Movers & Shapers: Shannon Hummel

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:
Podcast No.34 – SHANNON HUMMEL

Photo: Kamau Ware

Photo: Kamau Ware

Release Date: October 25, 2016

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ABOUT SHANNON HUMMEL

Shannon Hummel is a choreographer, arts educator and Founding Artistic Director of Cora Dance. Driven to create access to the arts for all people, she opened The Cora Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2009 as a home for her professional company and their education programs. The space strives to create exceptional dance experiences while addressing the impediments that restrict many people from the art-form. Equal parts professional choreographer and community artist, Hummel’s work has been seen as much in church basements, public parks and community spaces as on some of the country’s finest stages. She has been repeatedly critically acclaimed by Style Magazine, Village Voice, Richmond Times Dispatch, and The New York Times where she has been a Top 10 Critics Pick for Dance and had her “finely wrought dances” called “poignant, funny, vivid and true, remarkably assured and perceptive” and most recently “a rare gem.” While her choreography has been presented in over 30 NYC venues (including the 92nd Street Y, BAM, BAX, Brooklyn Museum of Art, DTW, Danspace Project, La MaMa, LMCC, among others) she is also known for creating accessible grassroots performances in off-the-beaten-path places in KY, NY, NJ, OK, VA, VT and WV. She has been an educational advisor, mentor or faculty member for hundreds of institutions including her alma mater James Madison University; enjoyed significant residencies in support of her choreography from Vermont Performance Lab, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange among others; and guest taught and lectured widely for ADF’s January Intensive, American College Dance Festival’s Mid-Atlantic Conference, NYLA’s Fresh Tracks Program, and dance programs at Rutgers, William & Mary, Marlboro College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Washington & Lee, among many others.  She is most proud to be the mom of a lively, lovely, hilarious dancing boy named Henry.

MORE ON SHANNON HUMMEL

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Scott Smith

James Madison University

Donna Costello

Peggy Peloquin

DTW – Fresh Tracks

BAX – Brooklyn Arts Exchange

Marya Warshaw

Rebekah Windmiller

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Your Move Dance Festival and Heather Warfel Sandler

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:
Podcast No.33 – Your Move Dance Festival and Heather Warfel Sandler

Release Date: October 11, 2016

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ABOUT YOUR MOVE DANCE FESTIVAL FOUNDERS: MORGAN HILLE REFAKIS AND MEAGAN WOODS

Morgan Hille Rebakis

Morgan Hille Refakis

Morgan Hille Refakis, originally from Indiana. graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in Dance and Journalism, where she received a Jerome and Lorraine Aresty Research Scholarship for choreography. After college, Morgan studied choreography with Ballet Prelocaj in France. Representing Northeast Indiana, she performed in Mexico on a Performing Arts Cultural Exchange with Rotary International. Morgan has performed professionally with Liz Lerman, Nancy Nowacek, Dance Exchange, Isabel Lewis, The Dancing Georgina Project, Daniel Flores Dance, Insurgo Stage Project, and Meagan Woods & Co. She has presented work at Movement Research Judson Church, Your Move Dance Festival, Lowe’s Theatre STAGEfest, Museiam Showcase, Amalgamated Artist Series and Erarta Gallery. Morgan is an Area Pilates Manager and Instructor for Equinox Health Clubs and a founding Co-Producer of Your Move Dance Festival.

Meagan Woods

Meagan Woods

Meagan Woods graduated with a BFA in dance from Rutgers University, earning the Margery Turner Award for choreography. She has performed professionally with Liz Lerman, Sarah Skaggs, Orit Ben-Shitrit, SHUA Group and Insurgo Stage Project. Meagan Woods & Company has presented original work at NJPAC, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Grounds for Sculpture, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theater, Scheide Hall, and The Historical Loew’s Theater. She has performed for TEDx, and her worked can be viewed at TED.com. Meagan is the originator of Dance Within the Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum. She is choreographer for the musical theater program STAGES! at Art House Productions. Meagan choreographs, costume designs, and guest lecturers for Rutgers University and choreographs for St. Peter’s University. meaganwoodsandcompany.com

 

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ABOUT HEATHER WARFEL SANDLER: 

Heather Warfel Sandler

Heather Warfel Sandler graduated cum laude with a BA in Modern Dance from Point Park University, and has continued to study dance/education at the American Dance Festival, VCU, Dance Education Laboratory at 92 St.Y, and studios throughout NYC. Ms.Warfel served as Adjunct Professor of Dance at NJCU, and is also a certified yoga instructor and member of Dance NJ/NDEO.She has shown her choreography throughout the NY/NJ area, including the Outlet Dance Project and Your Move Modern Dance Festival. In her performance career Ms.Warfel has worked professionally as a tap, West African, and modern dancer, most recently with SHUA Group. Locally she co-wrote and performed the lead role in Heavy Craft, Soft Landing at ArtHouseProductions, enjoyed many years as a professional clown, and is proud to be an active member of the Jersey City artist community as both performer and visual artist.  She was a founding member of an inter-disciplinary improvisation company, and continues to perform regularly in dance, theater, and music – most often with her fun-fabulous band The Ukuladies. Because of these varied artistic experiences, Ms.Warfel strongly values creativity, individuality, and open-mindedness as both a dancer and a teacher.  She founded the dance program at County Prep High School in Jersey City 16 years ago. Her students have since won numerous awards, and gone on to study at renowned colleges such as Rutgers/Mason Gross, Virginia Commonwealth University, and NYU.  In addition to directing the dance program at County Prep, Ms. Warfel produces school performances, and moderates the CP Artist Collective, where she demonstrates the importance of creative play in education and personal development.

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PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Luigi Jazz 

Virginia Commonwealth University – Dance

Point Park University – Dance

Judith Leifer-Bentz

Kevin Quigley

Maureen Glennon

JC Fridays

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Christian von Howard

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cvh-fall_cp2-2MOVERS & SHAPERS:
Podcast No.32 – Christian von Howard

Release Date: September 27, 2016

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ABOUT CHRISTIAN VON HOWARD: Choreographer, Dancer, Dance Educator

Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a contemporary dance company based out of New York City. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and nurtured in the Big Ole state of Texas, Christian is an international performer, teacher and choreographer. His professional career began as a teenager at Ballet Concerto, under the Artistic Direction of Margo Dean. He would later become a founding member and Assistant Director of JAADE Dance Theatre (A sister company to Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre) under the direction Keisha Breaker-Haliburton. In Texas, Christian also worked with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Darryl B. Sneed (Former Assistant Director of Dallas Black Dance Theater), Dancers Unlimited, Mary Kay Industrials, Dian Clough West, NOVA Dancing Company and many others.   Overseas in the mid 90’s, he graced the stage with the Trier Ballet (Germany) and Let’s Dance/Teatro de Reggio (Italy). In 1997, Christian co-founded 1*4*8 The Collective, a collaborative dance and theater company of seven artists creating work in the NYC area. From 2000-2003 he served as the Artist in Residence at Columbia College (SC) and the Associate Director of The Power Company, South Carolina’s leading contemporary dance company under the Artistic Direction of Martha Brim. As a concert performer, Christian has worked with such artists as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Mark Dendy, Randy James, and he currently dances with the Fred Benjamin Dance Company, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company and the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. In 2006, Christian was awarded a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. In 2010, his choreographic work was selected to represent the Mid-Atlantic Region at the 2010 National Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  His choreography has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC Festival, d.u.m.b.o. arts festival, the Ailey School and the Spoleto Festival (SC). He has also set work on various colleges and universities, which included University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Columbia College (SC), Jacksonville University, Texas Christian University, Winthrop University and various other schools of dance across the country. Christian has also been a member of the dance faculties of the Texas Christian University, Morris County Academy of Visual & Performing Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University, Columbia College (SC), and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Christian is a 2013/2014 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts where he was part of the teaching faculty in the Department of Dance & Choreography from 2008 to 2014. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Montclair State University and concurrently teaches at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC where he has been on faculty since 1998. Christian serves as the Northeast Regional Director of the American College Dance Association. He holds advanced degrees in Performance and Choreography from the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University and from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

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PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Ballet Concerto

Texas Christian University, Dance

New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Columbia College South Carolina

Susan Kirchner

Randy James, 10 Hairy Legs

Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts

The Power Company, Martha Brim

Barefoot Brigade

Virginia Commonwealth University, Dance

Alvin Ailey School

Montclair State University, Dance

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Joanna Kotze

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Podcast No.31 – Joanna Kotze

Release Date: September 13, 2016

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ABOUT JOANNA KOTZE:

Joanna Kotze received the 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Her choreography has been presented at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Baryshnikov Arts Center, American Dance Institute (ADI), Danspace Project, Bard College’s Fisher Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, New York Live Arts Studio Series, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Roulette, Dixon Place, 92nd Street Y, WAXworks, Lu Magnus gallery, Soho20 gallery, Show Room Gowanus gallery, Industry City and the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (WI). Joanna recently created new works on Toronto Dance Theatre, Zenon Dance, Ririe-Woodbury and the James Sewell Ballet as well as on students at Eugene Lang College (The New School), Barnard, Purchase College, Southern Utah University and Miami University (OH).

Her next evening-length work is being commissioned by New York Live Arts and is set to premiere in the spring of 2018 with a work-in-progress showing May 12-13, 2017.

Joanna has received support from the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) BUILD, Brooklyn Arts Council, Yellowhouse, and two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants. She was a 2013-2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a recipient of a 2014 Process Space residency through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). She has had residencies at The Camargo Foundation, Marble House, Jacob’s Pillow, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Djerassi and the Bogliasco Foundation. Joanna was a 2012 Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab, a 2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space resident and has worked in residence at Mount Tremper Arts. She was the Fall 2012 boo-koo space grant recipient at Gibney Dance Center and has participated in Sarah Maxfield’s One-Shot, a web-based solo performance relay.

She danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010, performing throughout NYC (including twice at BAM’s Next Wave Festival) the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. She is currently working with Kimberly Bartosik/daela, Stacy Spence and Kota Yamazaki. She has also danced for Netta Yerushalmy, Sam Kim, Sarah Skaggs, Christopher Williams, the Metropolitan Opera ballet, Daniel Charon, Nina Winthrop and others.

Joanna is on faculty at Movement Research and Gibney Dance. She has taught at Barnard College, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Eugene Lang College – The New School for Liberal Arts, Long Island University and the American Dance Festival. She has studied Klein technique with Barbara Mahler since 2003, is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University (’98).

 

MORE ON JOANNA:

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Indiana University- Bloomington

Miami University of Ohio – Dance

American Dance Festival

Betty Jones

Ron Brown

Risa Steinberg

Wally Cardona

Kimberly Bartosik

Danspace Project

Bogliasco Foundation

The Bessies

Baryshnikov Arts Center

American Dance Institute

NYLA

Klein Technique

Barbara Mahler

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Christine Jowers

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CJFAVORITE_4MOVERS & SHAPERS:
Podcast No.30 – Christine Jowers

Release Date: August 30, 2016

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ABOUT CHRISTINE JOWERS:

Christine Jowers is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Dance Enthusiast an extension of the non-profit company, Moving Arts Projects www.movingartsprojects.org. Prior to devoting her efforts to The Dance EnthusiastJowers worked as professional dancer, teacher, and producer. She performed solo works and principal roles by the early masters of modern dance: Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Eleanor King, Jean Erdman, Anna Sokolow, Paul Sansardo and Murray Louis, as well as dancing in work created by contemporary choreographers and performance artists such as: Larry Keigwin, Rebecca Rice, Kun Yang Lin, Charles Moulton, Jerry Pearson, Ann Carlson, Janis Brenner, BJ Sullivan, and Margie Gillis.

In 1997 she began creating solo performance projects, dancing and producing evenings that celebrated the voice of women in dance history.  Her first productionThe Singular Voice of Woman at The Place in London, was noted for “exceptional solos” and Judith Mackrell, dance critic for The Guardian UK, hailed Jowers as “not only a remarkable performer but an important dance historian…” Other original productions, Revealing Isadora and The Dance Goddesses of NYC were performed in New York City, staged as full concert evenings and excerpted at such venues as:The World Financial Center, The New Jersey Center for Performing Arts, The Joyce Soho, Joes Pub, OK Harris Dance Gallery, DanceNowNYC, The Henry Street Settlement, The University Settlement, The Culture Project, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and The 14th Street Y. Jowers‘ revival of The Singular Voice of Woman was performed in 13 concerts during the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was particularly noted for her interpretation of Isadora Duncan “She brings just as much emotion, albeit a very different kind, to Isadora Duncan’s Revolutionary. Although this short piece consists of a small set of repeated movements, those movements are passionate, powerful, dramatic and despairing — thanks to both Duncan and Jowers — making this piece one of the highlights of the programme.”- Amanda Grimm, TheSkinny.co.uk

Christine started writing about dance at Sarah Lawrence College, later graduating from Goucher College with honors in Dance History/Criticism and Communications. In addition to her writing and videography for The Dance Enthusiast, she has been published by Dance/USA’s e-journal, From The Green RoomThe Dance Insider, The Johns Hopkins University’s Literary Journal :The Hopkins Review, and The Huffington Post. Her writing has been highlighted by Thomas Cott, in his respected newsletter for arts administrators: You’ve Cott Mail.

As the editor of The Dance Enthusiast, Christine has been priviledged to lead talk backs on performance and writing, and coach interested groups of young writers from the Pentacle Internship Program, Arts Connection/High 5 Tickets to the Arts Program, and Columbia University. She has been delighted to work with interns from Florida State University, Hofstra, Pace, and Trinity/LaMaMa. Concerned with bridging the gap between audiences and performance, she designed The Dance Enthusiast’s Dance Up Close Series, a journalistic video program, to bring web audiences intimately into the working processes of New York City artists. Dance Up Close was awarded an Engaging Dance Audiences grant administered by Dance/USA through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2013. In 2014, Christine developed the offline audience engagement program Enthusiastic Events!, a project designed to address the problem of shifting attention spans, differing knowledge bases, and available free time in dance audiences. This program is supported by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Christine created a place for Audience Reviews on The Dance Enthusiast to encourage new voices in writing, and to develop dance literacy and advocacy. Read more about this in Lynne Conners, We The Audience on ArtsJournal.

As an artist, Jowers has been on the faculty of the Jose Limon Institute in New York City,  The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance Studies, and Danceworks in the UK, a guest teacher at the Islington Arts Factory, The Liverpool School of Performing Arts, and Roehampton College in the UK, as well as Goucher College, Kean College and various educational institutions in the USA.

Her particular interest in introducing young audiences to the beauty and inspiration of dance led her to foster outreach programs in communities throughout the east coast and Virgin Islands. She gave dance workshops, taught choreography, and performed for children and teenagers under the auspices of Artists in The Schools programs, Teen Arts, Young Audiences, and Very Special Arts programs. In 1991, Christine created a dance program for children and adults at the YWCA in Summit, NJ, directing the program from 1991-1996, and founding the highly regarded Free Community Dance Series there. Christine’s work in community dance was funded and commended by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and the New Jersey State Arts Council. In 1999, established cj/MOVING ARTS PROJECTS’ MOVING KIDS SALON to sponsor workshops for kids and “their grownups” in New York City.

Originally from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where she grew up in a West-Indian family dedicated to the arts, community, and service, Christine caught the journalism bug as a college intern for New York Public Television’s MacNeil/ Leher Report. Christinelives in NYC with her extremely supportive husband, two enthusiastic sons, and a delightful, but skittish cat, named Gracie.

MORE ON CHRISTINE

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Sarah Lawrence College

Maryland Dance Theater and Larry Warren

Pittsburgh Dance Alloy

Diane Jacobowitz

Goucher College

Dance Critics Association

Robert Johnson

Doris Humphrey/José Limón

Eleanor King

Janet Eilber

University Settlement

Ann Carlson

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron