Bare Bait Dance takes over management of West Side Theater

Cory Walsh

Bare Bait Dance company has taken over management of the West Side Theater, a flexible performance space at Shakespeare and Defoe streets and the longtime home to aerial and studio arts.

Their vision is something like a performing arts center focused on “movement arts,” said executive director Joy French, including not only the space’s existing aerial artists, but dance, theater and fitness.

“We’re game for pretty much any kind of performance — music or comedy or theater, just as long as it can fit in our schedule,” she said.

For the dance troupe itself, finally having the chance to choreograph and rehearse in the space they’ll perform is “completely dreamy.”

The first performance will be Bare Bait’s annual choreographic showcase, “Springboard 22,” on Jan. 14-16 and 21-23.

In the new arrangement, French remains executive director of the nonprofit Bare Bait and longtime member/former co-director Kelly Bouma will be managing director of the theater.

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