The JCE JAZZ DANCE PROJECT
The October 2023 JCE Jazz Dance Project is a celebration of jazz dance that will enthrall audiences of all ages! Please join us on October 28th and 29th to enjoy jazz dances in a variety of styles: swing, Afro-Latin, musical theater, contemporary, and more!
Featured choreographers include:
Mia De Franco
David Cartahena Lee
Cory “Nova” Villegas
Marian Hyun and Merete Muenter, Artistic Directors
Danielle Diniz, Associate Artistic Director
“Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler” choreographed by Kenya Joy Gibson. Photo: Jan La Salle
Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 4 p.m. – A talkback with the choreographers moderated by Fatima Logan-Alston, Artistic Director of VashtiDance Theater, follows the performance.
Tickets Available Now
From October 9th:
$35 General Admission
$25 Children and Students with valid high school or college ID (Promo Code Student)
For groups of 10 or more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about the group discount.
If you can’t attend the performances, we hope you’ll consider donating to JCE.
For Student discount after October 8th, enter Promo Code Student, then click Apply.
Online ticket sales will close one hour before the performance time; thereafter tickets will be available only at the door.
Masks are strongly suggested, but not required.
Refunds decided on a case-by-case basis. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable.
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. Ticket sales will close 10 minutes after the show begins. Latecomers who purchased tickets in advance will be seated at the discretion of management.
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 is a choreographer and director, as well as the 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 (Associate Director, Off-Broadway / New World Stages – 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). Short Film: Through the Ages (Director/Choreographer/Producer) Multiple Film Festival Awards. Originally from Buffalo, New York. SUNY Geneseo Graduate.
Danielle Diniz is the Associate Artistic Director of Jazz Choreography Enterprises. She has choreographed works for the JCE Jazz Dance Project and will become the Co-Artistic Director on January 1, 2024. She recently was Artist in Residence at Tribeca BMCC via CUNY Dance Initiative and has been commissioned by Jacob's Pillow, Avant Chamber Ballet, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Ballet Hartford, Central Utah Ballet, Earl Mosley's DoD, Stars of American Ballet and the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, among others. She choreographed the musicals 'An Unbalanced Mind’ (Off-Broadway), “On the Air” (Galley Players) and “My Way” (Theatre By the Sea), and presented work at the McCallum Theatre/Palm Desert Choreography Festival and the NYTB Choreography Lab at Baryshnikov Arts Center. She is a winner of the New York Dance Project Choreography Competition, a grant recipient from NYFA/City Artist Corps, choreographs/ADs at AMDA and has served as Associate Choreographer for Lorin Latarro. She is on faculty at Kanyok Arts Initiative and Manhattan Youth Ballet and teaches for Steps and Peridance. Cornell University Graduate.