The JCE JAZZ DANCE PROJECT
OCTOBER 2018

Tickets Available Now

Early Bird Price through October 1st: $20
Online Sales: $25 General; $20 children and students with valid high school or college ID’s
At the Door: $30 General; $25 children and students with valid high school or college ID’s
Groups of 10 or more, paid in advance: $20. For group sales: info@jazzchoreography.com.

October 27th Performance + Benefit Reception
We’ll host a post-performance Benefit Reception at The Winslow from 9:00-midnight. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Early Bird Price through October 1st: $60
Online from October 2nd-October 27th (or online sales end): $65
At the Door: $75
For more information, please contact info@jazzchoreography.com.

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Useful Information

Please present your credit card or a printout of your receipt (and valid ID for students) at the box office to claim your tickets. Online sales will close three hours before each performance (or sooner if the performance sells out). Thereafter, tickets will be available only at the door. The Box Office will open one hour prior to each performance. Doors will open one half hour before show time. Seats are not assigned, so it’s best to arrive early. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management. The performance will be approximately one hour and 10 minutes long, no intermission. 

No refunds or exchanges available.

For questions, please contact info@jazzchoreography.com or 212-369-9036.

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

Barbara Angeline

Barbara Angeline

Barbara Angeline is the founder and artistic director of Hysterika Jazz Dance. She is a full-time instructor at Rutgers, teaching Jazz, Broadway Jazz, History of Broadway Dance, Dance History, and Improvisation. She has an M.A. in Dance Education (NYU) and B.A. in Dance (UC Irvine). Barbara’s historical collaboration process was used for her works: Tightrope (a tribute to the contributions of Bob Fosse); eat Crow (inspired by the movement style and life of Josephine Baker); and Rhapsody (in the style of George Balanchine). HJD’s premiere work, “Mi Maschera (Mask Me)”, was an original jazz dance that explored Venetian Masks in the Baroque Period as they related to issues of female identity. Presented Jazz Dance Choreography – Historical Collaborations with Dance Luminaries (NDEO, Chicago). Barbara created and moderated panel of jazz dance educators from around the country to discuss Jazz Dance in Higher Education and The Professions: Where Do We Go From Here? Performance credits include Broadway Backwards 5, 6, 7, Oakland Ballet, Broadway Bares, Gypsy of the Year Awards, Equity national tours and musicals, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Danced with/for Woody Allen, Jerry Mitchell, Graciela Daniele, Bob Bartley, Bernadette Peters, and Aretha Franklin. Hysterika Jazz Dance is dedicated to expanding the legacy of jazz dance as a rich, powerful, historical American art form.

Mike Baerga

Mike Baerga

Mike Baerga (a native of Houston, Texas) received a B.A. from the University of Houston with a double Major in Dance and Journalism, and an M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from NYU: Tisch School of the Arts. His training includes Urban Souls Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary. His performing credits include: Broadway-“King Kong” (Kingsman), “Miss Saigon” (Asst. Commissar/Acrobat), “Moulin Rouge” Lab (Ensemble); Off-Broadway-Metropolitan Opera (“The Merry Widow”), Houston Grand Opera (“Aida”). Mike has choreographed for Showtime Network (King Mo Fight), Disney Cruise Line (Dream Crew Awards), Lumipad Festival (Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre), New York Fashion Week 2018 (Arielle Toole,) The Trevor Project, and Award recipient for his numerous works in Regional Dance America Festival and the U.S. International Ballet Competition. He has served as a faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, American Academy of Ballet, Broadway Classroom, Camp Broadway and Man in Motion to name a few. Mike Is ecstatic to create work for this year’s JCE Jazz Dance Project, and would like to thank Marian and Merete for such a wonderful opportunity! Love and thanks to God, Mom and Dad!

Tony Fraser

Tony Fraser

Tony Fraser is a 20-year veteran of swing dancing, competition, coaching, and teaching. He is a best-of-breed technical instructor and a specialist in Collegiate Shag, Lindy Hop, Aerials, Tricks, and partnered Charleston. He has been seen on television and stage throughout his expansive dance career. Additionally, Tony is an American Lindy Hop Championships and US Open champion.
Gierre J. Godley

Gierre J. Godley

Gierre J. Godley is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher currently living and working in NYC. He began his training in Arkansas under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell. In 2010, Gierre created PROJECT 44, an all male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts. The group has toured to numerous national cities including San Francisco, Little Rock, Seattle, Walla Walla, Vashon Island, Kalamazoo, Austin, New Jersey, Chicago, St. Louis and international cities including Montreal, Berlin, Manchester, Havana, Barcelona, and Madrid to name a few. In 2016 Gierre was awarded the NECF Choreography Award and Echo Choreography Award. Most recently Gierre & PROJECT 44 were awarded funding from the Queens Council on the Arts & the Peg Santvoord Foundation to support their upcoming project, “Dearest Charlotte.” Gierre is currently on faculty at The College of Mount Saint Vincent, Suffolk County Community College, Connecticut Dance Center and is a performer in the NYC Bessie Award Winning show, “Then She Fell.”

Mindy Jackson

Mindy Jackson

Mindy Jackson is a professional dancer, choreographer, rehearsal director, teacher and youth mentor for concert dance, theater, music videos and television. Currently, Mindy is Director of Professional Training Programs & contemporary faculty at Steps on Broadway plus a guest teacher at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s ASAP Mentorship Program and schools across the country. Notable credits include being recognized by Dance Magazine with an ENews exclusive and showcased as a style model in continuing issues of the publication. Most recently, her work was presented by Inception to Exhibition at Bryant Park’s Contemporary Dance Summer Series. She has worked with top contemporary dance makers including Aszure Barton, Cherice Barton, Donald Byrd, Benoit Swan Pouffer, Larry Keigwin, Seán Curran, Monica Bill Barnes, Nathan Trice, Andrea Miller, Camille A. Brown, Mark Dendy, Zvi Gotheiner, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Celia Rowlson-Hall, and Cape Town South Africa’s Ikapa Dance Theatre to highlight a few.  Honorable mention for her choreography includes being selected as 1 of 4 pieces from the North Carolina Dance Festival history to perform in the ADF’s 80th Anniversary Celebration.

Ali Koinoglou

Ali Koinoglou

Thriving in New York City, Ali Koinoglou spent numerous summers studying at the Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theater and continued her training with Joffrey Ballet’s pre-professional year-round program after graduating high school. Ali then trained at Broadway Dance Center in the Professional Semester. While training at BDC, Ali created a relationship with master teacher/choreographer, Derek Mitchell, the Resident Choreographer of Hamilton the Musical. Since Derek’s move to LA, Ali has taken over his various positions choreographing industrials for several companies including Big Hit Events & GoSeeDoNYC. Ali’s company Koin & Co Dancers (est. 2013) created a Junior Training Program division to the company allowing Ali’s network of teachers/choreographers/agents to contribute to the success of the next generation of dancers. Currently, Ali is assistant to five-time Emmy Award winning Mia Michaels and is a resident choreographer/teacher for many intensives including The Academy of the Holy Angels, KLICK’T, Peridance Capezio Center, Artistic Dance Exchange and more. Ali’s long-term goal is to one day be educating & inspiring dancers around the world to grow to their full potential as talented dancers, kind humans and all-around creative, versatile individuals!

Cat Manturuk

Cat Manturuk

Cat Manturuk is the founder and artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. After graduating, Cat was a scholarship student at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center in Chicago, later moving to LA, where she performed with LA Modern and Ballet Company, Blue13 Dance, Regina Klenjosky Dance Company, and Collage Dance Theatre. Upon her arrival in New York, she joined Dance 2XS and became rehearsal director to Decadancetheatre. Her music video credits lie with BET and MTVIndia, and she has been featured in Dance Spirit, Shape, and Elle magazine.

DANCE CAT-ALYST outreach programs and performances: Nanjing, China; the NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, and Presidential Award. Her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times.

Bobby Morgan

Bobby Morgan

With a love for music and movement of all styles, Bobby Morgan has received diverse training and inspiration from: Desmond Richardson/Dwight Rhoden of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dana Foglia, and Erica Sobol to name a few. Bobby holds a Certificate of completion from Peridance’s Intensive Semester Program in NYC and has also been involved in The Gypsy Project 2017 in Los Angeles. Along with ballet/contemporary influence, styles such as voguing, hip hop, house and jazz are fused together to form one language. As a choreographer, his mission is to bring forth cohesive art in an effort to bring together the classical and commercial dance communities, and appreciate the art form of dance as a bridge we use to communicate and relate to each other.

Rebekka Nodhturft

Rebekka Nodhturft

Rebekka Nodhturft is a passionate teaching artist and choreographer. Currently working towards her MFA in Dance from Montclair State University, Rebekka earned her B.A. from Boston University, where she graduated Magna cum Laude. She also studied in the Professional Division of The Ailey School, Orlando Ballet, and Broadway Dance Center. Rebekka performed with Jazz Roots Dance, founded in 2009 and directed by the legendary Sue Samuels. She has also performed at the world-renowned Cotton Club, where she tapped with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and her line of “Sophisticated Ladies.” Rebekka also worked as a soloist with Keen Dance Theater (KDT), a contemporary company under the direction of John Keen, with whom she toured internationally. In 2014, Rebekka founded Awaken Dance Theater, a NYC-based company that performs works about social and political issues. She recently premiered a piece about climate change, and won “best choreography” in 2015 at the NYC10 Festival for a piece exploring the tragedy of gun violence. In 2016, the company was honored to host the tribute concert from NYC dancers to the victims of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in the Orlando, FL.

Jaclyn O’Rourke

Jaclyn O’Rourke

Jaclyn O’Rourke is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Dance Performance. She has been a member of ASH Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Braham Logan Crane where she has toured extensively throughout the country. While a member of ASH she performed in Budapest, Hungary at The Sziget Festival, the Philly Fringe Festival, and at New York City’s Carnival Choreographer’s Ball. Jaclyn spent six years as a performer at Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal with Almost Angels where she had the opportunity to perform for many of the industries top artists. Jaclyn has danced with Michael Susten & Company where she has performed in various shows in New York City. Jaclyn’s eclectic, award-winning choreography has won several top awards, been showcased at the annual New York City Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, Boston University’s dance team, as a teacher for Bill Hotaling’s Manhattan Dance Project, and as a guest teacher at The University of the Arts & Millennium Dance Complex Philadelphia. She is currently on faculty at Jazz Unlimited Dance Studio in Marlton, NJ and at The Rock School West.

Andrea Palesh

Andrea Palesh

Andrea Palesh is a NYC based producer, director, choreographer, and marketing consultant.  She attended Colorado State University where she graduated with a BA in Dance and BS in Fashion Merchandising.  Since moving to NYC, she’s danced in Eyes of a Blue Dog Dance Theater, performed as a backup dancer for entertainer Robert Taylor Jr., was a featured dancer in the off-broadway show Chris March’s Butt-Cracker Suite, and toured internationally and domestically with Mystic India: The World Tour.  Most recently she was the associate choreographer and featured artist in the hip-hop/vaudeville show Rebirth of Rabbit’s Foot and the choreographer of the production Gunpowder.  Currently she directs, choreographs, and performs for the nightlife cabaret spectacle: Guilty Pleasures Cabaret.  When she’s not dancing or choreographing, she can be found designing costumes, contributing articles for online publications, and consulting brands with their online marketing and social media presence.  

Spencer Pond

Spencer Pond

Spencer Pond is a freelance dancer based in New York City, and founder of The American Jazz Company, a new concert dance company dedicated to preserving and expanding the art of the American dance form. He has had the pleasure of performing for audiences everywhere from beer gardens in Queens to the Minskoff Theatre with choreography by James Kinney, Sue Samuels, and Christopher Jackson to name a few. Originally from Hartford, CT, Spencer trained in classical ballet under Samantha Dunster and Jazz under the tutelage of Darlene Zoller.

Jaime Shannon

Jaime Shannon

Jaime Shannon began her dance training at the age of four at the Lee Lund Studio of Dance in Milford, CT.  In 2006 she received her BA in dance from Hofstra University. Since then, Jaime has performed professionally with Azul Dance Theatre, Dance Cat-Alyst, Soluq Dance Theater, Lauren Hale Dance, and Kelley Donovan and Dancers. In 2010 Jaime met Tony Fraser and together, they quickly became a dynamic partnership in the swing dance community. Together they have performed and taught various styles of swing dance throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Elaine Tripoulas

Elaine Tripoulas

Elaine Tripoulas began dancing at age eight in her hometown outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a B.S. in Interior Design and a concentration in Performing and Media Arts. While at Cornell, she choreographed for two dance groups as well as theatrical productions of Sartre’s “No Exit” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Since moving to NYC, Elaine has choreographed for DanceWorks NYC, NACHMO, and Fertile Ground. She’s also performed at the Young Choreographer’s Festival, WAX Works, Conkrete Jungle, and Uptown Rising. When not dancing, Elaine works as an experiential designer and teaches indoor cycling.

INSPIRATIONAL JAZZ DANCE ARTISTS

We thought you might enjoy seeing some videos of dance artists who influenced and inspired some of our choreographers in this production of the JCE Jazz Dance Project.

Spencer Pond
When I was creating “Opus 10”, I used it as an opportunity to explore different ways of partnering and improve upon my skills. Unfortunately, more classical jazz partnering was something I never learned due to a lot of factors (one being my size, and another being the fact I always wanted to be Cyd and not Fred). I watched many videos from old movie musicals to learn lifts and tricks, and this scene with Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in “The Band Wagon” is one of my favorites. It truly is a masterclass in elegance, classical lines, and using dynamic movements to tell a story. You’ll see a lot of these elements in the work paired with different styles of partnering such as Lindy Hop and Contemporary, and given a 2018 spin by playing around with who gets to be the leader.

Andrea Palesh
In college I had the pleasure of seeing “Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal” live. Their performance single handedly inspired years of my choreography. It was the first time I had seen organic contemporary movement seamlessly blended with jazz musicality and musical theater story telling in a concert dance setting. Seeing their performance gave me the confidence to explore blending my love for jazz dance with my passion for creating unique pieces of art on stage.

Elaine Tripoulas
I had heard “Tilted” by Christine and the Queens before, but what made me really love the piece was seeing it performed live at Coachella – the artist and the dancers performed the same choreography from the video. I love the androgynous style of the dancers and the playful quality of the choreography. The movement choice highlights the quirky musicality and is purely entertaining because of its light, almost slapstick-like, quality. I try to capture the same fun and unexpected qualities in my work!

Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser
A lot of the movement in this piece is inspired by Dean Collins. Dean Collins was an American lindy hop dancer/choreographer and innovator of swing dance. He worked on 38 films throughout the 1930’s and 40’s in LA. Collins developed a specific smooth style of lindy hop that is featured in a majority of his films. His signature style is often still referred to today as “Hollywood style Lindy Hop.” When we were developing the content for our piece, we played a lot with the smooth, stretchy, counterbalanced technique that defined Dean Collin’s style.

Barbara Angeline
Many times, when I choreograph, I have an iconic performer or choreographer or time period that I’m excited to explore. So, I research, research, research for weeks–even months–as the start of my process. “Doin’ My Jazz” was the opposite for me. Last winter, I wanted to do a new work, and I needed to MOVE and shake off winter! James Brown’s “And I Do Just What I Want” is a song that I’ve used for years to get my jazz dance artists to move in ways that are loose, groovy, free and brave. So I took the music and went into a studio and “Doin’ My Jazz” flew out of my body! Though I wasn’t focused on particular themes or moves, 1960s social dances and James Brown’s iconic shaky legs infused themselves on my movements. I’ve never had an experience choreographing that spontaneously! Later, I refined a few moments and referred back to James Brown videos to accomplish a more tributary version of his free, expressive, energetic amazingness in moments of the piece involving shaky legs. But “Doin’ My Jazz” is a self-portrait of my soul’s calling out to me to do my thing.

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