Christi Janney’s passion for choreography inspired her to establish The Eclipse Performing Dance Company in 2012 with the intention of bringing something different to our community. In addition to paramount skill, members captivate audiences with power and sheer emotion – this is performing arts at its finest! Eclipse promotes a ‘no holds barred’ approach to dance choreography and all exhibitions possess an unparalleled uniqueness. All Eclipse productions are presented as completely original, full length composition that is created, directed, and choreographed by Christi Janney. She had a bold vision for Eclipse and has successfully brought that degree of ingenuity to the stage.
Eclipse was initially designed primarily for talented adults in the several years following high school graduation. Up to that point, most students had been accustomed to life-long training and a grueling schedule of classes five to six days per week. This is when talent is at its highest, and available performance opportunities are at their lowest. Performing with Eclipse allows them to continue doing what they love, but more importantly, it gives the community an opportunity to appreciate their talents. In addition to local participation, members have traveled from Baltimore, Salisbury, Washington DC, Delaware, Virginia, Pittsburg PA, Hershey PA and North Carolina just for weekly Eclipse rehearsals.
Eclipse’s inaugural production, STORM, was presented at Cecil College’s Milburn Stone Theatre in July 2012 and was so well received that it prompted an encore presentation in 2014. STORM was inspired by the backbone of the Eclipse vision: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.” Recognition from STORM was overwhelming from the community and also from the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. They invited dancers to perform excerpts from STORM in their ‘Choose Respect’ conference at the Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College in February 2014. The Eclipse holiday productions, Thriller Nights and Spirit of Christmas, gained much popularity as they, too, have been accredited with encore presentations. The inspirational Just Breathe provided encouragement to stand together in the fight against cancer and holds an especially affectionate place in our hearts. Eclipse was honored to present Controversy in June 2016. It sent a powerful message against all forms of prejudice in an effort to ‘heal the world.’ In September of 2017, Eclipse Performing Dance Company, presented CHICAGO. The stage was set as Nightclub sensation, Velma, murdered her philandering husband, and Chicago’s slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn, set to defend her. But when Roxie also wound up in prison, Billy took on her case as well — turning her into a media circus of headlines. Neither woman would be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity.
Eclipse has since broadened their spectrum to include, not only the adult professional company, but also an Internship/ Apprenticeship program. It allows the dancers in that program many opportunities not readily available to most intermediate level dancers. They audition, perform, rehearse, and train in a professional environment dedicated to nurturing their success. Eclipse additionally offers technique classes, private and semi-private instruction, and wedding packages.
Christi Janney is extremely proud of the many successes and expansions of Eclipse PDC. She is extremely thankful to her professional dancers that give of their time and talents because they, too, understand the vision.
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.”