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Dance Nation at Trustus Theatre

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at Nationals in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power. Trustus staff member Abigail McNeely directs the show with choreography by Brailey Johnson, assisted by Shaundra Moreland. The cast features Trustus company members Martha Hearn, Jonathan Monk, and Tashera Pravato, and Emeritus company member Ilene Fins; Amber Coulter, Julian Deleon, Elizabeth Houck-Zozaya, Layal Issa, and Gaby Walker round out the cast.

Content warning: Dance Nation contains gore, coarse language, and depictions of self-harm and sexual situations. May not be suitable for patrons under the age of 16. Dance Nation also contains haze and flashing lights.

A talkback on “the adolescent experience” will follow the May 1st matinee at 5:15 p.m., and will include Dr. Peter Loper, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands, as well as creatives from the show.