Full Force Dance Theatre has presented modern dance to audiences of all ages, coast to coast since 1992. Originally formed in San Diego, California, it’s mission has been to promote the creative vision of its director and primary choreographer, Katie Stevinson-Nollet; to present high quality, creative and innovative work by both professionally distinguished choreographers as well as up and coming young artists to the community in accessible and affordable programs; to explore the creative process of dance making; to develop the collaborative process between dancers, choreographer, and musicians; and to provide professional experience, training, and performance opportunities to local Hartford dancers.
Works created for FFDT programs have been created by such guest choreographers
as Peter Sparling, formerly with the Graham company, Mary Cochran, formerly of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Monica Bill Barnes, director of Tour Bill, Jean Isaacs, director of San Diego Dance Theatre, Patrick Nollet of California Ballet and former director of Three's Company in San Diego, and several emerging choreographers from around the country. The company has provided professional experiences to over thirty young dancers. Some of which have gone on to dance with major companies such as the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Neta Pulvermacker and Dancers, San Diego Dance Theatre, Janis Brenner, and Malashock and Dancers. Stevinson-Nollet, has provided the company with over twenty premiers, presented in five states and three countries. She has used the company as a vehicle to present new and innovative work combined with traditional foundations.
FFDT has relied on grants, individual donations, fund raising and ticket sales to cover expanding costs of production and allocation of stipends for dancers and choreographers. Past funding has come from the
FFDT has presented ten full evening programs in twelve venues with multiple performances at various festivals, such as the International Arts Festival in New Haven, the Los Angeles Kaleidoscope Festival, Florida Dance Festival, and venues, such as Sushi Performance Gallery, Trinity College, University Settlement, 92nd Street Y, the Cunningham Studios, Broome Corner Studios, Bridge for Dance, and Charter Oak Cultural Center.
FFDT is a registered non-profit organization.