Welcome to Dancewave Dives In! …our bite-sized interview series designed to connect with our brilliant community of artists, administrators and educators who inspire our work at Dancewave. Dancewave staff connect one-on-one with various leaders in the arts community, giving you a personal account of their current work in the field and more information for how to get involved. Interviews typically run 20-30 minutes.
Tune in to our IGTV @Dancewave, always at 2:00pm EDT.
Thursday, July 16: Interview with Gonzalo Casals ○ @gonzalocasals @nyculture
As Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), Gonzalo Casals directs cultural policy for the City of New York and oversees City funding and support for over 1,000 non-profit cultural organizations which represent the full breadth of New York City’s rich cultural life. A Queer, Latinx immigrant, Casals is a fervent believer in cultural democracy and equity. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner by Mayor Bill de Blasio, he was Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art; Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement at Friends of the High Line; and held various roles at El Museo del Barrio.
Monday, June 29: Interview with Bebe Miller ○ @bebemillercompany
A four-time Bessie Award-winning dance artist and one of the first recipients of the Doris Duke Artists Awards, Bebe Miller’s vision of dance and performance resides in her faith in the moving body as a record of thought, experience, and beauty. This Spring, Bebe as been working with the assistance of Dancewave alum Maddie Leonard Rose and Ohio State graduate Rachel Sigrid Freeburg to set her choreography on Dancewave Company I dancers, which will be presented during our Summer Celebration Virtual Performance on June 30th (premiering on Vimeo to the public later in July). Learn more about Bebe on her website at bebemillercompany.org
Monday, June 22: Interview with Maleek Washington ○ @maleek_washington
Dancewave alum and current Company II Coach Eboni Carter met with dancer and choreographer Maleek Washington, who is currently teaching Dancewave Company II students Modern technique and repertory. His students will perform Maleek’s brand new, made-for-Zoom piece “Pebble: Boulder” during our “Summer Celebration” Virtual Youth Performance on Tuesday, June 30. An acclaimed teaching artist and performer, Washington’s talent has been recognized nationally at the White House, The John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Jacob’s Pillow, and internationally in Australia, Jordan, Mexico and Sweden. Visit his website at maleekwashington.com
Monday, June 12: Interview with Rohan Bhargava ○ @rovacodance
One of Dancewave’s Spring 2020 Artists-in-Residence, Rohan Bhargava is the Artistic Director of Rovaco Dance, a NY-based dance company creating dance-theater work blending floorwork, release, and contemporary partnering into one fluid whole. Coming up: Rohan will be teaching during a Virtual Summer Dance Intensive with Houston-based Noble Motion Dance Company from June 22-26, and has also created a series of introductory video lessons to learning Street Jazz – reach out to him on his website or through Instagram if you’d like to learn more!
Tuesday, June 9: Interview with Winston Dynamite Brown ○ @thedynamitexperience
One of Dancewave’s Spring 2020 Artists-in-Residence, Winston Dynamite Brown and Latra Ann Wilson are the Co-Directors of The DynamitExperience, a NYC-based and Kansas City-grounded contemporary dance company that seeks to impact local communities, especially those who are not often represented on stage. Coming up: TheDynamitExperience will soon present a new video project “Confined Exposure” in collaoration with Rebecca Oviatt/Becca.Vision. Follow them on Instagram where you learn about their upcoming workshops, including their Summer Dance Intensive July 27-August 8, and their regular Sunday classes and playsessions at 2:00pm EDT through June and July.