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24
Jul
2019

Meet one of our 2019 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 Company Manager Madeline Moore, mmoore@carolyndorfman.dance, with any questions.

Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance, and click here for the complete drop-in class schedule.

Amos Machanic, Jr., Horton Technique Workshop

Image of NJ SummerDance Guest Artist Amos Machanic, Jr.

Wednesday, August 14th at 3:00 – 5:00pm

NJ SummerDance welcomes Amos Machanic, Jr. Mr. Machanic will conduct a workshop based on the Horton Technique created by modern dance pioneer Lester Horton. Students can expect a fun, energetic class that explores alignment, opposition and musicality.

About Amos Machanic, Jr.

Amos Machanic, Jr. is currently a Teaching Artist with Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs. Mr. Machanic also teaches at The Ailey Extension, Ballet Academy East, and for the American Ballet Theater Kids Summer Intensive Program. Mr. Machanic studied dance at The New World School of the Arts and continued his training at The Ailey School where he was a fellowship recipient. Machanic was a member of Ailey II and Joined The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1996. During his 15 years with the company, Amos had the pleasure of traveling and performing across the globe. In 2010, he performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison and now enjoys being a freelance artist and teacher.

24
Jul
2019

Meet one of our 2019 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 Company Manager Madeline Moore, mmoore@carolyndorfman.dance, with any questions.

Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance, and click here for the complete drop-in class schedule.

Arvin Arjona, An Integrated Class Can Create Unified Dance Workshop

Thursday, August 15th at 9:30 – 11:10am

NJ SummerDance welcomes Arvin Arjona. Arvin will be teaching a workshop about Integrated Dance, one that welcomes and includes all dancers regardless of abilities or limitations. The class will include learning different dance genres and improvisation. You will experience it in two ways: One as being you and the other with different limitations imposed on your body.

About Arvin Arjona

Arvin Arjona has taught in various dance studios in New Jersey and is currently a full-time dance educator at Milburn High School in New Jersey and an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.  He is also a Master Dance Teacher in the summer teaching around the country at local dance studios.  Arvin has also taught at the Bi-Annual National High Dance Festival and has presented at the NJEA Teacher’s Convention, the NJAHPERD convention and the CTAHPERD convention.  Arvin is one of the most sought out presenters of Dance in the nation for Physical Education Educators and Dance Educators and has done many professional development for these Educators across the country.  He has also presented at Shape America’s National Conference and National Dance Educators Organization National Conference and recently did a webinar for the Spark and Sportime Company in June of 2015. 

Mr. Arjona has a Masters in Dance Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He received an AA in Dance from County College of Morris and a BA in Special Education, with a minor in English, History, and Psychology from Jersey City State College.  He is responsible for development of the curriculum and the dance program for Millburn High School. Before being a full-time Dance Educator at Millburn High School, he was a Special Education Teacher for ten years in different schools in New Jersey.  He is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and teaches a graduate course for future dance educators.  Mr. Arjona has taught at the Brockus Conservatory of Musical Theater and Dance in Redlands, California as one of the summer dance educators and the assistant director of the Brockus Conservatory summer dance intensive. 

Arvin has performed with Funk That Hip Hop Dance Company, Mooshi Sushi Crew, Triple Threat Dance, La Tin Dance Company and AP Motion Dance Company between 1995-2003. Mr. Arjona has been in National Tours of Chorus Line, Footloose, and Les Miserables.  He has choreographed various musicals for Bloomfield High School and Millburn High School in New Jersey.  Arvin also served as a Vice President of Dance for the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NJAPHERD) Executive board.  He has also received NJAPHERD’s 2013-2014 Dance Teacher of The Year Award. Arvin has also received Shape America Eastern District Association’s 2015 Dance Teacher of the Year.   The Millburn High School Dance Program and Arvin were a featured article, Boundless Enthusiasm, in the August 2013 Dance Teacher Magazine written by Hannah Marie Hayes.  In 1996, he received the Dancer of the Year Award from County College of Morris.  Arvin received a Teacher Fellowship to Bates Dance Festival in 2007 and was included in the 2007-2008 Who’s Who Among American Teachers, which honors the nations most respected teachers at all levels and disciplines of education.

19
Jul
2019

Meet one of our 2019 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 Company Manager Madeline Moore, mmoore@carolyndorfman.dance, with any questions.

Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance, and click here for the complete drop-in class schedule.

Nai-Ni Chen, Kinetic Spiral Workshop

Nai-Ni Chen dancingTuesday, August 13th at 3:00 – 5:00pm

NJ SummerDance welcomes Nai-Ni Chen, founder and artistic director of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Nai-Ni Chen will conduct a workshop on her unique technique and repertory. “Like visual poetry, Chen’s phrases, part exoskeletal rigidity, part boneless grace, embodied an epic dignity.” – The Village Voice

The Kinetic Spiral technique centers around the exploration of a wide range of physically challenging, intricate movement ideas that combines the grace, sensibility, delicacy, and flow of motion driven by the proper use of the breath, building a foundation to support the limitless spiral energy that supports the powerful athletic movements inspired by the common ground found in Chinese martial art, calligraphy, graffiti and contemporary dance. Ms. Chen will also introduce the fundamental elements involved in traditional Chinese Dance and how they serve as inspiration for creative movements.

About Nai-Ni Chen

“Spiritual Choreographer” -Dance Magazine

“A rare modern dance choreographer…”-NY Times

Nai-Ni Chen is the founder, choreographer and Artistic Director of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Nai-Ni Chen comes from a rich dance tradition. She was a renowned traditional dancer who studied with some of the most respected Peking Opera and traditional dance masters in Taiwan. She served on several ambassadorial culture missions to 19 countries around the world. An early member of the Cloud Gate Dance Theater, she graduated from the Chinese Cultural University and came to America to seek her own voice in the world of contemporary dance. Since then, Ms. Chen has created a diverse repertory with dances some from hundreds of years ago to highly abstract, modern works. Touring over 20 years around the United State, her company is the premier resource for immigrant Chinese American cross-cultural dance works for presenters across the country. In addition to domestic touring, her company has also visited international festivals in Mexico, Canada, Germany, British Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, South Korea and China with support from Fund for Mutual Understanding, The President’s Committee for the Arts, Arts International and the State Department of the United States.

Nai-Ni Chen has received multiple Choreographer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NJ State Council on the Arts. Her work has been commissioned by the Joyce Theater Foundation, the Lincoln Center Institute, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Towson University, Dancing in the Streets, Ballet Met, and the Cleveland Dancing Wheels. She has taught master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Russia, Poland, Taiwan, Mongolia, and China. Nai-Ni Che is currently in residence in New Jersey City University creating new dance program for the university as well as starting a new collaboration with the A Harry Moore Laboratory School for children with multiple disabilities.

Commissioned dances include Peach Flower Landscape for the Lincoln Center Institute, Qian Kun for the Joyce Theater Foundation, Unfolding for Dancing in the Streets, The Three Riddles of Turandot for New Jersey Ballet, Unconquered Warriors for Dancing Wheels, and Water and Tiger Lily for Ballet Met, The Way of Five – Fire for Townson University; Dragons on the Wall, a collaboration with Nobel Literature nominee Bei Dao and internationally acclaimed composer Joan La Barbara for the Alternate Roots Festival curated by Baraka Sele of New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She has set her choreography at Case Western Reserve University, Alvin Ailey school’s professional development program, and Long Island City University.

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