Between late March and early April, DoubleTake Dance, a company directed by choreographers Vanessa Martínez de Baños and Ashley Carter, traveled to Belgium and Spain to teach dance workshops for tap and contemporary jazz.
Whether you came to Betsy Haug’s class as a ballet, modern, or jazz dancer, you found yourself in a challenging world. Her unique style was energetic and strong, earthy and sensual. If it spoke to you, it was natural, freeing and empowering. Betsy’s is a style of cause and effect with the body reacting to its own balance and leverage.
On October 28th and 29th, Jazz Choreography Enterprises held its fall performances of the New York Jazz Choreography Project, which celebrated its 10th anniversary year. Following the Sunday afternoon performance, several of the choreographers stayed for a talkback, fielding questions from the audience and the panel moderator, JCE Board Member Gregory Harris.
Jazz Choreography Enterprises has been working with Quinnipiac University since 2016 to create a Signature Experience in Jazz Dance class that allows students to better understand jazz dance, both through learning the movements and studying the history. On September 24th, JCE hosted another workshop for a new class of students.
On November 6th, Jazz Choreography Enterprises teamed up with jazz dance instructor Teresa “Te” Perez Ceccon to hold a Latin Jazz dance class to benefit the people of Puerto Rico. Ceccon approached JCE about sponsoring the event, which took place at Pearl Studios and was attended by a mix of her students and some JCE followers.
The New York Jazz Choreography Project continued its 10th anniversary season this October with another vibrant and diverse evening of jazz dance performance. Bringing together a varied collection of works from choreographers the organization has worked with in the past, the evening was an inspiring showcase illustrating the full breadth of jazz dance styles.
With everything from lindy hop to hip hop, the New York Jazz Choreography Project, presented by Jazz Choreography Enterprises, was a diverse show in age, experience and style.
Artistic Directors Marian Hyun and Merete Muenter of Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc. brought fourteen pieces to explosive life on October the 28th. The jazz idiom stood proud.