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Atlanta choreographer Juel D. Lane creates a night for dance

Tuesday May 8, 2012 08:01 am EDT

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  • Matt Karas
  • LEAP YEAR: Juel D. Lane’s career is off to a running start. The emerging choreographer will present “A Night of Choreography with Juel D. Lane and Friends” on Thursday, May 10.

If you’re going to put on a show, it’s good to have some friends around to help you out. If your friends include dance luminaries like Camille A. Brown and the principal dancers of the Atlanta Ballet, all the better.

“It’s a big party,” says emerging Atlanta choreographer Juel D. Lane of his up-coming dance show “A Night of Choreography with Juel D. Lane and Friends,” playing for one night only this Thursday, May 10, at the Southwest Performing Arts Center. “It’s me saying thank you. These are people who I respect so much, and a lot of them have been in my corner.”

Lane recently made a bit of Atlanta dance history, wowing audiences with his piece “Moments of Dis” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in March as he became the first independent Atlanta-based choreographer ever to be commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet. As his own career as a choreographer takes off, the evening is a way of celebrating and saying thank you to the teachers, mentors, colleagues, collaborators, dancers and choreographers who have helped him out along the way.