Ballet Masterclasses with Pedro Ruiz

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When: June 3rd, 2018

Where: 417 Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Time: 1:15-2:45pm

 

When: June 5th, 2018

Where: 1002 Durham Road #300, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

 

Cost: $20 cash per student (collected at the door)

Registration: to register please email info@wakeforestdancefestival.org

DON’T MISS THESE TWO OPPORTUNITIES to study with the celebrated dancer and choreographer Pedro Ruiz! Presented by Wake Forest Dance Festival and hosted by Destiny Dance Institute (6/3/18) and Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts (6/5/18) the masterclasses will focus on Ballet Technique for students ages 13 and up. SPACE IS LIMITED!

Pedro Ruiz was trained in his native country, Cuba and in Venezuela, Mr. Ruiz choreographed three celebrated ballets while a principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico for twenty-one years. Choreography credits include: The Joffrey Ballet, Luna Negra, New Jersey Ballet, The Tribeca PA C, The Jacob's Pillow Festival, The Marymount College, the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, Ailey’s Spring Celebration and Summer Sizzler concerts. He is on the dance faculty of Marymount College, the staff of The Ailey School and Scarsdale Ballet. Awards include: the Bessie Award, the Choo-San Goh Award, The Cuban Artist’s Fund, and The Joyce Foundation Award to create a new work for The Joffrey. Mr. Ruiz has performed at the White House and was profiled nationally on PBS’s In the Life.

For extended bio please visit: https://www.wakeforestdancefestival.org/blog/2018/5/3/pedro-ruiz

Absent Bloom

When: May 27, 2018

Where: E. Carroll Joyner Park's Performance Garden

Time: 3:30PM

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Join us for the premiere of Absent Bloom! This new work was developed in choreographic collaboration by the dancers Brianna Cooper, Kaitlin Clow, and Masha Dashkina Maddux. Together with musician and composer Dallas Brown, Absent Bloom was brought to life through exploratory improvisation combining music and dance. 

In Absent Bloom the first hopeful hint of spring is captured in movement. The piece calls to memory the moment when winter’s harsh edges are starting to melt away and soft, delicate new life is beginning to blossom. 

MEET THE ARTISTS

DALLAS BROWN

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BraindDance(c) Interactive Performance

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When: May 13, 2018

Where: E. Carroll Joyner Park (Performance Garden)

Time: 3:30-4:00pm

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Come join us this Mother's Day at 3:30pm, prior to Six Sundays in Spring Concert, for a FAMILY FRIENDLY, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC performance at Joyner Park's Performance Garden. Jody Fabso Cassell will lead you in BrainDance(c) developed by Anne Green Gilbert who was awarded the highest teaching award by the American Dance Festival in 2016.  BrainDance (c) is a way to move the body to wire the brain to become focused, energized, and prepared to meet the challenges of the day.  It is a fun and easy way to reduce stress and become capable of responding rather than reacting to people and events during the day.  It can be performed by all ages, either standing or seated. Come join! Jody will also lead a short demonstration in how a dance is built.
This performance is interactive with whomever wants to participate.

This event is sponsored by Wake Forest Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival.

Pedro Ruiz

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Artistic Director/ Choreographer / Teacher / Dancer

Pedro Ruiz is a celebrated choreographer and dancer who was born and trained in Cuba, and later in Venezuela before coming to the US.  During his 21-year career with Ballet Hispanico as principal dancer, Ruiz choreographed three critically acclaimed ballets for the company — Club Havana (the company’s signature piece), Guajira and Cecilia. As a dancer,  Ruiz was distinguished with a Bessie Award, the New York Dance World’s highest honor.

Choreography credits include: Fire Island Dancers Responding to AIDS Dance Festival, Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, Ballet Contemporaneo de Camagüey Cuba, Danza de Contemporanea de Cuba Havana, Danza del Alma Santa Clara Cuba, National Ballet School of Cuba, Ballet de Camagüey Cuba, The Joffrey Ballet, Luna Negra, The New Jersey Ballet, The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, The Jacob's Pillow Festival, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Opus Dance Theater, Nimbus Dance Works, the Italian international gala "Notte di Stelle," Il Piccolo Teatro dell’Opera, Alvin Ailey Summer Sizzler and Ailey Spring Concerts, Marymount Manhattan College, Ulster Ballet Company, President George Bush’s Birthday celebration, 50th Anniversary Gala of Goya with Tito Puente, and The Boston Conservatory. National television appearances include the CBS Sunday Morning Show, NBC’s “Hispanics Today,” “The Hispanic Heritage Awards,” a PBS “In The Life” series profile Pas de Deux, and WNET/13 documentary, Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home — an hour-long, Emmy-nominated film about Ruiz’s return to Cuba and his 2011 collaboration with the national Cuban dance company Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. For additional information on “Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home”, click here. Ruiz is on the dance faculty of Marymount College, the staff of The Ailey School, a master-class teacher of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pace University, Complexion Contemporary Ballet and Resident Artistic Director of the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter. He has also taught master classes and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Central and South America.In February 2010, Mr. Ruiz created “The Windows Project,” a groundbreaking endeavor celebrating the art of dance as a cultural bridge between the U.S. and Cuba. After 30 years Ruiz returned to his native land and was commissioned to create an original work, Horizonte, for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, thus becoming the first Cuban-American ever to set a dance work on this national company. Horizonte had its world premiere in January 2011 at Teatro Mella in Havana. When Danza Contemporanea toured the U.S. in May 2011, Horizonte was featured in the company’s repertoire.In January 2012, Ruiz premiered his second commission for a Cuban dance company, El Camino, performed by Danza del Alma at Teatro Caridad in Santa Clara, Cuba. On March 17 of that year, Ruiz headlined the annual gala for The New Jersey Ballet with a new work, So Proudly We Hail — a fist-time collaboration between The New Jersey Ballet and the West Point Military Band.In 2013, Pedro Ruiz was commissioned to create a new collaboration with Ballet Contemporaneo Endedans of Camaguey, Cuba. Moments in the Wind premiered on January 24, 2014, at Teatro Principal in Camageuy as a part of a year-long series of cultural events planned to celebrate the beautiful colonial city’s 500th anniversary; and Moments in the Wind premiered to critical acclaim in Havana at Teatro Marti on July 18, 2014. On May 24, 2015, Ruiz premiered a new ballet in the Havana Biennial with principal dancer from Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Viengsay Valdes, as well as dancers from the school of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. In November 2014, Ruiz was officially appointed Associate artistic Director of Ballet Contemporaneo Endedans of Camagüey Cuba. In 2015/2016, Ruiz’s highly successful ballet, Club Havana was featured in Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. And Ruiz’s celebrated poetic duet, Lasting Embrace, premiered in the US in July 2016 at the Dancers Responding to AIDS Dance Festival on Fire Island and at Marymount Manhattan College.

Awards include: The Bessie Award, the Choo-San Goh Award, The Cuban Artist’s Fund, The Joyce Foundation Award and The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. The FBI honored Ruiz for his Public Service during Hispanic Heritage Month Mr. Ruiz has performed at the White House for several presidents.

 

Jody Cassell

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Jody Cassell is a Teaching and Performing Artist in dance, dancing storyteller, and children’s author of the book Where’s Leon? who has taught creative movement for those ranging in age from infant with parent to elders at 103.  She began her adventures in dance/theatre improvisation while a student at Connecticut College under the direction of Martha Myers, former Dean of the American Dance Festival and continues her ADF connections by teaching youth classes at the Samuel H. Scripps Studio.  She earned a MFA in Dance from New York University School of the Arts, NY and a MS in Dance/movement therapy from Hunter College of the City University of New York.  Jody now takes her sessions in the body/brain connection into work places to help people stay focused, refreshed and motivated throughout their work day.  Jody believes that the more movement possibilities we have, the more possibilities we have in life.  Visit Jody’s website:  www.movingYOUtolearn.com

Dallas Brown

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Dallas studied music theory and composition at various institutions including UNC – Chapel Hill, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and several private instructors. He has worked in audio recording since 2008. His interests lie in the world of synthesis, and he draws inspiration from modern ambient composers as well as West Coast pioneers.

Brianna Cooper

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Brianna holds a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. During her time at ECU she performed in several faculty works, student choreographed shows, at multiple ACDFA events, and with guest artists including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Madeline Reber. During her time at ECU and after graduating in 2011, she continued her training at the American Dance Festival. For two years she had the privilege to dance and work with La Bella Vita Arts based in Livorno, Italy. Currently, she performs with North Carolina based dance companies including Code f.a.d. Company, Natalie Marrone & The Dance Cure, and KT COLLECTIVE.

Brianna also has a passion for educating young dancers. She is currently the Jazz and Contemporary Company Director at Destiny Dance Institute, in addition to teaching and doing freelance choreography for other private studios throughout the region. She has also worked with undergraduate students as a guest instructor at The Tuscan Summer Dance Intensive and Duke University. When she is not dancing, Brianna works in group fitness and as a certified Pilates Instructor, and holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Sponsors sought for second season of the Wake Forest Dance Festival

Wake Forest Dance Festival is seeking SPONSORS and INDIVIDUAL DONORS for the second season of this free and open to the public Day of Dance. If you are interested in supporting this event please visit our SUPPORT page for more information:

https://www.wakeforestdancefestival.org/support/

SAVE THE DATE! SEPTEMBER 29, 2018. Come see what your donation helped accomplish!!!

Check out the highlights from last year's event!

Second Season for the Wake Forest Dance Festival

 Over 800 audience members attended the event throughout the day. 

Over 800 audience members attended the event throughout the day. 

In her State of the Town speech the Mayor of the Town of Wake Forest, Vivian Jones, acknowledged the Wake Forest Dance Festival by stating:

"... I do want to mention one new event that began last year thanks to Wake Forest Arts. I hope you attended the Dance Festival.  Frankly, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and talent exhibited by all involved from the high school students to the professionals. I hope they will keep this going for 25 years like they have Six Sundays in Spring."

                                                                                                                    -Mayor Vivian Jones

Thank you Mayor Vivian Jones for the kind words of encouragement. The Wake Forest Dance Festival is thrilled and honored to announce that the planning for the second season is well underway. And we have many exciting things lining up already. 

This year the event will pay tribute to the American Dance Festival based in Durham, NC. Heralded as “One of the nation’s most important institutions” by the New York Times and as “The world’s greatest dance festival” by the New York Post, the American Dance Festival’s sustained record of creative achievement is indivisible from the history of modern dance. Since 1934, ADF has remained committed to serving the needs of dance, dancers, choreographers, and professionals in dance-related fields.

With ADF being such an integral part of the dance community here in North Carolina we will celebrate its contribution to the art of dance for over 84 years around the world, 40 years here in our North Carolina, and highlight ADF’s incredible lineage of dance history showcasing a diversity of genres, performers, choreographers and music.

Last year the Wake Forest Dance Festival was a great success, with over 800 audience members attending the inaugural event throughout the day, the festival was very well received by the community. We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to our sponsors and individual supporters, we have so generously contributed and supported the event. Thank you Wake Forest Arts, Town of Wake Forest Parks and Recreation, Dancing Angels Foundation, The Holding Family, Carol Norris Maddux, Youngsville Family who loves dance, Wege Foundation, Destiny Dance Institute, Dance ETC., Klok's School of Martial Arts, Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts, and Holly Eisenhour.

Thank you to all the generous in-kind contributions. The event was a combination of efforts of many who gave their time and resources to make this day a reality. Thank you: Arrow Tree Boutique, B & W Hardware Store, Bright Funeral Home, Communicopia Marketing Services Inc., Dylan Powers, George Randy Bass Photography, Brueggers Bagels, Alex Dashkin, Gooey's American Grill, Maksym Kolotun Photography, Lemon Tree Cafe, Mary & Mak Boutique, Barbara Massenburg, Phillip Maddux, Palani Mohan, Ollie’s Cafe and Gifts, Page 158 Bookstore, Panera Bread, Will Roberts, Rosatis Pizza and Sports Pub, Strategic Insights, Wake Forest Birthplace Museum, Wine and Beer 101, and the Town of Wake Forest Women's Club.

We are so excited for the year 2018 and we hope that you will join us on September 29, 2018 for a day of dance! Until then please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and updates. 

Modern Dance Master Class/Audition with Antonio Fini

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WHEN: March 15th, 2018

WHERE: 1839 S Main St # 370, Wake Forest, NC 27587

TIME: 4:15-5:45 Advanced Level students ages 14 and up

           5:45-7:15 Intermediate Level students ages 10 and up

COST: $20 cash per student

REGISTRATION: to register please email info@wakeforestdancefestival.org

DON'T MISS THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to study with an acclaimed dancer, teacher and director of the Fini Dance Festival, Antonio Fini! Presented by the Wake Forest Dance Festival and hosted by Destiny Dance Institute, the master class will focus on modern dance technique. Advanced students may also audition for the summer intensive in Villapiana, Italy.

LIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded by the Fini Dance Festival and the Dancing Angels Foundation for the program.

Antonio Fini is an Italian born modern dancer, choreographer, and director. Antonio has performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Graham II, Eric Hawkins Dance Company, Kosovo Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Boca Ballet Theatre, Mare Nostrum Elements, and Michael Mao Dance, with whom he has performed as principal dancer since 2011. In 2011, he created Alto Jonio Dance Festival in Villapiana, Calabria to provide exceptional dancers in Italy the opportunity to perform with established companies in New York. In 2013, Antonio expanded his vision by founding the Italian International Dance Award, which recognizes phenomenal Italian and international dancers for their accomplishments. In 2014 Alto Jonio was transformed into Fini Dance Festival with the mission of establishing greater connections between dancers in New York and Italy. The festivals have been listed as one of the top summer dance festivals in the United States (Dance Informa) and Europe (Ballet 2000). Furthering his mission to unite the international dance community, Antonio has developed a dance competition and mentorship program for television called The Audition. Distributed in partnership with Delta Star Pictures, the show will premiere in 2018 on Amazon Prime.

For more information please go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Fini

Jasmine Powell

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Jasmine Powell is a dance artist of the community from Hillsborough, NC.  Locally trained, her performance career began with Durham's Collage Dance Company, then moved to join Dance Diaspora, and Philadanco! where she studied, performed and choreographed original work. She continued exploring art and its meaning with a B.A. from Oberlin College, and M.F.A. from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, and Frankfurt University for Music and Performing Arts. Jasmine enjoys the pleasure of having performed original work by Dianne McIntyre, KT Niehoff, Milton Myers, and more. As an artist surrounding herself with the creation of visual, and choreographic art, Jasmine does not exclude the art of nature, culture, teaching, learning, and listening. Currently, she is on the Performing Arts faculty at Cary Academy where she brings cultural history into the dance curriculum with multiple forms. She is a member of COMPANY and KT Collective Dance Company in addition to creating her own aesthetic choreography locally and regionally through performances and workshops. As research inquiries fuel her passion, Jasmine is thankful to have learned the value in exploring the organic movement of the body’s personal story and is investigating genre-crossing dance as the inquiry to how opposite embodied features reside in each other.

Featuring Millie Kerr

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Millie Kerr, from Raleigh, NC, is a high school junior following her passion by studying ballet at the University of North Carolina Schools of the Arts, under the direction of Dean Susan Jaffe. Prior to entering UNCSA as a sophomore, Millie was a student at The Raleigh School of Ballet and in their pre-professional company, Raleigh Dance Theatre. She has attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre in New York, Carolina Ballet and Raleigh School of Ballet. She has also trained with Mary LeGere, Laurie Yeames and Hong Yang.

Millie is the great granddaughter of the late Betty Holding, former Rockette who danced under famed choreographer George Balanchine and later had her own studio in Wake Forest for 30 years. Millie’s mother, Beth Andrews Moye, and grandmother, Emily Holding Andrews, both took dance at Holding School of Dance. Betty’s love for dance continues to live on through her family.

Tori Stewart

Tori Stewart is currently pursuing her B.A. in Dance, with a focus on choreography and performance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Originally from Hope Mills, NC, she now is a dancer and artist based in Charlotte, NC.  She started dancing in a small studio, Linda Kinlaw School of Dance, at the age of 12 before studying dance at a pre-professional level with Kim Jones, E.E. Balcos, Delia Neil, Rachel Tucker, and Missy Coyle.  As a performer, she has worked with choreographers such as Leslie Seiters, E.E. Balcos, Rachel Barker, Gretchen Alterowitz, Marcus White, and Sybil Huskey performing in concerts at UNCC as well as at American Dance Festival.  Additionally, she has performed and choreographed works for the Charlotte Dance Festival and her college’s campus community. Tori Stewart is the Co-Artistic Director of Range of Motion Dance Ensemble and works on individual dance film and solo projects in her spare time.  She emphasizes a focus on improvisation, contemporary and modern techniques, and collaboration in her works.

Katie Harmon

Katie Harmon, is a dancer and artist based in Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina. Originally from small town Rutherfordton, NC, she discovered dance at a late age. In her early training, she studied in various places across Western NC including Gastonia and Asheville. Training under professors like Kim Jones, E.E. Balcos, Delia Neil, Rachel Tucker, and Melissa Coyle Harmon is currently pursuing her BA in Dance, with a focus on choreography and performance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has enjoyed the opportunity to perform in many UNCC Department of Dance concerts, the Charlotte Dance Festival, and various performances in and around the campus community. She has worked under choreographers such as George Faison, Greg Dolbashian, Marcus White. Harmon is a Co-Artistic Director and the Director of Design of Range of Motion Dance Ensemble, and the Vice President of Aerial Artistry Contemporary Circus Troupe. Her performance based passions include exploring movement through improvisation, studying contemporary and modern techniques, and learning aerial apparatus skills such as silks, hoop, and corde de lisse.

Ted Shawn

Ted Shawn (October 2,1891–January 9,1972), was one of the first notable male pioneers of American modern dance. Along with creating Denishawn with former wife Ruth St. Denis, he was also responsible for the creation of the all-male company Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers and was the founder of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. With his innovative ideas of masculine movement, Shawn was one of the most influential choreographers and dancers of his day.  Notable performances choreographed by Shawn during Denishawn's 17-year period include Invocation to the Thunderbird (1917), Danse Americaine (1923) performed by Charles Weidman, and Xochitl (1920) performed by Martha Graham. In addition to spawning the careers of Weidman and Graham, the Denishawn school also housed Doris Humphrey as a student. In 1965, Shawn received a Heritage Award from the National Dance Association. Shawn's final appearance on stage in the Ted Shawn Theater at Jacob's Pillow was in Siddhas of the Upper Air, where he reunited with St. Denis for their fiftieth anniversary.

Martha Graham

Martha Graham (1894-1991) is recognized as a primal artistic force of the 20th Century.  She was named “Dancer of the Century” by Time and has been compared with other creative giants such as Picasso, Einstein, Stravinsky and Freud.  She created 181 ballets and a technique that revolutionized dance throughout the greater part of the past century.  Using the founding principals of contraction and release, she built a vocabulary of movement to “increase the emotional activity of the dancer’s body,” exploring the depth and diversity of human emotion.  Her ballets were inspired by a wide range of sources from the American frontier to Greek Mythology.  She created and portrayed prominent women, including Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Medea, Phaedra, Joan of Arc and Emily Dickenson.  During her 70 years of creating dance, she collaborated with other great artists – Noguchi, Copland, Barber and Schuman, and her mentor Louis Horst among others, and is recognized for her groundbreaking work in all aspects of the theater – use of time, space, lighting, costumes, sets and music.  Her company was a training ground for many generations of choreographers including Cunningham, Taylor and Tharp.  At the Neighborhood Playhouse, she is said to have changed the course of American acting through students such as Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Tony Randall and Orson Wells.  Her creative genius earned numerous honors and awards, including the Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts.  Martha Graham’s extraordinary legacy lives on in the work of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ensemble and School, and in the students worldwide studying her technique and performing her masterworks.  

Kaitlin Clow

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Kaitlin Clow (Raleigh, NC) is a dancer and aspiring choreographer. Kaitlin graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from UNCG in May 2017. While at UNCG she had the privilege of studying with instructors BJ Sullivan, Duane Cyrus, and Justin Tornow. Kaitlin also had the incredible opportunity of being a part of The Collective performance group who had the opportunity to learn Martha Graham’s 1936 work “Prelude to Action,” which culminated in a performance at The Joyce Theater in NYC. Recently, Kaitlin has attended the Martha Graham Dance Intensive as a dancer and the American Dance Festival as a dancer and staff assistant. Kaitlin also treasured her role as an assistant in organizing the first annual Wake Forest Dance Festival! As a mover, her interests not only lie in the power of performance but also in the process of making work and presenting it in untraditional spaces. You can contact her by email at, kjmclow@gmail.com

Movement Migration

Movement Migration is a collective of seasoned dance artists collaborating to create dynamic and poignant dance works that portray depth of beauty and life experience.  Directed by Kim Jones, the ensemble's members are steeped in the celebrated traditions of classical ballet and modern dance, each having achieved professional expertise in distinct technical training and performance. From these varied backgrounds, they are shaping new ideas about contemporary movement expressions. 

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Kim Jones is Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte and a régisseur for the Martha Graham Resource Center. She danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001-2006) and the metropolitan Opera Ballet (1998-2003) and served as a principal dancer in the US National Tour of The King and I (2005).

Most recently, choreographer Paul Taylor offered Tracer (1962), a collaboration with the artist Robert Rauschenberg (set and costumes), as the subject of a scholarly reconstruction by Jones.  Jones set the work on Taylor 2 Dance Company members, who re-premiered Tracer at UNC Charlotte in September 2016, and performed it again in New York City.  This project was supported by NEA Arts Work grant, ASC, UNCC Faculty Research grants, and by Wells Fargo. Michael J. Solender’s article on the project appeared in The New York Times. link: http://nyti.ms/2bN0KFF

In 2012-2013, Jones reconstructed Martha Graham’s Imperial Gesture (1935), which is now on tour with the Martha Graham Dance Company. The costume reconstruction of Imperial Gesture was displayed at the museum at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her “American modernism: Reimagining Martha Graham’s Lost Imperial Gesture (1935)” was the cover article of the December 2015 issue of Dance Research Journal. In May 2016, Jones performed Imperial Gesture at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Jones has also restaged Graham’s Primitive Mysteries (1931), Panorama (1935), and Steps in the Street (1936) for UNC Charlotte.

Wise ThaLycan

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Lon Michael Smith aka W.I.S.E. Tha Lycan (Wisdom, Inadvertently, Seeking, Enlightenment. Always looking for God’s grace). A recent newlywed with three beautiful daughters, Wise was born in Newburgh, NY, and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended Douglas Elementary, Carroll Middle, Sanderson HS, and DeVry University. A member of Raleigh North Christian Center, Wise is also an OIF Combat War Veteran who served 10 years among the Marines, Navy, and Army. He is an active member of VFW post 8466 in Wake Forest, NC and an author of the two online books “Fort Zombie” and “My Pen holds Passion vol.1.”

Wise has been a professional Krump dancer for 10 years. A recent student of the SLX Black class, directed by Krump dance Creator Tight Eyez, Wise has performed in places like Camp Stryker Baghdad, Iraq to the 1st SBDC in Savannah, GA. Wise has also performed with alternative cirques Alternacirque, Soda City Cirque, and Cirque de Lune. In addition, Wise also helps out local dance groups like the Raleigh Rockers.

Even with the unfortunate adversity dealing with PTSD, Wise spreads the knowledge of both dance and cultural sides of Krump. Wise plans to begin a group called VOB (Veterans on Beat) which will feature Veterans who perform to raise money for VA programs. Furthermore, Wise plans to start Krump dancing classes and events in the Wake Forest area.

 

Billy James Hawkains III

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Billy James Hawkains III: Dancer (Detroit, MI) began dancing under the tutelage of Anthony Smith at the Lewis Cass Technical High School. BFA from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Susan Jaffe, Brenda Daniels, and Juel D. Lane among others. Recent performances include Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Spoleto Festival USA. He is recipient of the Career Development and International Study Opportunity Grant for participation in the Kyoto International Dance Festival in Japan. His choreography, America Divided is a direct response to recurring systemic injustices towards Black men. This is his first season with Theatre of Movement.