Dance at Stockton - Stockton Dance Company

Stockton University's Resident Dance Company 

Dancers from Stockton Dance Company

Founded in 1979 by Gail Lee Abrams and Joshua Jess Cabot, the Stockton Dance Company provides Atlantic County with an exciting season of professional concert dance. Developing artists share their artistic vision with an audience through the Fall Choreography Project and Emerging Choreographers Showcase. Spring Dance Concert is the culmination of hours of experimentation in the dance studio, and the apex of Stockton Dance Company’s season.

Dancers audition to be part of the company. Resident choreographers Beau Hancock, Caitlin Pittenger, Lauren Putty, and Rain ross create original works each year, and select guest artists are invited to choreograph for the company.  Such guests have included Tiffany Mills (Tiffany Mills Dance), MIchael Nickerson-Rossi (Nickerson-Rossi Dance), Starr Foster (Starr Foster Dance), Robert Moses (Robert Moses' Kin), Andrea Miller (Gallim Dance), Jon Lehrer (Lehrer Dance), Germaul Barnes (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), and others.

For the 2023-24 season, Stockton Dance Company presents two performances in the Stockton Performing Arts Center, and one in the Experimental Theatre. Spring Dance Concert includes guest choreographers Saleana Pettaway, Albert Quesada, and Katie Vickers. Auditions for the Stockton Dance Company are September 22, 2023, 3:30-6:30pm in Stockton's H104 dance studio. For more information about the audition process, email Prof. Beau Hancock:

Stockton Dance Company Performances

Dancers in performance

Fall Choreography Project
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2023, In the Performing Arts Center

$12 Regular $10 Student/Senior

Fall Choreography Project brings to the Performing Arts Center stage a mixed bill of dance works from the most promising choreographers in the Stockton dance community. Fall Choreography Project continues a 30-year Stockton tradition of presenting unpredictable and thought-provoking works from choreographers at all stages of their artistic development. These dance makers are forging new avenues for contemporary choreography, and the Fall Choreography Project is an opportunity to view the early work of the next generation of New Jersey dance artists.

Dancer Performing

Spring Dance Concert
Feb. 29 - March 2, 2024, In the Performing Arts Center

$12 Regular $10 Student/Senior

Spring Dance Concert highlights the gifted artists of the Stockton Dance community, presenting dances from notable choreographers that challenge these maturing performers. Reviving Dr. Kariamu Welsh’s masterwork “Women Gather,” Umfundalai X producer Saleana Pettaway carries on Welsh’s Umfundalai tradition by reconstructing dances from Welsh’s repertory and organizing the work of the next generation of artists. Collaborative team Albert Quesada and Katie Vickers test the Stockton Dance Company members with driving, sweeping physicality. These internationally recognized guest artists join resident choreographers Beau Hancock, Caitlin Pittenger, Rain Ross, and Lauren White, whose eclectic, imaginative choreography dependably delights. This diverse program promises to be a moving evening.

Dancer in Performance

Emerging Choreographers Showcase
April 18 - 20, 2024, In the Experimental Theatre

$12 Regular $10 Student/Senior

Emerging Choreographers Showcase is filled with moments of striking physicality, unusual grace, and the unexpected. This juried showcase for dance makers at the start of their composing careers is a laboratory for choreographic experimentation and innovation. The Experimental Theatre’s intimacy allows audiences a personal experience with this forward-looking choreography and provides these developing dance makers a chance to cultivate their artistic voices. Witness the variety and vibrancy of the Stockton community’s finest emerging choreographers.