Profiles By: Laura Jaros

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Part Four Nationwide Explosion of Modern Dance

Metal-Corbin explains that roughly 1980-1986, “There was an explosion of dance across the country” (Interview). She attributes the detonation of the arts in Omaha to a group called the “Performing Artist Omaha.” During this time, The Moving Company, along with other dance organizations throughout the city, were given many wonderful opportunities to work with big name dance companies from New York City. Because people were embracing dance, funding at that time was possible: “We would buy a master class for $500 and offer it to dancers from all over Omaha,” Metal-Corbin states (Interview). In collaboration with The Omaha Modern Dance Collective (OMDC), Performing Artist Omaha, and other dance organizations around Omaha, dancers worked to carve out a place for dance in the city. The picture below was taken in 1987 at the Summer Arts Festival in Omaha. Every year in the 1980s, OMDC arranged a dance program for the festival to promote the arts.

Over the years, The Moving Company has deliberately strived to make connections with as many Omaha dance organizations as possible. Metal-Corbin states, “In dance, it is important to collaborate and reach out. The Moving Company has always and continues to support other dance entities; we support theirs in hopes that they too will take part in supporting ours” (Interview). In “Legacy of The Moving Company,” Metal-Corbin comments, “I want the Moving Company to represent North, South, East, and West Omaha.” She believes that if there is an intergenerational-, multiracial-, gender-, and culturally-diverse group of dancers working together, then the audience will in turn become more diverse: “I want the company to reflect the community from all geographical regions” (Interview). With the opening of the Holland Performing Arts Center in 2005, along with the art form’s growing popularity, modern dance will continue to present opportunities for artistic expression for women and other minorities.