DANCE ON THE LAWN begins performances at the Montclair Public Library

Dance on the Lawn, Montclair, NJ’s outdoor dance festival, will return this year to the lawn of the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, on Saturday, September 10 from 3-5 p.m.

Live performances will include Nai-Ni Chen and Company, Maxine Steinman & Dancers, Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature, Sharron Miller’s Academy of Performing Arts and more. This year’s program will also include original work by William Ervin, winner of Dance on the Lawn’s 2022 Emerging Commissioned NJ Choreographer Award. Free. Full program below.

Dance on the Lawn, celebrating its ninth year, serves as a showcase and mentorship launch pad for the best choreographic talent in NJ and NY. The annual DOTL festival provides residents of Montclair and surrounding communities with a taste of emerging and established artists from New Jersey and the New York area.

Founded by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren in 2014, Dance on the Lawn hopes to increase New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing together professional and emerging companies, as well as dance students from across the state, to perform in a community setting. In addition to providing presentation opportunities, Dance on the Lawn has created an “Emerging New Jersey Choreographer Commissioned” and Mentor program to help support young emerging artists.

“We are so fortunate to be able to present Nai-Ni Chen and Company again at Dance on the Lawn. We were fortunate to have been colleagues with Nai-Ni, who tragically passed away in Hawaii last December. Nai-Ni has always said to us, ‘I am happy to help you.’ We are so honored to have shared so many precious moments,” said Charmaine Warren, Founder/Artistic Director and Laura Marchese, Executive Director of Dance on the Lawn.

*Complete range 2022 (subject to change):


Bhaarat Nritya Academy
Sharron Miller Academy of Performing Arts
Danceworks & Co
Maurice Chestnut’s dance therapy


Maxine Steinman and the dancers
Nai-Ni Chen and company


William Ervin and Mentor Dormeshia


MORISATO / Mikaela MorisatoFORCES OF NATURE/Abdel R. Salaam – JUST ADDED!

Charmaine Warren, founder of DOTL, is also the founder/artistic director of Black Dance Stories. She was named a 2021 “Bessies Angel” and won a 2017 Bessie Award for “Outstanding Performance” as part of the Skeleton Architecture Collective. She is also the winner of Dance NJ’s JETE AWARD, in honor of founding the Dance on the Lawn Festival. Dance NJ is the service organization committed to championing excellence in dance and dance education in the state. Ms. Warren, along with Laura Marchese, Executive Director of DOTL, are the driving force behind “Dance on the Lawn: Montclair’s Dance Festival.” Ms. Marchese is a recipient of the NJ Governor’s Arts in Education Distinguished Teaching Artist Award, as well as the Artist of the Year award. In 2018, Ms. Marchese received national recognition as a Master Dance Teacher by Young Audiences Arts for Learning.

The New Jersey State Council for the Arts presented four awards to Dance on the Lawn artists: Nancy Turano, Artistic Director, NJ Dance Theater Ensemble, DOTL Artist since 2014-2018; Kyle Marshall, recipient of the 2016 DOTL “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer”; Lauren Connolly, 2017 Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer DOTL recipient; and Hillary-Marie, Choreographer/Director FutureSTEP Tap Company, 2017 DOTL Participating Artist.

Dance on the Lawn also acknowledges the support of dance company 10 Hairy Legs, which donated its net assets to DOTL after the company dissolved. Funding from 10HL specifically supports the annual DOTL NJ Emerging Commissioned Choreographer Award.

Dance on the Lawn Outdoor Dance Festival – 9th year!
Saturday September 10, 2022, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Learn more here.

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