March 2 8:00 pm

An evening of contemporary ballet to cinematic and pop scores.
Dancing between precision and off-balance majesty, X Marks The Spot innovates contemporary ballet counterpoint to themes of human connections, time, and rhythm. An evening of athletic dance, Dissonance Dance Theatre brings classical and cinematic musical scores together creating unforgettable moments for the whole family.
In the spirit of intersectionality, X Marks The Spot addresses the form of classical ballet against the musical sound that has become familiar to popular moviegoers – finding connections from dance’s regal past to its possible new reality.
The dance work dives into asking the question of “How does ballet fit into a world of TikTok and secular music?” Through investigation X Marks The Spot provides a “sum” of contemporary ballet that diversifies, entertaining today’s theatre patron as well as the balletomane.
Additionally, through a racially diverse array of music and cast. Dissonance Dance Theatre strives to bring ballet to new audiences through the lens of 2023.
All Ages


Dissonance Dance Theatre has been an INTERSECTIONS participant for more than eight years.
DDT is the Resident Ballet of Ngoma Center for Dance. Named “One of the 11 small-but-mighty dance companies outside of LA and NYC” by Dance Spirit Magazine, Dissonance Dance Theatre is a Washington, DC-based professional dance company founded in 2007 by Shawn Short. Since its inception, Dissonance Dance Theatre has performed for local and national audiences on the east coast and in the mid-west states.
Starting as a project of dear friends, Dissonance has grown to house artists from across the US and beyond. A contemporary ballet that blends “classic” modern styles such as Horton, Graham, Limon with nuances of classical ballet, Dissonance is becoming known for its theatrical presence and exceptional artistry.
Evoking emotional experiences in the audiences we touch, Dissonance’s cutting-edge repertoire features works that are socially and visually appealing to audiences while remaining true to its mission; challenging audience’s assumptions about the human experience through dance.