Archives for Janel Brown
9
Aug
2017

Meet one of our 2017 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration or can be attended at a drop-in rate of $30/each. Email Janel Brown, jbrown@carolyndorfman.dance, with any questions. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Erika Mero, Ballet Technique and Performance

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

NJ SummerDance 2017 welcomes guest artist Erika Mero, ballet instructor at American Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop, Princeton Ballet School, The Lawrenceville School, and Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). Erika’s ballet technique class involves working at both the barre and in the center. Intermediate and advanced students will have the opportunity to not only work on perfecting their technique, but to also work on the performance aspect of ballet technique and how to strengthen and improve these skills.

 

About Erika Mero

Erika Mero began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School. As a dancer in the Professional Training Program, she studied with Elisabeth Carroll, Septime Webre, Maria Youskevitch, Mary Pat Robertson and Douglas Martin. Ms. Mero was a member of Princeton Ballet II, a pre-professional company of the school, where she performed works by Sherry Alban and other members of the Princeton Ballet School staff.  Later, as a dancer in American Repertory Ballet Workshop, Ms. Mero appeared in the premiere of Graham Lustig’s Standstill as well as the ballerina role of Swanhilda in Coppélia.  During these years, she also attended The Juilliard School’s summer program for two years.

In 2006, Ms. Mero graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. While in attendance at SUNY, Ms. Mero began teaching at American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School in 2003 and continues to do so as a ballet instructor. She is also a Dance Instructor with American Repertory Ballet’s DANCE POWER in New Brunswick and was named the Curriculum and Assessment Supervisor for the Program. Erika’s performance work includes two seasons with Stuart Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre, several opera productions with Opera New Jersey and as a featured dancer/choreographer in Capriccio at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.  In May 2010, Erika graduated with an MA in Dance Education with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University.

Ms. Mero is an ABT® certified teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Erika has been on the faculty for ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop since graduation from NYU and is currently an adjunct instructor at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ as well as Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts.

8
Aug
2017

Meet one of our 2017 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration or can be attended at a drop-in rate of $30/each. Email Janel Brown, jbrown@carolyndorfman.dance, with any questions. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Jenna Riegel, Intermediate/Advanced Partnering and Improvisation

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 1:00 to 2:50 pm

 

NJ SummerDance 2017 welcomes guest artist, and former Carolyn Dorfman Dance company member, Jenna Riegel. This two hour workshop will delve into the techniques and mechanics of contemporary partnering focusing on anatomical efficiency and the coordinated efforts of both partners. We will utilize some of the foundational elements of contact improvisation such as gradation of weight sharing and giving, qualities of touch (low tone to high tone) and physical listening and alert responsiveness. We will examine and talk about the importance of the pelvic relationships between partners during any lift or maneuver. We will put theory to practice and learn codified lifts and maneuvers that highlight certain principles of partnering and also incorporate improvisational exercises centered around certain skill sets to help expand our partnering toolbox. The workshop will emphasize sensation, safety and economic execution over aesthetic or style.

 

About Jenna Riegel

Jenna Riegel, a native of Fairfield, Iowa, has been a New York-based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007. Currently a member of the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company, Jenna also had the honor of performing with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, johannes wieland, Tania Isaac Dance and Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company. She has also toured nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance and Alexandra Beller Dances. Jenna has performed in New York City venues such as The Joyce, New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Danspace at St. Marks Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Aaron Davis Hall, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center, John Ryan Theater, Symphony Space and the Duo Theater.

Jenna has been on faculty at Barnard College and The Juilliard School teaching contemporary technique and contemporary partnering. She has also taught classes in contemporary technique at Dance New Amsterdam, The Joffrey Ballet School, 100 Grand, Gibney Dance as well as at festivals around the world such as the New York University’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival, the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Annual Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Bytom, Poland and the Dance Isadora Festival in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Jenna is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and taught pilates in NYC from 2007-2014. Jenna holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and a B. A. in Theater Arts from Maharishi University of Management.

3
Aug
2017

Meet one of our 2017 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration or can be attended at a drop-in rate of $30/each. Email Janel Brown, jbrown@carolyndorfman.dance, with any questions. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Amit Shah, Bollywood

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 3:00 to 5:00 pm

NJ SummerDance 2017 welcomes guest artist Amit Shah, creator of AATMA Performing Arts, “an award-winning dance company that stands at the unique intersection of traditional Indian performance and modern movement.”

In Amit’s class, students will learn the origin of “Bollywood” dance through Indian classical and folk technique and choreography.

 

About Amit Shah

Amit Shah is the Founder and Creative Director of AATMA Performing Arts and the Choreographer and Director of the internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular, Mystic India: The World Tour. His experience in theater, visual arts, and dance allows him to serve as a compelling force in the performing arts industry, especially in the realm of modern Indian entertainment. Amit’s unique dance style merges strength and sensuality, while his perception of choreography and production combines both a dancer’s emotions and an audience’s virtual experience. He earned his reputation through his distinctive approach to presenting traditional Indian dance for a modern audience. 

In 2009, Amit created the award-winning dance company, AATMA Performing Arts, which quickly became a leading worldwide brand in Indian dance with branches in New Jersey, New York, and Los Angeles. Of its projects is Mystic India: The World Tour, the first USA-based Bollywood dance spectacular seen by over half a million people worldwide. 

Amit’s work has been featured globally on stage and received tremendous accolades with the media worldwide (notably with The New York TimesThe Star Ledger, NBC’s The Today Show, and Dance Teacher Magazine). Amit has also worked on live shows with AR Rahman, Priyanka Chopra, Carrie Underwood, John Legend, as well as assisted in choreography on Bollywood film sets with Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Genelia D’Souza and Shahrukh Khan’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment. His work has also been featured on the Netflix series Brown Nation.

In 2012, Amit launched Andaz Costume Design, a company dedicated to designing and fabricating costumes to dance companies around the world, and Aura Events & Entertainment, an event production company that plans private, corporate, and other branded events. In 2013, Amit founded South Asian Choreographer’s Alliance (SAC Alliance) with the goal of uniting South Asian artists and choreographers for the purpose of cultural preservation. He has also been a chief public speaker at a number of colleges to promote the pursuit of passion as a career and continues to conduct workshops on dance, entrepreneurship, and brand building to inspire students and future generations to make their dreams into reality.

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