Long Center | Theatre en Bloc | Dance Nation

Long Center Presents | Theatre En Bloc

Dance Nation

August 29 – September 15, 2019 | Rollins Theatre

About the show

Theatre en Bloc & Long Center present the regional premiere of Dance Nation, August 29 - September 15 in Rollins Studio Theatre.

“I want you to think about all the people in the world who are suffering… And I want you to go out there… And I want you to dance for them.”
—Dance Teacher Pat

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routing is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.

Dance Nation—winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Relentless Award, and 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist—is a ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery. Long Center is thrilled to present the regional premiere of this prize-winning piece in partnership with Theatre en Bloc. In line with their mission to produce quality theatre that is relevant to communities and situations in Austin, TX, there will also be Optional Talk Backs regarding ambition, the messiness of growing up, and how women are taught to claim or subvert their power following each performance.

Please note, this play includes mature themes and content.

“Critic’s Pick! A blazingly original play from the insanely talented Clare Barron. Marvel at how close what you see cuts to the bone.”
—BEN BRANTLEY, The New York Times

“I have seen the future, and it is Dance Nation.”
—PETER MARKS, The Washington Post

  • 3 ticket prices: $34: Group A, $24: Group B, $15: Group C. Like the airlines, seating is by groups starting with Group A, then Group B, and finally Group C. Once in the theatre, patrons pick any open seat. Seating starts at 7:50pm.
  • PLEASE NOTE there is no late seating for these performances.
  • Optional Talk Backs follow every performance with the cast and creative team.


Starring: Amy Downing*, Sarah Danko, Giselle Marie Muñoz, Dennis Bailey*, Michael Galvan, Katy Atkinson, Whitney Abraham, Susan Myburgh, and Elise Jacobs*, Directed by: Jenny Lavery


Theatre en Bloc is a professional theatre company with a history of producing quality theatre that is relevant to communities and situations in Austin, TX. Founded by Jenny Lavery in 2011, TEB is led by the belief that great art inspires great communities. Our mission is to create and share elegantly rendered theatrical events, both new and extant, that collide with the question: What does it mean to be alive in the world today?

To date, TEB has created, developed and produced 9 original works as well as produced 9 regional premieres, garnering 90+ awards and nominations for their work. TEB has been named Company To Watch, named on several of the Chronicle’s Best in Theatre lists, and won Fontera short fringe both years entered with the original Violet Crown shadow puppet folk musicals. TEB has done national residencies developing new work, and taught at all of the local colleges.

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