Dance and Live Music Take Center Stage at Workhouse Arts Center

Dance and Live Music Take Center Stage at Workhouse Arts Center

‘Winter Music and Dance Festival’ from Next Reflex Dance Collective.

Next Reflex Dance Collective performance of “Vision.”

Next Reflex Dance Collective performance of “Vision.” Photo by Kacie Waters-Heflin/Courtesy Next Reflex Dance Collective

A night of live collaborative performance with distinct creations is in store for audiences at the “Winter Music and Dance Festival” produced by Next Reflex Dance Collective. The Festival will bring together diverse musicians and artists at the Workhouse Arts Center. Next Reflex Dance Collective is the Workhouse Artist-in-Residence.

“We are committed to creating new work which challenges ideas and broadens perceptions, while also encouraging experimentation at the highest level,” said Roxann Morgan Rowley, artistic director, Next Reflex. For those less familiar with Next Reflex Dance Collective (NRDC), the Collective’s mission is to capture an audience’s interest by creating art collaboratively with artists of all disciplines and to support the creation of experimental dance work.

“I'm excited to say that this is the third year for the event and as always there are new faces that bring new musical and dance perspectives,” noted Morgan Rowley.

“Next Reflex Dance Collective, one of our Artist-in-Residence, has been a remarkable partner,” said Ava Spece, President and Executive Director, Workhouse Arts Center. “We have been very impressed with their presentations of inventive new works, incubated in our studio spaces on campus, followed by well-attended premieres on Workhouse stages.”

The “Winter Music and Dance Festival” will include the premiere of Morgan Rowley “The Painting,” a solo inspired by the painting “Christina's World” by Andrew Wyeth as a woman is lost in her own thoughts. Is she feeling the weight of being physically abandoned? Nate Masters will perform live musical accompaniment.

Next Reflex Dance Collective will perform “INtimate Window,” a series of short dance vignettes with live music. The vignettes provide glimpses of lives lead behind closed doors. The musical composition and performance is by Mark Snyder. “A Journey Through” is another new dance work by Morgan Rowley. It explores personal journeys with musical composition and performance by Nate Masters. With music by Drake Dragon, Morgan Rowley’s short dance film “Glimpse” will be screened.

Kristin Hatelburg, Tori Utenburger and District Tap will also share their unique choreography styles and perspectives. The music underpinning their dance works are expected to run the gamut from alternative rock to roots music and more.

“We are devoted to being a part of our dance community’s growth through the inclusion of various artists in specific performance and outreach programs.,” added Morgan Rowley.

Where and When

Workhouse Arts Center presents Next Reflex Dance Collective’s “Winter Music and Dance Festival” at Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theater, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Performance on Feb. 8, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 youth, $15 Student/Senior/Military, $25 Adult. For tickets visit or call 703-584-2900. For general information about the Next Reflex Dance Collective, visit