Rising Dance Star
2018 Winner: Ian Berg of Subject:Matter
Photo Credit: William Frederking
There’s nothing routine about the work of tap dancer and choreographer Ian Berg. The 2016 Boston Conservatory grad is pushing the form forward with his company’s emphasis on improvisation and collaboration, evident in dynamic works like Something Else!!!, which includes original compositions created with local jazz act Factory Quartet, and Eggs Your Way, a piece that’s revised after every performance based on audience input. It’s no surprise the company’s earning slots on major stages like February’s CRASHfest and Jacob’s Pillow, where it’ll close out the fest’s Inside/Out series on Aug. 25.