The Nevaeh Dance Circus spreads the joy of live performance


On Saturday morning, artists from the Nevaeh Dance Circus presented their show at the Art Center of Denmark. Their shows combine music, dance, storytelling, puppets, vaudeville and circus acts such as juggling and contortion, to create a colorful and surprising performance. The company, originally called Nevaeh Dance Company, is the creative brainchild of sisters Nettie and Hannah Gentempo. “We started the business because we were looking for more performance opportunities for ourselves,” Nettie said. “We live in rural Maine and there wasn’t much available to us.” Their mother was a dancer who ran a ballet school, so they grew up in a house full of dance and music. When they were teenagers, they decided they wanted to pursue a professional career in dance, but ran into a dearth of opportunities. “It’s really important that we’re able to reach those rural communities and bring that to people and provide something that’s really needed,” Nettie said. At first, their focus was to create performance opportunities and serve rural communities in Maine, but this quickly evolved and grew. They wanted to give others the show opportunities they were missing. “If we didn’t have dancing growing up, I don’t know what I would do,” Hannah said. shows and workshops. They give their students the opportunity to perform with the troupe members, so some performances feature a mix of professional and non-professional performers. Now the sisters have been working together for years and their relationship enhances their art. “It’s magical to work with someone you’re so close to,” Hannah said. As they dance together, they share their love of the craft with each other, with their fellow performers and with their audience. “We’re at the point where we’re communicating mentally when we’re dancing,” Nettie said. If you want to see their shows or take a class, you can visit their website.

On Saturday morning, artists from the Nevaeh Dance Circus presented their show at the Art Center of Denmark.

Their shows combine music, dance, storytelling, puppets, vaudeville and circus acts such as juggling and contortion, to create a colorful and surprising performance.

The company, originally called Nevaeh Dance Company, is the creative brainchild of sisters Nettie and Hannah Gentempo.

“We started the business because we were looking for more performance opportunities for ourselves,” Nettie said. “We live in rural Maine and there wasn’t much available to us.”

Their mother was a dancer who ran a ballet school, so they grew up in a house full of dance and music. When they were teenagers, they decided they wanted to pursue a professional career in dance, but ran into a dearth of opportunities.

“It’s really important that we’re able to reach those rural communities and bring that to people and provide something that’s really needed,” Nettie said.

At first, their focus was to create performance opportunities and serve rural communities in Maine, but it quickly evolved and expanded. They wanted to give others the performance opportunities they were missing.

“If we didn’t have dancing growing up, I don’t know what I would do,” Hannah said.

The sisters take their company statewide, hosting shows and workshops. They give their students the opportunity to perform with the troupe members, so some performances feature a mix of professional and non-professional performers.

Now the sisters have been working together for years and their relationship enhances their art.

“It’s magical to work with someone you’re so close to,” Hannah said.

By dancing together, they share their love of the craft with each other, with their fellow performers and with their audience.

“We’re at the point where we mentally communicate when we’re dancing,” Nettie said.

If you want to see their shows or take a class, you can visit their website.

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