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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.

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DANCE MEMORIAL – Celebrating the Life and Work of Blondell Cummings 10/4/15 *NYLiveArts

Blondell Cummings
A beloved Action Hero!

Photo by Lois Greenfield

Celebrating the Life and Work of 
Blondell Cummings
Please join us on

 Sunday, October 4, 2015

New York Live Arts
5pm – 7pm
219 west 19th St. between 7th & 8th Ave
New York,  NY 10011

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Jazz – Music/Film/Performance/Poetry/Dance/Panels – VISIONS 20 July 5-12, 2015 *nyc

FreeJazz Music / Dance / Visual Art / Poetry / Panel / Marketplace



JULY 5 – 12, 2015

INFO: / (212) 254-5420

Sunday, July 5

Vision Films: Anthology Film Archives

(32 2nd Avenue, New York, NY)
$10 per show

7:00pm:  Billy Bang, Lucky Man (by Markus Hansen & Jean-Marie Boulet)
9:15pm:  William Parker & Hamid Drake: A Plug-In To Nature (by Michael Lucio Sternbach)
Visions: 1997 (by Susan Littenberg) documentary about the 2nd Festival

Monday, July 6
Improvising Agency For Change: Celebrating 20 Years of Vision

Buell Hall, Columbia University (515 W 116th St, New York, NY )
FREE  9:30 am/5:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by Columbia Center for Jazz Studies & Office of the Dean of Social Science & Arts for Art, Inc.
Keynote Speaker: Nathaniel Mackey

55 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY


Arts for Art Celebrates The Chicago AACM – Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Projections: Jorgo Schäfer Perpetuate Paintings In collaboration with Wasiliki Noulesa, Uwe Schorn
[Sponsored by Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal]

7:00    Invocation by Joseph Jarman
7:30    Douglas R. Ewart and Quasar w/ special guest Joseph Jarman “For Love of Baraka” 
Joseph Jarman – soprano, poetry / Oliver Lake – sax / Douglas R. Ewart – reeds, voice, perc / Ni’Ja Whitson, DANCE
Mankwe Ndosi – voice, poetry / J.D. Parran – reeds, perc
Craig Harris – trb / Edward Wilkerson – cl, perc
Donald Smith – piano / Reggie Nicholson – marimba, tympani
8:30    Poet: Nathaniel Mackey
9:30    Henry Grimes / Amina Claudine Myers 
Henry Grimes – bass, violin / Amina Claudine Myers – piano, voice
10:30    Roscoe Mitchell: Two Trios and Combined Quintet
(presented with support from Mary and Dennis Girard, New Music USA)
Trio One – Roscoe Mitchell: alto, soprano, sopranino
Hugh Ragin: trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn
Tyshawn Sorey: drums, trombone, piano
Trio Two – Roscoe Mitchell / Craig Taborn: piano, electronics
Kikanju Baku: drums, percussion
Combined Quintet: Roscoe Mitchell / Hugh Ragin
Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, Kikanju Baku

DAY II: July 8

“A Cosmic Celebration of Multiple Visions”

On-Stage Projections: video screenings and art of Katy Martin, Miriam Parker, and Jo Wood Brown

7:00     Dance  / FreeJazz Communion
‘Coming into View’ by MoralesDance 

DANCE: Amanda Cray / Elaine Gutierrez
MUSIC: Connie Crothers – piano
7:30  Robinson / Whitecage / Filiano / Grassi
Perry Robinson – clarinet / Mark Whitecage – reeds
Ken Filiano – bass / Lou Grassi – drums
8:30    Crispell & Hemingway
Marilyn Crispell – piano / Gerald Hemingway – drums
9:30    Poet / bass: Larry Roland
0:00  Whit Dickey Ensemble: Cosmic Breath
Rob Brown – sax
Daniel Levin – cello
Michael Bisio – bass
Whit Dickey – drums
11:00  SUN RA ARKESTRA directed by Marshall Allen

DAY III: July 9

“The Elder and Youthful Voices Speaking in Tongues”

On-Stage Projections: Art of Joe Overstreet

7:00   Dance /FreeJazz Communion ‘SONIC’
The Independents; curated by Lance Gries

Dance: Juliette Mapp, K.J. Holmes, Michelle Boule
David Hamilton Thomson, Lance Gries
Thomas Heberer – trumpet
7:30      Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emilie Lesbros
(presented with support from the French-American Jazz Exchange)
Darius Jones – sax
Sean Conly – bass
Craig Taborn – piano
Gerald Cleaver – drums / Emilie Lesbros – vocals
8:30      Poet: Tyehimba Jess
9:00      Milford Graves HeArt Quartet
Milford Graves – drums / Charles Gayle – sax
William Parker – bass / Hugh Glover – reeds
10:00    Dave Burrell Civil War Project
Dave Burrell – piano
Steve Swell – trombone
11:00    Joe McPhee’s FOUR FOR TAZZ
(a tribute to Roy Campbell)

Joe McPhee – brass, reeds
Charles Gayle – piano, bass
Charles Downs – drums
Warren Smith – vibes, marimba, percussion

DAY IV: July 10

“What Began in the 60’s Will Not Be Constrained”

On-Stage Projections: Art of Bill Mazza

5:30 Parade in Washington Square Park

7:00   Dance  / FreeJazz – Yoshiko Chuma ‘A Piano’ 
Yoshiko Chuma – dance / Matthew Shipp – piano
7:30    Karl Berger Improvisers Chamber Orchestra ‘The Sertso Suite’
Featuring Poetry & vocals: Ingrid Sertso
Karl Berger, vibes, piano, conducting
Warren Smith – percussion / Steve Gorn – bansuri flute
Sylvain Leroux – african flutes / Bob Selcoe – trumpet
Yasuno Katsuki – euphonium / Lee Odom – clarinet / Kenny Wessel – guitar / Sana Nagano, Ernesto Llorens – violin
Jason Kao Hwang – viola / Tomas Ulrich – cello
Ken Filiano, Hilliard Greene – bass
8:30     Poet: David Budbill / William Parker – bass
9:00     Jason Kao Hwang / Sing House 
Jason Kao Hwang – composer, violin, viola
Andrew Drury – drums / Ken Filiano – bass / Chris Forbes – piano
Steve Swell – trombone
10:00   David Murray with Class Struggle Trio
David Murray – sax / Burniss Earl Travis – bass
Chris Beck – drums / Mingus Murray – director, guitar
11:00   William Parker Martin Luther King Project:
Part 6 ‘Fire Flower’

Kidd Jordan – tenor sax / Jemeel Moondoc – alto sax / James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax / Dave Burrell – piano
Cooper-Moore – keyboard / William Parker – bass
Voices: Fay Victor, Ellen Christi, Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, Ana Isma Viel, Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez

DAY V: July 11

FreeJazz is a Worldwide Phenomena

On-Stage Projections: Live Painting by Jeff Schlanger

Noon:   Education Panel
1-3pm:    Youth Bands: Quest P.S 182 Modern Band / Visionary Youth Orchestra 

6:00    Dance /FreeJazz Communion: ‘Resurrection / Revolution’ by Patricia Nicholson
Dance: Jason Jordan, Patricia Nicholson
MUSIC: Jason Hwang – violin, TA Thompson – drums
6:30     Ingrid Laubrock Sextet
Ingrid Laubrock – soprano, tenor sax
Craig Taborn – piano / Sam Pluta – electronics
Miya Masaoka – koto / Dan Peck – tuba
Tyshawn Sorey – drums
7:30    Wadada Leo Smith / Aruan Ortiz Duo
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet / Aruan Ortiz – piano
8:30    Poet : Steve Dalachinsky
9:00    Tony Malaby TubaCello
Tony Malaby – tenor and soprano sax / Chris Hoffman – cello
Bob Stewart – tuba
John Hollenbeck – drums, percussion, piano
10:00  Leandre / Cleaver / Maneri
(presented with support from RogueArt, celebrating their 10th Anniversary)
Joelle Leandre – bass / Gerald Cleaver – drums
Mat Maneri – violin

FINALE: July 12

“May All Visions Unite”

On-Stage Projections: Screening of “Viable Option” by Esteban del Valle

3:00    PANEL: Empowering Freedom & Justice Today – a creative movement
Continuing Legacy of AMIRI BARAKA : Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Paloma McGregor, Adam Horowitz, Patricia N Parker
Moderator Mike Burke
‘Hep Hep Sweet Sweet’
Dancers: Amanda Castro, Courtney J. Cook, Chanon Judson, Tendayi Kuumba, Stephanie Mas, Samantha Speis
Choreographer: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Music: Lafayette Harris
6:00     HEAR in NOW
Mazz Swift – violin / Tomeka Reid – cello
special guest
7:00     Matthew Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp – piano
Newman Taylor-Baker – drums / Michael Bisio – bass
8:00     Poet: David Mills
8:30     Rob Brown Quartet
Rob Brown – alto sax / Steve Swell – trombone
Todd Nicholson – bass / Gerald Cleaver – drums
9:30   FINALE: Hamiet Bluiett Telepathic Orchestra
Kidd Jordan tenor – sax / Charles Gayle – tenor sax /George Sams – trumpet / Joe Daley – tuba / D.D. Jackson – piano / William Parker – bass / Warren Smith – percussion / Mazz Swift, Jason Kao Hwang, Elektra Kurtis, Jean Cook – violin / Judith Insell – viola
Tomeka Reid – cello / Riza Printup – harp
Charles ‘Bobo’ Shaw – drums


June 22, 2015 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DANCE — The fabulous Edisa Weeks and DELIRIOUS DANCES 7/2/15 THREE RITES 7pm — MFTA Warehouse *nyc

One of our favorite choreographers in life is the remarkable Edisa Weeks of Delirious Dances.

Edisa has a busy summer.

Delirious Dances 2015 summer


I’m very excited and honored to have a residency at Materials For The Arts!!!!!!

Delirious Dances banner logo

DELIRIOUS is the first dance company to be in residence, and we are work-shopping Three Rites a visual installation/movement piece in collaboration with painter Mark Turgeon about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

MFTA Warehouse 2015

MFTA helps keep stuff out of landfills by accepting donations from companies, museums, stores and individuals, and then recycling the donations to nonprofit organizations, teachers and artists for creative projects. They also offer workshops and classes for people to experience creative reuse up close.

The residency culminates in a FREE work-in-progress showing in the MFTA Warehouse on Thursday July 2 at 7pm.

Edisa is choreographing for The Power of the Trinity, a ritual-play-musical about the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. Workshop showings on June 14 + 15 at 4pm at The Triad/Stage 72, NYC.
Writer: Roland Wolf
Director: Dominic Taylor
Producer: Dan Whitten/Tiger Theatricals

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
– Haile Selassie


Edisa is designing and embellishing hair & heads at the chashama 20th anniversary Gala on Monday June 8.

Last year The Real Deal described Delirious Hair Designs as the Gala high point and that,“The hair designers were amazing. Each person who asked got an original hair design, each more creative than the last.”
For this year’s gala, guests will meander through the former Conde Nast digs on 42 St. and experience performances and interactive art by the remarkable Julie Atlas Muz, Ambrose Martos, Babatunde Ajiboye, Racoco Dance Productions, Faux-Real Theatre and more!

June 20, 2015 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DANCE– Summer Performances! Two in June and one in Early August, and a Dance Postcard! — Sarah Chien

Summer Performances! Two in June and one in Early August, and a Dance Postcard!

Its high season for dance in my world and lots of projects that I’ve been working on are coming to a culmination. I would love for you to join me at any of these!
And scroll down to see another Dance Postcard that I recently completed film collaborating with Seattle-based artist, Nico Torres. This one is a reflection from the first leg of last summer’s traveling and searching.
But first, NYC….
June 20-21, 2015  Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2 and 8pm
The JCC Manhattan | Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Auditorium
334 Amsterdam Avenue (@76th Street)
Trio Ice-edited
Culminating a year of process, we’ll be evoking the fragility of the Artic and presenting perennial crowd favorite, Turbulence.
Tickets: $15- $25, cheaper in advance! Get them here.
Friday June 26th, 6pm.
Bryant Park Stage

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Andre Zachery and I have been close collaborators for the last couple years. This work meditates on cultural residue, afrofuturism, and transference of personal identity across time and space. Performed FREE in beautiful Bryant Park with a kick-ass cast!
Tickets: FREE!
More info:
Friday August 7th, 8pm
Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY

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For the second time, I’m producing a showing (and a bunch of workshops) in collaboration with Elia Mrak. This is deeply personal work for me, bringing together people with whom I’ve been dancing and training with for the past year. Expect improvisation, individuality and group cameraderie. Profits directly support the production. 
Tickets: Cash at door, $10 (no advance sales, but space caps at 60 so arrive early)
If you are a mover or dancer, please check out the attached flyer for info on the accompanying workshops.
Following the success of “Look Up”, I continue my local musician collaborations, this time working closely throughout the editing process with Nico Tower. This contemplative yet raw postcard captures a moment of struggle during last summer’s travels. 

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Love these postcards? Lets talk about where I can screen one or a series of them!
And, thank you thank you thank you or your support.
p.s. This is a pretty old list- if you’d like to be removed (or are on it double) just let me know, no hard feelings!

Sarah Chien

June 16, 2015 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


We know you are intelligent, worldly and adventurous. Come join us at some of the most stunning examples of the Dance world this June in New York City.

We recommend you attend as many of these as your heart will allow.

Saint Joan of the Stockyards, Irondale Theater Ensemble

Now through June 13

Wednesday-Saturday 7:30PM | Saturday 6 & 13 3PM


Acclaimed German director, Peter Kleinert directs the Irondale ensemble in a production of Bert Brecht’s master-work Saint Joan of the Stockyards. A darkly comic tale of romance between a meatpacking tycoon and a Salvation Army worker set amidst the milieu of unemployed workers, high-rolling millionaires, and corporate greed.

Theater mania says: “clever and watchable” “simultaneously nimble and hard-hitting” “This is how you do Brecht.”


10027, Dances For A Variable Population

10027: A Traveling Performance in West Harlem

Four Locations in West Harlem:

Morningside Gardens | Grant Houses | Manhattanville Community Center | Old Broadway
June 11 – 12, 6pm
June 13, 5pm

Celebrating aging and creativity with guest artists Loretta Abbott, Karen Brown, George Faison, Sandra Genter, Bruce Heath, Walter Rutledge, Gus Solomons jr., Alice Teirstein, Robin Williams, the multi-generational DVP co. and seniors from Harlem. A cast of 50 dancers, aged 25-85, present a 3-night celebratory and immersive project linking residents of three distinct West Harlem communities who share a single zip code.



milkdreams: Alexandra Beller/Dances (part of LaMama Moves!)

June 11-13, June 18-20 at 8PM

June 14 and 21 at 4PM

Alexandra Beller/Dances’ newest work milkdreams strips the performers of veneers of ego, agenda, and shame – laying bare the authenticity of their present moment. The work separates the habits and inhibitions of the trained dancer, recovering sensation, desire, joy, curiosity, and love. To mine this territory, the company has meticulously recreated the dances of a 14-month and 5-year old (Alexandra’s children), as well as from the experience of watching a baby sleep/dream. The company also collaborated with developmental movement experts, including Martha Eddy (BMC, CMA), to engaged in a creative process in which they use the baby material to create a unique vocabulary that bypasses intellectual and neurological patterning, and reveals a dimension to movement that is magical, unconscious and utterly personal.


*You might have seen her video of these rehearsals that went viral —



Bryn Cohn + Artists

June 25-27, 8PM at Danspace Project

Skin confronts deeply universal themes and critically challenges these issues. Six mannequins occupy the space as voyeurs, observing the entire performance but lacking the human ability to participate. This emotional and multifaceted journey strips us all of our fabricated spectacle and leaves us bare, in our own skin, to reveal a sacred truth about ourselves in conflict and harmony with our world.


* check out Bryn’s images of this work…they are stunning.



Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance, Inception to Exhibition

Presented in collaboration with Bryant Park, twelve prestigious and celebrated modern dance companies will be presented on four Friday’s, June 19 through July 10:  10 Hairy Legs, BARE Dance, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Cornfield Dance, Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Francesca Harper Project, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Loni Landon Projects, Manuel Vignoulle Dance, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company and Steps Repertory Ensemble.


Friday, June 19, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Steps Repertory Ensemble, Loni Landon Projects, Francesca Harper Project.

Friday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Renegade Performance Group, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Cornfield Dance

Friday, July 3, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, BARE Dance, 10 Hairy Legs

Friday, July 10, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Manuel Vignoulle Dance, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Work spirit.



Dance Enthusiast, Enthusiastic Event, Dance-Art-Fusion

Tuesday, June 30, Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway


Dance Enthusiasts’s 3rd Enthusiastic Event, “Dance-Art-Fusion, “ offers a summer evening of creativity, history and fun. Meet, greet, and eat some tasty treats with world-renowned dancers and visual artists. Learn the latest Hip Hop moves with Chrybaby Cozie from Harlem; jam with the Brooklyn Ballet; create Art with Chinese-American Visual Artist Hu Bing; and discover how African drums and Calligraphy figure into the work of Visual Artist, Wei Jia — all to the sounds of DJ Alberto Dennis. What better way is there to be introduced to the power of art!


Hudson River Dance Festival

Elisa Monte Dance
Buglisi Dance Theatre
Jennifer Muller/The Works
Monte / Buglisi / Muller – LIVE!
New York Live Arts
219 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
June 16 – 20, 7:30pm
$40 (limited seats at $20)

Elisa Monte Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Jennifer Muller/The Works join forces to present Reflections on Water….. in a series of five shared program performances featuring four pieces, two world premieres, 26 Dancers and six noted designers.

Three distinguished choreographers at the height of their careers, each with a powerful original voice offer observations on water – the source or destruction of life. The programs includes four diverse pieces and features two world premieres.

The three choreographers create work from three unique points of view, yet share a sensibility that combines virtuostic movement with an expressive edge that moves minds and hearts – work that dances full out yet speaks of both individual experiences and shared humanity.

The 26 extraordinary performers push physical capability, standing out as an individuals yet working in cohesive ensembles.

Monte/Buglisi/Muller LIVE! offers the opportunity to experience three acclaimed dance companies together on one stage!

Alchemy (Muller/World Premiere) is a piece about the crucible of change. Originally a forerunner of chemistry, alchemy concerned itself with transformation. The physical transmutation of matter became an analogy for the internal alchemy of spiritual revelation  Just as new growth forests are created by controlled burning, personal evolution often needs a violent catalyst to create a glimmer of enlightenment. Alchemy is a cutting-edge collaboration with immersive projection designer Mark Bolotin of Hyphen-Hub, seconded by Edward Roth fashion designers Marco Pizzato and Nairi Barseh and Tony award-winning lighting designer Jeff Croiter.

Hurricane Deck (Monte) “Hurricane Deck is a piece of conflict and turmoil, emotional upheaval. Love gone wrong. The 4 couples embrace and combat simultaneously  seeking the truth and trying to regain trust.  Alternative endings have been created, each is left to the performers to choice at the conclusion of the piece of each performance. Will trust and love or doubt and enmity be that evenings outcome?”  ~Elisa Monte. Music by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang, one of the most highly-esteemed and performed American composers writing today. His works have been performed around the world and in many of the great concert halls.

Sand (Buglisi) is the first of Buglisi’s environmental trilogy. Set to Philip Glass’s brilliant and beautiful string quartet, the ballet is inspired by the beauty of the desert and the soil of the earth we so cherish for our existence.

Sacred Landscapes 5 (Buglisi/World Premiere) In a world in upheaval by climate change and economic turmoil, where the teachings of religion and science collide, we seek to rediscover and restore our ancient connection to the sacred landscapes that have grounded and inspired us.  Set to a commissioned score by the visionary composer Paola Prestini with projection design by Jack Mehler, Buglisi’s new work, dedicated to the boundless flow of our planet’s water, explores the belief that sacred landscapes are passageways that facilitate access to a higher realm.

Elisa Monte Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Jennifer Muller/the Works’  presentation at New York Live Arts is made possible through New York Live Arts’ Theater Access Program. The Theater Access Program is a comprehensive subsidized rental program benefiting a diverse group of dance and theater companies and producing organizations

June 9, 2015 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DANCE — BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play — Camille A. Brown & Dancers –9/22-27/15, JOYCE THEATER, *nyc

After one full year of research and workshops, this Fabulous, Award-Winning ARTIST unveils her newest choreographic exploration of our humanity. The amazing Scott Patterson collaborates again with music, joined here by the thoughtful Tracy Wormworth. HIGHLY Recommended.

Date(s)September 22-27 Schedule Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 8pm
Friday 8pm
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 2pm

Ticket PriceTickets start at $10!

(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play
Bessie Award and Doris Duke Artist Award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown and the women of Camille A. Brown & Dancers present the world premiere of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, a work revealing the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as a black female in urban America. Live music with collaborators Tracy Wormworth and Scott Patterson encompass the rhythmic play of African-American rooted steppin’, Double Dutch, and Juba. The company will also perform New Second Line, which celebrates the spirit of New Orleans. Each performance culminates with a third-act dialogue, allowing audiences to engage with the artists on stage.
Performances are subject to change.



May 27, 2015 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, LIFESTYLES, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SUPPORT – DAMAGEDANCE – 5/7-9/15 – last NYC season before company move to Denver

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-featuring the world premiere of autopilotJoin us at Dixon Place for the company’s last NYC season before moving to Denver! Please celebrate with us as we pay homage to all of our NYC memories, acknowledge our local supporters, and propose a toast to our new adventures out west in CO!
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You read correctly…DAMAGEDANCE is relocating to Denver, Colorado!New York City will always be the birthplace of DAMAGEDANCE and has made our first five years absolutely amazing, and now it’s time to test new waters, broaden our horizons and explore our potential!We WILL be back.  But for now, take your chance to see our amazing milestone season – get your tickets now!ddance performance photoStay tuned for more updates on this exciting new chapter for DD!
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BEFORE the Season, catch TWO classes with Jessica Taylor at Peridance Capezio Center!
Tuesday, May 5 – 1:00-2:30pm
Wednesday, May 6 – 1:00-2:30pm
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Upcoming Events5th Anniversary Season May 7-9 at Dixon Place
New York, NY
Dance Fusion Intensive June 8-13
Grand Junction,COWorkshops at Gibney and Peridance
New York, NYSouthern Vermont Dance Festival July 16-19
Williamsville, VTBREAKOUT Dance Program August 10-22
Sant’Angelo in Vado, taly
Jessica Taylor/DAMAGEDANCE is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Jessica Taylor/DAMAGEDANCE must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

May 5, 2015 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FOOD AND WINE, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DANCE — Clairobscur Dance Company in Performance April 24 & 25! Los Angeles

Clairobscur Dance Company in Performance
April 24 & 25!


Clairobscur Dance Company is the instrument upon which Laurie Sefton crafts her dense and detailed choreography. Her work is issued based in which each issue is presented through an emotional lens, grounded in versatile athletic prowess, yet topical and timely.  Marked by a high ratio of movement to time, her dances are created where the body is used as a canvas, medium and inspiration.  Clairobscur is committed to creating, producing and directing original work, collaborating with other artists and bring new viewers to the world of dance.

Clairobscur Dance Company was founded by Artistic Director and resident choreographer, Laurie Sefton.  Its name is the French translation of chiaroscuro, a 17th century painterly term which means an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly an object.  Movement is often obvious, (the light) but also contains a subtext (the shadow), which must be sought.

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Get Tickets Here:  http://clairobscurdance.bpt.meWe will be offering previews of Obviam Somes during the Brewery Artwalk (also at Diavolo Performance Space) on April 25 at 2:00 and 5:00.
Suggested donation $5.

Tickets are going fast, get them before they sell out.

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Ms. Sefton’s work and art extends and expands upon her native Southern California childhood.  The daughter of two disparate disciplines—aerospace engineering and the visual and performing arts, Ms. Sefton’s work has always echoed tensions and themes from her upbringing.  Her father’s precision and secretiveness born of his career as an engineer brought to Southern California during the Cold War is reflected in her work as is the more flowing dynamic influence of her mother, an accomplished visual artist and performer trained at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore in piano.   Growing up on the edge of the San Fernando Valley in wilder times, her family witnessed the test rocket launches emblematic of the Cold War struggle.  Coyotes howled in the distance during her childhood.  Next to these wild, raw beginnings, stands her mother’s family reflecting a more classical, almost aristocratic style (her grandfather served in Cuba’s diplomatic corps); her father’s family reflected the rugged, self-sufficient and inventive farmers of the Midwest.  Ms. Sefton can recall her father stitching up his own thumb after an accident in his shop. From these two families and the rugged Southern California landscape of her childhood, Ms. Sefton has drawn inspiration, energy, and creativity to create her own unique and challenging style of choreography.

Laurie Sefton’s Clairobscur Dance Company serves as the embodiment and vehicle for her artistic expression.  Producing, choreographing and directing her own concerts as well being presented, her work reflects the history of her divergent influences yet consistently communicates the energy and dynamism that has always characterized her choreography.   Ms. Sefton’s work is both issue based and emotional.  Addressing such varied topics as loss, surveillance, bullying, anger, dependency and where does dance belong? Her work struggles, confronts and inspires.  Laurie’s choreography has been called “innovative, compelling and accessible” where “the details are the substance” of her work.  Her choreography has been performed in New York, Massachussetts, Utah, Texas and Germany as well as throughout Southern California including various venues and Festivals such as the DUMBO Dance Festival, the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, the Los Angeles Dance Festival, The So-Cal Dance Invitational, The Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, the Pasadena Dance Festival, Diavolo Performance Space, ARC (A Room to Create) Pasadena, the Electric Lodge in Venice, Highways Performance Space, Sushi Performance Space in San Diego, UC Irvine and UCLA.

Laurie Sefton earned a BA in Dance from UCLA, where she received several scholarships.  In 2009 she was the subject of a “Meet the Artist “ Profile on Dance Channel TV and her concerts “tell me” and “This Facility is Being Monitored for Your Protection and Security” were both LA Weekly’s “pick of the week.”  She is a recipient of a 2010 Hothouse Residency at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and was a Help Desk/LA Artist from 2010 – 2013. She received both the People’s Choice Award and the Festival Champion award at the 2012 Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival.

In addition to running Clairobscur, Laurie is also a producer and director.  She has recently choreographed and directed a music video for the indie band Hotel Cinema (which is currently in post production) and is the Producer (in conjunction with Los Angeles Ballet) of the LA Ballet Showcase, a Los Angeles Dance Showcase for presenters and agents at the 2013 Western Arts Alliance conference.


Obviam Somes

This work continues Ms. Sefton’s examination privacy and security, but in reference to the human body, in and of itself. Isolated without human contact, alone and unprotected, we perform procedures on it, take things out of it and we feel a loss when something is physically removed from our bodies.  How do feelings of modesty and instinctual protectiveness manifest themselves in our actions and gestures?  What emotional stress does it put on us to have to try and protect ourselves, yet keep our bodies in proper functioning order with the ministrations that are sometimes brutal and violating to our sense of keeping our physical living carcass safe and unharmed? Yet there is also humor in this subject.  We cannot take our bodies to seriously as their parts do inspire amusement. This new work contains a virtuosic style of movement performed by three women and two men. Thematic gestures of the arms, hands and torso are paramount to the movement.  A rich tapestry of arm gestures whirling, unfolding, holding and flailing combine with locomotion both on the floor and across the floor, embellishments of torso movement and facial expressions shall grace the dancer’s forms to express these complex themes and emotions.  Floor patterns taken from the body’s internal systems and hands gestures will combine to produce a visually complex lavish textural creation.  Excerpts from Obviam Somes were presented at the Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival in 2012 where it was awarded the Grand Prize.


Werk Work

Werk Work is a site-adaptive work created for the sleek, marble lobby at One Sansome in San Francisco.  It is a witty commentary o the daily hustle and meet-and-greet of the business world.  Utilizing the existing structure, performers interact with both their environment and the audience:  running on the walls, entering the space by either escalator or staircase.




Try this exciting troupe’s brand of major thought and innovation and help bring L.A.’s dance culture into Spring bloom!

April 20, 2015 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE DRESS Limited edition fashion photographs By Hamza Mejri Friday, April 3, 2015- 5pm à 7pm MONTREAL,

Visually stunning, contemporary photographs | The Dress, timeless through the ages


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Limited edition fashion photographs

By Hamza Mejri

Friday, April 3, 2015- 5pm à 7pm 

Fashion photographer Hamza Mejri is proud to present his latest project, The Dress, an impressive new exhibition taking place at ALT Hotel in Griffintown. This collection of limited edition fashion photographs captures spectacular moments with more than twenty Montreal celebrities and fashion designers. Don’t miss this free, one time only 5 à 7 event on Friday, April 3 before it heads to New York this summer.

A dress is a unisex garment that covers shoulders, legs and the body, all in one piece. Throughout human history, every civilization has distinguished itself with a particular dress style having a specific design or a distinct colour palette. The Dress dramatically covers many styles of dresses inspired by various nations, cultures and empires (Roman, Berber, Japanese, African, Arabic, etc.), transporting you through the ages from antiquity to modernity. For Mejri, this beautiful garment is a statement piece of design, and highlights his pride in Montreal’s extended fashion community, “My goal is to show as many different dresses as possible and promote our terrific Montreal designers with every photograph and every dress style.” Dresses and accessories are chosen from a variety of sources including new collections from the designers, as well as antique and vintage stores.

Poster- The Dress, Les Jumelles Barabé

After days of shooting over fifty models, forty stunning photographs were selected. Each photograph in The Dress tells a story about a civilization and a time, with the dress representing a link to past lives and artistic visions. Mejri is inspired by Karl Lagerfeld, “Lagerfeld’s way of working, his creations and his photography has set the standard for my work. His ‘The Little Black Jacket’ exhibition was one of the biggest inspirational sources for my show”.

The Dress- fashion photographs by Hamza Mejri

Unlike classic fashion photography, the dresses are not being showcased only by mannequins. Here, Montreal artists from diverse disciplines are the models, including: musicians Les Jumelles Barabé, Amylie, and Marco Calliari; fashion designers Evelyne Fay of White Label, Julie Bessette, Luca Galardo of Diodati, Zaida Melo, Emeline Morellet of Les Incompetents and Habi Gerba of Gazelles Montréal; television hosts Angelo Cadet, Cindy Charles; actor Sarah Dagenais Hakim; as well as painters, fashion models, dancers and photographers. Meet the creatives behind the pictures; on hand for the event will be the photographed celebrities, models and designers.

The Dress- fashion photographs by Hamza Mejri

As a special treat, at 7pm Les Jumelles Barabé will perform some of the singles from their new album. (


Hamza Mejri, photographer

Friday, April 3 (one day only)

At ALT Hotel

120 Rue Peel, in Griffintown

Hours: 5-7pm, free admission

For information:, 514 224-7430

To view or purchase Hamza Mejri’s limited edition fashion photographs from The Dress after April 3, please contact Salon de Peintures,

The Dress is generously supported by Art Mtl, ALT Hotel and Studio Giovanelli

March 23, 2015 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, LIFESTYLES, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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