Join us THURS. SEPT. 5 for an evening of FUN!

Thursday, 22 August 2013, 12:04 | Category : Uncategorized
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Cane And Table fundraiser



We are a group of New Orleans-based artists: a cherographer, Dana Reed, a dancer, Peryn St Raymond, a visual artist, Amanda LaPlaca, a costume designer, Rachael Jaffe, and a filmmaker, David Bear.



We are coming together for a cross-cultural exchange as part of an Alternative Collaborations project. The goal of our trip is to create and produce a new show that captures the beautiful Balinese rituals and ceremonies. Upon our return from the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, we would collaborate and create a performance in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our long term goal is to tour the show through out the USA and other countries.


During our exchange, we will each learn the Balinese techniques and skills particular to our artistic focus. Every artist will bring new insight to the final performance piece. By sharing this experience with our audience in America, we can then inspire other artists to continue to learn and be inspired. We will be continuing the “Life-cycle of Art” where inspiration becomes idea, idea becomes creation, creation becomes art, art becomes inspiration, and the cycle begins anew.


We are fundraising for our residency and final performance costs. By supporting us, you support art. Please help show that creative dreams can come true and help continue the inspirational Life-cyle of Art.

World’s Fair Performing Arts Camp

Tuesday, 16 July 2013, 9:16 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dana will direct Hope Stone New Orleans summer arts camp in collaboration with Dance Quarter.  Camp runs from July 1-19.   This summer’s young artists are bright and bursting with creativity. Their days are full of theater, dance, music, filmmaking, and art – wonderful!

Be sure to join us for our final performance at NOLA Spaces!

When: Thursday, July 18th, at 6:00pm
Where: 1719 Toledano St. NOLA 70115
Cost: $5 (Suggested donation)

Check out these camp highlights below!
More fabulous photos, thanks to Kathleen Flynn at The Times-Picayune.  Visit the link below on
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Summer Dance Workshop Series

Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 15:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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Contemporary Modern Dance

Taught by Dana Reed

This workshop will be different from any other class series Dana Reed has taught, as all phrase work and technical warm up will progress through the four weeks. The workshop is focused on contemporary modern dance, with Dana’s explosive and fun approach.

ALL LEVELS are encouraged and welcome. The first hour of class is focused on technique and training. The last half hour of each class will include a progressive dance phrase. The phrase will grow as Dana adds on to it each week. Sign up today!


TUESDAYS June 4-June 25
at NOLA Spaces (1719 Toledano St. 70115)

(Drop-ins are welcome at $18 per class. Four (4) students must be registered in order for the workshop to take place.)

contact:  Dana Reed – or 504-390-8399 or


Click Here to watch a sample dance combo.



A New Performance by Dana Reed

Saturday, 23 February 2013, 18:30 | Category : Uncategorized
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Relics and Remembrances:  A French Market Cache

March 23 and 24, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Procession starts at 3:30pm at Latrobe Park

(between N Peters an Decatur Streets with entrances at N Peters, Decatur, and Ursuline ave.)

French Market, New Orleans

New Orleans is a place characterized by polarities; pirates and priests, sorrow and joy, hedonism and purity. On March 23 and 24 Alternative Collaborations Dance, lead by Artistic Director Dana Reed, will guide its viewers on a sojourn through the historic French Market. Relics and Remembrances: The French Market Cache will feature 10 plus local artists, including dancers, actors, musicians, singers, visual artists and costume designers with performances in scenic nooks and crannies. Escorted through the district by a local tour guide, our project will investigate the rich history of the French Market and its nearby haunts to inspire original performance installation material.

Tucked between the open-air stalls of the French Market is Latrobe Park, a people-watching green space accented by sunken seating, fountains and sculptures. The park sits on the city’s first waterworks and incorporates some of the remaining features into sculptures.  Viewers observe as dancers dis-imprison caryatid statues, bringing them and each of their stories to life. Accompanied by a female vocalist, dancers move with fierceness and fluidity, in and around the park, intersecting the ethos of womanhood and the powerful element of water.

Continuing the evening circuit, viewers will find themselves in Dutch Alley where three percussionists recreate the “Bazaar Market or Bizarre Market”. Viewers will feel swept back in time as market girls dance, tap, and play baskets of beans and rice and percussionists explore rhythms played on nontraditional surfaces that reflect the meat market in a mere bizarre state.

Terrorizing young children and making locals weary of the waters at night, the performance ends, with the reenactment of the “Rougarou”. Along the Mississippi River performers recreate the story of the wolf-like monster that was believed to come from the waters at night. As viewers watch from the canon above the amphitheatre, performers travel up from the waters performing a native ritual to bring the Rougarou to life.  Encircled by the performers, viewers are encouraged to join the ritual or be eaten by the Rougarou.



Post Mardi Gras Classes

Friday, 22 February 2013, 13:12 | Category : Uncategorized
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Adult Int/Adv Modern – Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm

Adult Beginning Modern – Thursdays  10:00-11:00am

Mat Pilates – Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm

Pre and Post Natal Pilates – Saturdays 10:00-11:00am

All classes taught by DANA REED at

NOLA Spaces – 1719 Toledano St. NOLA

Dana is performing SOON!

Thursday, 4 October 2012, 14:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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Ever brought your BED to a performance!  I haven’t, but I will.  Check out this all night performance at Michalapoulos Studios, 527 Elysian Fields Ave. in New Orleans on October 20.  I’ll be dancing, I bet you will too.

click the link for more info:

Dana Reed performs with Artist Inc in New Mexico NEXT WEEKEND

Monday, 20 August 2012, 15:45 | Category : Uncategorized
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Bates Dance Festival

Saturday, 28 July 2012, 8:40 | Category : Uncategorized
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I will be in Lewiston Maine for my 12th summer at the Bates Dance Festival.  It is my home away from home.  I am looking forward to the weather and dancing ALL day.  I will return to teaching in New Orleans after Labor Day.  Stay posted for updates.

Follow the link to find out about the Bates Dance Festival’s Youth Arts Program

Youth Arts Program 2011

Youth Arts Program 2011

Open Dance Company Warm-up

Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 15:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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Join the Alternative Collaborations Dance on Tuesday May 22, June 12 and 19 for our dance company warm-up.

All levels are welcome.

1128 Dublin St.

7-8pm ($10 suggested donation)

Alternative Collaborations Dance has been selected to perform in Southern Voices at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans the weekend of June 29.  Details coming soon.



Dance with me and Terrence Karn

Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 12:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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Don’t just listen to Jazz Fest, DANCE with it too!

Special Guest, Terrence Karn will be accompanying my Adult Modern Dance class this Thursday night.

Check out his music here:

Take advantage of this one time class!  I will be teaching adult modern dance, open to all levels.

Thursday, April 26 – 6:30pm-8pm

The Movement Room in the New Orleans Healing Center


Class with Terrence, Experience it while you can!

Class with Terrence, Experience it while you can!