Each year our pre-professional dance companies enjoy working with some of the best choreographers around. In the past we've worked with and staged the work of some of the biggest names in the business including: Andrea Miller, Bill T. Jones, Carla Maxwell (Limon-based), Christal Brown, David Dorfman, Donald Byrd, Donald McKayle, Doug Varone, Elisa Monte, Garth Fagan, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Kathleen Jewitt (Shen Wei Dance Arts), Lar Lubovitch, Larry Keigwin, Logan Kruger (The Limón Company), Mark Morris, Meredith Monk, Paul Taylor, Ronald K. Brown, Sara Pearson/Patrick Widrig, Sara Procopio & Kathleen Jewitt (Shen Wei Dance Arts), Sean Curran, Susan Marshall, Trisha Brown and Twyla Tharp.
Dancewave Company I w/ David Dorfman Dance
David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has promoted the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new works by choreographer David Dorfman and his artistic collaborators. In advocating his mission “to get the whole world dancing,” Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally. Dorfman creates dance that seeks to de-stigmatize the notion of accessibility and interaction in post-modern dance by embracing audiences with visceral, meaningful dance, music and text. By sustaining a vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic, DDD maintains a core commitment to examine and unearth issues and ideas that enliven, incite, and excite audiences in dialogue and debate about social change and a myriad of other topics. More info here >>
Dancewave Company II w/ Jamal Jackson Dance
The mission of Jamal Jackson Dance Company (JJDC) is to translate the creative vision of Artistic Director Jamal Jackson into choreography and educational tools for use in performances, workshops and community outreach that will teach people about the connection between African and American cultures. Jamal Jackson Dance Company (JJDC) was founded in 2004 with the purpose of fusing various traditional African dance styles with Modern and Hip Hop techniques and diverse contemporary music styles in order to create a new, unique technique that is relevant to a multifarious community of Americans. The movement and storylines of JJDC choreography focus on redefining ideas of community and blurring divisive lines, while still celebrating the beauty of individual cultures. Jackson has a strong desire to not only entertain and educate an audience, but to pass on dance to people of all ages, which he does through regular dance workshops throughout the year.
Dancewave Company III w/ Julia Ehrstrand
Julia Ehrstrand graduated with a Bachelors Degree in dance/teaching from DOCH/University of Circus and Dance (Stockholm), She has also studied at Institut del Teatro (Barcelona) and graduated from the ISVP program at DNA in 2009. Since coming to New York in 2007, she has danced for TNSP, Jana Hicks/Marijke Eliasberg, Max Stone, SexyBeastNYC, Carrasco Dance Company, Lane Co Arts and Collective Noir, among others. Her choreography has been presented in various stages in NYC, Europe and Asia. She has taught at The Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, DOCH University of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), Balettakademien (Stockholm), Daily Professional Classes for Danscentrum (Stockholm), Amsterdam School of the Arts (Amsterdam), UiS/ University in Stavanger and at PRODA (Norway), the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive, Ballet Hispanico, Peridance Capezio Center, Gina Gibney Dance, DNA, Steps on Broadway and SUNY Purchase. Julia has also been dancing/choreographing/teaching in China, Taiwan, Uganda and Ethiopia. Julia is currently faculty at Steps on Broadway, Peridance and Gibney Dance Studios.
Young Performers Ballet Ensemble w/ Martha Chapman
Martha Chapman teaches at Steps on Broadway and their attached children’s program The School at Steps as well as at Peridance Capezio Center. She is quoted extensively in The Pointe Book and was recently featured in Dance Teacher Magazine. Her performance career included work with NYC Opera Ballet, NJ Ballet, Ontario Ballet Theater and Cork City Ballet in Ireland among others and performances at venues across the country and internationally such as the Edinburgh Festival and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; her performing roles covered classical and contemporary ballet repertoire. She directs and has performed with Omega Dance Company for over 20 years, setting works for the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and multiple New York venues. In June 2016 she was thrilled to present work with the New Dance Collective as the first ballet choreographer to do so. She brings to the Dancewave faculty decades of teaching and choreographing experience as well as a teaching philosophy that dance unites the body, mind and spirit.
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