The JCE JAZZ DANCE PROJECT
APRIL 2019

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Artistic Directors

Marian Hyun

Marian Hyun has studied jazz and ballet in New York with Luigi, Bob Audy, Ed Kresley, Shirley Bassat, Julia Dubno, and wonderful teachers in Paris, France, Susan Sparks and Frédéric Lazzarelli. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she was a freelance writer and a writing instructor at the New School before enrolling in the Dance Education Lab (DEL) at 92nd Street Y. Since then she has taught dance to people of all ages, from two-year-old pre-ballerinas to senior citizen jazz buffs in various New York studios and community centers. She has choreographed for the New York Jazz Choreography Project, Choreographer’s Canvas, the Fridays at Noon Marathon at 92nd Street Y, and the Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts. In May 2007 at New Dance Group, Marian produced the first performance of the New York Jazz Choreography Project, a showcase devoted to jazz dance.  It sold out.  Subsequent performances of the Jazz Project have been produced semiannually by Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization established in 2007 to promote the creation of original jazz choreography.  Marian is the president and co-artistic director of Jazz Choreography Enterprises.

Merete Muenter

Merete Muenter

Merete Muenter is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc.  Choreography credits: Off-Broadway – Fiddler on the Roof - In Yiddish (Assistant Choreographer – Director, Joel Grey),  The Golden Bride (Chita Rivera Award Nomination), Amerike – The Golden Land, The Megile of Itzik Manger, and Lies My Father Told Me (The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene), Eddie and the Palaceades (Midtown International Theatre Festival “MITF”), The King of Second Avenue (New Repertory Theatre), South Pacific (Lancaster Opera House), Sherlock Holmes – The Early Years (New York Music Theater Festival). Director/choreographer creditsChicagoThe Who’s Tommyand Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Woodstock Playhouse), They Walk Among Us(MITF – Award for Best Choreography), Roar of the Greasepain, Smell of the Crowd (Lancaster Opera House). Assistant Director creditsWorld AIDS Day Gala (Capetown, South Africa, Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour – Director, Baayork Lee).

Featured Choreographers

Josh Assor

Josh Assor

Josh Assor, a New York based award winning choreographer and performer, has worked with some of the most respected jobs including Broadway, National Tours, National Commercials, Film and Television, and has performed in major venues across the world including United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Some of Josh’s recent work includes “Mary Poppins” at the Arrow Rock Lyceum, New York Fashion Week, Audi Ottawa, Modos Furniture commercial, associate choreographer of the “Saturday Night Fever” National Tour and choreographed the Off-Broadway show, “Medicine the Musical.” As a performer, some of Josh’s favorite credits include Disney’s first National Tour of “Newsies,” Neleus in “Mary Poppins” on Broadway and first National Tour, Baby John in “West Side Story,” “Wizard of Oz” National Tour and dancing on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with Jimmy Fallon. He has been featured in Dance Canada Quarterly, Industry Dance Magazine and Dance Plug Los Angeles. He has taught at Edge Performing Arts Center and is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where he has been a guest choreographer for many of their events. Josh’s strong dedication to his craft and passion for creativity fuses the natural ability to connect with fellow artists to continue to shape his career.

Talissa Bavaresco

Talissa Bavaresco

A native of Paraná, Brazil and NYC based, Talissa Bavaresco is a Dancer and Choreographer whose expertise includes Classical Ballet, Jazz and Muller Polarity Techniques, as well as the Theater and Commercial world. She was the first Brazilian to graduate from Joffrey Ballet’s Jazz & Contemporary Program on a four-year merit scholarship and furthered her studies at the Scholarship-Apprentice Program at Jennifer Muller/The Works. Talissa has performed with dance companies such as Keigwin+Company, Joffrey Ensemble, Humans Collective, Jazz Ain’t Dead and KR3T’S; and has done independent works with Tyler Gilstrap, Gabrielle Lamb, Patrick O’Brien, Manuel Vignoulle, Mark Caserta and more. Commercially, Talissa has performed live with Grammy Award winning artist Kimbra at the Park Armory Gala-17 and was featured in Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness’ “So Close” and Ivan Modoni/Oriion’s “Indigo” music videos. She performed at PANORAMA Music Festival-2017 with The Windmill Factory and has worked with JoiLynn Moves on concept videos and FlashMobs in partnership with Flash Mob America. Choreographically, Talissa has presented works at DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place’s ‘8 in Show’, The New York Jazz Choreography Project, WAXworks, HATCH Presenting Series, Holi Hai Festival NYC, Uptown Rising and NACHMO.

Paul A. Brown

Paul A. Brown

Paul A. Brown is Internationally known as a Master Jazz Teacher, having taught master classes and workshops while touring with Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago as Assistant Associate Director and Principal Dancer, as well as with International/National tours of the Broadway shows CATS and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He has also performed with such acclaimed regional dance companies as Chicago Dance Medium, Dancewerks, AntiGravity and many others. In 2004 his own company, Moonlight Gypsy Productions, LLC, premiered his original ballet, La Sparizione (The Vanishing) – A Gothic Rock Experience, at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles to rave reviews. He has choreographed and taught for various companies and studios throughout the Chicago, LA and New York regions, as well as abroad in Austria, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Switzerland. Paul’s mentors are the various choreographers he’s had the privilege of working with as either Assistant Choreographer or Dance Captain, including such greats as Gus Giordano, Matt Mattox, Luigi, Frank Hatchet, Tony Stevens, Barry McNabb and Liza Gennaro, just to name a few.

Ashley Carter

Ashley Carter

Ashley Carter is passionate about her work as a dancer, teacher and choreographer; and as co-director of NYC-based company DoubleTake Dance www.DoubleTakeDanceCo.com. She has had the opportunity to perform and/or choreograph at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, SummerStage, Battery Dance Festival, Webster Hall, the New York Jazz Choreography Project and Carnival Choreographer’s Ball. Ashley is on faculty at Ballet Academy East and Joffrey in New York. She can be seen working alongside artists such as Ricky Martin, NeYo, Lady Sovereign, Nicki Minaj and Mila Kunis, for companies like Pilobolus, Balasole, Derek Mitchell, Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions, Ruddur Dance, HannaQ Dance Co, the Little Opera Theatre of NY and Balasole, and for brands such as Nike, Athleta, Nokia, Microsoft, Heineken, Yahoo, Ameriprise, the Rachel Ray Show and Lush Cosmetics. She has been seen off-Broadway in “West Side Story”; performed in a music video for Sia, a Boost Mobile commercial, a feature film with Justin Timberlake, and is credited with choreographing independent feature film “The Ride of Tom and Valkyrie” and the musical “Dragula.” Recently, Ashley was featured in the original dance film “Here We Go Again” (dir. Nathan Cohen), performed as Fritz/Rat King/Russia in “DIY Nutcracker,” danced in “Barber of Seville” with the Amore Opera, and worked on “Peter Pan” for Broadway Asia.

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis is a NYC-based artist, performer and choreographer. He most recently created three original pieces for the NY Jazz Choreography Project along with directing and choreographing two original new musicals, “The Gunfighter Meets his Match” and “The Lovely WiLDS!” He is Co-Artistic Director of the Hudson Vagabond Puppets and Glitter Kitty Productions. As a performer, he recently was featured with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company at Bryant Park and Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance Lab. International tours with Pittsburgh’s Attack Theatre and John J Zullo/Raw Movement. National tour of the hit musical “FOSSE!” Pittsburgh CLO: “West Side Story” (Diesel), “Oklahoma!” (Dream Curly), “Carousel,” “Tommy,” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Jeff received a BA in dance from Point Park University. While attending, his choreography “Hold to Release” was selected to showcase at the American College Dance Festival.

Danielle Diniz

Danielle Diniz

As a dancer, Danielle Diniz competed with the dance studio In the Spotlight for many years, earning regional and national titles/scholarships. She also trained at the Paper Mill Playhouse Conservatory and Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Upon graduating from Cornell University (B.A. in English and Theater, minor in Dance), she was featured in productions of My Fair Lady, National Pastime and Rocky Horror under the direction of Tony nominee Hunter Foster, with choreography by Waitress’s Lorin Latarro. She joined the Dirty Dancing national tour (u/s Baby, Lisa, Elizabeth) and has been seen on One Life to Live and in other NYC workshops and regional shows. She is honored to often perform with Stars of American Ballet and partner, Daniel Ulbricht. Choreographically, she earned multiple spots to showcase her work in the Locally Grown Dance Festival and choreographed the 2017 AEA showing of the Vaudevillian musical On the Air. She re-explored her technical roots with Capti et Liberari, which premiered at the Lensic Theater (Santa Fe) last summer and was performed at this year’s Nebula Dance Festival. She also has taught, and continues to teach, classes at the NYSSA, MYB, AMDA and studios around the New York area.

Kavin T. Grant

Kavin T. Grant

Kavin T. Grant is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Alabama State University and Adjunct Professor of Dance at Troy University. He received his MFA in Dance with a concentration in Choreography and Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Grant has trained with Kariamu and Company: Traditions, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, and Jacksonville University where he earned a BFA in Dance with departmental honors and a minor in Sociology. He has been a guest instructor at Tri-Cities High School, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Temple University, Penn State University, The University of the Arts, The University of Akron, Rowan University, Muhlenberg College, Tallahassee Community College and Jacksonville University. He is the founder/CEO of Kavin Grant Productions and Entertainment, LLC. Three of his choreographic works were adjudicated and selected for the Gala program at various Regions of the American College Dance Festival and one chosen for the National American College Dance Festival. He was a member of Kariamu and Company: Traditions for three years. Mr. Grant specializes in classical ballet (Vaganova), contemporary ballet, contemporary modern, hip-hop, jazz, African (Umfundalai), musical theater and step dance.

Julia Kane

Julia Kane

Julia Kane holds a BFA degree in Dance, and is a graduate of the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester and of Long Island High School for the Arts (under direction of Janice Aguilera and Shirlene Blake). She trains consistently with Michelle Barber, Ginger Cox, Jamie Salmon, and Diane Laurenson, and has had the privilege of assisting Michelle at Broadway Dance Center’s Dance Educator Development, as well as in private master classes. In 2018, while undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Julia channeled her creative energy towards choreographing and creating dance. With that, The Julia Kane Dance Collective premiered onstage at Jazz at Lincoln Center as a part of APAP’s Booking Dance Festival. Her work has since been seen at Dixon Place, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, KLICK’T’s iDance4aCure benefit, and at the NYC Choreographer’s Forum, among others. Julia is on Jazz Faculty at PMT Dance Studio where she teaches weekly adult classes. She assists and subs for Broadway Dance Center Children and Teens Program, and often guest teaches for conventions and master classes at local studios. She is thrilled to have her work be a part of the JCE Jazz Dance Project!

Fatima Logan

Fatima Logan

Fatima Logan, Artistic Director and Founder of VashtiDance Theater, studied at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) where she graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. She danced professionally with the African-American Dance Ensemble directed by Bessie Award Winner and Founder of DanceAfrica, Dr. Chuck Davis; Forces of Nature Dance Theater directed by Abdel Salaam; and the Seewe Dance Company directed by Mouminatou Camara. She has extensive teaching experience as artist in residence at Hunter College and Long Island University. She is a teaching artist with Bronx Children’s Museum and Young Audiences New York. She has performed with Bobby Sanabria, Paul Winters, Alicia Keys, Ntozake Shange, and has received written recognition for her commitment to dance education from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Cristal Del Mar López

Cristal Del Mar López

Cristal Del Mar López is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Teacher based in New York City and Puerto Rico. After graduating from the specialized school Ballet Julian E. Blanco in Puerto Rico, she went on to train in the School of the Performing Arts, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway. She has participated in numerous productions in Puerto Rico, including El Quixote de la Locura, Regata 2000, Peces al Ataque, Las Zarzuelas (Las Bodas de Luis Alonso y El Barberillo de Lavapie), El Cascanueces, and Las Plaza Dancers, among others. In NYC, she is currently a member of Ashle Dawson’s company, Latin Fusion Dance Project, and has recently performed in works by Michelle Barber (Symphony Space), Ashle Dawson (Symphony Space, Global Citizen), and Julia Kane (Booking Dance Festival/Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dixon Place). She also took part in the Luis Salgado show, “Bountiful,” where she performed in works by Gabriela Garcia, Luis Salgado, Rickey Tripp, as well as assisting Amanda Turner. As a teacher, Cristal has taught classes around Puerto Rico at Ballet Julian E. Blanco, Escuela Bellas Artes de Carolina, Ballet Concierto, and at Dance Studio of Park Slope.

Vanessa Martínez de Baños

Vanessa Martínez de Baños

Vanessa Martínez de Baños is a recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer, and co-director of DoubleTakeDanceCo.com (NY SummerStage, Battery, Carnival, Jazz Choreography Project, etc). Featured twice in Dance Informa Magazine, DoubleTake Dance (DTD) has recently received several commissions: Rock that Rolls choreographic commission for Dancing Wheels in Cleveland, OH; HT Chen New Steps residency NYC; Next Step commission and performance for JPAC NYC. Currently she dances and choreographs for DTD, Daniel Gwirtzman and American Tap Dance Foundation. Other companies/choreographers include DIY Nutcracker, BalaSole, Noir Tribe Media, RSW & associates, ABT, Little Opera Theater, Ikada, Ryan Beck, Derek Mitchell, Guillém Alonso, Lynn Schwab and Tony Waag, L’OREAL, Heineken, Ameriprise, Yahoo, Ursus Vodka, KDDance, Tag Heuer, Lush Cosmetics/Gorilla Perfumes, Fuse TV, X- Box/Kinect (Times Square with NeYo and Lady Sovereign), Rachel Ray Show etc. Film credits include “Friends With Benefits” with Justin Timberlake (IMDB 2011). Vanessa is passionate about her teaching career. On faculty at Steps, Joffrey, BAE and a Tap City Leader, she’s been featured on CNN, NBC and TV Globo in Brazil.

Skye Mattox

Skye Mattox

Skye Mattox began her career when she moved to New York City at age 17. She has been seen on Broadway in the recent, Tony nominated revival of CarouselWest Side Story, and On the Town, where she understudied the lead role of Ivy Smith. Other NYC credits include American Dance Machine and numerous shows for New York City Center’s Encores!series, such as Little Me and Call Me Madam. She can also be seen as a dancer throughout the second season of NBC’s hit TV series SMASH. In addition to performing, Skye has always been passionate about choreography and teaching dance. She has taught for many studios across the country, as well as two of NYC’s top dance studios, Steps On Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. Most recently, her choreography can be seen in the short film, The Denodnaba Prologue. 

Merete Muenter

Merete Muenter

Merete Muenter is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc.  Choreography credits: Off-Broadway – Fiddler on the Roof – In Yiddish (Assistant Choreographer – Director, Joel Grey),  The Golden Bride (Chita Rivera Award Nomination), Amerike – The Golden Land, The Megile of Itzik Manger, and Lies My Father Told Me (The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene), Eddie and the Palaceades (Midtown International Theatre Festival “MITF”), The King of Second Avenue (New Repertory Theatre), South Pacific (Lancaster Opera House), Sherlock Holmes – The Early Years (New York Music Theater Festival). Director/choreographer credits: Chicago, The Who’s Tommy and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Woodstock Playhouse), They Walk Among Us (MITF – Award for Best Choreography), Roar of the Greasepain, Smell of the Crowd (Lancaster Opera House). Assistant Director credits: World AIDS Day Gala (Capetown, South Africa, Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour – Director, Baayork Lee).

Fréyani Patrice

Fréyani Patrice

Fréyani Patrice was born in Queens, and raised in Brooklyn. She started her formal training at Restoration Youth Arts Academy, and continued her training at LIU Post where she received her BFA in Dance Studies. Over the years she was given the opportunity to work with well-established performers/choreographers such as Karen Thorton Daniels, Frtizlyn Hector, Michael Leon Thomas and Ronald K Brown. She judged the Step It Up Dance/Step Competition at the Apollo Theater, and choreographed the opening number for the competition. Fréyani was featured in the New York Times for her performance in Saya Woolfalk’s “ChimaTEK” and Spike Lee’s campaign with Cadillac. She is thankful to God, for her family and close friends, for their constant support and love.

Jenn Rose

Jenn Rose

Jenn Rose is a NYC based choreographer working in theater, concert dance, and film. Current projects include You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Untitled Project # 213 (Edinburgh Fringe 2019). Regional choreography includes Cabaret (Arden Theatre Co), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Avenue X (11th Hour Theatre Co), Herringbone (Flashpoint Theatre Co), The Black Nativity (Theatre Horizon), and Honk! (Two River Theatre). Film choreography includes Feature: Christmas Dreams; Short: Not Immune (Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival Selection); In or OutunPresidented (Loose Screws Productions). Commissioned choreography includes Player Piano (The Steps Conservatory Program), That’s What It’s All About (Dancebreak 2018), The Missing Piece (Ballet Fleming), Three and a Break (Ursinus College), Benzo (Drexel University). She is the recipient of the 2016 Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre Choreography and has been honored with five additional nominations.

What Inspired Our Choreographers?

We thought you might enjoy hearing from some of our choreographers about the inspirations for their work in this production of the JCE Jazz Dance Project.

Jeff Davis
I originally created this piece with a Fosse-style esthetic in mind. It was for a show I wrote about a group of French tourists who while renting an upstairs apartment decide to crash the family Christmas party. When I think about influence, though, I am reminded of one of my favorite numbers, Why Am I So Gone About That Gal?, the magic jazz dance created by Gene Kelly, performed by Kelly himself and Mitzi Gaynor in “Les Girls” (MGM,1957). Music by Cole Porter.

Danielle Diniz
Jazz will always have my heart, but I do have to say, by attending the ballet more, it’s widened the vocabulary I use. In every movement and passage I still try to infuse with style and a Gene Kelly-like flow, but many of the shapes of the jumps and turns I’ve started to incorporate have roots in pieces done by friends I enjoy watching with a ballet base. Michael Kidd, in his casting of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” even used New York City Ballet principal dancers. I’m inspired by the old school athleticism and classic flair the Golden Age musicals specialized in, but want to introduce forms seen outside of the pure jazz genre when conceiving something new. I like to conjure my pieces and flesh out my ideas by myself to ensure that it is primarily my own vision and neither a copy nor emulation of previous work. Undoubtedly however, the choreographers I admire most, Jerome Robbins and Gene Kelly, make their presence known in my final product. Yes, they are two of the most popular names in dance history, but that’s for a reason; it would be a shame and disservice not to draw from their brilliance.

Danielle is using music from the Barn Dance in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” for her piece, “Six Gals, for Themselves.”

Merete Muenter
“I have always been intrigued by the lyrics to the Beatles song, Eleanor Rigby. Eleanor is such a curious figure. The music has such a rhythm to it, like a heartbeat, or a ticking clock indicating the time passing by in her life. I’ve been wanting to do something to this music for quite some time because it has such a strong storyline behind it. In my dance, I want to explore what happened to Eleanor to cause her loneliness, who tried to help her, and then indicate when and how she finally finds her peace.”

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