Washington, DC — The enthusiasm for dance was palpable in the packed house of the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and among the hundreds of people who attended the Millennium Stage prelude performances at the 9th Annual Metro DC Dance Awards (The Awards) presented by Dance/MetroDC and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Last night’s “kick-off” dance social event of the season honored dance professionals from DC, Maryland, and Virginia for excellence in their field.
Introducing our commemorative book, now available for purchase. Creative and Art Direction by Design Army. Photography by Cade Martin.
The Washington Ballet has seen a meteoric rise under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre, with 2009 marking his 10th anniversary year. In recognition of this special date and in acknowledgment of all TWB has accomplished in the past decade, Design Army, and photographer Cade Martin have collaborated with the Ballet to create Wonderland, a commemorative book highlighting great works presented by the company. Wonderland also gives readers an intimate look at the TWB dancers, providing rare glimpses of life backstage, and hopefully, a better understanding of what it means to be a performing artist.
Mr. Goding was named TWB Ballet Master in 1998 and went on to stage and rehearse many works in the Company's repertoire. A featured dancer with TWB in the 1970s through 1998, Mr. Goding performed with renowned dancers such as Amanda McKerrow in leading roles created for him by Choo-San Goh, TWB's first Artist-in-Residence. Mr. Goding originated roles in Birds of Paradise, In the Glow of the Night and Unknown Territory, as well as others in the classical and contemporary repertoire. He choreographed numerous works for the Company including Danzon, Mysteries and Rhapsody in Swing, all of which premiered at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Trained at the Woodbridge Ballet Arts School in Virginia and The Washington School of Ballet, he also studied at the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School.