The JCE JAZZ DANCE PROJECT
OCTOBER 2019

Tickets Now Available


Early Bird Price through September 30th: 
$25
Online Sales: $30 General
At the Door: $35 General

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Please present your credit card or a printout of your receipt at the ticket desk 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 ticket desk 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.

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

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.  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: The Bridges of Madison County (American Theater Group)ChicagoThe Who’s Tommy and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Woodstock Playhouse), They Walk Among Us (MITF – Award for Best Choreography), Roar of the Greasepaint, 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

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.

Teresa Perez Ceccon

Teresa Perez Ceccon

Teresa Perez Ceccon is a professional dance artist, educator and choreographer. Over 20 years ago, Teresa first began teaching in New York City at Dance Space, later renamed Dance New Amsterdam. Presently, she is on the Simonson faculty at Gibney Dance. Teresa works closely with Lynn Simonson conducting the Simonson Method of Teacher Training (SMTT) in New York City and Rockport, Mass. Nationally and internationally, she leads Simonson pedagogy, technique workshops as well as private and group SMTT courses. A native New Yorker, Teresa earned a BA in Theater/Dance from Queens College. She has since taught as an adjunct in various university dance departments. Invited as a guest artist, Teresa is presently teaching Simonson Jazz at Centenary University. Teresa has a long list of choreographic achievements with diverse dance companies and students of all ages. As a performer, she has danced works by a variety of highly regarded choreographers in many New York City venues. Most recently, she was invited to dance with the Cherniak Dancers directed by Susan Cherniak. Currently, she is earning her Masters in Fine Arts at Montclair State University developing a thesis on Latin Jazz.

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.

Anthony de Marte

Anthony de Marte

Anthony de Marte is a New York based dancer, actor, singer, and choreographer. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance from Muhlenberg College. He also trained in Physical Theatre at the Accademia dell’Arte and in Musical Theatre Dance at The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Favorite performance credits include Beauty and the BeastWest Side Story, and Elf. Anthony’s choreography has been featured at Teatro Virginian in Arezzo, Italy, at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, and on various musical stages in Westchester County, New York. He would like to thank his family, friends, and mentors for their ongoing support, and Marian and Merete for the opportunity to have his work featured in the JCE Jazz Dance Project.

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.

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.
Gregory Kollarus

Gregory Kollarus

Gregory Kollarus is a proud alumnus of the Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) dance program. He also attended the Martha Graham Teen Program and went on to study at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and Joffrey Midwest. He is a proud graduate of The William Esper Studio where he studied the Meisner technique. Gregory is a co-founder of Logos Dance Collective, for which he co-choreographed “Allegory of the Cave,” “Echolocation,” “Flutter,” “The Missing Shade of You,” and “Curved Spacetimes,” performed with all of the founding member of Logos Dance Collective: Barbra Montero, Patra Jongjitirat, and Theresa Duhon. He also created his own jazz piece, “Falling Into the Current.” Gregory is a dance instructor at the Studio for Performing Arts in Commack, Long Island alongside with Jamie Chandler-Torns, and the Alden Moves Studio in Brooklyn owned by Alden LaPaglia. Gregory and Alden co-choreographed and performed “Once in A Life Time” at the Dixon Place Theater and for the APAP City Center. Gregory has been seen in productions of “West Side Story” at the John Engeman Theater, “Carrie the Musical,” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

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.

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.

Fréyani Patrice

Fréyani Patrice

Fréyani Patrice is the Artistic Director of Ntrinsik Movement and its junior company, “IFE The Movement.” She was born in Queens and raised in Brooklyn, where she started her formal training at Restoration Youth Arts Academy. She 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 Michael Leon Thomas, Akira Armstrong and Ronald K Brown. Ntrinsik has performed in various theaters in the Tri-state area. She was able to judge the “Step It Up Dance/Step Competition,” which was held 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, and for her family and close friends for their constant support and love.

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. Follow all of the shenanigans on Instagram: @theamericanjazzcompany
Tommy Scrivens

Tommy Scrivens

Tommy Scrivens graduated from Ohio State University with a BFA in dance performance in 2005. He has performed with Columbus Dance Theater contemporary ballet company, in the UK tour of Tap Fusion, as a guest artist with BalletMet, Parsons Dance, dre.dance, Nicholas Andre Dance, marInspired, and Kristin Sudekis Dance. In addition to company work, Tommy has been featured in several movies, musicals, and TV shows. Recent highlights are “The Big Gay Musical” movie, City Center Encores productions of “Where’s Charley?” and “Fiorello,” and the premier of Rosie O’Donnell’s return to primetime TV on “The Rosie Show.” He has had the honor of working with The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC and as a principal member of American Dance Machine for the 21st Century. Most recently he performed in the pre-Broadway run of the new musical “Roman Holiday” and appeared in the FX show “Fosse/Verdon” starring Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell. He has taught master classes all over the world including Brazil, China, and Russia. In the United States he has been privileged to teach at Peridance, Broadway Dance Center, Ohio State University, Adelphi University, Manhattanville College, and Marymount Manhattan, where he’s currently on staff as an adjunct professor.

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.
Ai Toyoshima

Ai Toyoshima

Ai Toyoshima moved from Tokyo, where she performed as a semi-professional dancer, to New York City in April 2017. Ai continued her dancing and music training with Verdon Fosse Legacy, American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, Finis Jhung, Mindy Jackson, Tonna Miller and Jill Edward. As Ai kept training, she discovered that she loved choreography, as well, and started to develop her skills. Her dedication to her craft has opened new opportunities in dance, singing, and choreography. Ai’s love of dance and performing began at the age of 6 when she started ballet lessons in Nogoya, Japan. She was inspired to further pursue a singing and dancing career after she attended an American Dance Stage Show when she was 15 years old. She knew then that she would come to the U.S. to study musical theatre. Ai’s dreams are coming true because of her drive and dedication to excellence.

Cory “Nova” Villegas

Cory “Nova” Villegas

Cory “Nova” Villegas is a native Bronxite. She has been training in Salsa On2 since she was five years old. Her training began at Starlite Dance Studio of the Bronx and in her teen years at Dancers DreamZzz School of Dance also located in the Bronx. She began training in techniques such as Bollywood, Dunham, Graham, Limon, Horton, and Ballet with Penelope Kalloo, a former Forces of Nature company member. She then continued her training at The Ailey School, Lehman and Hunter College. Cory is interested in the intertwining of Afro-Latin forms with traditional styles, technique and its marriage with music and poetry. Her work has been viewed in the 2016 Bronx Arts Festival, The LGBTQ Fuerza Festival in 2017, Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse Theater in 2018 as well as the KoDaFe in NYC festival at Ailey CitiGroup Theater. She’s worked with Latin artist such as reggaetón sensation Don Omar. In February of 2019 she co-founded her company as artistic director of Soul Dance Co.: The Soul Experience. She also attained her BA/MA and certification in Pre-K-12 in dance education from Hunter College in the spring. She is extremely humbled to share her soul with you all.

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 edition of the New York Jazz Choreography Project.

Anthony de Marte
I found the song “Plain Gold Ring” a few years before I created movement to it. I stumbled across the song as most millennial do – via shuffling music on Spotify and YouTube playlists and seeing what comes up. When I first listened to it, I was entranced by the way in which the melody and instrumentation build alongside with the singer’s angst and improvisations. However, I was not yet in a place where my body could access a movement vocabulary appropriate to the music. As I began training in modern dance and composition, the tools I was developing allowed me to find the sense of grounding and freedom that I felt the music called for. This merged with the musical theatre and heels-based jazz styles that continued to influence me to create the sensual, fluid dance style of “Plain Gold Ring.”

Gregory Kollarus
“Snowflakes,” the music for my piece, was composed by Aleksandr Tsfasman, a Soviet-era jazz musician. At that time Russian musicians did not typically write jazz music. So the idea is about two things that don’t belong together, but somehow work. I let my mind wonder, and thought about two people in love vacationing in a place that somehow is summer and winter at the same time. Hence, my piece, “Summer Snow.”

Jeff Davis
My piece is inspired by the amazing music of Harry Belafonte. His vocal style evokes a lot of joy and creates very vivid imagery to me. I wanted to make a story of sailors in the Caribbean dreaming of being reunited with their loves. If any movie has a physical influence it might be the Havana scene from the film version of “Guys and Dolls.” I also love this picture of Katherine Dunham from a movie called “Casbah.”

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