SAINT AUGUSTINE After calling South Florida home for 28 years, the Company relocated to St. Augustine, Florida in the summer of 2008. The Company remains dedicated to presenting quality dance and bringing the cultural vibrancy typically associated with South Florida to the communities of North Florida. The Company also maintains a strong commitment to its artistic philosophy and mission:
to provide significant contemporary dance works for cultural enrichment and entertainment
to draw from the ethnically diverse artistic community and strengthen Florida’s reputation as a center for dance education
to uphold the traditions of modern and contemporary American dance
to pass on this rich heritage to future dance professionals and audiences alike
to reach out to underserved communities and improve their quality of life through artistic and educational programs
to offer unique and innovative dance theatre style to venues throughout Florida
We invite you to be a part of helping Freddick Bratcher and Company bring its diverse talents to audiences throughout North Florida!
SOUTH FLORIDA In 1980, Freddick Bratcher established Freddick Bratcher and Company, a not-for-profit contemporary dance theater group, with two artistic goals in mind: to provide local audiences with superior quality jazz, modern, classical, and narrative choreographic works and to offer local talent a challenging and rewarding opportunity to mature artistically in a creative environment. This original vision became a tangible reality under the artistic direction of Mr. Bratcher. As Lead Choreographer, he has created over 80 works - many of them critically acclaimed. Often being called South Florida’s modern dance master with a style that “breathes a prominent blissful spirit,” he also earned the distinct accolade of being the granddaddy of Miami’s modern dance and jazz choreographers.
Mr. Bratcher established his own company with the intentions of creating a full-time resident repertory dance theater while attracting well-trained dancers to perform, teach, and develop artistic skills in all styles of dance. Since arriving in Miami in 1976, Mr. Bratcher has trained many dancers that now perform and teach professionally both nationally and with internationally renowned companies. Over the years, the Company performed and taught throughout Florida. Additionally, the Company appeared at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago, Illinois, as well as in New York where Mr. Bratcher was described as "an accomplished and inventive choreographer" by the New York Times. The Company’s involvement and versatility ranged from performances before the worldwide televised Papal Visit to Miami in 1987, to the opening of the Dave & Mary Alper JCC Anne Frank Exhibit.
Dedicated to building artistic versatility, the Company collaborated with local Ballet, Modern, and Flamenco dance companies for evening concerts. Guest choreographers Dale Andree, Gina Buntz, Gerard Ebitz, Michael Foley, and Michael Uthoff, as well as emerging choreographers Heather Maloney, Leah Verier-Dunn, and Melissa Llewellyn, presented works with the Company. Fulfilling the goal of extending its talents throughout South Florida, the Company performed at sponsored cultural and educational events such as the Miami-Dade Public Library Programs, the Merrick Festival, Florida Dance Festival, and the Hispanic Ballet Festival.
For over twenty-five years the Company devoted itself to enriching the lives of artists and audiences throughout South Florida. The Company performed at low-cost and free community concerts in neighborhood venues with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Miami-Dade Public Library System sponsored the “Meet the Dancers” series – informal and educational performances throughout Miami-Dade County regional libraries. The Condominium Series enabled the Company to perform for the elderly in retirement communities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. The Company performed and provided lecture-demonstrations at Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools thanks to generous funding from the Miami-Dade County Public School System, Sunbank, and the Broward Student Enrichment Trust Fund. A grant from the CBS Foundation enabled Company members to offer dance workshops for inner city, minority, and underserved children with an aptitude for dance at South Miami Middle School. The Company conducted children’s educational programs for the After School House in South Miami’s minority community and the foster home network, Children’s Home Society, for troubled and abandoned children of all ages in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
The Company was recipient of grant awards from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Metro-Dade, National Endowment for the Arts, and the State of Florida for over twenty years. The Company also received funding from The Childre's Trust, City of Coral Gables, City of Miami Department of FACE, Dade Community Foundation, Miami Salon Group, and the Funding Arts Network.
Determined to increase the focus of its outreach programs shortly after the 2000 season, the Company began partnerships with the City of South Miami Park and Recreation Department, Miami-Dade County Department of Parks and Recreation, Miami Children's Museum and the Learning Bridge and Summerbridge Miami programs. These collaborations enabled the Company to raise awareness of the cultural arts by offering artistic and educational programs to low-income, minority youth and their families throughout Miami-Dade County neighborhoods. In addition, the creation of A Storydance Project in 2005 primarily targeted the youngest of audiences, children ages four to fourteen, and offered the retelling of culturally diverse stories through the art of contemporary dance, music, and narration. In 2007 the Company received a Starter Grant from The Children's Trust to offer its dance education program at three Miami-Dade after school sites targeting minority and low-income students.