An interview with Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer, and director Julie Mayo. Julie has had her work presented on both coasts and in the Midwest, and was a 2014-2015 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Artist in Residence. She has recently been commissioned by Gibney Dance in NYC to create an evening-length work for their Fall 2016 season. Originally from Richmond, VA, Julie has lived and been a part of the dance communities in Seattle, San Francisco, Richmond, Chicago, and NYC.
An interview with a woman who is all things dance video, Nel Shelby. Nel preserves and promotes dance by filming performances and creating marketing videos and original films. Her company Nel Shelby Productions, based in NYC, boasts a diverse list of dance clients in New York and beyond. Nel serves as Festival Videographer for Jacob's Pillow Dance and is Resident Videographer at the Vail International Dance Festival (VIDF). Her documentary about choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin was screened at a PillowTalk at Jacob's Pillow's 2015 festival, and past films include The Altitude of Dance, a documentary on VIDF, which debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS; four short films for Wendy Whelan's Restless Creature; and a short created with Adam Barruch that screened at NYC's Dance on Camera Festival and San Francisco Dance Film Festival.
An interview with Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney. Pat has received numerous honors throughout her career as a choreographer including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for 11 consecutive years, the Alpert Award, US Artists Award in Dance, and was one of 20 Americans to receive a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2013. Pat also founded Keeping the Faith/The Prison Project, the longest running prison-arts program in the United States.
An interview with Pittsburgh-based ballet instructor Leslie Anderson-Braswell, a former dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Stuttgart Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Leslie has taught for over 35 years in the Pittsburgh area, and is currently on faculty at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Leslie is the namesake of the "Brazzy Award", an honor awarded annually to promising young artists in the Pittsburgh area in honor of Leslie's lifetime spent in dance education and mentorship.
An interview with NYC-based choreographer and performer Heidi Latsky. Heidi is a former dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. In 2001, she launched her own contemporary dance company, Heidi Latsky Dance, which promotes Heidi's definition of a dancer as all-inclusive through the use of disabled and non-disabled performers.
Interview with Dr. Elizabeth McPherson, a New York City-based writer, dance historian, dance notator, dance educator, and Associate Professor at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. Beth is the author of two dance history books, regularly contributes to multiple dance publications, and has staged numerous 20th century works from Labanotion.
Interview with Karen Love, a New Jersey-based choreographer and dance educator. Karen is the Founder/Artistic Director of Umoja Dance Company and Usaama Dance Company, Coordinator for Wofabe African Dance & Drum Festival, Director of the Dance Department at Hillside High School, and owner of Umoja Dance studio located in Vaux Hall, NJ.
An interview with NYC-based dance artist Caitlin Trainor. Caitlin has danced for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Sean Curran, and Amy Marshall, and was assistant to Mr. Curran and site-specific choreographer Stephen Koplowitz. She is currently Artistic Director of Trainor Dance and on the dance faculty at Barnard/Columbia University.
An interview with Paula Kellinger, choreographer and Professor of Dance at Wilson College located in Chambersburg, PA. Prior to teaching at Wilson College, Paula danced for such choreographers as Meredith Monk, Laura Dean, Susan Rethorst, Wendy Perron, and as apprentice for Trisha Brown, alongside creating her own body of choreographic work.
Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer, and Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, a dance theater company based in New York City.
Rachel Neville is a dance and movement photographer based in New York City. She has photographed for such companies as Dance Theater of Harlem, Grishko, Lululemon, Power Pilates, and The Moving Architects.
An interview with NJ/NYC-based Carolyn Dorfman, Artistic Director of the contemporary dance company Carolyn Dorfman Dance. She is a master teacher, mentor, and guest artist/choreographer/lecturer at major universities and pre-professional programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also a leader in many community dance initiatives throughout the state of New Jersey.
An interview with NYC-based dance artist Alexandra Beller. Alexandra is a former member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and is Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/dances. She is currently on faculty at Gibney Dance Center and is Associate Professor at Long Island University.
An interview with NYC-based dance artist Tracie Stanfield, Artistic Director of the contemporary jazz dance company SynthesisDANCE and dance instructor at Peridance Capezio Center and Broadway Dance Center.