Photo: Brian Harris
Nancy Havlik has directed and choreographed for the past 25 years. She formed Dance Performance Group as a non-profit in 1989 to explore her own choreographic ideas with a small group of dancers and musicians. Her choreography has been performed extensively in the Washington, DC area at venues including Dance Place, Shakespeare Theater, Joy of Motion, Montgomery College, Jewish Community Center, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mt. Vernon College and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Her work has been shown in New York City at Joyce Soho, WAX and the Construction Company. Internationally her work has been seen in Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Nancy has directed site work performances all over the Washington, DC area in places as varied as Dance Loft on 14, The Torpedo Factory, The National Portrait Gallery, VisArts / Rockville, Josephine Butler Parks Center and Anderson House. The Dance Performance Group has been part of Atlas Theater Intersections, Velocity DC Dance Festival, Sonic Circuits and at Dance Place as part of their 2017 – 2018 season.
Nancy has received grants from Maryland State Arts Council, the Montgomery County Arts Council and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She recently received a 2017 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.
For over 20 years Nancy has taught interactive creative movement workshops for older adults through Arts for the Aging (AFTA) and has directed Quicksilver Senior Dance Company, a dance improvisation performance company of people 65 and over for AFTA. Havlik received a MetLife Grant with visual artist Donna McKay through AFTA to present a series of workshops to frail seniors combining dance and visual art, gesture through space and gesture on paper.
“gloriously beautiful to behold…inspirational.” (Carmel Morgan, Ballet-Dance Magazine)
“The evening celebrated the intricacies of dance and human interaction, including video projection, spoken poetry and multiple live musicians.These elements contributed as inspiration behind movement and made for a fully enhanced and enjoyable performance. […] This event is a prime example of human and artistic interaction, and exemplifies the significance of collaboration in order to create community, understanding and meaningful art.” (Arielle Ostry, Dance View Times, 2018)