The JCE JAZZ DANCE PROJECT
APRIL 2021

The JCE Jazz Dance Project is a celebration of jazz dance featuring original works by emerging and established choreographers. Join us for our virtual performances to see the creativity of our artists as they enable us to keep jazz dance thriving during the pandemic. The performances will be shown on Zoom in webinar format and will be followed by a live talkback with the choreographers. Audience members are invited to ask questions!

Featured choreographers include:

Ariana Andretta
William Byram
Jeff Davis
Danielle Diniz
Michelle Isaac
Ali Koinoglou
Mandie Rapoza
Johnny Stellard
Amy VanKirk
Marian Hyun and Merete Muenter, Artistic Directors

The post-performance talkbacks will be moderated by Nicole Padilla, JCE Junior Board Member.

DATES

Saturday, April 24, 7 p.m. (EDT)
Sunday, April 25, 7 p.m. (EDT)

A talkback with the choreographers follows each performance.

LOCATION

On Zoom
Jazz Project April 2021 Show

“Good Judys” choreographed by Spencer Pond. Photo: Jan La Salle

Tickets Available Now

Fee: No charge, but $20 donation suggested if you have the means.

Registration is required. Just answer a question or two about where you live, and you’re in!

You’ll be able to sign up for either performance here.

Note: Your link will work on only one device at a time. People watching the performance together on the same device do not need to register individually, but people watching on separate devices do.

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The past year has been difficult for everyone, so we are eager to support our artists and fulfill our mission of presenting jazz dance to our audiences. We are offering our performances for no charge, but if you have the means, it would really help if you could donate to JCE.

Artistic Directors

 

Marian Hyun

Marian Hyun has studied jazz and ballet with Luigi, Bob Audy, Ed Kresley, Shirley Bassat, and Julia Dubno. 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 the 92 nd 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 New York studios and community centers, including the 92 nd Street Y. She has choreographed for the JCE Jazz Dance Project, Choreographer’s Canvas, and the Fridays at Noon Marathon at 92 nd Street Y. In May 2007 at New Dance Group, Marian produced the first performance of the New York Jazz Choreography Project (now the JCE Jazz Dance 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 Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Jazz Choreography Enterprises.

Merete Muenter

 

Merete Muenter

Merete Muenter is a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Jazz Choreography Enterprises.  Choreography: Off-Broadway – Fiddler on the Roof - In Yiddish (Assistant Choreographer – Director, Joel Grey),  Amerike – The Golden Land (The National Yiddish Theater - Folksbiene), The Golden Bride (Chita Rivera Award Nomination / The National Yiddish Theater - Folksbiene), South Pacific and Man of La Mancha (Plaza Theatricals), The King of Second Avenue (New Repertory Theatre). Director/choreographer:Fiddler on the Roof - In Yiddish (Assistant Director, Australian Company, Director, Joel Grey), The Bridges of Madison County, (American Theater Group), Chicago, Tommy,  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Woodstock Playhouse), They Walk Among Us (MITF / Award - Best Choreography), Roar of the Greasepaint (Lancaster Opera House). Short Film: Through the Ages (Director/Choreographer/Producer) Multiple Film Festival Awards.

Featured Choreographers

Ariana Andretta

Ariana Andretta

Born and raised in NYC, Ariana Andretta grew up surrounded by movement. The historic St. George Theatre was an active part of her formative years, which gave her an appreciation for a theatrical space early on. Ariana’s intention as an artist is to celebrate community through dance and storytelling with the goal of making theatre an equitable space. Ariana received her B.A. in Theatre Arts (summa cum laude) from SUNY New Paltz. Her time there versed her with the craft of character and development of choreography, especially thanks to her mentor, Joe Langworth. As a performer, Ariana has worked regionally on “Mary Poppins” (Potsdam Music Theatre), danced as a swing for Billy Griffin’s “History Repeating” (Steps Studio Theater), and most recently joined Jena VanElslander’s TSQ Project. In the choreographic sphere, Ariana’s work has been shown in festivals such as NACHMO (Mark Morris), PLUNGE (Peridance), and “A Burden to Bare” group art exhibition. She has also apprenticed with Freddy Ramirez on “Pippin” (The School at Proctors) and choreographed/assisted in educational settings throughout NYC/Upstate NY. Ariana is grateful to JCE for virtually gathering us to celebrate jazz dance!

William Byram

William Byram

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, William Byram’s training includes the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, receiving the Outstanding Graduate Award in 2016, and a BFA in Composition and Ballet from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY. William also spent a semester studying ballet at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In recent years he has attended summer programs at Springboard Dans Montreal, Jacob’s Pillow, Perry-Mansfield, The Ailey School, and Charlotte Ballet. William’s choreography has been seen at the Regional High School Dance Festival, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), and Purchase Cares: Dancers Responding to AIDS, Marigny Opera House and will be presented at the JCE Jazz Dance Project and Battery Dance Festival in 2021. He also had the privilege of movement directing for opera and theatre with such credits as Dido & Aeneas (Purchase Opera), Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Purchase Repertory Theatre), Cendrillon (NOCCA Opera), and Rinaldo (NOCCA Opera). He received the 2020 Bert Terborgh Award in Dance for his leadership, passion, vision, and spirit for art and creativity in dance. William is the 2020-2021 US-UK Fulbright Scholar in Dance and will be attending the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London this fall.

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis is a NYC based Dancer, Choreographer and Visual Artist. He is the Founder and Director of Jeff Davis Dance, fusing art, musical theater, contemporary and jazz dance to tell unique stories. His background in dance, theater, opera and puppetry have led to multifaceted, thought provoking and highly entertaining performance pieces. He recently choreographed Caravantasy for the Spring JCE Jazz Dance Project. His work French Trio premiered at the 2019 Fresh Fruit Festival, winning outstanding dance. His collaborations with Glitter Kitty Theater include Director and Choreographer of the Gunfighter Meets his Match for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) and One for the Ages! at Theater for the New City. He is a former Co-Artistic Director of the Hudson Vagabond Puppets, touring and staging large scale puppetry. He is also co-creator of The Dick & Anita Holiday Hour! and The Lovely WILDS with composer Elliot Roth. As a performer, he has been featured with Labyrinth Dance Theater, NYC Children’s Theater, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance Lab, PCLO and Pittsburgh Opera; international tours with Attack Theatre and Zullo/Raw Movement; national tour of the hit musical FOSSE.

Danielle Diniz

Danielle Diniz

Danielle Diniz has been commissioned to create new works for Jacob’s Pillow, Performance Santa Fe, Avant Chamber Ballet, two ballets for Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Ballet Hartford, Central Utah Ballet, was a featured choreographer for DanceBreak, has an upcoming ballet for Ballet Excel Ohio, and will have artistic residencies via CUNY Dance Initiative at Tribeca BMCC 22/23 and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning this fall (MMF). She is a winner of the New York Dance Project Choreography Competition, a junior board member of Jazz Choreography Enterprises, and her work has been shown in Stars of American Ballet rep, Jazz Choreography Enterprises, New York Choreographers’ Forum, the Steps Beyond Foundation performance lab, Nebula Dance Festival and the Higher Ground Festival, among others. She also choreographed the Off-Broadway show “An Unbalanced Mind” and the AEA production of the Vaudevillian musical “On the Air,” currently choreographs and assistant directs intermittent musical theater showcases at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and has served as Associate Choreographer for Lorin Latarro. She was awarded a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts/City Artist Corps to present a full evening of her choreography in the fall of 2021.

Michelle Isaac

Michelle Isaac

Michelle Isaac was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She began dancing at the age of four in church and started formal training in high school at Dr. Susan S McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, under the direction of Zakiyah Harris. Michelle received her BFA in Dance from LIU Post with Honors Recognition in 2015. Shortly after graduation, she performed in Tamara LaDonna’s Moving Spirits Inc. as a company dancer and completed a choreography residency with a contemporary ballet company in Brooklyn, NY. In 2019, Michelle completed her graduate studies through the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with her MA in Dance Education and K-12 NY State Certification. Michelle is one of the Co-Founders of Ntrinsik Movement and functions as the Artistic Director of the company. With Ntrinsik, she has choreographed several works, produced concerts, hosted community and school workshops, and has performed in various NYC theaters, as well as theaters outside of NY. Aside from performing and choreographing, Michelle is a full-time dance teacher, and continues to provide dance workshops and classes for children and adults in various churches and dance schools throughout her community.

Ali Koinoglou

Ali Koinoglou

Originally from Long Island, Ali Koinoglou is an award-winning choreographer working out of NYC and now globally online! From summers at the American Ballet Theater to training in Joffrey Ballet School’s year-round certificate program, Ali was dedicated to honing her technique and expanding her knowledge in the arts. Following Joffrey, Ali spent two summers at the Broadway Dance Center as a trainee in the Professional Semester, where she was mentored by master educators such as Sheila Barker and Derek Mitchell. Ali’s professional choreography debut was at the Young Choreographer’s Festival. Other choreography credits include DUMBO Dance Festival, Sybarite Dance Productions, Brooklyn Dance Festival, and most notably, Madonna’s 50th birthday celebration flash mob for MTV & TLC’s the Long Island Medium. Ali also has a background in arts administration and worked in the Broadway Dance Center’s Educational Department for several years, then was media manager and personal assistant to choreographer Mia Michaels. Ali’s administration skills, combined with her love for creating and teaching dance, led her to found her own company, Koin & Co Dancers, and within the company, the Koin & Co Junior Training Program. Presently, Ali runs Koin & Co’s training program full time, she is a guest instructor at NYC dance studio Peridance Capezio Center, and she’s teaching classes/setting work all over the country!

Mandie Rapoza

Mandie Rapoza

Mandie Rapoza’s performance and creative work has played on stages from London to LA including Broadway, National Tours and downtown New York Theatres. Originally from London, Mandie moved to NYC in 2012. She was the 2016 SDCF Traube Fellow and worked under the mentorship of Casey Nicholaw on the Boradway production of “Tuck Everlasting.” Select credits include “Something Rotten!” (1st National Tour, Dance Captain), “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” (The York Theatre, Assistant Director), “The Parlor” (SOHO Rep, Movement Director), “Flocking” (The Old Vic Tunnels, Ensemble), Broadway Dance Center Showcase (Choreographer), Digital Narratives Lab (The National Theatre London, Ensemble Writer) and “Pandemic Voices” (Choreographer/ Artistic Director). In March 2021, Mandie will be the Satellite Artist- in-Residence at New Dance Alliance.

Johnny Stellard

Johnny Stellard

Johnny Stellard has performed in the original Broadway casts of Anastasia and Evita (revival) as well as at Carnegie Hall and regional theatres throughout the country. He served as dance captain for the world premiere of Anastasia at Hartford Stage and for Kiss Me, Kate at The Old Globe. Johnny directed and choreographed Disney’s Frozen Jr. at Broadway Method Academy and has had work performed at Dixon Place and with the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra. He is a member of the 2020/ 2021 SDCF Observership Program and holds a BFA in Music Theatre with a minor in Dance from Elon University. He hopes to reach audiences by getting to the heart of the human experience through his choreography.

Amy VanKirk

Amy VanKirk

Amy VanKirk is an Associate Professor of Dance at Radford University. She has had original work showcased at the American College Dance Association Festival, Ferguson Center for the Arts, New York Jazz Choreography Project, Alluvion Stage Company, and at various universities across the country. VanKirk was commissioned to create an original work, Remember the Future, for the NASA Langley Research Center Centennial Tribute in 2017, and created and directed an original a full-length musical, Keep This For Me: Memories of the Last World War, in 2015. Amy received her MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona where she served as the rehearsal assistant for Ann Reinking’s Chicago Suite. Professional credits include Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, danahbella DanceWorks, and Artifact Dance Project. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization where she has presented on topics such as female leadership in dance, interdisciplinary collaborations, and Latin jazz fusion. VanKirk’s primary teaching focus is jazz dance technique, with additional focuses on composition, musical theatre, and ballroom. Amy continues to work as a freelance performer and choreographer throughout the United States.

The JCE Jazz Dance Project is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC. LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artist and community.
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