"Strength in numbers" is a truism that applies as well to dancers as political movements and labor unions, and no one in Austin grasps that better than Ellen Bartel, who has spent almost as much of her time here bringing dancers and choreographers together as creating work for her own Spank Dance Company. Thanks to her tireless organizing, the city now has the Austin Independent Choreographers e-mail list, which shares information among those in the dance scene, and, best of all for fans of modern dance, showcases for local dance makers such as Dance Carousel in FronteraFest, Hot September Flurries, and the new Big Range Dance Festival. We're grateful that she keeps us all in step.
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