It was a celebration of the 10th Year Anniversary of the New York Jazz Choreography Project (NYJCP) produced by Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc. (JCE). The evening began with a dedication honoring the late teacher and choreographer, Robert Audy. It was a tribute to a man whose talent not only impacted show business in general, but specifically, his heartfelt support for the conservation of Jazz dance when he believed in and presented several works for JCE during its infantile stages. This celebration comes full circle with a dazzling display into the power of creativity and the preservation of the dance art form, Jazz.
A dozen girls in their teens were at the barre focusing intently on Sue Samuels as she led them through a series of pliés, relevés, swings, bounces, contractions, and balances. Sue was teaching at Groove With Me (GWM), a nonprofit dance and youth development organization for girls 4-18 years old who reside in East Harlem and the South Bronx, which was founded by Abby Rosin McCreath. GWM offers free dance classes to the girls, as well as help with job and college applications and financial aid forms for the high school students.
On January 19th, Jazz Choreography Enterprises hosted a Jack Cole technique dance class that was taught by Ed Kresley. The format for the class was a bit different than others. While most classes have a warm-up section and build to a large combination at the end, this class was more of a sampler with Kresley putting together many smaller combinations.
Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc., encourages the creation of jazz dance in concert form. We want to give choreographers, dancers, and audiences the chance to learn about jazz dance: how to create it, perform it, and appreciate it.
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