2020 SEASON UPDATE
“Blackbird” was choreographed by Sue Samuels, Artistic Director of Jazz Roots Dance. It was presented in the April 2016 JCE Jazz Dance Project.
Marsha Volgyi wrote about the piece in a “Broadway World” Dance Review: “Laura Stecher as the Blackbird never touched the ground. She was accompanied and supported by the dancers. Each one not only held Ms. Stecher aloft yet also danced jazz with grace. The supporting dancers caught her in a choreographed catch and also in a dolphin-like ripple effect that continuously travelled across the space. I attribute this ingenuity to its choreographer, Sue Samuels.”
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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.