Saturday, November 22, 2014

Opening reception for "Ancestry, Artistry, Choreography"

Thank you to everyone who joined for this wonderful evening! Join our Facebook group, see the rest of the photos, and tag your friends!

LINK: Click here to see the rest of the pictures on Facebook!
(Photo credit: by Dented Lens Photography. Location: Korean Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Ancestry, Artistry, Choreography" exhibit about DTSB Dance Company at the Korean Cultural Center

From the Korean Cultural Center:

"The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents “Ancestry, Artistry, Choreography,” a new exhibition that tells the story of the rise of Korean-American choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess to international prominence by tracing his cultural heritage and how it has influenced his acclaimed work, through historic memorabilia and photography of his company's 22-year history.

The exhibit explores the history of Burgess’ family through such artifacts as his grandfather’s 1903 passport, photos representing four generations of family members, pastel paintings by his father and watercolor and ink works by his mother. Also on view are 25 large photos of DTSB Dance Company taken during its 22-year history, costumes and props used in performance, and video of Burgess’ work, “Tracings,” which tells the story of his great-grandmother’s decision to leave Korea and begin a new life."

The exhibit is on display through the end of November, 2014. The opening reception on November 7th featured DTSBDC dancers moving throughout the exhibit, performing an excerpt of Dana's 2003 work "Tracings". Thank you to all the Diplomats of Dance who attended!

Visit the Korean Cultural Center at:
2370 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Check out some photos from the exhibit before its opening:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pictures from inaugural cocktail party!

The first-ever cocktail hour for the new Diplomats of Dance Society was held at the Sofitel Lafayette Square on August 21, 2014! In support of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company's upcoming tour to Suriname, arts-interested Washingtonians, artists, dancers and dance supporters mingled with members of DC's premiere contemporary dance company, its acclaimed choreographer and dancers, and H.E. Ambassador Subhas of Mungra of Suriname!

(Photo credit: Dented Lens Photography. Location: Sofitel Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

1st Diplomats of Dance event in K Street Magazine!

Friday, August 22, 2014


Last night's first Diplomats of Dance Society event at Sofitel Washington DC was an enormous success! It was amazing seeing so many chic and interesting people gather together to support DC's premiere modern dance group, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. To all those who attended yesterday's inaugural cocktail hour: thank you. Thank you for being interested in dance and its intercultural impact. And thank you because at last night's event we very nearly DOUBLED our initial fundraising goal! DTSB Dance Company will be traveling to Suriname September 22, 2014!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sold out!

Tomorrow's first annual Diplomats of Dance Society cocktail hour is COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and we are excited to toast with you tomorrow, and to DTSB Dance Company's upcoming tour to Suriname!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ambassador of Suriname to attend first DODS cocktail hour

Monday August 18, 2014:

We are honored to announce that His Excellency Subhas Ch. Mungra, Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Suriname, will be in attendance at The Diplomats of Dance Society's inaugural cocktail hour Thursday, August 21st at the Sofitel Hotel, Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Press Release

For immediate release                      
Aug. 12, 2014                                     
Contact: Janice L. Kaplan, 202-277-5461


Young professionals who enjoy contemporary dance and networking are invited to participate in the newly formed Diplomats of Dance Society, which will sponsor an annual fundraising event in support of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, Washington’s premier contemporary dance company. The Diplomats of Dance Society’s inaugural cocktail party will be held Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sofitel Hotel, 806 15th St. N.W., and will feature French hors d'oeuvres.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess was the Smithsonian’s first ever choreographer-in- residence in 2013-2014. He has been described by Washington Post dance critic Sarah Kaufman as “not only a Washington prize, but a national dance treasure” and “poet laureate of Washington dance.”

Diplomats of Dance Society was founded in the summer of 2014 by Nikki Hollander, Christelle Gorman, Cecile Remington and Jameson Freeman. In a city that is not only the nation’s capital but an international hub, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company brings a much needed cross-cultural perspective to the arts scene. Diplomats of Dance Society members are those who celebrate the role of contemporary dance and support those who bring it to life. By being part of this annual event, diplomats share their appreciation, curiosity and generosity while connecting with a critically acclaimed choreographer, dancers, other artists, fans and friends.

Members may participate as Envoys ($50), Emissaries ($100), Ambassadors ($250), or Plenipotentiaries ($500). Tax-deductible donations will be matched by a generous grant from The Cafritz Foundation. Funds from the Aug. 21 event will cover expenses relating to the company’s Sept. 14-22 trip to Suriname on behalf of the U.S. State Department and other expenses relating to the 2014-2015 season (see below). In Suriname, the company will represent the United States at the Moengo Festival of Theatre and Dance and teach master classes in American modern dance.

2014-2015 Season
In addition to its upcoming trip to Suriname, the company announced three other highlights of the year ahead:

Photo Exhibition and Dance Performance
An exhibition, “Ancestry, Artistry, Choreography: Tracing a Korean American Journey,” will be on view from Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 at the Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. each day.) An opening reception on Nov. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will feature a performance by DTSB Dance Company. Sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the exhibition features photographs and video of the dance company over its 22-year history.

The Kreeger Museum Residency
Beginning in January, DTSB Dance Company will be artists-in-residence at The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd., N.W., Washington, DC. The company will hold public rehearsals on Saturdays, Jan. 24, Feb. 21 and March 14 in the Kreeger Museum’s Great Hall. Using several paintings by Pablo Picasso from the museum’s permanent collection as inspiration, the choreographer will create a new dance, which will debut at the museum on Thursday, March 26.

NASA Collaboration
In the coming year, Burgess will create a major new work about the connection between human beings and the cosmos. The dance will incorporate video and images supplied by NASA and a sound score that includes interviews with astronauts, scientists and historians. Tapping into NASA’s discoveries and cutting-edge research, the choreographer will examine such topics as space exploration, our understanding of the stars, the role of creativity in science and art, and the importance of the stars to different cultures throughout history. Burgess’s research will take him to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. A world premiere of the new work will take place in the fall of 2015 at the John. F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the new dance also will be performed at NASA sites around the country and at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in 2016.

For information about Diplomats of Dance Society contact or 202-957-2745.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Diplomats of Dance Society Inaugural Soiree

Help send DC's premiere modern dance company to Suriname!
Our first annual fundraising event will be held at the 

Sofitel Hotel 

806 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

on Thursday, August 21, 2014

from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Buy tickets here

Complimentary French hors d'hoeuvres will be served. Cash bar.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First annual Diplomats of Dance Society soiree event

Save the date!

Our inaugural art-mixing/networking/fundraising cocktail party is set to take place on:
Thursday, August 21st, 6:30-8pm

Help send our city's premiere modern dance troupe to Suriname.

Location and more details to be announced soon!

Friday, April 18, 2014

DTSBDC at the National Portrait Gallery

DTSBDC performing the new work "Homage" at The National Portrait Gallery's Kogod Courtyard as part of a special evening event celebrating their historic artist-residency at the museum.
Photo by Mary Noble Ours