August 2019 Newsletter
Happy August newsletter! I am so thrilled to announce that I am the 2019 Winning Choreographer of J Chen's CORE Choreography Competition!!! I will also be performing in the NYC Summer Streets Dance Festival, teaching classes, and preparing for fall choreography premieres. Keep reading to get all the fun details! As August is racing by, I am reminded that a new semester at Purchase College will be starting soon, and I am thrilled to see my students again!!!
Pictured above is my amazing cast of Uncovered Iteration (all Purchase graduates!):
- Pascale Ussel
- Kar'mel A. W. Small
- Nikki d'Arnault
- Andy Zhao
This piece premiered at the Ailey Studios on June 29th as part of the J Chen Project CORE Choreography Competition. I partnered with composer Grace Villamil to develop this piece. I am so grateful for the dancers, Grace, and all of the audience members who came out! Thank you Jessica Chen for creating this opportunity and for choosing me!!! As the winner of this competition, I will create a new work on the J Chen Project Company Dancers. My work will premiere at the Ailey Citigroup Theater on November 2nd. SAVE THE DATE!!!
I am thrilled to be performing with XAOC Contemporary Ballet in Eryn Renee Young's choreography tomorrow Saturday August 10th at 10am for a free, outdoor, public performance. This performance is part of the NYC Summer Streets Dance Festival and will take place at Astor Place.
Come join me for class! Here is what August looks like:
- Thursday August 15th 11:30am-1:00pm Ballet for NYC Community Ballet at Battery Dance (Only $5!!!)
- Saturday August 17th 12:00pm-1:30pm Movement & Improvisation Master Class for The Dance Collective in Hartford, Connecticut (Happening in their brand new space!) Reserve your spot!
- Wednesday August 28th 10:00am-11:30am Ballet at Ailey Extension
I am looking forward to presenting my choreography for StylePointe on September 12th at Dixon Place. StylePointe combines fashion and dance in a really unique and exciting way. Read the press release and/or watch this short video to learn more. I am collaborating with designer Zhihong Fu and we hope you can see our collaboration come to life on stage. Early bird pricing until August 31st! Get your tickets!!!
Recently I had the opportunity to perform and present my work in Westport, Connecticut for a Leonard Bernstein Tribute. It was an incredible evening at the Levitt Pavilion with live music, dance, and a fantastic audience. Thank you to Terry Eldh for the opportunity and to Bethany Kellner, Maryann Massa, and Leo McGrath for a wonderful process and performance!
Last bit of fun news... This past winter I was honored to work with director Lenny Bass on the music video, Let You In, with music by Pete Muller. The video was publicly released and I wanted to share it with you! It was a pleasure to work with the cast of dancers I brought into this project and I am so proud of the work we all did! Thank you Reginald Webber Jr., Brittni Genovese, Christiana Hunte, Eleanor Altholz, Nikki d'Arnault, and Lucas Olive Klinge. Thank you Lenny, Pete, and the whole crew! Watch the video online!