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DANCE — Gregory Dolbashian’s Dash Ensemble to present DASHOW for one night only 4/3/15 *nyc



Gregory Dolbashian’s Dash Ensemble to present DASHOW for one night only

The DASH Ensemble, a contemporary dance group committed to expanding physical and theatrical boundaries of contemporary dance in the twenty-first century, announces its first full-length evening of work.  DASHOW, to celebrate it’s 5th year anniversary of dancemaking will premiere on April 3, 2015 at the DiMenna Center in New York City.  Showcasing high-octane physicality with an ardent flair, this exclusive work, created by Artistic Director Gregory Dolbashian, employs modern dance vocabulary; physical theater,  and hip hop elements as a springboard for international dance innovation.

The dancers of the DASH Ensemble serve up an aesthetic that explodes, twists and deconstructs the parameters of the physical and spatial possibilities of movement and perception. DASHOW is a narrative dance work that offers an eclectic accounting of a new universe painted with texture and intimacy that evokes a universally personal experience of transitioning to adulthood from childhood, as well as interpersonal relationships, laughter, love, loss and redemption.

“The DASH is a metaphor based on the symbol used to notate an individuals lifespan,” explains Dolbashian.  Birth date (–) death date. Life is The DASH, and everything that we focus our work on is about that life. Our contribution, both artistic and mundane depicts our life, and the events that occur in it. It is also a significant culmination of the past five years of our life as a creative think-tank. No matter how big or how small the events may be between the dates of birth and death, they are epic in the development of each story—non-repeatable, non-refundable and completely original.”

The company has embarked on a 40-day crowd funding campaign in an aim to raise support to help underwrite the cost of this self produced evening;


This one night only performance will take place on April 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.. Individual tickets are priced at $20 and are available online at


The DiMenna Center, located at 450 West 37th St btw 9th and 10th Ave. It is accessible by the A, C, E, N, R, Q, B, D, F M and 1,2,3 and 7 trains.


GREGORY DOLBASHIAN, Choreographer and Artistic Director – Born and raised in New York City Gregory made his professional stage debut at the age of eight with the Glimmerglass Opera Company. Soon after, he was cast in the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson world tour of Einstein on the Beach. Gregory received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School on a fellowship scholarship and then graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory where he studied composition with Kazuko Hirabayashi. Since then he has gone on to dance and choreograph with a variety of artists, performing with Patrick Corbin, Nelly van Bommel, Sylvain Emard, and The Chicago Ballet. He was resident choreographer for both Chicago Ballet’s spring season in 2008 and CorbinDances in 2007. He was selected as one of four emerging choreographers in the Springboard Montreal intensive run by Juilliard’s Alexandra Wells, where he created and premiered his first international work. Dolbashian is a recepient of The Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard, winner of The Pretty Creatives Competition for Northwest Dance Project, and of The Hubbard Street 2 international choreographic competition. He also placed second in Ballet Austin’s New American Talent competition, and has received commissions from Atlanta Ballet, TU Dance in Minnesota, and CityDance Ensemble in D.C. He debuted his own company, The DASH Ensemble, in December 2009 at JOYCE SoHo. The company has gone on to present works at the Skirball Center, DTW, The Gershwin Hotel, Riverside Theater, Summer Stage, and The JOYCE Theater. Dolbashian received the audience award at NYC’s DanceNOW challenge at Joe’s Pub for his work with The DASH. The company also recently premiered a film at New York’s Tribeca Cinemas in collaboration with fashion film director Charlie Wan. In addition to his choreography, Gregory, alongside Loni Landon, is the co-founder of The Playground, a choreographic initiative that was voted 25 to Watch in 2013 by Dance Magazine.

Antonio Brown is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts. In 2007, he received his BFA from The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. While there, he had the opportunity to perform works by Jose Limon, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton, Jessica Lang, Susan Marshall, Larry Keigwin, among others. Mr. Brown  has also worked with Nilas Martins Dance Company, Stephen Pier and Sidra Bell Dance New York. Antonio is currently dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Camille A. Brown & Dancers and is grateful to share his gifts and talents with the world.


Lauren Santos is originally from the island of Guam where she began her training at a local studio. She then went on to study Theatre & Dance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and received her B.F.A. During her time at UH, she was fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform works by Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, and Camille A. Brown. After graduation, she moved to New York to further pursue her career in dance and has been very blessed to have performed for choreographers such as Brice Mousset, Lane Gifford, Marlena Wolfe and Baila Society. She is very happy to be dancing with The Dash Ensemble.

photos by Lloyd Stevie

Christopher Ralph was born and raised in Long Island, N.Y. He began his dance training at Holy Trinity High School, were he was accepted into the theater/ dance program lead by Cathy Murphy and James Whore. While training at school he simulataneously attend classes at Broadway dance center and Steps on Broadway with teachers such as Peter Schabel, Dorrit Koppel, Frank Hatchett and Chio Yamada. In 2005 Christopher attended SUNY Purchase college to complete his B.F.A in dance. Christopher Ralph has performed works by Lauri stallings, Nick Ross, Yung-li Chen, Doug Varone. He as also gone on tour with CorbinDances during the fall of 2009. Christopher has performed in many spaces throughout his career including, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Reverb Festival, DRA events, Dance Theatre Workshop, and The Joyce Soho.


Lilja Rúriksdóttir, a native of Iceland, moved to New York in 2008 to study with The Joffrey Ballet School. In 2009, she became the first Icelandic dancer to be accepted into The Juilliard School. She
has had the pleasure to perform works by José Limón, Martha Graham, Murray Louis, Raewyn
Hill, Eliot Feld, Pam Tanowitz, Nacho Duato, Andrea Miller and Alexander Ekman to name a few.

Upon graduating from Juilliard, she received the Hector Zaraspe prize for choreography. Most recently she has worked with Jonah Bokaer, Joanna Mendl Shaw/The Equus Projects, Janis Brenner
& dancers and was featured in Charlie Wan’s dance film Lean on Me. Lilja finds it a great honor to be
working with Gregory Dolbashian and the DASH Ensemble.


Elena Valls was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. Graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.F.A cum laude in 2011. Miss Valls had the privilege of studying dance and Kung fu at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan. Elena has worked with various choreographers like, Huang Yi, Idan Sharabi, Korhan Basaran, Gregory Dolbashian, Samuel Pott, Astrid Von Ussar, Peter Pucci, Nicholas Andre,and performed Paul Taylor’s Company B staged by Patrick Corbin. Elena is honored to be part of The Dash Ensemble.


Born in France, Isaies studied dance in Paris at Latin and tropical dance School
and at Rick Odums School of Ballet Jazz. During his free time, he took classes
with his mentor Dominique Lesdema and he also studied break dance and develop
his own moves in different session.
Isaies worked with Latin jazz company as Isis Figaro Team and french
choreographers such as Alexandra Lemoine et Tatiana Seguin. Also, he has been
part of “You Can Dance”, the French television version of “So You think you can

Recently, Isaies moved to New York to broaden his horizon and vision to study
at Peridance Capezio Center. He is now working with Dash Ensemble ( Gregory
Dolbashian) and Manuel Vignoulle.


Born in Gifu, Japan, Daisuke Omiya started his tap dancing when he was 16 years old. After graduating from high school, He moved from his home town in Japan to New York City to become a professional tap dancer.He studied with master teachers such as Savion Glover, Derick K Grant, Barbara Duffy, Dianne Walker

He started studying Contemporary Dance and Modern Dance in 2009, He trained with Max Stone, Nathan Trice, Daisuke is a member of The DASH Emsemble by artistic director Gregory Dolbashian. He made his premiere with The DASH Emsemble in January 2012 at NYU Skirball Center.

Recently Daisuke have been making the transition from tap dancer to contemporary.
He has been discovering ”Who I am” with movements from these styles and now he is creating his own movement inspired by combining these styles. and he presented a solo dance he choreographed for the E-MOVES series at The Harlem Stage Gatehouse.


The DASH Ensemble is a diverse company of dance artists with a shared commitment to expanding physical and theatrical boundaries of contemporary dance in the twenty-first century, while exploring and challenging the potential of individual artistic realization of new movement expressions, within a group guided and founded by artistic director Gregory Dolbashian.

The DASH Ensemble is a New York City based contemporary dance group
founded and directed by Gregory Dolbashian. Combining elements of modern, hip hop, floor work and physical theater Dolbashian has created his own unique style of contemporary dance with an urban flair. The DASH seeks to bring out relatable human elements in all of its work using its complex and challenging movement language to express ideas about growth, love, loss, war, and determination.

With a group of six incredibly diverse artists both in style and cultures, Dolbashian pulls from the specialties of each artist to help create the fusions of styles that the DASH exhibits. These skills range from breakdancing, flexing, contemporary floor work, intricate partnering, and even a touch of classicism. The DASH gets its name from the belief as follows:

Birthdate (–) Death Date and that dash in between those is your lifespan. Life is The DASH, and everything that we focus our work on is about that life. Our work depicts our life, and the events that occur in it, no matter how big or how small always feel epic, and it is that feeling that we aim to deliver throughout our performance work.


DASHOw Must Go On. . . Please donate/support our fundraising campaign

DASHOW premiering April 3rd! 1 night ONLY
Location: The DiMenna Center 450 west 37th st between 9th and 10th
When: 7pm

And also look out for our first film collaboration with Charlie Wan, DAYWALKING to drop Dec 1st


“The Re-Up” promo by The Dash Ensemble from Charlie Wan on Vimeo.

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March 7, 2015 - Posted by | CULTURE, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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