FRIDAY, MAY 19TH
10:00-12:30PM | PURCHASE
In this workshop, we will remain in a constant state of discovery as we investigate our weight and its relationship to dynamic qualities. Through improvisation, we will move from our skin, muscle, and bone - finding variance in how we engage with our kinesphere. We will move in and out of the floor, take risk, and eat up space - finding ownership and confidence in our movement choices. We will end with a dynamic phrase work incorporating what we discovered in our improvisations, and set exercises.
Danté Brown began his dance training at Wesleyan University, which led him to The Ohio State University to receive his MFA in Choreography. As a performer, Danté has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Christal Brown, David Dorfman, Nicole Stanton, Noa Zuk and at the Dance Exchange.
After founding Warehouse Dance in 2010, DB|WD has had the opportunity to show work at Bates Dance Festival (ME), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Dance Complex (MA), Columbus Dance Theater and Wexner Center for the Arts (OH), Dance Complex (Boston), Dance Gallery Festival (NY & TX), Dixon Place, GAP Green Building, LaMaMa Moves Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts and The Wild Project (all NYC), Sam Houston State University (TX), and YourMove Dance Festival (NJ).
He has had the opportunity to teach a range of classes at Broadway Dance Center, Dancewave, East Village Dance Project, and Gibney Dance Center (all in NYC), and The Ohio State University. He has held collegiate positions as an Adjunct Professor at CUNY Westchester Community College, Lecturer in Dance at Bates College, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University. Most recently, he was awarded the Schwartz Center for Performing Artists Fellowship at Emory University.
Friday, May 19th
12:30pm-3:00pm | Purchase
The workshop will figure Yin Yue's signature warmup routine and movement style FoCo Technique. The technique trains dancers to create a grounded, circular, fluid and dynamic performance that is rhythmic and powerful, yet sensual and graceful. The main themes of Yin's work are emotional experience, contrasted movement dynamic and strong physicality in all their complexity. The class will go through warm up, small follow-along sequence and phrase building three segments.
Yin Yue is internationally recognized as a versatile performer and choreographer. Yin is currently a 2016 Artist In Residence at 92Y Dance Center, providing her and her company a rehearsal platform for creating new thought-provoking choreographic works. In the summer, she was awarded First Place in Choreography at the 2016 Shanghai Professional Performance Competition. Yin Yue was the winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015 International Commissioning Project, winner of the 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in 2013. Through these high-profile successes, Yin was commissioned by all three widely-recognized companies to create new works on the respective companies which subsequently premiered and performed on multiple platforms. She was also selected as Emerging Choreographer of 2015 Springboard Danse Montreal, as well as a finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation.
Friday, May 19th
3:30-6:00pm | PURCHASE
My class draws its inspiration from the various experiences I have had throughout my career, whether in contemporary, modern-jazz or ballet training. We start with a pre warm-up directly inspired from yoga technique with active stretches to loosen the body and create more space within; already connecting the breath with the movement, proposing a more centered and available body for more complex movements.The warm up will be at the barre or in the center, with a mixture of classical technique, as well as a lot of upper body movement, body weight, opposition, breathing and sound.The class then leads up to a piece of set choreography, where the dancers will challenge their technique, their understanding of space (around and within), and their own interpretation.
Manuel Vignoulle, French choreographer based in New York, studied at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and went on to work with different French contemporary companies including Claude Brumachon, Corinne Lanselle and Bernardo Montet.He was a dance artist with both Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland), and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) where he collaborated with inspiring choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Andonis Foniadalkis, Hofesh Shechter, Cisco Aznar, Carolyn Carlson, Benjamin Millepied, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Alexander Ekman, Jo Stromgrem and Ohad Naharin to name a few.
Manuel appeared as a guest for La La La Human Steps (Canada), Het Nationale Ballet (Netherland), State Theatre (South Africa) and The Forsythe Company (Germany).He has also been an assistant to modern-jazz choreographer, Redha, on various productions. Such productions include concert dance, television, film, fashion, musical theater, and operas in which he often performed in.
Manuel’s work, performed in France, Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and USA, has been commissioned by Ailey II, Whim W’Him, Satellite Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, Periapsis Music & Dance, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Steps Repertoire Ensemble, The Ailey School , Rutgers University, , UT at Austin, Booker T.Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Springboard and Antigel Festival.
He has performed his own work with Manuel Vignoulle - M/motions at Jacob’s Pillow, Fire Island Festival, Bryant Park (New York), Monterrey International Ballet Gala (Mexico), The Dance Gallery, Pushing Progress Showcase Series, WestFest and The Latin Choreographer festival. To see more of his work: www.manuelvignoulle.com
Saturday, May 20th
10:00am-12:30pm | PURCHASE
My workshop utilizes a mixture of classical elements, contemporary techniques and improvisation with strong focus on floor work. Participants will push their physical boundaries while challenging the inner rhythm & pattern in their body and linking their body to the space and people around them; investigate, analyze, and discovery are part of this physical exploration. Participants will continue and focus on partnering skills.
Yoshito Sakruaba, artistic director/choreographer of Abarukas, hailed from Japan for New York at the age of 19 and began dancing the following year. He received his BA in dance from Manhattanville College as a scholarship student, continued studies at the Martha Graham School where he worked with Robert Battle and Virginie Mercene. In 2012, he founded his company Abarukas, the Company performed at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series in 2014 & 2016, Booking Dance Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kaatbaan in Tivoli NY, The Dance Gallery Festival at the Citigroup Alvin Ailey Theater & Sam Houston University in TX, Reverbdance Festival at Baruch College, APAP at Peridance, Pushing Progress Showcase Series, LaMama Dance Festival, Here Arts Summer Sublet Series, etc. Abarukas performed live for Bric TV in Time Warner Cable, and appeared also in NY1. In 2015, Yoshito Sakuraba won the NW Dance Project's Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition. In 2016, he was commissioned to create a work from Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, followed by a residency at Kaatsbaan. He's also choreographed for plays and short films. Broadway Dance World described Yoshito's work "a true work of art."
Saturday, May 20th
12:30pm-3:00pm | PURCHASE
In this studio-based class, students will learn movement techniques rooted in Afro-diasporic aesthetic and physical qualities including groundedness, curvilinearity, polyrhythm, syncopation, and polycentrism. Class is movement-centered, but also emphasizes understanding the historical and cultural contexts.
Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century. Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine. We have performed our works at FiveMyles, Center for Performance Research, B.A.A.D! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), VCU-The Grace Street Theater, DraftWork at St. Marks Church, JACK, Movement Research at Judson Church, Colby College, Denmark Arts Center and other venues.
SATURDAY, MAY 20TH
3:30PM-6:00PM | PURCHASE
My workshop focuses on the understanding of movement construction and its connection to musical phrasing. An environment where students are taught to become present in space and capture the essence of human mobility.
Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Southern California, Mike Esperanza has established himself as a sought after teacher and choreographer throughout the nation. With a BFA in graphic design from California State University, Fullerton, Mike's approach to visual construction has influenced a unique movement orchestration on stage. His works have been commissioned by prestigious college and university dance programs including Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, UNLV, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Utah Valley University and Shenandoah University to name a few. Six choreographic works have made regional gala appearances at the American College Dance Festival with 3 going on to perform at the American College Dance Festival National Gala held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In 2005, Mike was awarded the "Dance: Creation for Performance" grant presented by Dance/USA and the Irvine Foundation. With this distinguished award, BARE Dance Company began. BARE has produced numerous show around Southern California including the Lestor Horton Award nominated "Manhattan" - an alternative take on West Side Story. Mike has also been a finalist at the Palm Desert Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 taking second place in 2009 and winning the paid engagement award in 2010. BARE was recently part of the "Innerstate" roster presented by ODC Theater and funded by the Irvine Foundation. The program allowed the company to perform numerous cities in Southern and Northern California. In 2012, Mike moved East to New York and rebuilt the company. Embraced by the New York dance community, BARE has Presented at Ailey Theater, Peridance Capezio Theater, Symphony Space, Dixon Place and St Marks described as "captivating visuals of impeccable lines and shapes." ~ Jessica Abejar, Broadway World. In 2014, Mike was presented with the CUNY Dance Initiative grant to produce a new work for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Mike Currently teaches at Peridance, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.
Sunday, May 21st
10:00am-12:30pm | PURCHASE
Together we will take space and time to engage with our pleasure and imagination using movement, writing, and fantasy. After we saturate ourselves with lush imagery and excerpts from black feminist literature, we will move--finding our own groove. We will daydream. We will write our own scripture.
Jasmine Hearn is a choreographer and dancer. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance. Jasmine travels around the country to showcase her choreographic work and to participate in diverse dance projects. Currently, she is a collaborator and performer with Alisha Wormsley, David Dorfman Dance, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Tara Willis. To learn more about her please visit jasminehearn.com.
Sunday, May 21st
12:30pm-3:00pm | PURCHASE
Through a combination of yoga, guided improvisational states, a touch of bodywork and several simple, full-bodied tasks we will build heat in the body and bring awareness to the layers of skin, bone, and muscle. We will fluctuate several times between improvised qualitative studies and technically calculated center floor exercises in hopes to ride a balance of raw spontaneity infused with clarity and precision. Phrase work will be spatially expansive and explore dynamic range. We will attempt to seamlessly blend qualities of boundless risk with polished moments of very specific virtuosity.
Christina Robson originally from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, received her early dance training from Tammy Ivers Aspell and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Roger Williams University in 2009 under the direction of mentor Kelli Wicke Davis. Since relocating to New York City, she has had the opportunity to perform with The Sean Curran Company, David Dorfman Dance, Monica Bill Barnes and Company, Alexandra Beller, Heidi Henderson, Third Rail Projects, and Deganit Shemy. Christina became a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in 2015.
Sunday, May 21st
Rena Butler is a multi-faceted artist based in New York whose work as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher has been experienced in Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States. Rena's class is inspired by her eclectic experiences in dancing with such companies as Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Manuel Vignoulle/M-Motions, David Dorfman Dance, The Kevin Wynn Collection, and more. She applies this diverse perspective to her own class regimen. Rena's movement style is derived from her continued practices of contemporary modern and classical ballet, Kung Fu, Hip Hop, Latin Ballroom, and Post-Modern influences. The beginning warm-up sequence focuses on body strengthening, the fluidity and articulation of the spine & the extremities, while simultaneously grounding the pelvis and core in connection with the floor. The class then develops into inventive, challenging, and exhilarating exercises. Each student is challenged not only physically, but mentally as they are also guided by full-bodied, task-based improvisational activities. Students will experience an athletically charged class sprinkled with gestural details, daring floor work, and phrases personalized to help each artist grow in their individuality and uniqueness.
Rena Butler hails from Chicago, IL. She has danced with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, David Dorfman Dance, as a guest artist with Luna Negra Dance Theater, Yara Travieso, Pasos Con Sabor Salsa Dance Company, for visual artists Carrie Mae Weems and Nick Cave, and Rosie Herrera for iHeart Radio Latin Music Awards. She currently dances for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and Manuel Vignoulle-M/Motions.
She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Jordan Matter’s Dancers Among Us, FORMA magazine, Refinery29.com, and The Dance Enthusiast. She began her studies at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studied overseas at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance.
She has acted as repetiteur for Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and has taught workshops at The Ailey School, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, NoOne Arthouse in Los Angeles, Ailey Camp Chicago, Connecticut College, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Danse de Marseille in France, and New World School of the Arts.
Her choreographic work has been featured on the School at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s BFA program, The Joffrey Ballet School in New York, in the Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC, The New Orleans Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with world-renown jazz composer, Terrence Blanchard, and CHTV Stories television program in Switzerland.
Friday, May 19th 7:30pm|Purchase
Always honest and open, The Lovelies work collectively to uncover, cultivate and conclude the present through investigation and discovery. Makers of dance and sound, sculptors of space, and designers of time, The Lovelies push each other, question possibilities, listen to the thing, and generally help, hinder, intersect, support, infiltrate, and create in the moment. The Lovelies seek to honor collaboration through witnessing all with acute listening, memorable choice-making, and appreciation for all in the space. The live musicians and dancers riff off one another establishing that there is no one, clear leader, but all are equal parts of the work, creating a dance that unfolds for the audience in a genuine way. www.the7lovelies.com
Sophie Sotsky | TYKE Dance
Saturday, May 20th 7:30pm|Purchase
TYKE DANCE is an experimental movement collective lead by dance-maker Sophie Sotsky. We study exertion, exhaustion, effort and error. We work closely with physical ordeal as a method of dance making.
Recent support for Sophie Sotsky | TYKE DANCE has come from Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts (2016/2017), Work Up at Gibney Dance, the GO! Emerging Artist Commissioning Program at the STREB Lab For Action Mechanics, and Salem Arts Works.
TYKE DANCE has also presented work at Dixon Place Theater, The Brick, The Tank, The CURRENT SESSIONS, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace Project (Food For Thought), Triskelion Arts, Soundance Studio Theater, The Center for Performance Research (New Voices in Live Performance), AUNTS, The Panoply Performance Laboratory, The Chocolate Factory Theater (THROW) and other venues. www.tykedance.com
Sunday, May 21st 7:30pm|Purchase
indee mitchell (they/them/theirs) is a performance based artist interested in creating experimental and community based work that centers collective liberation and healing. Heavily influenced by DIY culture and a radical politic of resistance, indee has traveled and performed original work around the US slowly planting seeds with many BiPOC Queer and Trans communities, rural and urban alike. indee studied Dance and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT before moving to Philadelphia, PA in 2010. There indee continued their performance work and studies at the Headlong Performance Institute and with social justice art collectives such as Bareteeth and GenderEDGE.
In 2012, indee transitioned South to New Orleans and has since been deepening their commitment to work with Youth, especially within the LGBTQ community. Out of this commitment sprouted blaQballet: an experimental movement art initiative created for and by young Queer and Trans Black artists in New Orleans. Currently, indee is also a co-director of LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theater and Last Call: New Orleans Dyke Bar History Project.
Since rooting in New Orleans, indee has been performing with N’kafu Traditional African Dance Company, Narcisse Movement Project, and was a main collaborator of ECOHYBRIDITY: a Black Feminist Community Response to the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, under the artistic direction of Kia Lumumba Barrow. Additionally indee has performed or taught movement workshops at various gatherings and conferences around the US such as the Philadelphia Trans March, Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) and COLLAGE festival in Philadelphia; the Allied Media Conference in Detroit and Queer Black August in Durham, NC.
SUNDAY, May 21st 7:30pm|Purchase
Michael Abbatiello studied at Ohio State University where he had the opportunity to work with Bebe Miller, Olivier Tarpaga and Dante Brown. After graduating with a BFA focused in Media and Performance with Choreography, Michael moved to New York where he has worked with Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, The People Movers, Project 44, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Aaron McGloin Dance, and Maya Orchin Dance. Michael currently choreographs under the moniker lostinflow and teaches at Mark Morris Dance Center and Gibney Dance Center.
Gierre Godley|Project 44
Saturday, May 20th 7:30pm|Purchase
Gierre J Godley is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher currently living and working in NYC. He began his training in Arkansas under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano, and he also had the privilege of training at the Ailey School. Gierre attended Millikin University where he received a BS in Biology and a Dance Minor and in 2010 he received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a choreographer Gierre has created works for The Steffi Nossen Dance Company, The Ailey School, Threads Dance Projects, Dance Canvas, Sacred Heart University, Eryc Taylor Dance, Fusionworks Dance Company, NYU, USF at Tampa and the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble. Gierre created PROJECT 44 (Queens, NY) in 2010. The all male company strives to erase all preconceived notions about masculinity and the role of a male performer in the arts. With a visceral approach to choreography, the works of PROJECT 44 aim to showcase the beauty, versatility, and athleticism of male performers. Gierre is the recipient of the the 2016 NECF Award and Echo Award, he is also a performer in the Bessie Award winning show Then She Fell. For more information visit- www.project44dance.org
Cameron McKinney|Kizuna Dance
Friday, May 19th 7:30pm|Purchase
Cameron McKinney, the Artistic Director of Kizuna 絆 Dance, creates work centered around the Japanese language and culture. He currently performs with 10 Hairy Legs, Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, and Seymour::dancecollective. His work has been presented by the Let's Dance International Frontiers Festival (UK), Performatica (Mexico), Gibney Dance, Movement Research, The Moving Beauty Series, Dixon Place, and Triskelion Arts, among many others. He has been commissioned twice by the LDIF Festival, twice by the Joffrey Ballet School, and also by the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, The Moving Beauty Series, and SpectorDance Studio. In 2015, he was chosen for Doug Varone's DEVICES Choreographic Intensive.
He created Contemporary Loft Technique, a unique blend of streetdance styles and contemporary floorwork. He teaches regularly at Gibney Dance. He also has taught in six states, as well as internationally in Japan, Mexico, and the UK. He has been on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School, the Contemporary Dance Experience Intensive, WMAAC, and The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, among others.
Saturday, May 20th 7:30pm|Purchase
Ashley Menestrina is a graduate of Point Park University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in dance with a concentration in jazz. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and dances for BARE Dance Company, Dante Brown Warehouse Dance, and Amaris Dance Theater. She first premiered her own choreography in 2014 with a solo called, Always a Creature. Since then, her work has been performed at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, the CURRENT SESSIONS’, Peridance’s Salvatore Capezio Theater, CPR, and 14th Street Y. Ashley is thrilled to be presenting a new work called, sans m e r I t, this May at Gowanus Loft. Through an extremely physical vocabulary, she wants to bring attention to this primal need for permission to love or be loved. In conjunction with this stage piece, sans m e r I t, will also be a dance on film. Ashley is incredibly grateful for this opportunity to display her choreographic voice in a variety of mediums.
FRIDAY, MAY 19th 7:30pm|Purchase
Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women company SLMDances. Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening length dances The Window Sex Project and BodyBusiness address sexual harassment in public spaces and the economics of NYC dance, respectively. The creative processes and performance experiences of these works are a model for dance-activism.
Sydnie’s recognitions include: The Field Leadership Fund (2015-2017), CUNY Dance Initiative (AIR 2016), Dancing While Black Artist Fellowship (2015-2016), and The Performance Project @ University Settlement (AIR 2015-2016), Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project (2013), the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training (2013), and the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow (2011). She earned her MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of Iowa, and earned her BA in Dance and Africana Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University.
Sydnie’s recent performance projects include: the skeleton architecture, the future of our worlds curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, and Gainin’ On Ya, a collaboration with Aisha Cousins. Sydnie danced with Christal Brown's INSPIRIT (2010-2013) and continues to appear as a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet. She is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Barnard College Dance Department, and designed the College's Dance in the City Pre-College Program which she continues to teach.
An advocate for the field, Sydnie sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC. She has contributed writing to Dance Magazine and The Dance Enthusiast.
Saturday,May 20th 7:30pm |Purchase
Nicole Stanton, is a dance artist currently serving as Chair and Associate Professor of Dance, and Associate Professor, African American Studies, College of the Environment and Curatorial Practice at Wesleyan University. She has worked as an artist, activist, and administrator with multiple arts organizations such as In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater and the San Francisco Mime Troop. As a dancer she has performed with Thoissane West African Dance Company, Irene Hultman and Bebe Miller amongst others. In addition, she was a faculty member at Ohio State University Department of Dance and her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally.
Friday, May 19th 7:30pm|Purchase
Annie Wang trained at Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the Boitsov School of Classical Ballet. She currently dances with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group and is a regular dancer for Professor Nicole Stanton, Pia Vinson, and Asako Miyahira. She has also performed contemporary work by Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, Timothy Kochka, Boitsov Classical Ballet Company, Dance Elixir, and MADart Productions, as well as classical/modern repertoire from Petipa, Fokine, Graham, and Duncan. Her choreography project, Hyperspace Dance, has shown at BRIC arts performance space, the 92Y, WestFest Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts, Hot Wood Arts Gallery, Sky Gallery in Gowanus, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Cloud City, and the Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham Schools. Annie was a BRIClab 2016 resident artist, a 2015 Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and a inaugural resident in 2014 of the Marble House Project in Vermont. Doug Varone selected her for his DEVICES choreography program in 2015. In 2014, she independently produced a dance film, “Echo”, through Kickstarter funding. She partnered with writer Megan Mayhew Bergman to create a dance inspired by her “Almost Famous Women” collection. She has also collaborated as dancer and violinist with Sarai Moore’s Decanted Youth. Annie is currently at work on “Marigram”, an international collaboration with Cairo-based dance artist Mohamed Yousry Shika that is inspired by the mass protests of Tiananmen Square in 1989 and Tahrir Square in 2011.