As we prepare to celebrate our tenth anniversary in a BIG way, we could use a little help and would love to thank you for your support with a LIMITED EDITION Baran Dance tank top. Perfect for summer, this super soft tank in vintage black shows off your shoulders and support for Charlotte’s busiest DIY dance company. But ACT FAST! These puppies are only available until May 15th.
Baran Dance is a professional contemporary dance company based in Charlotte, NC. We create dances that make you feel, think, possibly cry, and maybe even laugh. Founded and directed by Audrey Ipapo Baran since 2012, we are known for collaborating with local musicians and artists through multimedia movement experiences. Baran Dance seamlessly blends bold physicality with thoughtful artistry and performs on stages, in galleries, at bars, and on sidewalks, creating work that is accessible and exciting for wide audiences.
We move to move you!
BIG MOVES 2023: BD X LB
June 9 @ 8:00 pm | $20
We are thrilled to collaborate with local electronic musician and vocalist Liza Ortiz (aka La Brava) for Big Moves 2023! Save the date for this collision of dance and sound like nothing we have presented before, featuring choreography by Audrey Baran, Lauren Bickerstaff, Rahquelah Conyers, Mackenzie England, Lydia Heidt, and Carolina Quiros. Tickets on sale April 1st!
Friday 6/9 + Saturday 6/10
Open Door Studios
Open Company Class
January 15 @ 1:00 pm | $12
Join Baran Dance for open company class and workshops with guest artists! Class is intermediate / advanced contemporary including floor work, centering techniques, big traveling sequences and choreography that challenges the body and mind. Wear comfortable clothing and be ready to MOVE!
$12 | 5/$50 | 18+
Master Class: FoCo Technique
January 29 @ 3:00 pm | $20
We are thrilled to welcome Grace Whitworth, Yin Yue Dance Company’s official Rehearsal Director and Stager, for a master class in FoCo Technique! The FoCo Technique class requires sophisticated understanding of dance technique and demands strong physical and mental stamina. The standard class is 90 min and it starts with an active follow-along sequence including Activating, Rooting and Mapping. In each of these sections, students are led by the instructor to develop awareness in muscular structure and response in order to achieve precision and control, identify and embody rhythmic pattern, dynamic change and intricate transitions, form strong interaction and connection with gravity and generate heat in the body to prepare for the phrase work. In the second part of the class phrase work or repertories are taught in detail. Through learning the movement sequence, students will experience the coaching style used for YYDC. By the end of each class, the repertory will be performed in smaller groups.
$20 | 18+
March 31st, 2022
Attention dancers! We are making some shifts to open company class which will increase accessibility for Charlotte’s dance community and allow us more rehearsal time as we prepare for TEN. Effective April 3rd, OCO class will be offered Sundays from 1:00-2:00pm and return to $10 / class. Fear not, this power hour will still be full of floor work, big traveling sequences, and opportunities for challenge. Reserve your spot and join us — take 5 classes get one FREE!
October 2nd, 2021
We kicked off this season in a BIG way by welcoming 18 new amazing artists to the BD family (more introductions coming soon)! Let’s just keep the party going by performing in one of our favorite venues and then celebrating a (what?) DECADE of Baran Dance. Save the dates and join the fun!
TWO x FIVE: We are thrilled to perform at our favorite neighborhood bar in one of our most […]
March 7th, 2021
We are thrilled to welcome Meagan De La Paz to Baran Dance! You saw her amazing choreography in Covers — now you can catch her in action in our upcoming spring concert Big Moves 2021! Help us welcome this powerhouse to the BD family and mark your calendars NOW.
In the same breath, we are sad to say goodbye to Mikaela Laxton, who is temporarily moving to sunny Orlando, FL. She […]
November 5th, 2020
We could not BE more excited for the return of Baran Dance open company class this Sunday! Taught by artistic director Audrey Baran at the temporary location of Open Door Studios, each class includes contemporary technique, phrase work, and improvisation. Spots are LIMITED, pre-registration and payment are REQUIRED, and masks are a MUST. We are super stoked to safely move and groove with you. SIGN UP HERE!
Sundays November 8 (sold out!), 15 […]
January 18th, 2019
We are proud to announce that Baran Dance has received a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts and Science Council! These funds will directly support our upcoming production, Covers, in collaboration with local and national dance artists. We are honored to receive is competitive award and are super stoked to bring you one killer show in Spring 2019!
This project was made possible through the support of the […]
November 28th, 2018
Sunday, December 16th @ 2:00pm
Open Door Studios | FREE!
Join Baran Dance for this special choreographic showing by our apprentice company, BD2! Our young artists are not only talented dancers but emerging dance makers. They have crafted their own short works, utilizing compositional skills, literary inspiration, and personal voice. Admission is free — support our apprentices with your presence!
August 14th, 2018
Move with US! Baran Dance is holding auditions for both our apprentice and professional companies for the 2018-2019 season. We seek dancers well versed in contemporary / modern / jazz dance as well as improvisation and collaboration. Read on for details and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. See you on the dance floor!
BD2 APPRENTICE AUDITIONS
Sunday, September 9th | 1:00-2:30pm | Open Door Studios Dancers 12-18 years old from any Charlotte-area […]
April 27th, 2018
We are thrilled to be the Charlotte magazine BOB Award Winner for Best Dance Troupe! According to Charlotte Magazine:
Audrey Baran’s troupe has represented contemporary dance at events at Goodyear Arts and the annual BOOM Festival in Plaza Midwood. Behind the scenes, its community projects and classes at Open Door Studios give aspiring dancers a path outside of the traditional.
Thank you for recognizing exciting and accessible dance in the […]
October 17th, 2017
We could not be more thrilled about the this year’s apprentice company, BD2! These talented young artists will perform throughout the year, including our May 2018 concert, REMIXES. They’ll be breaking ground in an innovative performance in conjunction with Community School of Davidson and pianist David Brooks. Details are coming soon, but first, we are proud to present the 2017-2018 BD2 company! From left to right: Sarah Coates, Milana Acolino, […]