Third Life Choreographer Series


Friday, December 14th at 8:00pm

Featuring work by:  teXtmoVes, Studio10Tap/Valery Marcantonio, Boston Community Dance Project, Kelley Donovan and Kaleidoscope Dance Company

Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq., Somerville, Ma

$15 General Admission, advance tickets online only! $20 at the door

$25 VIP Tickets, FREE Gift and front row seats!    $12 for Student/Seniors

Call (617) 388-3247 or email for info.
Free parking across the street at Citizens Bank


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Dance Informa Review   2016 Link to Dance Informa review here and preview here

February show review by Dance Informa here:




Usual dates for the series are Late Sept, Mid December, Late Feb, Late March, Mid June.

Dates are always listed above once they are set!


: e-mail to Kelley Donovan

–a short bio for the program (100 words or less)

– number of dancers (preference will be given to group works over solos)

-length of the work

–a 2-3 sentence statement about the work you would like to present or your work in general,

–a jpg photo or two for series flyer with photography credits

–a YouTube link to your work or the specific piece you  would like to present,

(if I have not seen your work, always happy to attend a live performance!)

or fill out the form above

The Third Life Studio Choreographer Series is an informal performance.  The Series gives Boston area choreographers a venue to try out new work in an informal setting or to show more developed work. The intimate setting of Third Life Studios creates an opportunity for busy dance artists to see one each others work, to network and for audience members to see and meet established artist and up and coming dancers and choreographers they might not otherwise be exposed to.  The Series has presented over 130 Boston dance groups and choreographers from NYC, Vermont, Philadelphia and CT.

Read our recent Boston Flash review from our audience members!


A Vibrant Choreographers Series Emerges in Somerville

By Maya James


The Third Life Studio Choreographers Series in Union Square, Somerville, is a delight. Now a monthly Friday night event, it is the recent brainchild of choreographer/dance activist Kelley Donovan. Audience members can park across the street at Citizens Bank before searching for a casually painted door at 33 Union Square. Waiting in a tiny hallway for tickets, greeting other dance theatre goers, and watching the action from an intimate seating area are also part of the fun.

The series is a welcome addition to the Boston Dance scene. This studio site is reminiscent of bohemian venues in New York City during the 1950’ and 1960’s.  A large hanging is hung on an otherwise bare wall on stage right, and the floor is covered with textured linoleum. Here, choreographers have a place to mount new works for an enthusiastic audience in an atmosphere of expectancy and innovation.  The show I saw on December 14 presented pieces by Angela Conte, DeAnna Pellechia, Ingrid Schatz, (KAIROS Dance Theater) and David Sun. All of the dances were well-rehearsed, inventive, and excitingly close to the audience. Lighting and costuming were kept simple yet the works were of professional quality.

Vitality and kinetic energy flowed from all four compositions. Angela Conte and Katie Von Wald exuded “campy” personalities and literally threw themselves into their dancing in “Solscape.“ Freya Sargent and Molly Schwartz performed a technically demanding duet by David Sun (in collaboration with Freya Sargent) that pressed their mirroring into tight resonance. Building tension turned any alteration, however small, into a question. What is going on emotionally between these two women? “From the Same Source” choreographed by DeAnna Pellechia and Ingrid Schatz set a lone dancer in relief against eight other performers. Her trajectory on a diagonal through the continual movement from side to side of the group was captivating. Patterns in space and time emerged that supported the intention of the piece while being interesting to the eye.

Now I would like to see all four works on a larger stage. That is one value of this event. The audience is introduced to a variety of styles of choreography in an accessible manner. The proximity to the performers helps the dedication of the dancers and the energy to be felt viscerally. It allows details of intent to be seen and an appreciation to grow around the complication held within this apparently simple environment. I recommend that many more people make the trip to 33 Union Square for a dance adventure on Friday nights in the coming year. – Maya James

Third Life Studio, a center for creativity and spirit, is a beautiful, intimate studio space in the heart of culturally dynamic Union Square and is a creative home to many.  The Studio is host to music concerts, dance performances, poetry readings,  music, dance or creative movement classes, yoga, t’ai chi, and meditation classes/workshops. The Studio is committed to presenting quality, multi-genre performances and has a particular interest in promoting the arts of all cultures, as well as performances that foster cross-cultural understanding and promote peace-building in our communities and around the world.  for info on the space.

If you missed the series check out these links to catch up on the  more than eighty choreographers we have presented already here:


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The series has presented over 120 Boston area Artist including:

Margot Parsons, Heather Bryce/ Bryce Dance, Gabriella Orcha, Bosoma Dance Company, Lorraine Chapman & Alissa Cardone, Rebecca Rice, Kate Nies,  Angela Conte, Courtney Stellmach, Zoe Dance, Anna Reyes, IMPACT Dance Company, Sharon Montella, Jennifer Lin, Chien-Hwe Hong /1,000 Virtues, KAIROS Dance Theater, Samantha Wilson, Cambridge Dance Company, Sarah Slifer, Shannon Luchs, Aparna Das, Olivier Besson, and Chandra Cantor, Katlyn Bartelson, Wendy Jehlen, David Sun, Catherine Lenard, Erin McNulty, Jenifer Hicks, Joan Green, Kat Nasti, Shirah Burgey, Kristin Giddings, Chelsea Escher, Ashley Anne Brown, Judith Wombwell/Deadfall Dance, Amy Mastrangelo & Meghan Riling, Intimations Dance, Deirdre Lewis, Boston Community Dance Project, Terpsicore Dance Company, Hannah Hildreth, Carey McKinley, Seidman Says Dance, Cambridge Dance Company, Catherine Wagner,  SPUNKandCOmpany, Pam Newton, Betsy Miller, Boston Community Dance Project, Nadine Martinez, Proyecto 3er Espacio, Alex Romania, Sarah Mae Gibbons and Renee Amirault, Christina Belinsky, The Wondertwins, Jaclyn Serino, Anna Ruhe, Erica Ligeski, Lostwax, Pradhuman Nayak, Margot Parsons, Janelle Gilchrist, Kristin Wagner, Company Four, Becky Midler, Rowan Salem, Kayla Rodriguez, Kelsye Chevalier & Lauren Flammia, & Cassie Phillips, In Noon Dance, Jessica Howard, Peter DiMuro, Ryan Casey, Luminarium Dance, Marijia Krtolica, Contrapose Dance, Six One Seven Dance Collective, Marin Orlosky Randow, Marsha Parilla/Danza Organica, Rozann Kraus, Sofia Engelman, Moved Louder, Grant Jacoby, James Morrow, Penumbra:Movement, Paradise Lost, Wisty Andres, Alia Pro Dance Company, Catherine Musinsky, Rachael Rosner, Ashly Jensen, Freedom Dances, Adriane Brayton,  Jen Farrell, Olivia Coombs, Kelly Engel, InEdit, Encore Dance Ensemble, Claire Johannes, Alive Dance Collective, Irene Hsi, Jennifer Sarver,  Sean Thomas Boyt, Katerine Gagnon  & Stephanie Bellissimo, Lacey Sasso, Chavi Bansal, Stefanie Gordon & Colleen Roddy, Grant Jacoby, Ofri Rieger & Courtney Blanch, Creationdance, Sarah Eley, Jordan Jamil & Claire Johannes, Lilly Cryan, Nozama Dance Collective, Regina Nejman & Company, Liana C. Percoco, Heather Brown, Sophia Engelman, Karen Klein, Julie Becker, Fernanda Chan, Mystique Illusions Dance Theatre, Kelley Donovan, Yosi Karahashi, Disco Brats and OnStage | Repertory, 10StudioTap, NSquared Dance, Beat Piece, Amanda Jones & Kristin Wagner and The END Ensemble.

Let me know if I have left out anyone!


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