Meet the New Marketing Manager

Hello all.

I am the new Marketing and Communications manager here at Urbanity Dance and wanted to introduce myself.  I am an Artist and Author living in Boston, Massachusetts, and thrilled to bring my skills to the amazing community at Urbanity. Michelle

As an artist, I am most Intrigued by issues of communication; from how people choose to use or shun labels, to the nonverbal communication of dance. My work investigates how written and visual form can communicate together, often experimenting with format and process.

Often working in series, I strive to call attention to issues within my own communities, and help to give a point of access and understanding to those outside of the community. In this way, I hope to bridge gaps of communication too often found within different fields, and mediums.

I am fascinated by dance from a physical, personal, and interpersonal perspective. My focus is in social partner dances and I am eager to explore how dance creates nonverbal connections intensely and immediately. You can view my most recent installation project, Magnetic Movements, Here. 

Magnetic Movements Magnetic Movements, Mixed Media, 2016

I am excited to bring my voice and skills to Urbanity and help the community grow. Going forward, you can expect some changes in tone and subject here at our blog. I will be working to make this platform into a forum to have deep conversations about what we do, why we do it, and what impact it has outside of Urbanity. There will be many guest writers weighing in, and you can expect a deep and academic look at the philosophy of dance, as Urbanity pushes the contemporary Dance scene forwards.

Until next week,

Michelle Thomas
Marketing and Communications Manager



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Meet Urbanity!

Welcome back to another segment of Meet Urbanity! Since we’re coming to the end of our first week of the intensive, this week’s blog post is on Meg Anderson!

A powerhouse while dancing and teaching, Meg will always push our dancers and herself to their fullest potential.

Positions @ Urbanity: Company Dancer, Youth Company Director & Lead Summer Intensive Teacher

College Attended: Dean College (Dance Major and Psychology Minor)

Fun Fact: Meg LOVES crunches and coffee!

Why She Loves Urbanity: “I love Urbanity for so many reasons, but its versatility astounds me! We do everything!! It keeps us incredibly well rounded and constantly challenges us to try something new and push to our limits (and then discover new limits to break).”

Her Favorite Urbanity Moment: “Being able to learn and perform Pilobolus’ founding quartet “Ocellus” with fellow company dancers Jamie Ballou and Jacob Regan and former company dancer Brian Washburn. It was truly and challenge, an honor, and a rewarding experience.”

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Thanks for everything Meg! We are thankful. We also wouldn’t love crunches without you.

Until next time Urbanitarians!

By Erin Saunders
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Meet Urbanity!

Our first intern profile! Meet Brenden Hurley, one of the most animated people in the office! A big hit with the kids, she’s always one to make us laugh.

Position @ Urbanity: Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (BCDF) Intern

College: New York University – Tisch School of the Arts (Drama Major, BFA)

Fun Fact: “I apply every year to be the next Bachelorette.”

Why She Chose Urbanity: “I truly believe in the innovative, original, and myriad ways that Urbanity approaches dance. The company’s constant striving towards authenticity both in and through movement absolutely inspires me, and it is my pleasure to help them in this endeavor however I may.”

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Thanks for everything you do for us Brenden! We will be sad to see you go this summer…


Until next time Urbanitarians!


By Erin Saunders

Meet Urbanity!

Hello dance friends!

Introducing Andrew Troum, one who always knows how to make everyone smile and laugh.

Position at Urbanity: Marketing Manager.

College Attended: Boston College.

Fun Fact: Nickelodeon threw a nationally televised party at his house for the premiere of one of the Rugrats movies!

Why He Loves Urbanity: “Urbanity actually gave me my very first internship years ago and was one of the major reasons I found a passion for marketing the arts, specifically dance. I have had the opportunity to learn and grow so much and I owe a lot of it to Urbanity and Betsi.”

 Favorite Urbanity Moment: “When I was an intern, I remember being all dressed up dancing at the BCDF after party with the other summer interns who I became extremely close to (shoutout–I love you guys!) and it was one of the most bitter/sweet moments I have in recent memory. I was so sad to be done with my internship, but I looked around at all of the companies from around the globe that were brought here because of Urbanity and it was just an incredible culmination of all the work we had done that summer. At that moment, I could not have been prouder to be part of this company.”

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Andrew, you are amazing! We appreciate all that you do for us… Thanks!


Until next time Urbanitarians!


By Erin Saunders

Senior Saturday

The last edition of Senior Saturday!

Today we are introducing Jessica Flynn, our third and last recently graduated Junior Apprentice.

Hometown: Haverhill, MA. (danced in North Reading, MA)

Future Plans: “I am actually not going to college, I’m pursuing my dance career. I do plan on getting my business degree online at some time, though. My dream is to travel but also dance at the same time so I am looking at getting into the cruise line business and dancing with traveling “Broadway” shows.”

“Being a Junior Apprentice with Urbanity was one of the best decisions I ever made. Working under Betsi Graves and other various choreographers has opened up so many opportunities for me including being able to choreograph for the other Junior Apprentices and dancing at Outside the Box. I absolutely loved my time at Urbanity and wish all the best for the incoming JAs!” 

Congrats Jess! We wish you the best with your dance career, and we can’t wait to see where it takes you. Urbanity is so proud of you.


Until next time Urbanitarians!


By Erin Saunders
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Meet Urbanity!

Welcome back everyone! You know the drill, so let’s get right into it.

Introducing Haley Day, a force to be reckoned with! A strong and determined individual, she gets the biz done!

Positions @ Urbanity: School Principal & Company Dancer.

College Attended: University of Missouri, Kansas – Conservatory of Music & Dance.

Fun Fact: Haley has two cats named Charlie and Toaster!

Why She Loves Urbanity: “Because I can roll around on the floor with mismatched socks and no one thinks it’s weird.” 

Her Favorite Memory: “It was opening night for Urbanity’s show at the ICA in February 2015; everyone was warmed up, ready to go, and excited to perform at such in such an awesome space. We were waiting in the wings for the assistant stage manager to call places, but before the cue came, the music started. We looked at each other in the wings–what do we do?? Do we try to get them to restart the music?? What happened?!?!??–and Jamie yelled, “Go!” We rushed out to our positions and got there just in time before the lights came up. No one knew anything had gone wrong, and the rest of the show was stellar–I love that about Urbanity. Sometimes unexpected things happen, but in the end, everything comes together.”

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Thanks for everything Haley. Our students adore you… and so do we!


Until next time Urbanitarians!


By Erin Saunders