JCE Jazz Dance Project

Bravos Sofia Bengoa, Samantha Paulik, Michaela Romulo and Sadie NcNamara, for a great performance at the JCE Jazz Dance Project!!! Congrats also to Cristal Del Mar López and Julia Kane for presenting your work.

I’ve seen both Cristal’s and Julia’s choreographies before. Watching them again and sitting in the first row brought out all kinds of wonderful details.

Love the intricate steps to the piano keys in “Soledad” choreographed by Cristal Del Mar López and danced by Sofia Bengoa. The movements in “100 Years” choreographed by Julia Kane and danced by Julia Kane Dance Collective are so much sharper, more energetic, and more powerful than I had remembered. Beautiful work, Julia!

Other favorites tonight…

“Safety Dance” choreographed by Skye Mattox and performed by Skye Mattox and Ryan VanDenBoom. Looove the movements, chemistry, and personalities in the duet.

“Reclaiming My Time” by Paul A Brown. An upbeat classic theatre jazz piece with an abundance of positive energy centered on sisterhood, to the music of “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”.

“Eleanor” by Muenter Merete. Another classic theatre jazz piece with beautiful lines and flowing movements, danced to the Beatle music “Eleanor Rigby”.

I’m saddened by the loss of Kavin Grant whose work “Who Is She” was one of my favorites in past concerts. RIP, Kavin.

Finally, get some sleep #teamnosleep!!!

New York Jazz Choreographer Project

Celebrating International Dance Day with a night out at the New York Jazz Choreographer Project.

Great job Ashley Stafford on your fun playful piece! I couldn’t take my eyes off you all Maya Wassermann, Monica Azpeitia, and Kim Senisi. Also enjoyed the wonderful piece by Sue Samuels and the Jazz Roots Dance Company.

Some new favorite choreographers and dancers…

Absolutely love “Who Is She”: a touching narrative and beautiful movements created by Kavin T. Grant and danced by Cory Nicole Hinton and Ke’Yana Robinson. “Man’s World”: an expressive and emotional solo choreographed by Rachel Leigh Dolan and danced by Hannah Jennens. “windows within our very flesh”: a contemporary take on jazz by Antuan Byers. Bookending the show were two dynamic group pieces, a fierce “Men’s Medley” by Billy Griffin and a sweet “The Cave” by Ali Koinoglou and Koin & Co Dancers.

Missed the show tonight? Catch the second performance tomorrow 4pm at Peridance Capezio Center!