Welcome Back

Hopefully everyone is having a wonderful new year and new semester! We had a great first meeting followed by Micki’s marvelous class. Be sure to check the blog throughout the week to get updates about upcoming classes! Here’s some pictures from our first class of 2013:

Improv Dance Jam!

Need a break from homework, studying, and other stressful stuff? Come join DTG in L128 tonight at 7 for an improv dance jam! We’ll play some music, loosen up and dance our hearts out for one last DTG event. Bring your friends and bring your moves. You won’t wanna miss it!

Aurora Borealis: A Festival of Light and Dance

ORIGINS 2012

Class # 7 Musical Theatre with Tommy Coye

Tommy Coye has been a faculty member of The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio for more than twenty years, teaching jazz, musical theatre dance and video dance in the studio’s various adult and teen programs. He is currently teaching musical theatre dance at the Boston Conservatory, has taught musical theatre dance at Emerson College and video dance classes at Sports Club/LA Boston, as well as master classes and workshops throughout New England.
As a performer and choreographer, Tommy’s work has been seen both nationally and internationally: touring with major recording stars, opening for entertainment headliners, performing in product presentations for major sportswear companies, commercials, as well as at global corporate events, on cruise ships, and in regional theatres, supper clubs, casinos and arenas throughout the world.
Tommy has also been involved with Boston Youth Moves (BYM), a non-profit pre-professional dance training ground for teens, since its inception in 1990. Having been actively involved in virtually every aspect of the BYM organization, he served as Board President for over 15 years and currently serves as Chair of Development. Additionally, he continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member as a choreographer and styles instructor.

Class # 6 Bollywood with Anil Natyaveda

Anil Natyaveda, Co-Director, Navarasa Dance Theater.
Co-Director: Anil Natyaveda is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and a martial artist (kalari ppyattu) from Triuvanathapuram, India. Anil has trained in classical dance forms and has also trained in contemporary and aerial dance forms. He has a degree in dance from Sree Swathithirunal Music College, India. He has performed all over the world including at the Bates Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, Asian American Theater Festival, USA and Edinburgh Dance Festival, Germany International Summer Theatre Festival, Hong Kong Art Festival and Khaguraho Festival. He has also performed and taught dance classes in USA, Canada and Germany. He choreographed for Indian films including Santhosh Sivan’s Anandabadhram. In 2008 the Kerala State Guru Gopinath Trust, India, honored him with the Natyaratnam award and in 2012 Shashstri Indo-Canadian Institute award for his contribution to Indian arts. He choreographed for Franco Dragone’s show in Germany. Critics have hailed him as an important contemporary choreographer creating original works.

Class # 5 Modern Master Class with Nathan Trice

Residency Performers with Nathan Trice

Nathan Trice is the Artistic Director/Founder of nathantrice/RITUALS project-by-projectdance theater based in New York City.
Originally from Detroit, MI Nathan began his training in 1988 under the strict direction of Aulani Chun in San Diego, Ca. at Mesa College. While training, he simultaneously completed his remaining two years of a four and a half year contract with the U. S. Military Naval service.  Upon completion of his Naval contract, he was accepted into the Alvin Ailey certificate program.   Since completing the certificate program Nathan has worked with MOMIX, Complexions, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Kevin Iega Jeff, Donald Byrd/The Group,  Burnt Sugar Arkistra, Forces of Nature Dance Co., and his own Co, Nathan Trice / RITUALS dance theater while continuing to freelance with an array of artists.Nathan continues to travel throughout the United States and abroad conducting residencies, master classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances.
In 2001 Nathan went on to create the Recognizing Women Project with the intention of bridging the gap between art and academia. The project is an ongoing collaboration between company artists and college/university women studies departments. The objective of this project has been to create work with a focus on the social, political, emotional and psychological experiences of women. In its tenth year, the Recognizing Women Project continues to be one of Nathan’s most profound projects to date.
In 2004 Nathan was invited to LaGuardia High School Dance Department as a resident guest artist were he choreographed and taught the technique and approach to his style of movement. As a result, the chair’s dance department initiated a Senior Solo commissioning agreement with Mr. Trice’s company for their annual graduating class. These solos are designed to demonstrate to any college or university the artistry, technique and talent of each student. The student’s we’ve worked with have been successfully accepted into some of the best college and university dance departments in the nation.
The high school residency essentially inspired Nathan to develop and create an annual three-week Summer Dance Intensive program in New York City. Since it’s 2007 inception the summer dance intensive has been designed for students that are interested in approaching dance/movement, theater and vocalization from a creative and exploratory perspective.
For the past 9 years Nathan has continued to serve as professor of dance at Long Island University’s dance department in Brooklyn New York. Mr. Trice has continued to receive commissions from the Ailey II Company, Dallas Black Dance Theater, The Herman Lavern Theater Group, Bermuda Dance Company, The Harkness Dance Festival, Aaron Davis Hall E-moves Festival, DNA’S In The Company of MEN and numerous Universities, Colleges and Performing Arts High schools.

Residency with Nathan Trice

Class # 4 Horton Technique (Modern) with Chien Hwe

A native of Taiwan, Chien-Hwe was introduced to movement as a small child when her parents put her in tai-chi classes at the very young age of 3.  She began ballet training under the direction of Irene Merrill and continued to fuel her love of dance in the Mid-Cape Ballet’s Nutcracker for 6 years and also won the title of Miss Dance of Cape Cod 1996.  Upon taking a master class with a member of the Ailey Repertory Ensemble, she fell in love with modern dance.  Chien-Hwe continued to pursue modern dance at The Ailey School Summer Intensive for 2 summers where she met and trained under Denise Vale, a former principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company.  It only made sense that she would attend and graduate from The Ailey School/Fordham Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree Program.  While in New York, she performed as a guest student dancer at City Center for 3 years with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and was a soloist in the Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers where she performed works by Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Francesca Harper, Kevin Wynn, Ronald K. Brown, Steve Rooks, Milton Myers, Celia Marino, Avila/Weeks, Nathan Trice/Rituals among others.  Other studies during and after college included attending Bates Dance Festival, Merce Cunningham School on summer scholarship and Alonzo King/LINES Ballet’s Professional Workshop.

Chien-Hwe has taught in Boston, Cape Cod and Hong Kong, performed in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong and has had her work shown in Cape Cod, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong.  Along with founding 1,000 Virtues Dance, she co-founded and choreographs for c3~cambridge choreographers’ collective, received the Green Street Studios Emerging Artist Award 2012, made top 100 of So You Think You Can Dance 2009 of Boston and teaches at Green Street Studios.  Recent performance and choreography credits include ‘Experiment America’ at the Institute of Contemporary Art, guest performances with Philip Hamilton, showcase at RAW: Natural Born Artists Boston MIXOLOGY and Third Life Studios and new work premiering in this year’s first annual CHOREOFEST at The Dance Complex.  Also a certified yoga teacher, she incorporates a holistic approach to movement arts in her contemporary dance classes.

 

Class # 3 Choreography with Deanna Pelecchia

DeAnna Pellecchia is a dancer, choreographer, educator, equestrian, trainer, athlete, aerialist, actress and artist. She is committed to creating multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary works of live art. DeAnna crafts performance pieces both site-specific and for the stage that seamlessly integrate the disciplines of dance, theater, music, visual art and digital technology. She uses rich visual imagery to create dance-theater pieces that communicate emotionally powerful physical landscapes. The Boston Herald calls her “stunning…one of the area’s finest artists”. The Boston Globe describes her as “a committed and daring performer”. Bay Windows defines her as “…muscular, mesmerizing, unforgettable…”
As a dance-artist/educator, DeAnna’s mission is to bring dance, in the form of high-art, to the masses. In the process of achieving this goal she has danced with horses, in trees, on stilts, under water and through air; has been featured in rodeos, operas, plays, fashion shows, magazines, movies and music videos; and has performed in unconventional landscapes as well as theaters of all shapes and sizes across the United States from the Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. to the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. DeAnna has toured throughout India, performing and teaching in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala and Bangalore for organizations such as the National School of Drama, Pondicherry University, Alliance Francaise and the University of Calicut. She has created performance pieces with Grammy-nominated musicians Dave Eggar and Joshua Pierce, NYC music-icon, composer Johnny Reinhard, award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson and legendary choreographer Elaine Summers of the Judson Dance Theater. She has performed onstage with music artists including Mission of Burma’s front man/guitarist Roger Miller, Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s singer/composer Dina Fanai, and Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy. Her work has been presented by the American Festival of Microtonal Music, The Charles Playhouse/Broadway Across America, Critical Moves Performance Series, Outside Art Collective, Braver, P.C., Betty Riaz/STIL, The Huntington Theater, Boston University, Roger Williams University, The Boston Center for the Arts, Mobius, The Order of The Artists, The Dance Complex, and Green Street Studios.
Alongside Ingrid Schatz, DeAnna co-directs KAIROS Dance Theater, an eclectic performance company committed to creating emotionally powerful, viscerally chargeddance theater. Critics have called Pellecchia & Schatz “the sexiest and most ironic duo on the local scene…a new wave in contemporary dance”. Their project “THAT GIRL AND THE OTHER ONE”, which explores the intense dynamics cultivated in relationships between women, has been called “violently compelling”, “unnerving and intimate”, “a beautifully eerie duet”. DeAnna also collaboratively founded Savage Amusements with musician Ed Broms, formerly of grammy-nominated BLUE MAN GROUP. Their performance installation “RED CHARLIE” was produced at The Charles Playhouse by Broadway Across America. Thier collaboration inspired Broms to write and record the song, “DEANNA FLIES” which will appear on his newest album, currently in production.
DeAnna is a principal dancer with internationally acclaimed Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works. As an original cast member of PJJ/PW’s “RIDE” Project, she has been dancing with horses for the past ten years. She dances as a soloist with Kinodance Company (named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in 2008), an interdisciplinary artist collective which marries film projection with live performance. DeAnna is a principal dancer with ANIKAI Dance Company (since 2005), of which she is a founding member and for which she is Rehearsal Director. Ms. Pellecchia was a principal dancer with Bennett DanceCompany from 1999-2007, of which she was a founding member and for which she was Assistant Choreographer and Rehearsal Director. She has also had the pleasure of performing with Michael Jahoda’s White Box Project, Anna Myer & Dancers, Ipswich Moving Company and Nicola Hawkins Dance Company.