On Sunday October 29th, Jazz Choreography Enterprises presented the second showing of the JCE Jazz Dance Project at KnJ Theater at Peridance. Following the performance, Fatima Logan-Alston, Artistic Director of VashtiDance Theater, moderated a talk-back that featured seven of the fourteen choreographers who had pieces in the program.
A Variety of Jazz Styles and an Emphasis on Youth: A Review of the October 2023 JCE Jazz Dance Project
On October 28th and 29th, 2023, JCE presented the biannual JCE Jazz Dance Project at the KnJ Theater at Peridance. The Fall 2023 concert featured fourteen pieces with a talkback following Sunday’s performance. The audience tasted a wide array of jazz idioms, including but not limited to Afro-Latin, contemporary, swing, and musical theater.
Cory “Nova” Villegas Homes in on Authenticity to Keep Jazz Dance Relevant
Cory “Nova” Villegas, Artistic Director of Soul Dance Co.: The Soul Experience, is no stranger to the Jazz Choreography Enterprises community. This native Bronxite has showcased her works in the JCE Jazz Dance Project several times and was also on a panel for the JCE talkback with Fatima Logan-Alston after the April 2023 performances.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
All in all, Jazz is a category of dance with many different attributes, and the New York Jazz Choreography Project ... was successful in representing a wide range of what jazz dance has to offer. The show itself was full of life, and I was thoroughly impressed and entertained by the talent showcased.
Each piece of the evening was a joy…All of what the NYJCP coordinated that evening was an evolution of jazz.
If you saw this concert, you would be reassured that jazz dance is alive and kicking…
…all the performers in the program showed a passion and love for the language of jazz dance, and that message was received loud and clear.