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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 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STEPS ON BROADWAY IS THE DESTINATION FOR PROFESSIONAL AND INTENSIVE DANCE TRAINING

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.

AUDITION SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION
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 http://www.stepsnyc.com/professional-training-programs/

PROGRAM LOCATION
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.

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ABOUT STEPS ON BROADWAY
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.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL AT STEPS
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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PS DANCE! is a new dance documentary *NY/NJ/Conn Airs May 15 PBS-TV, #DanceForEveryChild

PS DANCE! is a new dance documentary that steps inside the halls of 5 public New York City schools and watches what happens when dance takes its rightful place in a student’s school day along side their scholastic curriculum.

The footage is inspiring and heartfelt, the children’s point of views genuine–their enthusiasm, contagious!

Brought to us by dance ambassador JODY GOTTFRIED ARNHOLD,

produced and directed by award-winning dance filmmaker NEL SHELBY,

in collaboration with JOAN FINKELSTEIN, former NYCDOE Director of Dance,

this documentary will air on Thirteen, WLIW21 and NJTV beginning May 15th,

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NEW DANCE EDUCATION DOCUMENTARY

PS DANCE!

REVEALS TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF

DANCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Premiering on NY/NJ/Conn Public Television May 15-17,

the Eye-Opening Film Shows That Dance is for Every Child

 

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PS DANCE!, [2]an inspiring documentary showcasing the profound effects of dance education in NYC public schools, will air on tri-state public television stations THIRTEEN [3]on May 15 at 10:30 p.m., WLIW21 [4] on May 17 at 3:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., andNJTV [5]on May 26 at 10:00 p.m. After the initial broadcast, the full film will also be available for online streaming at THIRTEEN.ORG/SPECIALS [6]. Hosted by veteran TV journalist PAULA ZAHN and filmed in the classrooms of FIVE NYC PUBLIC SCHOOL FULL-TIME CERTIFIED DANCE EDUCATORS, this film reveals the impact that consistent and sequential dance instruction has on students’ aesthetic, artistic and expressive development. While every child is born with the innate inclination to create, imagine and dance, PS DANCE! highlights how the_BLUEPRINT FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING IN DANCE, PRE K-12, _supports dance teachers in developing these qualities.

Paul L King, Executive Director of the Office of the Arts for the New York City Department of Education notes, “We are pleased to support this excellent profile of dance education in New York City Schools. The story of the growth of dance programs is a testament to the value of arts education for all students and the commitment of the DOE and dedicated partners in providing these learning experiences. Dance learning provides a creative outlet for expressing student voice, for understanding culture and societies and for true collaboration through kinesthetic learning. And we are honored to see the expert practice of some of our dance teachers shared in this innovative film.”

Two years in the making, from dance ambassador JODY GOTTFRIED ARNHOLD,

produced and directed by award-winning dance filmmaker NEL SHELBY, in

collaboration with JOAN FINKELSTEIN, former NYCDOE Director of Dance 2004-2014,

this film exemplifies the ways in which dance can affect the trajectory of student development. The film captures a typical day in the classrooms of five extraordinary master dance educators–CATHERINE GALLANT (Pre-K-5), Battery Park City’s P.S. 89; ANA NERY FRAGOSO (K-5),the current NYCDOE Director of Dance, P.S. 315 in Midwood; MICHAEL KERR (6-8), Brooklyn’s New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts; PATRICIA DYE (9-12), Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts in Downtown Brooklyn; and ANI UDOVICKI (9-12), Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, in Long Island City.

“This eye-opening film shows dance education at its best and it happens in New York City public schools,” explains Jody Gottfried Arnhold, who has been instrumental in facilitating these programs in New York’s public schools since 2004. “The settings represented in this film are unrehearsed and unscripted. Hear directly from the kids as they explain what dance has meant to them in their education.”

In conjunction with the film, Arnhold, Shelby and Finkelstein are launching the DANCE FOR EVERY CHILD MOVEMENT. Dance education enthusiasts can submit their details at psdancenyc.com [7] and join in advocating for more dance in schools. The movement will empower implementation of quality dance programs in schools across the nation.

Dance for Every Child will provide instructional resources developed by

NYC Department of Education (Dance Education for Diverse Learners and the NYCDOE Dance Blueprint), Dance Education Laboratory 92Y, Lincoln Center Education, and the National Dance Education Organization.

Additionally, PS DANCE! will also provide a list of colleges and universities that offer dance education with teacher certification.

PS DANCE! will be available on DVD, distributed by First Run Features –

All proceeds from the sale of the film will go to the Fund for Public Schools for dance education programs in the NYC Public Schools.

The website will also provide a link to donate directly to the Fund for Public School for those interested in increasing the reach of dance education in NYC.

AIR DATES AND STATION INFORMATION

May 15 – THIRTEEN at 10:30 p.m.

May 17 – WLIW21 at 3:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m

May 26 – NJTV at 10:00 p.m.

PS DANCE! can also be viewed online after May 15 at

THIRTEEN.org/specials [6].

JOIN THE MOVEMENT: DANCE FOR EVERY CHILD

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Visit psdancenyc.com [8] to join the movement to bring dance to every

child.

Follow the discussion on social media at:

Facebook| Twitter | Instagram – @PSDanceNYC

#psdancenyc #danceforeverychild

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ABOUT PS DANCE!

PS DANCE! is a documentary spotlighting the consistent and sequential dance education programs in five NYC public schools. The _Blueprint forTeaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12, _used by dance teacherscitywide, frames this documentary created by award-winning dance filmmaker Nel Shelby, dance ambassador Jody Gottfried Arnhold, and dance education consultant Joan Finkelstein. Hosted by veteran television journalist Paula Zahn, the film was developed in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education Office of Arts and Special Projects.

Master Dance Educators Catherine Gallant, Ana Nery Fragoso, Michael Kerr, Ani Udovicki and Patricia Dye demonstrate and discuss how a rich dance education develops artistic, social, academic and life skills in their students from elementary through high school.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

JODY GOTTFRIED ARNHOLD, dance educator/advocate and founder of 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), taught dance in NYC public schools for over 20 years. She serves on the Advisory Committee for Arts Education at NYCDOE and Co-Chair of the Committee that created the _Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12_. She is on the Board at 92Y, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Hunter College and Chair of its Dance Advisory Committee, Honorary Chair at Ballet Hispanico, and on Dance/NYC’s Advisory Committee. Jody has received National Dance Education Organization’s Visionary Award, Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award, and was honored by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.A. in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a Certified Movement Analyst_._

 

NEL SHELBY preserves and promotes dance by filming performances and creating marketing videos and original films. Nel Shelby Productions, based in NYC, boasts a diverse list of dance clients in New York and beyond. Nel serves as Festival Videographer for Jacob’s Pillow Dance and is Resident Videographer at the Vail International Dance Festival (VIDF). Her documentary about choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin will premiere in 2015, and past films include The Altitude of Dance, a documentary on VIDF, which debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS; four short films for Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature; and a short created with Adam Barruch that screened at NYC’s Dance on Camera Festival and San Francisco Dance Film Festival. She holds degrees in broadcast video and dance.

 

JOAN FINKELSTEIN, Executive Director of the Harkness Foundation for Dance, performed professionally in dance companies and in _RAGS _on Broadway_, _choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and taught children and adults across the nation. She directed the 92Y Harkness Dance Center from 1992-2004, overseeing classes, the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) teacher-training program, performances, workshops, lectures, and social dances. As Director of Dance for the New York City Department of Education from 2004-2014, she spearheaded the _Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12 _and professional development for dance teachers. She is a writer of the new National Core Arts Standards in Dance.

 

Links:

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[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICyS65MyoIE

[2] http://psdancenyc.com

[3] http://www.thirteen.org/

[4] http://www.wliw.org/

[5] http://www.njtvonline.org/

[6] http://THIRTEEN.org/specials

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[8] http://www.psdancenyc.com

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New Dance Tournament! $180,000.00 in Awards and Scholarships! Apprenticeship with Complexions Contemporary Ballet! Full Time with Joffrey Concert Group!

JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL AND COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET PARTNER TO LAUNCH THE ÉLITE DANCE TOURNAMENT 

The First Annual National Competition to Tour Six US Cities with 180,000 Dollars in Cash Prizes 

Joffrey Ballet School, a world-renowned dance center offering the most versatile and highest quality training, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, known for their complex performances that are emotionally resonant and remove dance boundaries, partner to launch the first annual Élite Dance Tournament (Élite). The new national competition, which is focused on educational empowerment through constructive evaluation, will take place in six cities with a variety of master classes and focus on ballet, jazz and contemporary styles. In its inaugural year, the tournament will provide an apprenticeship with Complexions Dance Company; a full-time position with the Joffrey Concert Group; and $180,000 in cash and scholarships, including $10,000 each for the ultimate dancer, studio and choreographer.

“The Elite Dance Tournament provides participants a unique opportunity to investigate their craft while working with top dance professionals. The experiences gained from this tournament will help these dancers on their journey to achieve their goals and strengthen their craft,” says Desmond Richardson, co-founder and co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Keeping true to the tournament’s foundation in education, all competitors will be required to participate in master classes of their discipline. Leading instructors and judges include, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (Complexions); Michael Blake, Jo Matos, Davis Robertson, and Josie Walsh (Joffrey Ballet School); with special guest judges Jodie Gates (Long Beach), Christina Lyon (San Francisco), Nigel Lythgoe (Finals), Adam Sklute (Texas), and Ethan Stiefel (New York).

“As the executive director of Joffrey Ballet School, I’ve had the opportunity to see how passionately young dancers are seeking training and access to the top teachers in the nation. However, top training often presents financial hurdles as well,” says Christopher D’Addario, Executive Director of Elite and Joffrey Ballet School. “We wanted to create Elite with a strong focus on education and judging so these talented young dancers can really grow to be the best.”

 

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EDT – Press Photo by Lois Greenfield – Courtesy of Joffrey Ballet School

Judging
Élite will feature the judging system DanceComp Genie making it easy for any dancer, individual or group, to access their scores and corrections. Students will be able to listen to each judge’s notes while reviewing a playback of their performance online.

Awards
Tournament awards include; $180,000 in cash and scholarships, including $10,000 each for the ultimate dancer, studio and choreographer. Two talented dancers will also be chosen for an apprenticeship with Complexions Contemporary Ballet or a full-time position with the Joffrey Concert Group, both include housing. The position with Joffrey Concert Group also includes a stipend. For more detailed information about awards, please visit: www.elitedancetournament.com/awards.

Cities and Regulations
The Élite Dance Tournament will begin on February 27, 2015 and will tour to six cities in the United States in search of the most talented students in the country. Winners from the tour will be invited to compete at Finals on May 22-24, 2015. Participants must compete in one of the first six cities, in order to be eligible to compete at Finals. For detailed information about age divisions, disciplines, and rules, please visit: https://www.elitedancetournament.com/rules-and-regulations.

 

EDT- Press Photo by Sharen Bradford - Courtesy of Complexions Contemporary Ballet

EDT- Press Photo by Sharen Bradford – Courtesy of Complexions Contempoary Ballet

 

THE CITIES:

February 27, 2015 – March 1, 2015
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., TAR 230, Tampa, FL 33620-7450

March 13, 2015 – March 15, 2015
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11201

March 20, 2015 – March 23, 2015
Texas Women’s University – Margo Jones Performance Hall
1322 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76209

March 27, 2015 – March 29, 2015
ODC Theater
3153 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

April 10, 2015 – April 12, 2015
Blumenthal Performing Arts Centers
Knight Theater (4/10)
430 S Tyron Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Booth Playhouse (4/11-12)
130 N Tyron Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

May 1, 2015 – May 3, 2015
Cal. State University, Long Beach – Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840

May 22, 2015- May 24, 2015
TBA

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About The Élite Dance Tournament
The Élite Dance Tournament is designed to inspire greatness and cultivate passion for dance through achievement. Presented by Joffrey Ballet School and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the tournament aims to cultivate an environment of educational excellence. Partnerships with more than a handful of universities nationwide, provide winners with access to college scholarships. The Élite Dance Tournament empowers studios and dancers through its programs and provides opportunities for effectual and individual feedback. The tournament boasts a great line up of judges and instructors who are masters of their craft as well as monetary prizes for the most élite.

About Joffrey Ballet School
Founded in 1953 by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, Joffrey Ballet School maintains the vision of its founders to transform passionate dance students into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society. With an accredited dance program that offers two core pieces of study – ballet and jazz/contemporary – Joffrey is known for its diverse curriculum as well as being the largest summer intensive training program in the country. As Joffrey celebrates its 60th anniversary, it remains at the forefront of American dance education, instilling a passion for dance in children, youth, adults, pre-professionals and professionals. Graduates of the School have gone on to dance for major classical ballet, modern and contemporary companies, both in the United States and abroad.

About Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson in 1994, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement over the past 20 years. The company’s foremost innovation is that dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them. Whether it be the limiting traditions of a single style, period, venue, or culture, Complexions transcends them all, creating an open, continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world—and all its constituent cultures—as an interrelated whole. Complexions has received numerous awards including the New York Times “Critics Choice” Award and has performed throughout the US, including the Joyce Theater/NY, Lincoln Center/NY, the Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s/NY, the Mahalia Jackson Performance Arts Center in New Orleans, the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, the Music Center in Los Angeles, and the Winspear Opera House/Dallas.

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INCEPTION TO EXHIBITION Festival! 5-Day Spring Festival Will Feature 1 World Premiere as well as 14 New York Choreographers and Visual Artists 3/12-16

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INCEPTION TO EXHIBITION ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL DANCE FESTIVAL 5-Day Spring Festival Will Feature 1 World Premiere as well as 14 New York Choreographers and Visual Artists

Inception to Exhibition (ITE), NYC’s only interdisciplinary arts organization fostering artist incubation, announces it’s first annual dance festival. Over the five-day festival, March 12-14, 2014, ITE will bring together some of NYC’s most talented emerging and established choreographers for an immersive focus on contemporary concert dance. The festival will feature a World Premiere from Gina Graham as well as 3 solos, 7 duets, and 1 trio from Jonathan Campbell, Austin Diaz, Danielle Russo, Loni Landon, Sidra Bell, Joe Celej, Francesca Harper, Loni Landon, David Norsworthy, Nicole Philippidis, Sydney Schiff, Take Ueyama, Nelly Van Bommel, and Andre Zachery.

ITE’s 4th annual Gala on Saturday, March 15, will feature an original Shantell Martin projection created for ITE in 2012. A rising artist with work appearing internationally, she uses a language of characters, creatures and messages that invite her viewers to share a role in her creative process. The gala also features work by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Steve Cossman, and a performance by #TweetDance, where dancers transform tweets and prompts into minute-long dances on the spot. All proceeds go toward the ITE Artist Fund.

To close out the week, Nicole Philppidis, ITE’s fan choice contest winner, will hold a solo show on March 16. As a part of ITE’s commitment to supporting groundbreaking emerging artists and helping them gain traction for their work, the organization kicked off 2014 with their first ever Fan Choice contest. Three artists from the festival lineup were chosen to post videos of their upcoming works for fan votes. The contest drew almost 2000 votes over the 16-day contest, with more than 900 votes going to winner 277 Dance Project, who will receive a solo show on March 16, a stipend from ITE, a photoshoot with Jennifer Klein, and more.

TICKET INFO
Festival Tickets are $15, Gala Tickets are $50, and will be available as of February 10. Tickets can be purchased online at the ITE homepage. www.iteny.org

VENUE INFORMATION and FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Shetler Studios and Theatre is located at 244 West 54th Street
between Broadway & 8th Avenue, New York. All ITE Spring Festival performances will take place in Theatre 54 on the 12th floor. It is accessible by Subway: 1, N, Q, R, B, D, E, C

Festival Line-up:
Wednesday, March 12, 8:00 p.m. – Joe Celej, Renegade Performance Group (Andre Zachery), Esse Aficionado (Gina Graham), 277 DanceProject (Nicole Philippidis)

Thursday, March 13, 8:00 p.m. – MADboots dance co. (Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz), David Norsworthy, Sydney Schiff Dance Project, Danielle Russo Dance Company

Friday, March 14, 8:00 p.m. – Sidra Bell Dance NY, Loni Landon Dance Projects, Take Dance, The Francesca Harper Project, Nøa Dance (Nelly van Bommel)

Saturday, March 15, 6:00 p.m. – ITE Gala

Sunday, March 16, 2:00 p.m. – Solo show for Facebook Contest Winner, 277 DanceProject (Nicole Philippidis)

ITE FESTIVAL ARTISTS REPERTORY DETAILS

new demon excerpt (2013)
Choreographer: Sidra Bell
Music: Richard Skelton, KTL

Created over 5 days, this dance is a short exercise, focused on full-bodied emotion through movement, inspired by the idea of having access to complete abandon, and articulating it.

What More? (2005)
Choreographer: Joe Celej
Music: Sam Beam

Inspired by personal visions and observations of romantic relationships, the work is an exploration of sensuality and the inherent dynamics of a romantic relationship. Confined primarily to the floor, What More? creates an undeniably intimate mood that is amplified by moments of stillness, closeness, and sensitivity.

All Good Sons excerpt (2012)
Choreographer: Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz

ALL GOOD SONS is a dark and brooding romantic rebellion of one’s self. An almost-hero faces the challenges of isolation and self-discovery. Set to an eclectic musical score, the work is full of athleticism, sarcasm and the raw need to be heard. The choreographers were inspired by the social expectations of men, and reflections on their own experiences.

Garments The Living Wear | World Premiere
Choreographer: Gina Graham

This dance was created in honor of the controversial American novelist, short-story writer, poet, and playwright, James Purdy after his death on March 13, 2009. The title inspiration came from his novel, Garments The Living Wear, and implies the perpetual event of transformation that defines our individual and unique existence.

Look at this Shirt excerpt
Choreographer: Francesca Harper
Music: Pixel

A sizzling contemporary ballet solo, Look at This Shirt embodies Francesca Harper’s resolve to transform grief into grace. Rehearsal Director Eriko Iisaku puts vigor, poise and release into a vivid performance. Look at This Shirt depicts the struggle to surpass limitation with the power of intention, and resolve.

don’t forget to go home
Choreographer: Loni Landon

This dance, a fusion of contemporary language, was inspired by the idea of avoidance and evasion in any relationship. The title phrase, seen first graphitized on a wall outside a vibrant dance club in Germany served as an inspiration point for a work that explores the emotional themes of avoidance in relationships.

Springtime for Tolerance (2012)
Choreographer: David Norsworthy
Music: Vivaldi “Spring”
Costumes: Kim Glennon

Initially inspired by the 1977 incident when Anita Bryant was famously “pied” while at a press conference crusading against homosexuality, this work heralds the beginning of a new era when the global community can strive for equality in all aspects of our modern lifestyle.

Flight
Choreographer: Nicole Philippidis
Music: Burlap to Cashmere and The Visitation

Influenced by living in a post-9/11 NYC, choreographer Nicole Philippidis was inspired by her struggle as a new parent to raise a child who is capable of living in a world of vast ideological clashes. In part an exploration of the ideas of freedom and escapism, the dance deconstructs the constant struggle we are placed in each day when the bases for our deepest sense of self, our ideologies, are tested by the pressure of constant underlying fear.

Since thou wast precious in my sight (2011)
Choreographer: Danielle Russo

The title is taken from Isaiah 43:4 – “Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” It emerged from collaboration with James Morrow, and was a candid exploration of struggle and fluidity as a working couple.

Dry Bones: Resurrection of the Living
Choreographer: Sydney Schiff
Music: Antonín Dvořák “New World Symphony,” Arr. Cheryl Krugel-Lee
Costumes: Anya Klepikov

This work in progress follows the personal journeys of three 31st century women striving to take ownership of inherited traditions. The title references the biblical Prophecy of the Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:5-6) and the movement, music and costumes evolved using Jewish text study and storytelling traditions.

Whispering Wall excerpt (2011)
Choreographer: Take Ueyama

An excerpt from the full length work Salaryman that depicts the life of the Japanese businessman. This piece blends reality and fantasy, juxtaposing the frenetic, high-octane will to succeed with the daydreams of a sweeter past, where remembrances, hopes, desires and fantasies are brought to life.

Point par Point
Choreographer: Nelly Van Bommel
Music: La Plus Belle Pour Aller Danser, written by Charles Aznavour and Georges Garvarentz. Arranged by Keren Ann Zeidel, performed by Chris Garneau

This introspective, work-in-progress solo teeters between tragedy and comedy, serenity and wildness. The title – literally “stitch by stitch” – refers to many ‘points’: fixed points, focal points, good points, making a point, getting to the point, beside the point, and breaking points.

Letter Racing excerpt
Choreographer: André M. Zachery
Music: Thundercat, Flying Lotus

Inspired by the graffiti practice created by multi-disciplinary artist Rammellzee called Gothic Futurism, this work-in-progress is part of the process of building a full-length work about graffiti as part of Zachery’s Afro-Futurism series. It investigates the idea that graffiti was and continues to be a source of un-regulated communication, with artists consciously speaking out and expressing themselves powerfully yet ironically.

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About Inception to Exhibition
Founded in 2009 it is the mission of ITE to provide a space where artists of diverse disciplines can interact freely and conceive, rehearse, and perform their work, providing a holistic arts experience from inception to exhibition. It is the vision of Inception to Exhibition to grow into a high impact arts organization built around the creation of an environment where the unbridled sense of collaboration, which defines the conservatory experience, is, once again, available to those entering the professional performing arts community in New York City. To learn more about ITE and supporting it’s programming please visit www.iteny.org

February 20, 2014 Posted by | CULTURE, LIFESTYLES, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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