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!
August 15 @ 12:00 pm | $250
Dancers age 14-18 will take class in contemporary, jazz, and improvisation with Baran Dance teaching artists Audrey Baran, Lydia Heidt, and Carolina Quiros. This short intensive culminates in a showing for family and friends Thursday afternoon, and dancers auditioning for BD2 on August 28th will have their audition fee waived. (Minimum 5 participants)
August 15th – 18th
Mon – Thu @ 12pm – 4pm
Age 14 – 18 | $250
August 19 @ 5:00 pm | $150
This fast-moving intensive for dancers age 18+ is a crash course into Baran Dance technique and choreographic methods with Audrey Baran, Lauren Bickerstaff, Lydia Heidt, and Carolina Quiros. The weekend includes classes in contemporary, jazz, ballet, and more, culminating in a short showing for family and friends.
August 19th – 21st
Fri 5-8pm | Sat + Sun 1-5pm
Age 18+ | $150
August 28 @ 1:00 pm | $10
Dancers age 14-18 are invited to audition for BD2, the apprentice company of Baran Dance. These emerging artists will train September 2022 – June 2023 in contemporary, jazz, improvisation, and collaborative composition with Audrey Baran and company members, performing throughout the season on small and big stages. Audition Fee: $10
Open Company Class
September 11 @ 1:00 pm | $10
Get moving in OCO class with BD artistic director Audrey Baran and company artists! Weekly class consists of contemporary technique and choreography that challenges the body and mind. Every last Sunday of the is RANDO class, taught by a different company artist in a variety of styles. Wear comfortable clothing and be ready to MOVE.
Sundays 1:00 – 2:30pm
September 2022 – June 2023
Age 18+ or by permission
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, […]