From Dance Film to Full-Length Work
A Capezio A.C.E. runner-up will perform in New York City this summer.
Nobody who attended the 2013 Capezio A.C.E. Awards at the Dance Teacher Summit could forget Jacob Jonas’ In a Room On Broad Street. It was the one where the guy spun on his head for what seemed like a full minute.
Jonas’ unique background makes his style stand out. The 22-year-old got his start at 13 performing with a group of Venice Beach street-dance acrobats called the Calypso Tumblers. He went on to pursue classical dance training.
Named for the Philadelphia studio location where it was created, Broad Street blends pedestrian movement, street and contemporary styles and, of course, circus-caliber stunts. The piece placed third at the A.C.E. Awards, earning Jonas a $2,500 production budget and a year to prepare for a full-length show in New York City.
Watch Jonas’ original video entry here. He will present the final product at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in Manhattan, August 5–7.
Photo by Kyle Froman