concerts, Dance New Amsterdam, NYC
2009    25th Anniversary Concert, Kumble Theater, Brooklyn, NY
2007    Cynthia King & Dancers Benefit, Brooklyn, NY
2006    Peripheral Dances, Queens, NY
2006    Brooke Levy Benefit Concert, NYC
2006    Gene Pool, NYC
2005    Dance New Amsterdam Opening Concert, NYC
2005    Raw Material, NYC
2004    New York Summer Dance Intensive, NYC
2003    Trois Riviers, Quebec
1999    Dance Space Inc. 15th Anniversary Concert, NYC
1996    Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
1995    Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC
1994    A New Generation of Dance, Westchester NY
1993    A New Generation of Dance, Westchester NY
1993    Ticonderoga Dance Festival, Ticonderoga, NY
1992    A New Generation of Dance, Westchester NY
1992    Pace Downtown Theater, NYC
1991    Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
1990    9th Annual Downtown Dance Festival, NYC
1990    Pace Downtown Theater, NYC
1990    Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC
1990    Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
1990    Onion River Arts Council, Montpelier, VT
1990    Plymouth Friends of the Arts, Plymouth, NH
1989    Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
1988    Forum A, University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta, ME
1988    Summer in the Park, Great Neck, NY
1988    Marymount Manhattan Theater, NYC
1988    Bristol Riverside Theater, Bristol, PA
1987    Manhattanville College, NYC
1986    Summer in the Park, Great Neck, NY
1986    Dance Space

Commissions

2014    Urge (2016), Film Choreographer,  NYC

Grants and Awards

1994    Dance in Education Fund – New Generation of Dance, Westchester, New York
Works selected by panel consisting of Norton Owen; Director of José Limon Foundation; Bessie Schonberg, noted dance educator and choreographic mentor; Carol Walker, Dean of Dance at SUNY Purchase.

 

1993    Dance in Education Fund – New Generation of Dance, Westchester, New York
Works selected by panel consisting of Norton Owen; Director of José Limon Foundation; Bessie Schonberg, noted dance educator and choreographic mentor; Carol Walker, Dean of Dance at SUNY Purchase.

 

1991    Jules and Doris Stein Foundation
$5,000 for general operating expenses

 

1991    Jules and Doris Stein Foundation
$15,000 for general operating expenses and for production of evening-length concert at Pace Downtown Theater.

 

1990    The Chase Manhattan Bank N.A., NYC
Recipient of the Chase Neighborhood Grant

 

1990    Cultural Council Foundation, NYC
Recipient of the Manhattan Decentralization Grant

 

1989    Cultural Council Foundation, NYC
Recipient of the Manhattan Decentralization Grant

Contact: lauriedevitodancers@gmail.com
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