Printz Dance Project (PDP), founded in 1998, is a vibrant, highly charged company that looks for the link between genres to find a language truly its own. Rooted in modern dance, the work takes a fresh approach to blending movement styles, seamlessly unifying intense athleticism with fluid articulation punctuated by precise ensemble work. Printz utilizes unexpected combinations of shapes and crisp visual dynamics to create aesthetically varied repertory. Hip yet mature, the textured work strives to be uplifting yet thought provoking. Unpretentious subject matter is explored with honesty by the cohesive dance ensemble. The 8-member company performs in an expressive and relatable style inviting audiences to connect with an accessible dance experience. From joyous to playful and sensual to fierce, the company’s musically driven dances “blend dance techniques that include modern, jazz, ethnic, ballet and hip-hop with a flow that motivates eye, energy and spirit” (Marie Beneat, Attitude Magazine)
Printz Dance Project has performed in festivals, shared evenings and self-produced shows all over the Bay Area including: DanceMission, ODC Theater, Brady Street Dance Center, WeswtWave Dance Festival, the Monterey Dance Festival, Solad Dance Center, Forum Theater at Yerba Buena Center, and as guest artist for colleges and universities. The company has completed seven successful home seasons at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco’s Fort MasonCenter. PDP has performed and toured nationally in such venues and festivals as the California Choreographers Dance Festival in Laguna Beach, Dance Celebration in Flagstaff, the Sedona Cultural Center’s inaugural Dance Concert, Celebrate Dance Festival in San Diego, Open Door Dance Theater in Boulder, Freud Theater in Los Angeles, Central Coast Summerfest in Monterey, the University of Memphis, Palmdale Playhouse, and Joyce SoHo Presents in New York City with full shows at Joyce SoHo in August 2003 and again in March 2005. In 2004 PDP received standing ovations in their International Performances in Lithuania – having been selected to “represent the United States in the 14th International Festival of Modern Dance”. In 2006 they completed a highly successful tour to Russia, and toured Ireland in August 2007. The company is known for their upbeat attitude and extensive outreach to teens.