Dance Nation
by Theatre en Bloc

Aug. 29 - Sep. 15, 2019


“Maybe this is the year, this is the moment, this is the dance where your lives will start!”


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 the Boogie Down Grand Prix 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.


Dance Nation is a ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery.


“Critic’s Pick! A blazingly original play from the insanely talented Clare Barron - Marvel at how close what you see cuts to the bone.” —BEN BRANTLEY, THE NEW YORK TIMES


“I have seen the future, and it is Dance Nation.” —PETER MARKS, THE WASHINGTON POST


Long Center is thrilled to present the regional premiere of this prize-winning piece in partnership with Theatre en Bloc. In line with their mission to produce quality theatre that is relevant to communities and situations in Austin, TX, there will also be pptional talk backs regarding ambition, the messiness of growing up, and how women are taught to claim or subvert their power following each performance.


The cast includes Amy Downing*, Sarah Danko, Giselle Marie Munoz, Dennis Bailey*, Michael Galvan, Katy Atkinson, Whitney Abraham, Susan Myburgh, and Elise Jacobs*.


DANCE NATION is directed by Jenny Lavery with Production Management by Blake Addyson, Lighting Design by Rachel Atkinson, Set Construction by Jessica Colley-Mitchell, Costume Design by Jenny Hanna-Chambers, Stage Management by Jennifer Hamm, Photography by Errich Petersen, and Jenny Lavery as Producing Artistic Director. DANCE NATION is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.


*Actors Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association


Dance Nation
by Clare Barron
Theatre en Bloc

August 29 - September 15, 2019
Rollins Theatre
Long Center
701 Riverside at South First,
Austin, TX, 78704

 Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award, DANCE NATION will be presented in Rollins Studio Theatre for a three-week run of 12 performances, beginning August 29 and ending September 15.

 Pre-sale tickets are available for Long Center Members starting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24 at 10 a.m., and single tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at, by calling 512-474-5664 (LONG), or in person at the Long Center’s 3M Box Office.