Cool Aid, LSDT’s newest work is a physical exploration of social conformity. Through this collage piece we explore the historical trends of social conformity and it’s imprint on the 21st century. LSDT investigates the ease of loosing individual and cultural identity to conform to social groups; that sometimes leads to our own destruction through the simplicity of language and inflection. Through dance, performance art, and multimedia art LSDT presents this new evening length that will encourage the imperative use of synthesis and inference in order to sustain one’s identity.
Choreography by Sandra C. Atkinson in collaboration with LSDT Performers
Light Switch Dance Theatre (est. June 2013) creates socially conscious art driven by the human condition that aims to give a voice to the voiceless. We are a project based dance theatre company that presents multi-disciplinary work in non-traditional spaces. LSDT strives to make every space an interactive artistic place where real social issues are addressed to evoke social change through the arts.
Sandra C. Atkinson is the Chair of the VPA Dance Department at Northwestern HS where us teaches, mentors, and creates work for the VPA Dance Students. She also the Founder/Artistic Director of Light Switch Dance Theatre where she create socially conscious multidisciplinary work to be performed in non-traditional spaces. She is most known for her work The Girl Child Project, RedLines, and NEST for LSDT.
She has a B.A. in Dance from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a M.A. in Performing Arts: Dance from American University. Sandra currently choreographs works at Montgomery College (Rockville, MD), Black Rock Center fort he Arts (Germantown, MD), and City Ballet (Hagerstown, MD). Her teaching/choreographic credits includes American University (Washington, DC), Goucher College (Baltimore, MD), Community College Baltimore County (Essex, MD), American College Dance Festival, Washington Ballet School, Dance Place (ReVision Dance Company class), and for Equinox Dance Company. Sandra has and continues creating works for Agora Dance Company, Equinox Dance Theatre, Jane Franklin Dance Company, Next Reflex Dance Collective, City Ballet, American University and Montgomery College Dance Company. Sandra has performed professional with Next Reflex Dance Collective, Peter Dimuro, Jane Franklin Dance, Carla & Company at Dance Place, and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. In 2012, Sandra was awarded the Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship from Montgomery College. She is currently serving on the Dance SLO/Assessment Committee and CVPA Curriculum Committee for PGCPS. As well as, serving as a Judge for the Helen Hayes Awards through TheatreWashington.
Sandra’s theatre work includes choreography for Glass Mind Theatre Company (Baltimore, MD) production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fells Point Corner Theatre’s (Baltimore, MD) production of Durang Durang, Strand Theatre’s Production of One Glitz Wish (Baltimore, MD), Montgomery College’s production of HONK! , RENT, Godspell, Conference of the Birds (Rockville, MD), Notre Dame of Maryland University’s production of Love and Information (Baltimore, MD), Montgomery College’s Production of Bat Boy: The Musical, Richard Montgomery High School Production of Guys and Dolls (Rockville, MD), Montgomery College’s Production of Avenue Q (Rockville, MD), Montgomery College’s Production Urinetown: The Musical (Rockville, MD), Richard Montgomery HS’s production of The Little Mermaid, and Montgomery College’s of Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play. Her most recent work includes choreography for Blueberries for Sal at Adventure Theatre and Oliver!: The Musical at Richard Montgomery High School.