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Shawn Short, Producing Artistic Director

Mahogany Strings

February 25, 2017, 6pm
February 26, 2017, 7pm

Mahogany Strings features DMV's award-winning contemporary ballet Dissonance Dance Theatre with music by classical and urban-infused classical composers.

A mixed-repertory dance concert where classical ballet changes stylistic perception through music: classical, jazz, and hip-hop.

We cannot stereotype one another, nor should we want to. Mahogany Strings blindly looks at classical ballet as cultural dance of a group of people. Like America we all grow strongly when we grow from our differences. It's time for classical ballet to meet 21st century musical swag.
- Shawn Short, Founder/Producing Artistic Director


  • Khacha
  • Bleak
  • Gira
  • Big Band Suite Mvmt #3
  • Walk With Me
  • Key in Ebony

Program subject to change without notice. Please check back two weeks before opening night.

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Choreography by Shawn Short

Khachaturian's Violin Concerto in D minor provides the musical landscape for Khacha, a ballet inspired by a group of kids who sneak out the last day of school for the Summer.

Key In Ebony

Choreography by Shawn Short

Hip-hop meets pointe shoes in Key in Ebony showcasing violin duo Black Violin and home-grown rapper Tru Ghost.


Choreography by Rafael Gomes

DDT's New Voices of Dance program selectee – Brazilian choreographer – Rafael Gomes presents Gira a ballet mixing African and Brazilian movement honoring Candomblé.


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We started in 2007 and have performed around the country. Read Our Story