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Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosy Ferguson and Michelle McIntyre.

Rosy, Michelle, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Ignite Collaborative started in 2011 through a series of Starbucks meetings with a group of friends looking to create something new. Five dancers from various technical backgrounds came together because we wanted to create work that was based around storytelling and connecting artists. Due to vastly different artistic backgrounds -modern, contemporary, hip hop, belly dance, and theater – we knew we would never be able to dance together in the same company unless we created it.

Ignite Collaborative is now a 501 (c)3 and has evolved a ton since 2011. We perform regularly at Alwun House in downtown Phoenix, we love submitting work to local dance festivals, we host weekly community classes for artists of all levels, and we create our own full-length shows to spread our love of community and live art. Everything we do revolves around connecting humans and building community and we look forward to creating and connecting even more in the years to come.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
The mission of Ignite Collaborative is to build a more connected and compassionate community through movement. Ignite uses dance as a means for communication and empathy, an opportunity for personal growth, and an outlet for creativity and artistic expression via unique immersive performances, community workshops and classes.

Because our dancers have totally different backgrounds and strengths, all of our pieces build from the connection we have with each other instead of trying be something we’re not. We use those differences to create unique choreographic works and we don’t rely on one single choreographer, that responsibility is shared among all the dancers in our company. We think it’s important to give all of our dancers a platform to communicate through movement, and to tell their own story.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is when you find the balance between expressing yourself creatively and emotionally as well as connecting with your audience in a way that’s meaningful to them. The characteristic that is essentially important is connection to the community. Every piece we create, we ask ourselves “what does this mean to the audience?”

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Our premiere full-length show, Duo, will debut August 16-17 at Tempe Center for the Arts. This performance explores duality in the human experience. Duality is all around us; day becomes night, breath is inhaled and exhaled, to every beginning there is an end. Duality exists within us; joy and sorrow, love and rage, fantasy and reality. This show is designed to lead the audience into discovering the duality within themselves through a multi-media performance. Tickets will be on sale at tempecenterforthearts.com

If you’d like to participate in our community classes, we meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Dance Theater West in Phoenix. Check out our website for our class schedule at ignitecollaborative.com, we hope to see you in class! 

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Image Credit:
Jake DeBruyckere
Michelle McIntyre

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