Jazz Choreography Enterprises celebrates the great American art of jazz dance.

Through our performances of original jazz choreography and our educational programs

we bring jazz dance to artists, audiences, and students to keep it thriving in our community.

2020 SEASON UPDATE

We’re sad to announce that we’ve decided to cancel our performances of the JCE Jazz Dance Project in October. We’re disappointed we won’t be able to present the Jazz Project to you this year because of the uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, but our highest priority is the safety of our artists and audiences. We’ve tentatively scheduled our next performances for April 2021. We hope you’ll check back to see our JCE Replays and stay in touch on social media.

UPCOMING EVENTS

A Contemporary Jazz Class to Benefit JCE with Vanessa Martínez de Baños

JCE Jazz Dance Project artist Vanessa Martínez de Baños will lead a choreography focusing on musicality, fusion of styles, quality of movement getting the dancers moving in space, increasing their dance vocabulary while working on their unique artistic voices.

ADV.BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS
Sunday, October 4th, 11:30-12:45 (EDT)

All proceeds will go to JCE.

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JCE REPLAYS

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re not able to present the JCE Jazz Dance Project in 2020, so we thought we’d do the next best thing. We’ll show pieces from past productions so you can revisit some wonderful work by our talented artists. Every two weeks we’ll present a different video so you can see the variety and richness of jazz dance. We hope you stay safe and look forward to the day when we can present live performances to you again.
“eat Crow” choreographed byBarbara Angeline
eat Crow was choreographed by Barbara Angeline, Artistic Director of Hysterika Jazz Dance, and presented in the April 2016 JCE Jazz Dance Project. Dancers: Chawnta’ Van (Josephine Soloist), Emily Funicello Stephanie Grover, Martha Lavery, Ashley Peter, Jessica Pollack, Amanda Salituro, Mengjiao Wang, Madeline Warriner.

From Barbara Angeline: eat Crow explores ‘freedom’ in the 1920s, through the perspective and inspiration of Josephine Baker. This jazz dance illuminates kinesthetic and social experiences of black and white performers of that era. In Harlem and on Broadway, black dancers had unrestricted ‘Freedom of Body’ but limited space to advance in the world. On Broadway stages and off, white dancers had literal and figurative ‘Freedom of World’ but relatively restrained body movement. This work explores Baker’s exhibitionist sensuality, comedy and dance; her unquenchable quest for love and the ‘home’ that she found in the amusement and adoration of black and white audiences.”

eat Crow was originally commissioned by and premiered at Hofstra University in 2014. It was restaged for Hysterika Jazz Dance for JCE in 2016.

Documentary shows excerpts from both the premiere and Hysterika Jazz Dance productions:

Hofstra dancers: Maggie Carter, Erin Caster, Billy Cohen, Jonny Cohen, Tori Colon-Succi, Samantha Giordano, Julia Macchio, Miranda Muench, Mary-Kate O’Toole, Janelle Oppenheim, Teairra Price, Annik Spencer, Gisselle Vazquez, Heidi Walter, Kevin Williams

Hysterika Jazz Dance members are listed above.

Costume Design for both productions: Meredith Van Scoy

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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.

Jordan Ryder

Each piece of the evening was a joy…All of what the NYJCP coordinated that evening was an evolution of jazz.

Marsha Volgyi
broadwayworld.com

If you saw this concert, you would be reassured that jazz dance is alive and kicking…

Barbara Angeline
Academia

…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.

Nicholas Goodly
exploredance.com

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