Company Danzante began artistic activities in Northern Virginia in 2013, founded by contemporary dance artists and husband and wife duo, Katherine Horrigan and Arturo Garcia. The company has been invited to perform four times at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage as well as at these prestigious venues: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, Dance Gallery Festival NYC, Manhattan Movement Center, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival DC, Yes Invitational Festival Richmond, Velocity DC Dance Festival, Lubber Run Amphitheater Arlington, Dance Bethesda, and the Esencia Festival in Chicago. In 2015 the directors were recipients of the Strauss Artist Grant awarded by the Arts Council of Fairfax County. In 2014, Arturo was the recipient of Kennedy Center's Local Dance Commissioning Project. Company Danzante was fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas since 2014, gained non-profit 501c3 status in 2017, and is currently supported by Arlington Commission for the Arts.
Company Danzante annually presents 5 performances with typically 2 free to the public; offers a High School Trainee and Emerging Choreographer Program to cultivate the artistry of dance students and young professionals; commissions new work by guest choreographers with 5 commissions achieved to date; and produces site-specific dance videos and photography series.
Company Danzante’s goal is to promote excellence in contemporary dance with captivating dance productions and conceptual dance creations through an emphasis in the investigative creative process while supporting and nurturing the professional careers of passionate dance artists. Company Danzante serves the local community through engaging dance presentations, education programs, and outreach activities.
Company Danzante Contemporary Dance cultivates and promotes excellence in contemporary dance while contributing to the vitality of the community through performances, artistic collaborations, educational programs, and outreach activities.
Company Danzante envisions contemporary dance to be a vital and integrated part of Northern Virginia’s cultural diversity and vibrancy. Company Danzante provides the community with a profound sense of shared humanity by inspiring creative innovation, investing in artistic development, and retaining talented artists within the community. Company Danzante aims to advance and enrich the art form by investing in the creative process to produce new choreographies and collaborate with artists of multiple disciplines.
Company Danzante believes that contemporary dance is a powerful source of expression and communication able to captivate minds and stimulate the senses.
Board of Directors
Katherine Horrigan, Chair - Marden Ramos, Vice-Chair
Lynn Veronneau, Secretary - Ken Avis, Treasurer
The origins of the company began in Mexico in 2008 with the DanzaNorte Collective, established by Katherine Horrigan and Arturo Garcia following their international performing careers. By using the abbreviation for Norte (Nte), DanzaNorte evolved into Danzante, which in Spanish may be interpreted as someone whose life is dance.
A Danzante dances for a purpose, expresses emotion and intention through dance, and seeks to explore life through the investigation of movement. Company Danzante, has built upon the values established by the former collective and continues to apply the spirit of Danzante in its artistic endeavors with the goal to promote excellence in contemporary dance with captivating dance productions.