2017 is our 10th Anniversary Year!
Jazz Choreography Enterprises (JCE) is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 2007 whose mission is to promote the creation of original jazz dance in concert form. JCE’s goal is to keep jazz dance thriving by presenting the New York Jazz Choreography Project, a semiannual dance concert featuring jazz choreography by emerging and established artists in a variety of styles. In this way choreographers and dancers gain experience working in jazz styles, and audiences have opportunities to see the richness of this great American art form.
In May 2007, Marian Hyun, Co-Artistic Director of JCE, produced the first performance of the New York Jazz Choreography Project. The performance sold out and generated enthusiasm from the artists and audience. Realizing that choreographers need opportunities to develop their work and that audiences have fewer opportunities to see jazz dance than in years past, Marian Hyun, Co-Artistic Director Merete Muenter, and two other dance lovers founded JCE in July 2007. JCE has produced all subsequent performances of the Jazz Project.
Outreach and Education
- Since 2014 JCE has presented a smaller version of the Jazz Project followed by a Q&A as part of the Second Sundays Performance Series at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (lenoxhill.org). This performance gives members of the Neighborhood House community the opportunity to see a high-quality jazz dance performance they might not otherwise be able to afford.
- JCE also seeks to educate dancers and the public about jazz dance. We offer classes in significant jazz styles and techniques that are open to all dance students. Jazz Project choreographers Tracie Stanfield, Alan Spaulding, Vic DiMonda, Crystal Chapman, Sue Samuels, and Cat Manturuk have taught jazz classes for JCE. In 2016 we sponsored three classes in Matt Mattox Freestyle Jazz Dance taught by Jazz Project choreographer Bob Boross. In January 2017 Ed Kresley, a former archivist for the American Dance Machine, taught a class in Jack Cole technique.
- Since 2016 JCE has offered a mini-course centered on a Jazz Project performance for Honors Program students from Quinnipiac University. The students, most of them non-dancers, are given reading and video-watching assignments and take a jazz dance class taught by Marian Hyun and Merete Muenter. You can see the students learning the Charleston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRLUifRMKbU
- JCE has started a collaboration with Groove With Me, a wonderful nonprofit dance and youth development organization for girls 4-18 years old who reside in East Harlem and the South Bronx. We will offer six classes in jazz dance during the year and comps for our performances to students from Groove With Me.
Our Programs Are Made Possible in Part By:
The Second Sundays performance at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House on March 12, 2017 is made possible in part by the MCC Community Benefit Festival Grant Program and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
The April 2017 New York Jazz Choreography Project is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
All of our programs are made possible in part by Salon Ishi, our corporate sponsor.