Jaime Shannon & Tony Fraser
Swing partners Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser will be performing the song “Cottontail,” a famous jazz standard originally by Duke Ellington in October’s JCE Jazz Dance Project. Sharlane Conner chats with the pair about their inspirations and swing dance in NYC.
Classicism and Malleability: A Review of the JCE Jazz Dance Project, October 2019
“This fall’s program often embraced a pure, classic jazz aesthetic while pushing the form forward, with numbers that fused more traditional movements with contemporary style.” Alison Durkee writes about the October 2019 JCE Jazz Dance Project.
Creating Opportunities to Dance: An Interview with Choreographer Spencer Pond
Josh Harris interviews choreographer Spencer Pond, who will be performing his piece “Good Judys,” at the October 26th JCE Jazz Dance Project.
A Signature Experience in Jazz Dance for Quinnipiac Students
On October 12th, Melissa A. Kaplan, Interim Director of the Honors Program at Quinnipiac University, and 18 Honors Program students attended a jazz dance class and lecture taught by JCE Artistic Director Marian Hyun, who was assisted by Junior Board Member Nicole Padilla. The students were mostly beginners with only a few of them having previous dance experience.
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IN THE PRESS
The Power and Versatility of Jazz Dance: A Review of the JCE Jazz Dance Project on October 26, 2019
Dominique Robinson writes about the recent October 2019 jazz project:
“JCE knows how to bring the power and versatility of jazz dance to a stage…it continues to explore different ways of producing a show that keeps its audience engaged, entertained and always in search of what is next to come.”
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
All in all, Jazz is a category of dance with many different attributes, and the New York Jazz Choreography Project ... was successful in representing a wide range of what jazz dance has to offer. The show itself was full of life, and I was thoroughly impressed and entertained by the talent showcased.
Each piece of the evening was a joy…All of what the NYJCP coordinated that evening was an evolution of jazz.
If you saw this concert, you would be reassured that jazz dance is alive and kicking…
…all the performers in the program showed a passion and love for the language of jazz dance, and that message was received loud and clear.