Sharlane Conner interviews Mike Baerga, a JCE choreographer and member of the King’s Company
Mikki Shoji is a dancer for DoubleTake Dance and has performed in JCE performances three times between 2015 and 2018. A native of Japan, she has been training and performing in the United States for several years. Today she shares some insights into her personal experiences, why she enjoys dance, and how dance culture differs between the United States and Japan.
JCE presented the New York Jazz Choreography Project over the weekend of April 28th. Following the Sunday show on the 29th, there was a talkback moderated by board member Gregory Harris. Some choreographers and dancers stayed to field questions from the audience.
I am not a dancer. I love dance, I enjoy watching it, but I do not know technical terms. What I do know is that for an hour and half on a Sunday afternoon, I was treated to a master class in jazz. The New York Jazz Choreography Project, presented by Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc., completely blew me out of the water with their spring showcase. With everything from Charleston to hip hop, this was a fantastic variety of styles from extremely talented choreographers and dancers. It was an afternoon that left me giddy and excited to see where these artists will take jazz in the future.
New York Jazz Choreography Project once again, takes its audience on a ride through the ever-evolving styles of Jazz dance. There were moments of dance happening “for us” like Find Your H A P P Y, reasonsLegacy, Well, Git It! and Pas de Drag, with healthy doses of giggles and applause. Meanwhile, there were moments of dance that were happening “to us” like Inner City Blues: Excerpt 4, Tremors, and This Way, echoing daily interactions in our personal lives, drawing the audience’s intimate self to the space.
On Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, Jazz Choreography Enterprises (JCE), in their 11th year, presented their New York Jazz Choreography Project at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance. Thirteen pieces were performed in this small black box theatre that burst with color as the dancers entered onto the stage.
Danita Shaheen is a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher who has been involved with Jazz Choreography Enterprises since 2008. Danita will be performing with DoubleTake Dance in JCE’s upcoming New York Jazz Choreography Project showcase on April 28 and 29.
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.