Teresa Perez Ceccon teaching students at Groove With Me. Photo: Galia Abramson
Jazz Choreography Enterprises continued its ongoing partnership with Groove With Me—a youth development organization that provides free dance classes and performance opportunities to girls 4-18 who reside in East Harlem and the South Bronx—by hosting three classes, one led by Sue Samuels and two led by Teresa Perez Ceccon, in November 2018.
Ten students, ranging from ages 10-12, participated in the classes, exploring jazz choreography over the course of three weeks. Sue Samuels’ class began with a warm up of jazz barre exercises and isolations, followed by a combination in classical jazz style.
The dancers in Teresa Perez Ceccon’s class learned routines to Latin Jazz, exploring genres like mambo while dancing to classic songs like “Oye Como Va.”
The students had a foundation of the basics, so classes focused on form and technique.
Samantha Merkle, Director of Engagement & Outreach at Groove With Me, facilitates the partnership with JCE. She shared with us feedback from one student, Shaianne, who says, “My experience with JCE has helped me express myself as a dancer by building my story telling skills through movement. It has bettered my technique in other styles of dance.”
JCE is proud to partner with Groove With Me, and thanks the administrators and students for their continued dedication. To find out more about JCE’s education and outreach efforts, please visit our About Us page.
Galia Abramson is the External Affairs Associate at Library of America, a nonprofit publishing company, and a Junior Board Member of Jazz Choreography Enterprises. Previously she worked at WNET New York Public Media in Community Relations and Development. Prior to working at WNET, she was Development Operations Coordinator at the Guggenheim Museum. Galia graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from NYU with a major in History.