The JCE JAZZ DANCE PROJECT
OCTOBER 2019

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

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

Native New Yorker Teresa Perez Ceccon earned a BA in Theater/Dance from Queens College. In 2020, she obtained her MFA at Montclair State University with a thesis on Latin Jazz Dance. For over 25 years, she has been performing her own choreography as well as works by a variety of highly regarded choreographers. Throughout her career, Teresa has accrued a long list of choreographic achievements performed by students and professionals at numerous diverse dance institutions and venues. In 1997 she began teaching Simonson Modern Jazz Technique classes at the legendary Dance Space (later Dance New Amsterdam). As a protégée of Lynn Simonson, Teresa conducts Simonson workshops and teacher trainings in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, she teaches virtual dance classes to her global network of students through her online enterprise Lines of Energy (www.linesofenergy.com). She is also in-person at Gibney Dance teaching weekly Simonson Jazz classes. As a guest artist/choreographer, she is frequently invited by various studios, organizations and university programs. Her most recent JCE piece, Do I Move You?, was featured in the 2019 JCE Jazz Dance Project, and she is thrilled to participate in the 15th year anniversary performance. 

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.

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

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.

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

Bobby Morgan is a movement artist, spiritualist and student of life. Having a background in many dance styles such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, house, voguing, modern, and contemporary, the main source of his passion across all of those genres is his love of music. Sound has the ability to create different realms in the imagination. For him, music is usually the source of the movement. Growing up being a part of both the concert and commercial dance worlds, one of Bobby’s missions as a choreographer is to curate spaces for those that live in between both of these worlds. Through creating choreographic works, his intention is for the audience to always feel more uplifted and full of life force after the exchange of energy.

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 (he/they) is a pop artist based out of Queens. They aim to create dance pieces that are flamboyant and rhythmic, with community on the brain, and tongue in the cheek. He’s proud of the future.
Tommy Scrivens

Tommy Scrivens

Tommy Scrivens is a Florida native. He graduated from The Ohio State University with Contemporary Ballet Company, in the UK tour of Tap Fusion, as a guest artist with BalletMet, Columbus, Collide, and Parsons Dance. Later in his concert dance career, he danced with dre.dance, Nicholas Andre Dance, marInspired, and Kristin Sudeikis Dance. Most recently Tommy performed in the pre-Broadway run of the new musical “Roman Holiday” in San Francisco, appeared in the FX show “Fosse/Verdon,” and in “Sophisticated Ladies” directed by André DeShields. As a choreographer and teacher,  Tommy has worked all over the world. In the US he has been privileged to teach at Peridance, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, The Ohio State University, Adelphi University, Manhattanville College, and Marymount. Most recently, he assisted the director and choreographer for the North Shore’s “Smokey Joe’s Café” and the 2022 Jimmy Awards, and was movement director for the world-premiere of “The Supadupa Kid” at Barrington Stages. Tommy is currently an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan’s Musical Theatre Program, and he was just named the inaugural Legacy Teacher for ADM21 and a protégé with the Verdon/Fosse Legacy LLC.

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 B.A. in dance from Hofstra University where she studied with Lance Westergard, Stormy Brandenberger, Robin Becker, Carla Wolfangle, Rachel List, and Amy Marshall. 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. In 2014 Jaime formed Kilowatt Dance Theater (KDT), a dance company specializing in the roots of early jazz dance, swing, lindy hop, and blues in combination with modern and contemporary dance. KDT has had the honor of performing at such noted venues as Jacob’s Pillow, The Battery Dance Festival, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, and Jazz Choreography Enterprises.

Ai Toyoshima

Ai Toyoshima

Ai Toyoshima is a New York based performer. Since she moved to New York in 2017, she has worked intensively with Finis Jhung, Mindy Jackson, Nicholas Palmquist and Fredrick Earl Mosely. Her favorite credits include the Bryant Park Modern Dance Summer Series, the Joyce Theater, the 20th annual Dumbo Dance Festival and the Steps Beyond Foundation Performance Lab. Ai is looking forward to reconnecting with the world after two years of the pandemic! Follow her on her Instagram @toyosienne to get more information about her next performance!

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. After studying at Starlite Dance Studio and Dancers DreamZzz School of Dance in the Bronx, she went on to train 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 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, KoDaFe in NYC festival at Ailey Citi Group Theater, Making Moves Dance Festival in 2019-2021 and the EstroGenius Festival in 2019-2022. 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. Cory attained her BA/MA and certification in Pre-K-12 in dance education from Hunter College and will begin her MFA Degree at Hunter College in the Fall of 2022. 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.”

Spencer Pond
I truly believe that we become richer when we deepen our knowledge of history and use it to shape and inform our decisions in the future. In my piece “Good Judys,” you’re going to see a part of my journey to learn the Lindy Hop and other Vernacular Jazz Dances, and how it (hopefully) makes my choreography richer. The video is of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers in the movie “Hellzapoppin,'” where can you really see the masters from the Savoy at work. “Good Judys” is not going to be a Lindy Hop piece, but rather a dance that celebrates dancing with your Good Judys, star power, and accessing the past to make the future brighter.

Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers in “Hellzapoppin'” (1941)

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