en Route! A Touring Dance Project 2016
Collaborative touring project between
Light Switch Dance Theatre and Next Reflex Dance Collective
Saturday , March 12 at 7:30pm
The Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA
Tickets: $10 General ; $5 Artist/Military(with ID)/Child ;$3 Student with ID

Next Reflex Dance Collective in collaboration with Light Switch Dance Theatre present en Route A Touring Dance Project, a one-night dance event at the Hurley Convergence Center’s Digital Auditorium on the campus of University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.  The performance is a collaboration between local Fredericksburg dance artists and artists from Northern VA and MD. Homegrown artists include Semilla Cultural, Dance Matrix, J. Dance Kollective and the University of Mary Washington Dance Company. Six exciting works make up this diverse and exciting dance program.

The program opens with the sounds of Semilla Cultural embracing Puerto Rican culture and art through their work “Puerto Rican Bomba! Talking to the Drum.” The audience will enrich their knowledge of Caribbean music and style, and the influence Africa had in Puerto Rico through this music and dance. Sandra Atkinson of Light Switch Dance Theatre presents “NEST” a multi-disciplinary piece using contemporary dance, visual art, and music to investigate the concepts of home and nesting. NRDC’s performance of a new work “Jump In,” will prove to be a high impact, fast and fun piece inspired by the children’s poetry book “Life doesn’t frighten me” by Maya Angelou.  Original musical composition and performance by Nate Masters. J. Dance Kollective presents “Meant to Be,” a stunning and meaningful trio by their pre-professional dance company. Dance Matrix premiers “Walking the Red Road,” exploring the spirit of finding ones self.  The University of Mary Washington presents two pieces by their dance company.  The evening of performance is followed by a brief interview with the artists about their work.

Take in an evening of diverse work, live music, exciting dancing and moving choreography, en Route, a Touring Dance Project in Fredericksburg, VA, 7:30pm Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the Hurley Convergene Center’s Digital Auditorium at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. Tickets are  $10 General ; $5 Artist/Military(with ID)/Child ; $3 Student with ID at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/8464

en Route! is a touring dance project that facilitates performances for local artists in areas that Next Reflex Dance Collective selects each year. The company works on a collaborative level with the community’s theaters and artists to produce a one or two night performance offering an array of accessible work targeting a new to dance audience. Such Collaboration builds local awareness and generates interest in the dance scenes in these locations.  Audiences are not only exposed to the work of their own local artists but also from artists of other communities who are involved in en route! that year.  Since 2007, en Route! has toured throughout Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
~Presenting Companies ~

Vision Shoot1835  Next Reflex Dance Collective is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization based in Northern Virginia. Artistic Director Roxann Morgan Rowley centers the collective around collaboration and providing a venue for more artistic voices in the Metro DC dance community. Since 2006, NRDC has been presented throughout the region by multiple venues and festivals including The DC Dance Festival, The Charlotte Dance Festival, The DUMBO Dance Festival, The Goose Route Dance Festival, The DC Improvisation Festival, Jane Franklin’s Dance Sampler, Mason/Rhynes Productions “Late Night Series”, The American Dance Institute, Dance Place, The Harman Center and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NRDC’s “en Route! a Touring Dance Project”, facilitates performances in collaboration with local artists in select locations each year, and has been presented in Harrisonburg, VA, Richmond, VA, Mt. Rainier, MD and Huntington, WV. NRDC has received support from the Arts Council of Fairfax County,The Puffin Foundation, the Arts Council of the Valley, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Next Reflex Dance Collective is the proud recipient of the 2009 Metro DC Dance Awards “Founders Awards.”







LSTDLight Switch Dance Theatre (est. June 2013) is a sites- specific project based contemporary dance company dedicated to multi-disciplinary performances in non-traditional spaces. Sandra C. Atkinson, MA (Founder/Artistic Director) creates work in a collaborative manner inspired by the human condition, social justice, matters for science & technology and art of all mediums. LSDT strives to provide performances to the general public making any place a performance space.


~Fredericksburg Companies~


Dance Matrix
Dance Matrix is a group of adult dance artists who come together to express their creative selves and share their love of Contemporary dance with audiences of all ages.
Dance Matrix performs on a regular basis in the Fredericksburg area, producing free or low cost dance performances at Dodd Auditorium, the Downtown Library, local schools, and retirement communities.
Dance Matrix has also performed at; Dance Place in Washington DC, Dogwood Dell in Richmond, Windmere Cultural Arts Center, Germanna Community College, The Dorothy Hart Community Center, and Even and Arts. They were the featured performers in the Danville Arts Festival in 2007.



IMGL3018 (1)  J. Dance Kollective
We are dedicated to the art of dance. We develop talent at both the recreational and competitive level to help students reach their full potential.
Pre-Professional Program – The dance company is for focused and serious dancers who want to grow as artists while incorporating the foundations of strong technique. Dancers have opportunities through performances, master classes, competitions, conventions, and outreach programs.
The Kompany has preformed as part of multiple Professional Dance Concerts, even though the dancers are still in high school. Their talent, maturity and professionalism is upheld to a very high standard.










2014.11.01-SC-Photoshoot-Eunice.jpg  Semilla Cultural
Semilla Cultural is a non-profit organization developing and cultivating a community that embraces Puerto Rican culture and arts. We focus to raise cultural awareness by teaching and performing the Puerto Rican musical genres of bomba and plena, as well as educating the community as to the historical events that shaped this music.
Semilla Cultural was founded in 2014 with the goal of giving back to the community what always belonged to them: Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance. We are a team of individuals united by our love and respect for Puerto Rican culture who are committed to preserve and disseminate this legacy left by our ancestors.
Semilla Cultural connects with the community by using the arts as a medium of unity and empowerment. We also collaborate with other artists and groups to forward this mission. We are a grass roots organization, and although we are still growing, we are committed to educating and representing with pride and respect our love for Puerto Rican arts, culture, and traditions.