A Capezio A.C.E. runner-up will perform in New York City this summer.
A Room on Broad Street at the 2013 Capezio A.C.E. Awards
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
After having spent a lifetime looking at ourselves in the mirror, constantly appraising, who of us wouldn't want to take a dance class in the dark? Two Australian dance students, Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett, had the same thought in 2009 when they founded No Lights No Lycra, a global dance community that offers dancers and nondancers alike the chance to get their groove on in a dark space, where there's no light, no Lycra, no technique, no teacher and no steps to learn. It's just a place to lose yourself in the music and find your own dance mojo. The event became so popular that it spread past its Melbourne beginnings, first throughout Australia and now, globally.
Four incredible educators: Joanne Chapman, Claudio Muñoz, Pamela VanGilder and Kathleen Isaac foster their students' love of dance, whether instilling artistry, offering rigorous training or giving special needs students an outlet through movement.
When Jennie Somogyi retired from New York City Ballet, she found herself in high demand as a teacher. Parents called, texted and persisted. "I don't even know how some of them got my contact information," she says with a laugh. But Somogyi, who departed from NYCB in 2015 after a 22-year career, hadn't made any definitive plans for the next stage of her life. "I just like to see how things move me," she says. She discovered, though, that she enjoyed the process of giving private lessons and seeing the rapid progress students could make. Over time, she realized that teaching was something she wanted rather than needed.
Does your studio slow down when the weather warms up? If you don't offer a summer session, June through August can be a cash-flow challenge. One popular—and easy—strategy is to offer weeklong camps instead. We spoke to three professionals to learn how they make summer camp work.
This week Ballet Hispánico launched its first ChoreoLaB workshop, a summer intensive intended to better prepare aspiring professional dancers—with more than just excellent technique. Artistic director Eduardo Vilaro wanted to create a program that bridges the school and the company, to help dancers transitioning into the professional world and better hone their skills.