Reviews & Testimonials

Press reviews:

The October 2016 show is mentioned in The Barretender: “…jazz dance all too rarely gets its own chance to shine, with pieces usually taking place within the context of larger Broadway shows or other theatrical works. This October, however, will give these jazzy artists the spotlight, as the jazz-dedicated nonprofit Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc. brings their next New York Jazz Choreography Project production to the stage.” Read more


Dominique Robinson writes about the October 2016 show: “The New York Jazz Choreography Project included a spectrum of jazz dance styles. Some brought a nostalgic presence with the classics while others infused various styles to form theatrical and contemporary works. Choreographers shared clean, well-rehearsed compositions filled with theatrics, strength, technique, and abstract anecdotes. Jazz dance, conceived of personal expression and response, makes it a form that is freeing and open to interpretation, a detail quite familiar in the diversity of JCE’s jazz dance showcase.” Read more


Rachel Rizzuto from Dance Teacher writes about the Jazz Choreography workshop with Bob Boross in the article “Bob Boross: How I Teach Matt Mattox Freestyle Jazz.” Read the articleDownload PDF


Marsha Volgyi writes about the April 2016 show in Broadway World: “Each piece of the evening was a joy… All of what the NYJCP coordinated that evening was an evolution of jazz.” Read the full reviewDownload pdf


Barbara Angeline writes about the October 2015 show in Academia: “If you saw this concert, you would be reassured that jazz dance is alive and kicking!…The performers’ technical ability was exceptional, but I was particularly impressed with their expertise in bottling up the inner tension – so foundational to jazz dance – and meting out doses according to the intent of the piece.” Read the full review


Alison Durkee writes about the October 2015 show in Critical Dance: “…the variety of works onstage at the New York Jazz Choreography Project made for an entertaining and enlightening program, demonstrating what jazz dancing both has been and can be. With ballet and modern often receiving the bulk of attention when it comes to concert dance, Jazz Choreography Enterprises reminds us that jazz, too, is a style worthy of the spotlight.” Read the full review


Nicholas Goodly of exploredance.com writes about the April 2015 showcase: “… all the performers in the program showed a passion and love for the language of jazz dance, and that message was received loud and clear.” Read more


Beth Schmid writes about the October 2014 project: “The show featured three standouts. Each piece displayed distinct form and pace and the dancers were of varying ages.” … read more


On April 12, 2014 on exploredance.com, Jamie Townsend writes: “The great George Balanchine once said ‘dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.’ If he’s correct then Jazz Choreography Enterprises’ New York Jazz Choreography Project performance on Saturday, April 12 at Peridance Capezio Center’s Salvatore Capezio Theater was a concert of epic proportions.” … read more


The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) writes about the February 9th  perfomance at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in their blog: “… it was well attended and enthusiastically received by the audience members.”… read article


Emily Goldman writes: “New York Jazz Choreography Project presented by Jazz Choreography Enterprises, was a scrambled timeline of Jazz dance. The night kept us at our peak, not knowing what or who would step out of the wings next…. Virtuosity and variety reigned as every choreographer provided a new experience.”… download full article


JCE gives a world-wide perspective on how ‘Jazz’ is seen, taught, and thought of in different countries in The Dance Enthusiast [October 2012] … read more / download pdf


In a May 2012 post in Dossier Journal, Jennifer Dwoskin wrote about the April 2012 dance concert:

“It’s easy to associate jazz with its heyday in the roaring ’20s, the brass rhythms of speakeasies and the knocking knees of flappers. But jazz didn’t die with the 21st Amendment. It is alive and well today—it’s ever evolving. As Billy Crystal, whose family founded the jazz label Commodore Records, once said: “The thing about jazz is it’s free flowing; it comes from your soul.” And that’s evident in all 12 pieces of The New York Jazz Choreography Project.” … download pdf


In her blog, Elena Vazintaris wrote about the November 2010 performance: “Inventive, funny and well executed, the concept was so simple yet packed such a punch.” … read more


Anne Mercurio writes: “The work is a fully visual experience … clean, decisive, fully engaged and committed … chock full of satisfying kicks, turns and jumps … the joys of dancing are clear, and the reasons we continue doing it were on stage for all to see.”… download full article


Jennifer Dwoskin reviewed our November 2010 dance concert in Dossier Journal: “The Project is a showcase of fourteen distinct dances, ranging in style from the classic to the futuristic—the predictable to the unexpected … pieces which feature choreographers and performers of various generations, cultures and levels of experience … download pdf


In the January 2010 issue of JazzPulsions, Bob Boross wrote: ”A bright spot in jazz dance performance is the group Jazz Choreography Enterprises, headed by president Marian Hyun. For the last few years this non-profit organization has been producing semiannual jazz dance showcase concerts at the New Dance Group Arts Center. Now that NDG has closed, their next concert is scheduled for mid-November 2009 at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. Hyun echoed the lament about dance critic’s perception of jazz dance, saying, ‘I have the feeling dance critics do not think of jazz as having as much artistic merit as ballet or modern, or even tap dance, but since so little jazz is actually presented and reviewed, it’s hard to say.’ When pressed about the lack of fully producing jazz companies, she added, ‘I think jazz dance companies might have a difficult time finding an audience because of the lack of knowledge about jazz dance and the perception among some that it is hopelessly old fashioned. And in a city like New York, where seeing the newest and most exciting art is a goal of many, jazz doesn’t create the kind of interest and excitement that contemporary and hip-hop does.” … If you would like to read the full article, please go to Bob’s website: www.bobboross.com


Bob Boross reviewed our November 2008 dance concert in his Jazz Dance E-News … download pdf. For more information, please go to www.bobboross.com.


INTERVIEWS

Marian Hyun is interviewed by Dance Spirit e-news: “We caught up with Marian Hyun, the project’s co-director, to learn more about the show and to get her take on the ever-changing world of jazz dance.” … read more


Artistic directors Marian Hyun and Merete Muenter and choreographers Bob Boross, Joyce King, and roberta mathes were interviewed by Ashani Mfuko, host of “Inside New York City Dance” on MNN4. … view clip


 

 

Testimonials:

“I support and applaud JCE for their wonderful work in giving the opportunity to Choreographers and Dancers to explore and advance the oft neglected field of Jazz Dance. I believe this organization may fulfill its promise to be a showcase for the young talent of today’s choreographers/dancers, while continuing to revive great works from the past, and give the opportunity for the experimental work for this art form to grow, change and evolve…at the same time, respecting the rich Jazz Dance traditions and roots by performing classic dances of yesteryear.

I was impressed by a recent concert of JCE regarding the range of various choreographers, the very different styles, the high standard of the dancers, and the overall production value…. I look forward to seeing the next showing with great anticipation…great dancing and dancers!” — Molly Molloy, Choreographer, November 2012


“I fully support Jazz Choreography Enterprises and their mission to preserve and nurture the art of jazz dance. Their productions are beautifully organized and display an impressive quality of choreographers and dancers at every performance. This organization represents the art of jazz dance with a passion that is needed and also necessary in order to keep jazz dance alive and visible to present and future audiences.” — Baayork Lee, Director/Choreographer, November 2012


“We both loved the performance; it was far too much fun! We walked out of there totally energized; we had to WALK home. Thank you for letting us know about it. Can’t wait for the next one.” — Vivek Bandhu, November 2009.


“Congratulations and thank you for inviting me to enjoy your wonderful endeavors. It is great to see you supporting the jazz idiom and I look forward to see choreographers develop and continue over time.” — Renata Celichowska, Director, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, May 2008


“I totally loved the show. Every performance was outstanding, and there was not a weak link. It almost made me want to take up dancing. Count me in for November.” — Danny O’Gallagher, May 2008


“I thought every dance was so well done, upbeat and crisp…really inspirational for one not often drawn to dance.” — Jim Christerson, May 2007


“JCE is so supportive to choreographer’s/dancer’s growth and working to offer opportunities at venues that will present our work in the best possible way. Dance can be a very competitive world and JCE has developed an organization that has opened up more possibilities for artists within an environment where we can bring our creativity freely to the stage.” — Joyce King, October 2012


“It was such a pleasure presenting work in the NY Jazz Choreography Project. The production is always run in a smooth, organized, professional manner, making it easy to invite industry colleagues and friends. And the audience is enthusiastic, making it a terrific venue to try out new choreographic ideas and discover what works.” — Arron Racheal Masters, June 2008


“What a great way to showcase pieces in New York City. By being a part of the NY Jazz Choreography Project showing I am proud to have choreographed a number that I only thought might be received well. This organization gave me a chance to see that I was correct..” — Francis J. Roach, June 2008


“I really enjoyed Bob Boross’s class at DANY Studios last month! It was such a privilege to have a free class of that caliber offered here in the city. I think it is very relevent to where we are in the world of contemporary dance training. It lends a great amount of variety to the dancers’ training and thusly maximizes their performance abilities.” — Lauren Ashlee Small, November 2012


“Alan Spaulding’s partnering class is a rare opportunity. It inspired the partner work in my latest piece for NYJCP, and gave me the know-how to pull it off. Thanks, Alan!” — Christopher Liddell, June 2008


“The theatre dance workshop I attended gave me new ideas and perspective on some great strength and technique exercises; it was a perfect dancer’s workout.” — John-Paul Nardecchia, June 2008

Photo: Jan La Salle

 

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