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Dance/Opportunity – Contemporary Intensive, International Independent Study Program and The School at Steps Summer Intensive Seek Talent with International Audition Tour 



Steps Conservatory, Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Intensive, International Independent Study Program and The School at Steps Summer Intensive Seek Talent with International Audition Tour 

 Steps on Broadway, NYC’s legendary professional dance center committed to training and maintaining the integrity of the art form, increases their international reach with a first-time national and international audition tour. Led by newly appointed Student Programs Audition Director, Davis Robertson, under the direction of Mindy Upin Jackson, Director of Professional Training Programs, and Kate Thomas, Director of The School at Steps, a 12-city tour is underway through early Spring and offers the dedicated dancer various opportunities for study during the summer months and beyond.  Through intensive training, performance, and evaluations, these intimate curriculum-based programs, Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Intensive, Steps Conservatory, and the International Independent Study Program, create polished, versatile dancers brimming with the confidence and enthusiasm to enter the highly competitive world of concert and commercial dance. The audition tour will also be recruiting students for The School at Steps’ Senior Summer Intensive, for aspiring professional dancers ages 15-18.

“While we are a home for local dancers to maintain their training, our carefully curated programs utilize the expansive network we have built at Steps, and open our doors to dancers from all over the world throughout the year,” explains Diane Grumet, Co-Artistic Director of Steps on Broadway. “These summer programs give dancers an important next step in their training—broadening their home studio or university training with leading choreographers and artists in the dance capital of the world that is New York City.”

Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Intensive (ages 18 and older) is specifically designed for the dancer preparing for a professional career. This program offers intermediate and advanced dancers, one or two 4-week sessions with classes taught by world-renowned contemporary masters as well as by our illustrious faculty. This intensive is designed to strengthen technique and artistry and provide an introduction to NYC’s professional dance community. Students take 17 classes per week including technique, Steps with Contemporary Masters, Creative Tools, and Performance Skills, and build relationships with at least nine Artistic Directors and Contemporary choreographers in each session. Students from past summers have been hired by Heidi Latsky Dance, Janis Brenner & Dancers, have freelanced with Francesca Harper, and been awarded apprenticeships with Rioult Dance NY. Upon fulfilling program requirements, students receive a Certificate of Completion at their final performance.

Steps Conservatory (ages 17-24) is a two-year curriculum-based intensive program specifically designed to strengthen technique and artistry, thus preparing the dancer for a professional career in either the concert or commercial dance world. Dancers in the Conservatory take 15-18 weekly classes from our daily schedule as well as private Performance Enrichment workshops, such as vocal training, health and wellness, repertory, composition, dance history, career development, and much more. Over the two years, students build a professional network, thereby positioning themselves for future employment. The program provides an introduction to NYC’s professional dance community, not only through study but also through multiple performance opportunities throughout the four semesters. Upon fulfilling program requirements, students receive a Certificate of Completion.

International Independent Study Program (ages 18-35) is designed so that each participant has the flexibility to create their own class schedule and experience New York City’s dance community in motion. This M-1 visa program is designed for dancers and dance educators at the intermediate to professional level, who want to explore the diversity of techniques and styles Steps has to offer. To date, the program has hosted dancers from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, United Kingdom, Spain, Morocco, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, Uzbekistan, India, South Africa, Japan, and Taiwan. Students may join the program for three, six or twelve months.

The School at Steps Summer Intensives offer a rigorous multidisciplinary curriculum for the aspiring professional dancer. A minimum of four to five years of significant ballet training is required. Students are placed by audition in either the Junior (ages 9-12) or Senior Intensive (ages 12-18) based on age and ability, each with their own set of core classes and minimum class requirements. Daily classes in ballet and pointe are supplemented with pas de deux, variations, contemporary partnering, repertory, coaching, theater dance, jazz, hip hop, and Horton-based modern. Each session culminates in a studio performance.

MEXICO: Escuela Cubana de Ballet de Veracruz, March 13
CHINA: The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, March 18
NEW YORK: Steps on Broadway, March 18, and May 13
NEW YORK: The School at Steps, February 25, March 4, March 18, April 8, and May 6
BOSTON: Boston Conservatory at Berklee, April 2
CHICAGO: Lou Conte Dance Studios/Hubbard Street Dance Center, April 22
JACKSONVILLE, FL: Florida Ballet, April 22
FLORIDA: Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, April 23

Dancers in Sydney, Australia, Florence, Genova, Milan, Urbino and Ravenna Italy have already auditioned.

For the full audition tour and information, visit

All classes will take place at Steps on Broadway, located at 2121 Broadway between 74th and 75thStreets and is accessible by the 1,2,3, C, and B trains to 72nd Street.


Founded by Carol Paumgarten in 1979, Steps on Broadway is an internationally recognized training center providing excellence in programming that supports the art and the artist. Steps is home to more than 250 world-renowned teachers who offer over 300 dance and exercise classes a week. Throughout the year, Steps incorporates guest artists, special master classes, performances and special events. For over three decades Steps has been a training ground for generations of aspiring and professional dancers. Steps also offers professional training programs which include the two-year Steps Conservatory, Summer Study NYC, International Independent Study Program, and Steps’ Steele Pilates Teacher Mat Certification.

Directed by Kate Thomas, The School at Steps cultivates young dancers, ages 18 mos. – 18 yrs., from their first step in a dance studio through their pre-professional training. Students discover their individual artistic voices in a creative environment with the guidance of an internationally recognized faculty. The personal attention the school provides encourages students to mature as dancers, grow as individuals, and enrich their passion for the art form. School at Steps graduates go on to dance with professional companies, study at top college dance programs, and perform on Broadway.

March 1, 2017 Posted by | LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Harlem Arts Festival -Updates *NYC

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#SupportArt Campaign | "For Art" Harlem Arts Festival

Dear HAFamily,

We’re launching a major video campaign today! As you may know, the new administration is threatening to cut all federal funding for the arts. We can’t let this happen. In times like these, artists voices matter more than ever. Artists are here to shed light on the important issues communities face today. Art brings communities together, drives local economy, encourages creativity and diversity, promotes education, and challenges important issues like hatred, racism, sexism, anti-semitism, and more.

So today, we’re starting a trend! We want to this video to reach 1,000 people in 10 days! Share/post this message on your Twitter/Facebook/Insta account today by clicking here or below! We’re using a cool tool called Thunderclap that will help amplify our message.

Here’s what we need:

  1. Donate $10

  2. Share this video with 10 friends




As a Harlem transplant, Pinderhughes recognizes that his presence in the historic neighborhood is “a complicated reality.” He recognizes that the same struggle with gentrification in Harlem is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Pinderhughes was raised.
We sat down with Samora to learn more about his most recent acclaimed album, The Transformations Suite, and his thoughts on art and activism.

Read the full article here >




In anticipation of their forthcoming mixtape, #HAF2015 Artist Sammy Miller and the Congregation released the 1st track of the mixtape! Listen to it on Spotify by clicking the image above or here — it’ll get the party started! Be sure to check out their upcoming tour dates on their website as they’ll be touring around the country. For everyone in New York, the release party will be next Sunday, February 26th at The Woods, 8 PM. It’ll be quite a party.!


March 3-4 @ 8pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater

Eddie Palmieri is an incomparable performer and bandleader of some of the most energetic concerts in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s history. This season, the NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award-winner continues his fast-paced career in Rose Theater for an 80th birthday blowout. One of the finest pianists of the past 50 years, Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger, and composer known for skillfully fusing complex jazz harmonies with the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage and of various Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean fusions.

Purchase Tickets and Find Out More here! >


The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance has announced a call for artists and all kinds of participants for the 15th Uptown Arts Stroll, in Washington Heights-Inwood and West Harlem, from West 135th to 220th Street, in June. The stroll showcases the painters, photographers, writers, musicians, sculptors, actors, dancers and filmmakers in Northern Manhattan from May 31 to June 30, 2017, with $1,000 goes to this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest winner, exclusive graphic representation on all publications throughout the month-long arts fest, and more!
The deadline is this Friday, February 24th, so check out the links below to find out more!

How To Participate >
Submit a Booking >
List Your Studio >
Submit Your Venue >

Contact with any questions.

February 21, 2017 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, opportunity, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ 60th Annual Global Gathering Runs Friday-Tuesday January 6-10   Artists, Sessions and EXPO at New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square  More than 1000 Performance Showcases Dance, Music, Theater

APAPNYC 2017 Starts Today

Association of Performing Arts Presenters’

60th Annual Global Gathering Runs FridayTuesday January 6-10
Artists Speak, Sessions and EXPO at New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square 

More than 1000 Performance Showcases of Dance, Music, Theater and More at Venues around New York City

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) launches the world’s leading global performing arts convening and members conference (APAPNYC 2017) January 6-10, and its preconference January continues 6.  Many aspects are open to the public including most free preconference workshops and forums, daily live streamed conference plenary sessions featuring artists and leaders of culture, a free classical music concert at Carnegie Hall Monday night, and performances of dance, music, theater and more at venues in and around New York.
The members conference opening plenary begins at 5:00 pm Friday,  and also includes an annual awards luncheon honoring awardees, including Laurie Anderson, Monday at noon, and the world’s largest live arts marketplace in the EXPO Hall. Celebrating its 60th year, the conference and gathering—themed FLOW—will draw 3600 performing arts professionals who contribute to the flow of creativity, business, and the dynamic thinking that will move forward the performing arts industry and the individuals who comprise it. Performing arts leaders, artists, managers, agents, presenters and other industry professionals from more than 30 nations and all 50 U.S. states are gathering now in New York City to discuss important trends in performing arts, explore challenges and opportunities anticipated for the future, and to conduct business by showcasing artists and connecting them to audiences in the U.S. and around the world.

WHEN:                 APAP|NYC 2017 is January 6 -10, 2017 (opening plenary begins at 5:00 p.m.Friday and the conference wraps at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday); the preconference continues January 6 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Friday). See all times and dates of events and EXPO Hours at
WHAT:                 Every January, APAP|NYC is where performing arts professionals gather to explore and present the best and newest of dance, music, theater—all disciplines and genres— at APAP’s annual membership conference and preconference. APAP|NYC features more than 1000 world-class artist showcases held around the city; an EXPO Hall boasting nearly 400 booths, the world’s largest performing arts marketplace; dozens of professional development sessions, keynote speakers including well known and cutting edge artists and arts leaders; and preconference forums, many of which are free and open to the public.
APAP|NYC 2017 will bring together the artistry, industry and community of the performing arts to enhance the creativity, knowledge and experience of artists, agents, managers and presenters, and affirm the transformative power of the performing arts.  See more about the conference, #APAPNYC and APAP membership information is at APAPNYC is also an integral part of  January In NYC, the most comprehensive annual celebration of the performing arts around the globe and annual convergence of 12 major performing arts industry forums and public festivals. For 2017 event dates and descriptions of all 12 partnering events running between January 3 and January 22, visit
WHERE:               New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square.

Showcases take place at venues around the city. The media desk is at the Hilton, Floor 2.
WHY:                    APAP is the national service, advocacy and membership organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. More than 1600 APAP members represent leading performing arts centers, municipal and university performing arts facilities, culturally specific organizations, foreign governments, artist agencies, managers, touring companies, consultants and self-represented artists.

January 6, 2017 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURS, GUIDES, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, Music, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , | Leave a comment

#Dance #APAP Elisa Monte Dance1/7 #Free Open to the Public *NYC


36th Pivotal Year Making New Partnerships and New Work to Pave the Way for a New Generation of Elisa Monte Dance

Elisa Monte Dance, an emotionally charged and highly acclaimed dance company that champions individuality, continues in it’s 36th Season under new directorship. Upon the retirement of 35-year founder and director, Elisa Monte, Tiffany Rea-Fisher has spent the first half of the season creating new work, defining a newer and edgier image, and working on a broad range of collaborations. The first of these collaborations with Chris Brubeck’s Band, Triple Play, will be showcased at APAP, the world’s premiere gathering of performing arts professionals, on January 7. During this showcase, Rea-Fisher will also present her newest evening length work, Things Past. 
Instrumental in defining American modern dance, Elisa Monte’s legacy is defined by the creation of a specific and stylized dance language. It is not a coincidence that Rea-Fishers first piece presented in the new year, encapsulates all that came before, but with a contemporary flair suited and relevant to today’s dancers and audiences. In the spirit of inevitable evolution, Things Past, first premiered for an intimate audience in May, exposes the human behind the performer. In accentuating a particular artist’s eccentricities and oddities, they become defined as building blocks to drawing our personal lineage and drawing roadmaps for what is to come. This work is also a direct reflection of new relationships forged between dancers and their new director, perhaps seeing them as different movers than they may have previously served as, and a chance to explore undiscovered or under-celebrated skills in a varied dance language.
“There is nothing more fitting than starting this new directorial season with Things Past, my first evening length work for the company,” explains Rea-Fisher. “The months following our 35thseason have been tremendous for us as a dance company. It has been a time of seeing each dancer through new eyes, learning key technique from the celebrated Monte repertory, and looking at ways to move and think differently. The new charge for the company is to cater to change, to new expectations and to the promise of progress.”
Lastly, musician Chris Brubeck, son of the acclaimed American jazz pianist and composer, Dave Brubeck, celebrates his father’s famous “cool jazz” standards with working along side Rea-Fisher and her dancers. A collaborative work set to live music, this work pays homage to the Brubeck legacy and its famous compositions, and enlightens it for the present—mirrored in Fisher’s movement approach. In setting movement with a contemporary modern flair, incorporating jazz, line dancing and pedestrian movement, Blue Rondo, Memphis Hesitation, and Take Five are the musical landscape of a work that merges past and present, a company theme of 2017.
Things Past will be presented January 7 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. in Studio 4 at New York City Center.
The showcase with Triple Play, will be presented January 7 from 9:00-9:30 p.m. in Studio 5 at New York City Center.
This showcase is free to the public. New York City Center is located on West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The studios are centrally located and accessible by the N, Q, R, W, F, D, E, A, B,C,D and 1 trains.


Founded in 1981, Elisa Monte Dance is hailed around the world for its visceral and sensual style and embodiment of diverse cultural influences. Based in New York City, the non-profit dance company actively tours nationally and internationally showcasing its distinctive cross-discipline style and bridging cultural barriers through dance. The company’s eight dancers rise to the creative challenge in an ecstatic display of physical prowess that gives life to an intense array of emotions. The company has taken a practical and integral approach to arts education, regularly teaching professional workshops and creative movement for K-12 schools as well as working with at-risk populations. The company recently developed an eight-week creative tools mentorship program in collaboration with Steps on Broadway. For more information visit

January 6, 2017 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , | Leave a comment

CONFERENCES Theater Music Dance Arts APAP NYC 2017 Jan 3-10, NYC

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) will bring more than 3,600 artists and performing industry leaders from the worlds of dance, theater, music, opera, family programing and more to New York City Jan. 6-10. Preconference workshops and events, many of which are free and open to the public, take place Jan. 5-6. You will especially want to attend and cover plenary sessions, where major artists and leaders from arts, culture and other sectors will share their perspectives on conference themes and engage with the audience of local, national and global arts professionals. Please also spread the word early that plenaries are also live streamed.

APAP works to advance the global performing arts industry, and the annual conference offers one-on-one contact and shared experience and insights for members, the public, and the media. The event provides significant opportunities, economically and creatively, for the range of constituents comprising the performing arts presenting field. This year APAP|NYC will feature artists and arts leaders at the top of their fields; more than 1,000 world-class performance showcases; more than 370 exhibitors promoting their artists and their work in the EXPO Hall; more than 60 professional development sessions and intensives, some open to the public; the annual APAP awards luncheon, and a free classical music concert at Carnegie Hall.


The conference again provides a platform for artists, presenters, promoters, and other performing arts professionals to reflect and engage in discussions and solutions around pressing current issues such as cultural conflict and social justice—issues that have intensified since last January and that resonate throughout our communities in the U.S. and worldwide, fueling our collective need for innovation and creativity.


•The opening plenary Friday at 5:00 pm will include

welcome remarks from  Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO of APAP,

opening remarks from a nationally-known arts and cultural leader (to be confirmed),

followed by a panel discussion moderated by Robyn Archer, Deputy Chair of the Australia Council.

Panelists will include several dynamic thought leaders such as

Chicana activist Martha Gonzalez, who is a singer/percussionist with Quetzal, a bilingual (Spanish-English) Chicano rock band from East Los Angeles

and Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American.

An additional speaker will join the above to explore how artists and cultural leaders, in collaboration with agent/managers, presenters and other co-producers have the potential to serve as catalysts for positive community engagement that leads to social change and social justice.

•At the 9:00 am featured session Saturday, “Changing the Flow: Creativity, Innovation and Disruption at Work,”

Steven Tepper, dean of the new Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU will lead a discussion

with digital media expert Michael Hawley and others to explore the creative capacities needed to advance culture, build community and address the most pressing challenges of today. (The institute at ASU is a think tank that brings high-powered creatives together to reconsider how we talk about the arts as a creative and innovative force.) The session is followed by breakout discussion groups.

•Sessions that tie to APAP year around programs, grants and resources, including:

oAPAP’s Building Bridges:  Arts, Culture, and Identity grants program, aimed at building greater knowledge and awareness about Muslim societies and how to affect social change in these troubled times

oThe Cultural Exchange Laboratory (CXL), a new tool and resource to support the process of identifying, booking and touring international artists

oA session on how to use marketing research to build arts audiences, including hints on designing and applying market research activities to arts organizations (based on The Wallace Foundation’s Building Arts Audiences initiative)

oSharing of experiences by members of the first cohort of APAP Leadership Fellows who reach across generations, gender, job sectors and other ways performing arts professionals identify themselves in the presenting field

•The APAP|NYC “5 Minutes to SHINE!” competition Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m., where artists, presenters, agents and other industry professionals share a compelling story or idea in an exciting pecha kucha format and the audience votes on one winner to present at the Annual APAP|NYC Awards Luncheon the same day

•New this year, each plenary will open with a “creative moment,” a brief performance or guided creative experience that provokes, inspires or otherwise sets the stage for the conversation that follows (e.g. spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain before Friday’s opening plenary; and Heidi Latsky’s piece, “On Display,” with up to 50 dancers with disabilities strategically placed across the entrance area to the Saturday plenary session.

•Each year the popular, fast-moving pecha kucha-style plenary Saturday at noon features five ultra-creative artists that talk about their source of inspiration, their career arc, and their place in these challenging times.

APAP|NYC 2017 is a monumental gathering of performers, agents, presenters, producers and more, with great stories to tell and mesmerizing visuals everywhere you look.

Plenary and Featured Speaker Highlights:

•Taylor Mac whose recent work, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” speaks directly to today’s headlines around equality, equity, civility and our fundamental human rights; his recent 24-hour marathon performance was featured in The New York Times, and he was recently reviewed by The  Guardian.

•Camille A. Brown, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, which is recognized for its introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues.

•Maysoon Zayid, Arab-American comedienne, writer and tap dancer from New Jersey; at her TED Talk she said “I got 99 problems…palsy is just one”

•Paola Prestini, plays the German lieder and composed the new production of the opera “Gilgamesh”

•Jonah Bokaer, choreographer and media artist whose latest collaboration with Daniel Arsham and Pharrell Williams, “Rules of the Game,” is in the midst of a global tour.

•Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, dancer, teacher and choreographer of modern dance, and founder of Urban Bush Women dance company

•Jose Antonio Vargas, who started the platform called “Defining American,” and explores the question, “What does it mean to be American?” He is a Filipino immigrant who is gay, and thus has been through most of the identity battles

•Aaron Dworkin, dean, School of Music, Theater and Dance; University of Michigan

•Steven Tepper, dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

December 24, 2016 Posted by | avant-garde, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Music, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , | Leave a comment

We Recommend : Support A Woman Filmmaker on Indiegogo

Creative Block: A New Bilingual Film
A short film about creativity: having it, losing it, and going the distance to get it back again.

Nicola Rose
New York, United States
$2,300 USD raised by 101 backers
27% of $8,500

flexible goal

a month left
Creative Block is a short film about creativity and what happens when we lose it. It’s about the distance we’ll go to get it back again, and the people we invest our trust in along the way – maybe to be disappointed, maybe to come out stronger at the other end.

I’m Nicola Rose, producer of Creative Block, and I need your help to finish my film. We’ve shot one day of principal photography in Paris, France, and now we have the rest to do in NYC. I hope you’ll consider helping me fund it.

Slideshow of our first filming day in Paris, Nov. 4, 2016

Creative Block: the story (in English and French) / Bloc et Blocage: L’histoire (en anglais et français)

A short film weaving surrealism into everyday life, Creative Block (French title Bloc et Blocage) introduces us to Claire, a young artist and puppet-maker in New York. One day, she suffers a huge rupture in her creative thought, leading to depression. She soon becomes convinced the only cure is the art of another: Thibaut, a figure skater in Paris. Spellbound by the artistry of this athlete she only knows from TV, Claire impulsively goes to Paris herself. There, she discovers the unexpected: Thibaut, too, is suffering from creative block. At that point, it’s up to Claire to find the road back to her own creativity: a road strewn with disappointments, revelations … and balloons.

Court-métrage bilingue mêlant surréalisme et sentiments du quotidien, Creative Block (en français Bloc et Blocage) raconte un moment important dans la vie de Claire, jeune artiste et créatrice de marionnettes vivant à Manhattan. La jeune femme réalise qu’elle souffre d’une grande rupture dans sa vie créatrice et que le seul remède est l’art d’un autre. Celui de Thibaut, un patineur artistique vivant à Paris. Bouleversée par la personnalité artistique de ce dernier qu’elle ne connait qu’à travers la télévision, Claire, n’écoutant que ses pulsions, se rend à Paris. Elle y découvre l’inattendu : Thibaut, souffre de son propre blocage artistique ! C’est dorénavant à Claire de trouver la route qui la ramènera à sa propre créativité : une route bordée de déceptions, de révélations… et de ballons.

About the Filmmaker

Nicola Rose is a producer, director and actress in New York City. She is the creator of the short form comedy webseries Callie & Izzy, about a girl with a puppet growing out of her hand (you can see a couple of her favorite episodes below). She is also the creator of a musical, Aisle Six, which premiered Off-Broadway at NYC’s Lynn Redgrave Theater in 2013. In addition, she works as a professional puppeteer in NYC, performing frequently for the New York  Public Library, American Scandinavian Foundation, children’s museums, schools and more. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris.

What we’ve done so far… and what we need now:

In November 2016, thanks to talented director Véronique Doumbé and a formidable production team in Paris, France, we shot the “French part” of our film! Needless to say, that was the most complicated part logistically (since I am based in New York). But from a technical standpoint, it was the simplest. That means the rest, the “New York part” of the film, is what will cost. We will need your help to cover the following:

  • Compensation of cast and crew
  • Equipment rental
  • Location rental
  • Construction and purchase of props
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Meals for crew and cast
  • Post-production (editing, color, additional after-effects, music, subtitling)

How you can help, and what you get:

EVERY DOLLAR HELPS! I’m serious: Every. Single. Dollar. I’ve learned this from running (and donating to) prior campaigns. If you want to donate, but can only donate one dollar or euro, DO IT! It will pay for several minutes at a location; several batteries for equipment; postcards for publicity; part of a prop; a small portion of work from a crew member… you get the idea. EVERYTHING you donate will ease the burden on our producer (aka me) ;), and you’ll be helping us to make a better film that YOU, with any luck, will love.

I’ve paid personally for what we’ve done so far, and I’d gladly do the same for the rest – but I can’t. 🙂 And that’s why I need you.

Please see the sidebar for the perks your donations will get you. I had fun thinking them up, and I hope you’ll enjoy receiving them as well!

What’s next?

Once financially able, we will begin shooting our New York scenes, which make up the majority of the film. We aim to finish production by mid-2017 and post-production later in the year, so that with any luck, the film will be finished and en route to festivals before 2018. Meanwhile, I am maintaining a “making-of” Tumblr about the film, which you can follow at


Thank you! / Questions?

First of all, thank you for reading this far! If you’ve done so, that means you’re at least considering us. Second of all, thanks for listening — for being curious, and for considering this little film about creativity, depression and balloons. We hope you donate, but even if you don’t, we’re honored you thought of us.

If you have any questions at all, please email me at






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December 17, 2016 Posted by | BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Submissions for Playwrights of Color!Dec 1 Deadline

2017 POCS Submissions

Quick Silver Theater Company’s

open (Blind) playwright submission process has begun.

The deadline for submissions is December 1st, 2016

For the second year in a row,

Quick Silver Theater Company has commited to the development of emerging playwrights of color.


Our Playwrights of Color Summit will offer three select playwrights a week long retreat in Geneva, NY.  Playwrights will receive a stipend, room and board.  A director and cast will be selected to work alongside each playwright.


Here is an opportunity to engage with like minded artists in an easeful environment.  A script in hand reading of your work will be presented at the end of the week followed by a skillfully guided talk back open to the  community of Geneva and your peers.

QST’s hosting campuses of Hobart and William Smith Colleges are just a stones throw away from Seneca Lake.  The peaceful environs of Geneva will spark your creative juices.   A secluded yet inspiring work space on the campus will also be provided.

Become a part of the annual process.

It’s all about the words.  Invigorate, Educate and Generate conversation.

We look forward to hearing from you.

This amazing experience should not be missed.

November 29, 2016 Posted by | BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NYC High School Students: Submit Dance Films for an Opportunity to Screen at Dance on Camera Festival! APPLY BY JANUARY 15


NYC High School Students: Submit Dance Films for an Opportunity to Screen at Dance on Camera Festival!


Submissions are now open for Capturing Motion NYC, Dance Films Association’s annual workshop series and dance film competition for students!

High school students from any of NYC’s five boroughs may submit dance films between 1-5 minutes in length. Our call for submissions will be open until January 15, 2017. Finalists and the winning film will screen at the 45th Annual Dance on Camera Festival (February 3 ‒ 7,2017) co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In addition, DFA will partner with Choreoscope International Dance Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain to present the Capturing Motion NYC winning film.

Films should be between 1-5 minutes in length and feature dance as the main component. We accept dance films of all genres that address the relationship between dance and the camera. Any subject may serve as inspiration: social or street dance, dance in religious settings, professional dance, or non-dance images filmed so that they evoke dance, choreography, and movement in imaginative ways.

Click below to view the guidelines and submit films by 11:59PM EST on January 15, 2017. Email with any questions!

Bring Capturing Motion NYC to your school or organization!
Schedule a dance film workshop, master class, lecture, or screening led by an industry professional.
Dance Films Association works with high schools, after school programs, and arts organizations to program dance film workshops, master classes, lectures, and screenings led by industry professionals. In past years, we’ve collaborated with The Beacon School, Brownsville Academy High School, and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and with organizations such as Dancewave, the New Museum, and Abrons Arts Center.

See examples of past Capturing Motion NYC programs on our websiteand email to learn more!

Learn More
Dance Films Association receives generous support from our members and MINDBODY, CORE™, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, The Office of the Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, as well as The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Jody and John Arnhold, Dance and New Media Foundation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and Materials for the Arts. To support Dance Films Association and learn more, visit
Photos (top to bottom):

Still from THIS TOWN, 2016 Capturing Motion NYC Winning Film
Dir. Alexus Getzelmen, Tillie Simon, and Isabelle Sturges

Behind-the-scenes video from the YAK Films-led ChoreoCollective workshop at Abrons Arts Center, Spring 2016
Video by Brighid Greene

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Dance Films Association
252 Java Street Suite #333
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 505-8649
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November 29, 2016 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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HAF’s getting funky this holiday season! We’ve put together a special mix-tape for our fans and supporters!

Make a donation of $5 or more to HAF by the end of Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29th), and we’ll send you a secret link to our exclusive mix-tape which has some unreleased HAF artist tracks and HAF artist favorites, curated especially for you!

Click the mix-tape above or the button below to find out how you can support HAF this year!

Why support Harlem Arts Festival? Hear one HAFan’s story by clicking above.

Lyft is giving more to HAF fans!

Existing users, click here to receive 10% off your next ride. HAFRIDE10 code will be applied once you click the link and enter your phone number.
New users get $50 in Lyft credits by clicking here to have the code applied once downloaded from link. Or use code HAFRIDE!

Looking for other ways to give? Join the rest of the country in giving back for the holidays by giving to HAF in some creative ways like Amazon SmileEmployee Matching, and by supporting monthly with as little as $5, and more!
#ICYMI: Check out this recap from our Happy Hour Fundraiser, hosted by our Junior Board! HAF Artists AKIR, Bria Monet, and Shannon Berry gave a quick taste of what HAF is all about.
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Open Mic – December 8

Join us for a fun-filled evening as HAF artists and YOU get to perform together! Get a taste of last year’s open mic above.

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November 28, 2016 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURS, LIFESTYLES, Music, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , | Leave a comment


PROTOTYPE is the premier festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre. January 5-15, 2017

After just four years on the scene, PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now has been deemed “the go-to spot for brilliantly produced new indie chamber opera” by The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times called the 2016 festival an “explosion of boundary-defying chamber opera.”

Now blazing into its fifth season, PROTOTYPE returns January 5-15, 2017. Beth Morrison Projects and HERE have come together to bring you a striking celebration of opera and a stellar array of artists, presenting new works by Matt Marks & Paul Peers; Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek; David Lang & Mark Dion; M Lamar & Hunter Hunt-Hendrix; Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, DJ Spooky, & Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Sarah Small; Cerise Jacobs & Julian Wachner – at HERE and our partner presenting venues – NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, BRIC Arts | Media House, National Sawdust, and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

Tickets for PROTOTYPE 2017 are now on sale.

November 9, 2016 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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