My first Modern with Yvonne Gagliardo class from Aging Creatively series was inspiring, beautiful and challenging. I turned 55 last summer, and was contemplating joining San Diego Dance Theater's classes for 55+ ever since. Today, I finally found courage to try one such class. The teacher and the dancers were very welcoming and gave me lots of praise. I really enjoyed proper dance routines, and dance combinations. I had not done any dancing for a really long time, so it was a comforting feeling that I still have some movement left in my body.
Monica Bill Barnes is a New York based choreographer and performer. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Barnes received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at San Diego and moved to New York City in 1995. She then created her company, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, a contemporary American dance company with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. In 2002 Danspace Project presented the company’s first New York season, an evening-length work titled When we were pretty. MBB & CO. has performed in over twenty venues in New York City ranging from the DancemOpolitan Series at Joe’s Pub to Fall for Dance at New York City Center, has been presented in more than 30 cities throughout the United States, and has been a part of major dance festivals including Bates Dance Festival, The American Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The company had their third season at The Joyce Theater in January 2012 as a part of FOCUS Dance. MBB & CO. has received support from The National Endowment for The Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Recent new works include Love, oh love created for Parsons Dance and The way it feels created for The Juilliard School’s New Dances. Upcoming projects include This American Life Live! event in May 2012, a commission and performances at The American Dance Festival in July 2012 and the company's first performance at The Kennedy Center in May 2013