The JCE JAZZ DANCE PROJECT
OCTOBER 2022

The JCE Jazz Dance Project is a celebration of jazz dance featuring original works by emerging and established choreographers. Audiences of all ages will be treated to dances in a variety of jazz styles, from swing to contemporary, and the chance to see the richness of this great American art form. Come celebrate 15 years of jazz dance with us!

Featured choreographers include:

Barbara Angeline
Avital Asuleen
Paul A. Brown
Ashley Carter
Sharlane Conner
Jeff Davis
Danielle Diniz

 

Tony Fraser
Cat Manturuk
Vanessa Martínez de Baños
Bobby Morgan
Tommy Scrivens
Jaime Shannon
Ai Toyoshima
Cory “Nova” Villegas

Marian Hyun and Merete Muenter, Artistic Directors

Midnight Moonlight - Choreography: Austin Marquez

                                    “Midnight Moonlight” choreographed by Austin Marquez
Photo: Jan La Salle

DATES

Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 4 p.m. – a talkback with the choreographers follows the performance

LOCATION

KNJ Theater at Peridance

KnJ Theater at Peridance
126 E. 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
www.peridance.com

Tickets Available Now

 

Early Bird Price through September 30th: $25
(Promo Code Earlybird)

Online Sales: $35 General; $25 children and students with valid high school or college ID’s (Promo Code Student)

Groups of 10 or more, paid in advance: $25. For group sales: info@jazzchoreography.com

If you can’t attend the performances, we hope you’ll consider donating to JCE.

 

For Early Bird or Student discount, enter Promo Code after choosing the performance date, then click Apply.

Online ticket sales will close one hour before the performance time; thereafter tickets will be available only at the door.

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Useful Information

 

Covid Policy:
Masks must be worn in the building.

Refund Policy:
Refunds up to 1 day before event. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable.

Door Policy:
Please present a printout of your receipt (and valid high school or college ID for students) at the ticket desk to claim your tickets. Doors will open one half hour before show time. The ticket desk will close when the show begins, so please arrive on time. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management.

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

Barbara Angeline

Barbara Angeline

Barbara Angeline is the founder and artistic director of Hysterika Jazz Dance. She is a full-time instructor at Rutgers, teaching Jazz, Broadway Jazz, History of Broadway Dance, Dance History, and Improvisation. She has an M.A. in Dance Education (NYU) and B.A. in Dance (UC Irvine). Barbara’s historical collaboration process was used for her works: Tightrope (a tribute to the contributions of Bob Fosse); eat Crow (inspired by the movement style and life of Josephine Baker); and Rhapsody (in the style of George Balanchine). HJD’s premiere work, “Mi Maschera (Mask Me)”, was an original jazz dance that explored Venetian Masks in the Baroque Period as they related to issues of female identity. Presented Jazz Dance Choreography – Historical Collaborations with Dance Luminaries (NDEO, Chicago). Barbara created and moderated panel of jazz dance educators from around the country to discuss Jazz Dance in Higher Education and The Professions: Where Do We Go From Here? Performance credits include Broadway Backwards 5, 6, 7, Oakland Ballet, Broadway Bares, Gypsy of the Year Awards, Equity national tours and musicals, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Danced with/for Woody Allen, Jerry Mitchell, Graciela Daniele, Bob Bartley, Bernadette Peters, and Aretha Franklin. Hysterika Jazz Dance is dedicated to expanding the legacy of jazz dance as a rich, powerful, historical American art form.

Avital Asuleen

Avital Asuleen

Avital Asuleen is a director and choreographer of musicals, plays, and devised works, and is very excited to be making her JCE choreographic debut! Director/choreographer highlights: Beauty and The Beast (Woodstock Playhouse), The Floorshow, Ephemera (Combustion Collective). Musical Theatre choreography favorites: Guys and Dolls (Bigfork Summer Playhouse), Footloose, Shrek, Tarzan, The Music Man (Berkshire Theatre Group), Newsies, Crazy For You (Frenchwoods Festival), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Legally Blonde, Chicago (Polaris Productions), and the NYC premiere of The Queen Bees (Queens Theater in the Park). Her concert choreography has been seen at Steps on Broadway, the 92nd St. Y, Green Space Studios, New York Theatre Barn’s Choreography Lab, and The Choreographer’s Canvas. Avital is a certified Giordano Jazz Dance Instructor, has taught at Alvin Ailey’s Professional Division and Broadway Dance Center, and is a teaching artist with New York City Center and The Mark Morris Dance Center. She is the Artistic Director of Combustion Collective and is also the founder and director of the Choreography Lab, now in its 9th season at New York Theatre Barn. Special thanks to everyone at JCE and to Dann!

Paul A. Brown

Paul A. Brown

Paul A. Brown is Internationally known as a Master Jazz Teacher, having taught master classes and workshops while touring with Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago as Assistant Associate Director and Principal Dancer, as well as with International/National tours of the Broadway shows CATS and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He has also performed with such acclaimed regional dance companies as Chicago Dance Medium, Dancewerks, AntiGravity and many others. In 2004 his own company, Moonlight Gypsy Productions, LLC, premiered his original ballet, La Sparizione (The Vanishing) – A Gothic Rock Experience, at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles to rave reviews. He has choreographed and taught for various companies and studios throughout the Chicago, LA and New York regions, as well as abroad in Austria, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Switzerland. Paul’s mentors are the various choreographers he’s had the privilege of working with as either Assistant Choreographer or Dance Captain, including such greats as Gus Giordano, Matt Mattox, Luigi, Frank Hatchet, Tony Stevens, Barry McNabb and Liza Gennaro, just to name a few.

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.

Sharlane Conner

Sharlane Conner

Sharlane Conner’s recent musical theater credits include “On Your Feet” (John W. Engeman Theater), the first regional production of “On Your Feet” (Gateway Playhouse) and “In the Heights” (Olney Theatre Center). Past stage experience: The Actor’s Fund CTFD Gala, “Gilded” at the Capital Fringe Festival, “Broadway Bares,” Bare Opera’s “Goyescas,” Chicago Int’l Salsa Congress, NY Int’l Salsa Congress, and “Apollo Club Harlem.”  She has toured internationally with Catapult Entertainment (seen on “America’s Got Talent”) and her recent TV/Film credits include “Younger,” “Tick Tick Boom,” “Pose” and “The Tick.”  Sharlane majored in Dance at Dean College and trained at The Alvin Ailey School’s Summer Intensive and Independent Study Program. She previously worked at Dance With Me Studios (owned by DWTS pros Maks & Val Chmerkovskiy) where she trained and competed in multiple ballroom, Latin and social dance styles. Sharlane is thrilled to be back performing and choreographing again for JCE!

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Restart NY supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the State Legislature and administered by LMCC. LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community.

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