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Janice Garrett, artistic director of Janice Garrett & Dancers, is a choreographer and dance educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1990, following a ten-year residency in New York where she performed and toured extensively as a member of Dan Wagoner and Dancers, she began choreographing, performing, and teaching throughout the US and abroad. She has received commissions from various companies and performance groups including Scottish Dance Theatre, London Contemporary’s 4D Performance Group, London Contemporary Dance School, and Skolen for Moderne Dans i Danmark. Her choreography has been presented in San Francisco at Theater Artaud, The Cowell Theater, ODC Theater, and Brady Street Dance Centre as well as at The Palace Theater, Los Angeles, The Place Theatre, London, the Nott Dance Festival, Nottingham and Danse Scenen, Copenhagen. Janice has also been a guest teacher for numerous dance companies including, Rambert Dance Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, and Adventures in Motion Pictures. After over a decade working as an independent choreographer, she formed Janice Garrett & Dancers.
Garrett makes work about people creating an extraordinary sense of kinship and connection. The company is committed to a vision of dance as an expressive, unspoken form of communication that fosters understanding and a sense of community among people. The Company was honored in 2004 as one of Dance Magazine's "Twenty Five to Watch."
Janice Garrett & Dancers was formed by artistic director Janice Garrett who, after more than twenty years as a dance artist and independent choreographer throughout the US and Europe, decided to put down creative roots in San Francisco. One of the area's most lively dance companies, Janice Garrett & Dancers has performed throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles as well as having completed three tours to the Midwest. Garrett and her company have received five nominations for Isadora Duncan Dance Awards as well as the 2004 honor bestowed by Dance Magazine.