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Mission

Concerto Dance by Jolene Konkel is a concert dance company creating modern and jazz dance works driven by musicality and virtuosity. Our mission is to explore work that strengthens and uplifts the human spirit, aiming to inspire hope and build community connections through vibrant concert dance.

We Value...

  • Technical Excellence. Drawing upon and expanding American dance forms across the genres of jazz and modern dance.​​

  • The Historical Roots of Jazz. Acknowledging the Africanist presence in all American dance forms.

  • Musicality and Virtuosity.

  • Connection. Work that seeks to open a door to the human spirit, strengthen and uplift hearts and minds, and connect communities.

  • Accessibility. Engaging a broad audience through artistically compelling and entertaining concert dance seeking to make dance accessible to all. 

  • Diversity. We believe in the inherent dignity and value of all people and celebrate people from all nations and ethnicities. Dance is common to all cultures and has the ability to bring people together through a shared language. We beleive we are all better together and there is value and place for everyone in dance.

  • The Transformative Power of Dance. We understand that dance has the power to affect change and communicate across cultures and barriers.

  • Choreography that Educates and Illuminates.

 

Why "Concerto"?

 

Concerto in origin is simply the word for "concert", depicting our mission to bring concert dance works to the stage and to film.  

 

Leonard Bernstein described "concerto", or "concert" as meaning the "togetherness" of the orchestra. Believing we are better together, Concerto Dance seeks togetherness in building connections with each other and the community.

 

A Concerto is now associated with a specific musical form characterized by the virtuosity and technical skill of the musicians. This embodies our aim to cultivate virtuosic performers expressing technical and artistic excellence through work driven by athleticism and musicality.