ETD Outreach Instructor Spotlight: JESSICA PHOENIX

This month we are highlighting one of our newest instructors, Jessica PhoEnix. She is an incredibly talented Dancehall and Afro Caribbean teacher. Jessica definitely brings the FIYAH to all of her ETD Outreach Workshops!


1. When did you begin dancing? Has being a dancer always been your dream job?

I started dancing at age 6, my mom danced when she was young. And later after having us, she owned a fitness franchise for over 10 years. So my sisters and I were definitely encouraged to incorporate physical activity & performing arts.

Actually up to about age 15 I wanted to be a veterinarian, but after graduating from high school and heading to college, I knew dance was it!

2. When did you join ETD Outreach? Where do you teach for us? How has your experience been so far?

I believe its been about 5/6 weeks now. My main location is with the Acacia Network Detox/Rehab program in Bronx. And now a Mental Health care facility in Queens. My experience has been incredible. The power of music and movement is very real. I have established great connections with my participants and truly enjoy bringing healing and happiness.

3. What other dance, theater, or film companies have you worked for or taught with?

I have had a very full and vibrant dance life thus far including International & National touring with iLuminate & Universoul Circus. For the past 8 years I have been focused on the development of my company Fiyah Productions, LLC. In 2013, Fiyah Productions produced the first of its kind, full length Dancehall Theater production in New York. It performed annually through 2017.  

In addition to FIYAH Dancehall Theater, my focus has also been in women's community fitness. I cofounded the FIYAH FIT brand in 2015 whihc is a  ladies Afro Carib Dance Fitness tecnique.

4. What is your ultimate goal as a professional dancer/instructor?

Currently my goal and lasting dedication is to continue advocacy for Afro Caribbean culture from the ground level up. Cultural Artivism, Health & Happiness through Music, Art, & Dance as a platform to educate, entertain, and reach community spaces and beyond.

5. Describe your style of dancing and teaching. What artists have impacted you the most?

I mostly teach Dancehall and Afro Caribbean in Dance and Dance Fitness formats. My style of teaching is definitely a mix of structure with an organic flow. No class will be the same because I like to leave room for an exchange of energy between myself and the participants. The style of dance I teach has foundation, technique, and is deeply rooted in social, community, and cultural life. So I like for my classes to reflect that.

The people I have met during my travels to Jamaica have inspired and motivated me to continue my path.

6. What public figure has had the biggest influence on you and why?

Honestly, my biggest influences are in my family and in my personal relationships. While of course I admire many public figures, I don't know their full stories. So I feel the biggest impact from the heroes who I have connected with and know their personal experience.

7. Do you have a quote or mantra that you live by?

I have a few. The big one right now for me is "Busy but balanced" putting more value on what keeps me grounded, happy, and peaceful.

What's been the largest obstacle/struggle in your life to becoming an artist in NYC? How did you overcome it?

One of the big ones that I learned was how to balance and not let the distractions take me away from why I began and where I want to go. There can be so much to get caught up in here in NYC. To me, much of it is trivial and small matters in comparison to what truly matters.

With all the distractions, it can be very easy to miss the beauty that the city has to offer. If its not positive and productive to the mission, it's not worth it.

Constantly balancing, taking time, & recentering has allowed me to be both accomplished and at peace in mind, body, and spirit

 For more information about Jessica and her amazing programs, please visit her website:  http://www.fiyahproductions.com/

For more information about Jessica and her amazing programs, please visit her website: http://www.fiyahproductions.com/

ETD INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown is a new addition to our ETD Outreach instructors. She brings a very unique skill set to our programming - she is a practicing social worker and a belly dancer! We are so excited to get Rebecca integrated into our workshops. Here is an interview we did with her to learn a little about her background as a dancer and mental health worker living in New York City!

1. When did you begin dancing? Has being a dancer always been your dream job?
I started out dancing jazz, tap and ballet at the age of 3 and stopped a few years later, mainly because my heart was not in it. I have always loved music and dance and it was always around me growing up, so I continued dancing, but with Latin (including Afro Latin), reggae, hip hop and later Belly Dance.

2. When did you join ETD Outreach? Where do you teach for us? How has your experience been so far? 
I joined May 3, 2018 as a sub teacher, so at the moment I am wherever I am needed :) My experience so far has been a great one. I am excited and look forward to teaching at the other sites.

3. What other dance, theater, or film companies have you worked for or taught with?
While attending college in Boston, I was part of the Johara Snake Dance Troupe Theatre. I have worked with Belly Motions while dancing in Miami and here in NYC I have been a part of Troupe Azmara and The Dream Team. In addition to Belly Dancing with these lovely troupes and companies, I have also trained and danced with master teachers of NYC,Boston,Miami, Egypt, Turkey, Cuba, Costa Rica and Algeria.

4. What is your ultimate goal as a professional dancer/instructor?
As a mental health provider and dancer, my ultimate goal is to blend these two practices to better help others heal and tap into a deeper level of self that they may not be aware of. Many cultures use music and dance to heal, comfort and soothe. If there's not a need to heal then it's at least still fun!

5. Describe your style of dancing and teaching. What artists have impacted you the most?
For me, dance is fun, spiritual, a work out and a way to express the self, in addition to many other things. I like to approach teaching dance in a non threatening and safe way where participants can feel a connection to the movements and the cultures behind the dances (when referring to folk or cultural dances). I like to also use dance as a way to promote social justice and by preserving cultural dances through transmission, one person at a time I can do so. While there may be a place for strictness in teaching a dance form, I try to keep it less on the restrictive side and more expressive, unless there is a specific reason to do otherwise. I think it is important to maintain integrity to any art form, especially if it represents something larger than the movements itself. When teaching dances that have it's origins in a given culture,I believe there should be education around meaning and the value it has to the people that the dances come from. The artists that have impacted me most are my dance teachers and some dance friends. They have taught me how to bring out the best dancer in myself and how to use my body in a way that makes a statement. They have always encouraged my creative process and supported me when my self confidence as a dancer was not as high. They have also instilled the knowledge that I have on the dances I do as well as remind me of my responsibility to not only uphold high standards for myself as a dancer but as one who will preserve the art forms I share.

6. What public figure has had the biggest influence on you and why?
At the moment I don't have a public figure that has had a big influence on me, but I can say that there have been "movements" that have been inspiring such as the Beauty and Healthy at Every Size (Body Positivity) as well as the concept of self love. Though these ideas are not entirely new, they have been pushed more to the forefront over the past few years. This has resulted into a larger diversity pool where we are beginning to see more positive messages about different body shapes, sizes colors and abilities. As a woman who has struggled with body image, in size shape, color, even down to my hair, I can see the changes of acceptance or at least conversations regarding this. While we still have a long way to go, I am pleased to start seeing individuals question the discrimination and biases that we as a culture have held onto for so long. It's a great feeling when I am not the only person who looks like me doing what I do or when I am not barred from an opportunity due to my locs, height or body type. Overall, I am happy to see that there is more of a consciousness on what it means to be truly unique and loving yourself just the way you are, whether your are darker, shorter, bigger, rounder, smaller, taller,lighter, non cis gendered and so forth.

7. Do you have a quote or mantra that you live by?
"Do what makes you happy. The rest will follow".

8. What's been the largest obstacle/struggle in your life to becoming an artist in NYC? How did you overcome it?
Whoa! What a loaded answer! To briefly describe, I'll start with the one I think we all come to know, which is that like many of the other art disciplines, it can be very difficult unfortunately, to make a decent living with the salary (if any) that you can earn from the dance world. I am a Native New Yorker and have always dreamed of being an entertainer. Growing up, my focus was always on dance and the arts. Once I discovered belly dance, which was at the age of 15, I became obsessed and there has been no turning back, Though my family was very supportive of my dreams, they would also continuously tell me that I needed a "back up" or a safety job that would pay for my bills and all other expenses. I continued my pursuit of Belly Dance through out my college and graduate school training, though I would say that it was easiest in high school for me to balance, but I nonetheless kept up with my academic studies and dance. Ironically, I am in much student loan debt due to my "safety career" and often find that I have to resort to dancing in addition to my psychotherapeutic practice to help pay of these student loan bills! The good thing is that I love what I do. I am a dancer, period. I am also a licensed social worker who enjoys working with others and sharing the healing practices of dance. To be brutally honest, it is financially hard, but I feel great about the work that I do!

2018 ETD/NCG Spotlight: Kanon Saap

We are honored to introduce to you Kanon Saap, one of the three lovely ladies who received the 2018 ETD/NCG. We are so excited to see what she produces over the next three months. Read below to learn more about her and her journey as a dancer and choreographer...


1) How long have you been dancing? What college did you attend?
I began my dance training when I was three years old, and have continued to pursue dance seriously through college. I graduated from East Carolina University in May 2016, with my BFA in Dance Performance. 

2) When did you start creating work and what was the name of your first work? (feel free to elaborate)
I constructed my first piece of work during my sophomore year of college at East Carolina University.  I created solo work on Kristalyn Gill for an informal showcase at school, entitled Lights Up! The work, when the bough breaks, was later selected to perform at the American Dance Guild, in New York City in December of 2013.

3) Which choreographers inspire you the most and/or what is your favorite piece of choreography? 
Barak Marshall is such an inspiration to me .The Los Angeles based company, BODY TRAFFIC, performed during my time at ECU. Watching the company perform Barak Marshall's, And at Midnight the Green Bride Floated Through the Village Square, changed my life forever.  It was the first time that I had ever seen gestural, pedestrian movement performed at the magnitude of concert dance. Marshall's work is so intricate and delicately weaves together storytelling through gestural work. This work of art is truly stunning, if you ever have the chance to see Barak Marshall's work, I know that it will forever impact you the way it has impacted me. 

4) What made you fall in love with choreography? Can you think of any specific moment in your life that made you realize you loved choreographing?
During my sophomore year of college, I remember sitting down with my professor, John Dixon and bursting into tears out of frustration. I was feeling this internal conflict,  the movement language I was using as a dancer wasn't translating in the same way that I heard music and visualized movement. Dixon pushed me to try choreography as an outlet to organize the way I heard music, and visualized movement. I fell in love with choreography the moment I tried it. Choreography combines movement invention, music, and storytelling; and when these three elements are assembled with intelligence and honesty the outcome is never less than incredible. 

The performance at the American Dance Guild is a bold moment for me in my choreography journey. The piece had just performed and there was a  brief moment of silence in between- after the lights go out, but before the audience begins to clap. In that brief moment of silence I heard an audience member say, "wow." It wasn't the recognition of someone enjoying my work that was so special. It was the first time that I felt that internal conflict subside. The movement language I chose to speak in through the work was not only heard, but was understood. 

5) What is your goal as a choreographer? Do you want to start your own company? Or, work project based? 
I started looseKANONdance in October 2017. Growing looseKANON from the ground up is one of my most tremendous goals as a choreographer. looseKANONdance is my personal creative getaway that houses my additional artistic interests: fashion, make-up, photography, costume creation, music, and video editing. This house will always be under renovation as I continue to expand my skills and artistry. My greatest ambition is to establish looseKANONdance, not only as a company that produces impactful and intelligent work, but as a group of diverse artists who can do it all.  

6) Where do you see yourself in ten years as a choreographer? 
In ten years, I see myself as an established choreographer. I hope to have the opportunity to see the world and share looseKANONdance's point of view with others.

Congratulations to the Three 2018 ETD/NCG Recipients!

After much consideration, we would like to congratulate Melanie Ramos, Jordan Ryder, and Kanon Sapp on receiving the 2018 Eryc Taylor Dance New Choreographer Grant!

We couldn't be more excited to showcase these three beautiful and talented women! Stay tuned for information about our recipients as they begin their ETD/NCG journey...

   The 2018 ETD/NCG program is funded by a generous grant from the Marta Heflin Foundation

The 2018 ETD/NCG program is funded by a generous grant from the Marta Heflin Foundation

ETD New Choreographer Grant: Funding Equal Creativity

Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD) is known for giving back -- that's a cornerstone of our company. Whether it's our workshops, community outreach, or performing at charity benefits such as Dancers For Good (July 20th in East Hampton, NY), the "pay it forward" project most personal to me is the Eryc Taylor Dance: New Choreographer's Grant. This grant was part of our foundational mission, established when I created our non-profit company. Its intention is to allow emerging NYC-based solo choreographers with original ideas to "find their fire,"a phrase I tell my dancers repeatedly, which is the essence of Eryc Taylor Dance.

So many choreographers, such as myself, have had to pick up odd jobs after graduation or training while they build their careers. In New York City funds equals creativity.Unless you can actually afford your rent and cost of living in NYC while paying off college debt, it's nearly impossible to afford "studio space" to create new work. I think most who graduate with a BFA or MFA in Dance end up either moving out of the city to smaller towns and cities where everything is much more affordable, or just quit and change careers! Many new talents don't have the time or means to commit to the incredible energy, efforts and funds it takes to create new work.

Our ETD New Choreographer Grant is in honor of those who helped me jumpstart my own career as an emerging choreographer, early on. People were generous because perhaps they felt the "fire" in me. Being able to supply funding to emerging artists is a dream come true. The ETD/NCG grant is my way of saying thank you to all those who have helped me when my career as an artistic director was just blossoming, many years ago.

I must admit I have been a bit taken aback by some of the reactions from dance curators and other companies who have questioned, "Why would you give grant money away to others?" Why wouldn't I? The dance community is a small community, and if we don't support each other, especially by encouraging fledgling dancers and choreographers at the genesis of their careers, then what hope do we have for the future of dance?

I get so inspired from the Grant submissions, the chosen choreographers' final work and even by simply getting to see what new talent is budding on in the NYC dance scene. Recipients are chosen by the end of July , and then have three months to prepare and perform their work at a special showcase performance in NYC on October 13th. The rewards I personally receive from this three-month process are truly invaluable, especially when I get to watch the work come to fruition and follow the recipients careers as they grow. I'm excited by people who demonstrate that undeniable "spark," and bring passion and original ideas to the table -- those with something urgent to express who need the helping hand and guiding force to be able to share it with the world.

All of our recipients have been phenomenal, but there are a few of exemplary note who deserve a special mention:

The 2013/14 grant winner, Gierre Godley, has since gone on to create a successful, all male dance company, PROJECT 44, which has performed as various venues including: Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, 92nd Street Y, The Secret Theater, Steps on Broadway, Symphony Space, Dixon Place, The Ailey Citigroup Theater and most recently the company embarked on its first international tour with performances at Centro Maxime D'Harroche in Barcelona, Spain and Z-Arts in Manchester, England.

Eryn Renee Young, our 2014/15 recipient, has since grown and continued her company XAOC Ballet. Her choreographic work has been showcased at the Battery Dance Festival, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Young Choreographer's Festival at Symphony Space, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival at the Paramount Theater, the White Wave Dumbo Dance Festival at the Jay Street Theater and the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, the Martha Graham Studio Theater, Actors Fund Arts Center, and the Pushing Progress Series, just to name a few. In the spirit of "giving back," she began her own non-profit organization, Project Ignite, in 2015 and partnered with charity Headbands of Hope, to present a fundraising benefit gala featuring the company in a full evening of repertory with special guests Buglisi Dance Theatre and Marlena Wolfe (of Battleworks Dance Company and Camille A. Brown & Dancers), as well as performance events in children's hospitals and repertory workshops for professional dancers.

Our 2015/16's choice of emerging choreographer, Aaron McGloin, has also gone to further develop work for his company Aaron McGloin Dancer. His mission is to "create honest and ambitious art with an eclectic sensibility." Aaron's work has been presented in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Phoenix, and you can catch him teaching classes at Gibney Dance and Broadway Dance Center in NYC.

Of course, these are just a few star examples of the amazing ETD/NCG recipients, all of whom have gone on to achieve remarkable things in their careers as both dancers and choreographers.

Being a dancer or choreographer in NYC is not for the timid or faint of heart. It requires extraordinary discipline beyond belief -- body, mind, emotions and soul. Broken bones and broken hearts are a given, and part of the package. Of course this is true for almost all careers in the Arts, and supports the old adage about New York: "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere." This especially true in the professional dance world.

When you see a work you created or are performing move an audience to tears or uproarious laughter without any words exchanged, and encounter the product of your own imagination unfolding and coming to life before your very eyes, it all seems well worth the struggle. But because we are human and fallible (even though many dancers seem to have inhuman skills!) we need support and encouragement, both emotionally and financially, in order to feel validated. We need that support to push past adversity to achieve true greatness, fulfilling our potential.

The 2017/18 ETD/NCG program is fully funded by a generous grant from the Marta Heflin Foundation.

For more information and qualifications for The Eryc Taylor Dance/New Choreographer's Grant program, please visit:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJXijTBlwdxgxJRl8FXuZNdJ6PJJ8bBk3igOmoiavGjG2GQw/viewform

To support our programs, please visit: http://etd.nyc/donate/

 

DANCE THIS WAY: ETD OUTREACH AND THE FELIX ORGANIZATION

Earlier this year Laura Tufariello introduced me to The Felix Organization and its Director, Amanda Ricken; Laura is familiar with my passion for both dance and Outreach and was certain that a partnership between ETD Outreach and The Felix Organization’s Dance this Way fundraising event was a natural fit. Amanda’s enthusiasm for the project, combined with her dedication to the kids that benefit from the Event was inspiring.

I called upon two of my most Outreach instructors, Michelle Cole and Danielle Criss, and asked if they would be willing to donate time to work with six Felix alums to create an original "Felix Dance" for the annual Dance this Way fundraiser.  Rehearsal space in the Mott Haven School, as well as logistics of participants was coordinated by Travis Welcome.

Even after two rehearsals, the commitment of our “dance team” never wavered; if anything, their excitement increased as the date of the Performance approached.  Watching the team reminded me of my own youth and the fire that dance kindled in me, and which I am compelled to share.

The Event was dazzling, the dancing impressive and the energy palpable; the smiles of the faces of everyone (but especially the kids) were more than enough acknowledgment that this partnership was divinely inspired, and one meant to endure.

Special thanks to those who worked behind the scenes to make this an evening to be remembered; Myra Scheer, Tiffany Araya, and Elaine LaPersonerie – without any one of you, 2018 Dance this Way would not have been as magical!

 

Instructor Spotlight

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Many of you know Chris Bell as a company dancer for ETD but he is also an incredible instructor for our ETD Outreach program! He has taught workshops at PCMH and The Acacia Network at various sites in The Bronx and Brooklyn and he has also co-curated programming for ETD Outreach in collaboration with Lantern Community Services last year. He is an extremely talented and giving instructor.

When did you begin dancing? Has being a dancer always been your dream job?
I began dancing at a musical theater day camp when I was 5. Dance has always been a constant in my life since then.

When did you join ETD Outreach? Where do you teach for us? How has your experience been so far? 
I joined ETD Outreach when I joined the Main Company in 2016. I have gotten the opportunity to teach with the company in Mexico and Upper Manhattan with Lantern Community services where we got the amazing opportunity to perform and be a part of the Uptown Arts Stroll. 

What other dance, theater, or film companies have you worked for or taught with? 
In addition to ETD Outreach, I have also taught for Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC, Pascal Rioult Dance NY, Marquis Studios, and TADA! Youth Theaters, The American Theater of Harlem, and Marble Collegiate Church.
In addition to ETD I also dance for dendy/donovan projects, Gaspard&dancers and my own company CHRISBELLDANCES

What is your ultimate goal as a professional dancer/instructor?
I would love to have my own successful dance company, maybe choreograph a Broadway musical, and get a Tenure Track professorship somewhere

Describe your style of dancing and teaching. What artists have impacted you the most?
My style of dance and teaching is rooted in fundamentals. A clear understanding of the building blocks of movement gives the student the ability to create for themselves which is the ultimate goal. 

What public figure has had the biggest influence on you and why?
It might be naive but I believe the people closest to you influence you the most so I am influenced a lot by family and friends who inspire me daily.

Do you have a quote or mantra that you live by?
"Do Good" and/or "Too much work for not enough pretty"

What's been the largest obstacle/struggle in your life to becoming an artist in NYC? How did you overcome it?
Just living in NYC is a struggle but trying to do that while being an artist is exceptionally difficult. But, I have found that if you utilize your network, stay focused on your art, do anything and everything you feel comfortable doing that will help you get to the next level, occasionally breath and Work... Hard. 

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Instructor Spotlight: AJ Guevara

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AJ Guevara has been a company dancer with ETD since 2016 but this is his first year as a movement instructor with ETD Outreach. No matter the population, AJ has an incredible ability to relate with anyone! He is a natural. We are so excited to have him on #teamETD. Here is a little about him and his life in NYC as a professional dancer...

When did you begin dancing? Has being a dancer always been your dream job?
I discovered dance at a young age, recreationally enrolling into Hip-Hop as a supplement to my martial arts training. After a prolonged hiatus, my intrigue for dance was reinvigorated as a teenager. It was then that I began formal training to eventually persue it as a career.  The trajectory with dance was somewhat accidental; In my youth, I remember being attracted to to the fields of animation, architectural design and aeronautics. 

What other dance, theater, or film companies have you worked for or taught with?
This is my inaugural season teaching with ETD. Currently, I teach in the Bronx at one of the Acacia Network sites.  My experience has been very fulfilling.  It’s great to share the space with individuals who are discovering the joys and possibilities that movement brings to the body and mind.
Over the span of my 15 year teaching career, have been blessed with opportunities across the globe.  Some affiliations include AXIS Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane,  Gibney Dance, Company E, Fairfax County Public Schools,  NBCUniversal, and U.S. State Department

What is your ultimate goal as a professional dancer/instructor?
My goal as an instructor is to share the benefits of movement as an outlet for creativity, communication, and self-practice.  I also thrive to spread the idea of movement as an all-inclusive modality that can bring people together regardless of ability, background, or experience.

Describe your style of dancing and teaching. What artists have impacted you the most?
My dance style is a product from a cornucopia of influences.  I would say that primarily, it is a fluctuating blend of Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Yoga. On the teaching side of things, I take an approach that has a progressive flow with task-oriented movement explorations. I also implement a somatic approach to a kinetic phrases to encourage an individual experience for everyone present

What public figure has had the biggest influence on you and why?
President Barack Obama and his legacy, for the countless milestones he’s  achieved; both as an individual and as Commander in Chief.

Do you have a quote or mantra that you live by?
Carpe Noctem is Latin for “Seize the Night”.  For me, its the idea of harnessing the energy of a difficult experience, braving the journey, and using it as an opportunity for growth.

What's been the largest obstacle/struggle in your life to becoming an artist in NYC? How did you overcome it?
The day-to-day struggles in NYC are the most difficult.  It almost takes a certain endurance to live as an artist here.  I overcome the stress of NYC by dedicating time for myself.  Whether I do absolutely nothing, or a leisurely activity, I actively schedule ‘re-grounding’ time to do whatever I please. Even if its only a couple hours a week, the mental and physical benefits are incredible.

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ETD Outreach and Lantern Community Services: MOBILIZE

Our colleague Karisa Antonio, Director of Arts, Culture, and Fitness at Lantern Community Services, shared this video with us and we HAD to share it with all of you. ETD Outreach's mission is to participate in projects that not only give back to the community but also reinforce the importance of movement as a healing modality. We also want to give a major shout out to our company member and outreach instructor, Chris Bell for leading the group and helping Mobilize become a success. Check out what the participants from Lantern Community Services had to say about the program...

ETD OUTREACH AND LANTERN COMMUNITY SERVICES PRESENT...

After a year long process, I am thrilled to announce that ETD Outreach has partnered with Lantern Community Services for not one, but two amazing workshop programs!

I met Karisa Antonio, Director of Arts, Culture and Fitness for Lantern, after my ETD Outreach presentation during the The Supportive Housing Network of New York Conference in May 2016 (which I have been invited to speak at again next month!). My presentation focused on using dance as a tool to heal and inspire others. Now, almost a year later, Karisa and I have partnered to create two new programs with funding from LMCC’s Creative Engagement Fund (http://lmcc.net).  Our ETD Outreach program is now teaching two new weekly workshops for the residents of Lantern Community Services. One is a weekly Dancehall movement workshop taught by our outreach instructor Jevonnie Flemming, and the other is a new choreographic project, "Mobilize," led by ETD’s company member Chris Bell.

"Mobilize" is the first endeavor of it’s kind. It is five week intensive choreographic exploration that culminates in a performance in Harlem during the Uptown Arts Stroll. Every Monday from 12:30-2pm, Chris teaches the participants movement and choreography. After the five week program they will have formed a five minute dance piece to music composed by Ian Gallagher. This special program offers a unique professional development opportunity to expose the unrecognized artistry of individuals within the Lantern Community Services' community. This opportunity allows participants to strengthen their connection to dance, in mind, body, and spirit

The final piece will be premiered during Harlem’s Uptown Arts Stroll on June 2nd at the Harlem School of the Arts (645 St Nicholas Avenue New York, New York 10032) with performances at 4pm and 6:30pm. The shows are free community events. To reserve your for the event please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mobilize-tickets-34336721057

The evening will also include a performance by us at ETD, and a short film created by Lantern, in partnership with MoMa.

We are also thrilled to announce that MAC Cosmetics will be donating to the event. MAC Stylists will be doing all of the stage make-up for the performance.

I hope to see you all there!

ERYC TAYLOR SPEAKS AT THE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING NETWORK OF NEW YORK

On June 2nd, Eryc was invited to speak on the panel at the sixteenth annual Supportive Housing Network Conference New York along with Geneva Jenkins, one of ETD's instructors for the movement workshops held at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Eryc made a presentation about ETD's workshops followed by a demo, and Geneva conducted her own demo as well. It was a huge success! Over 300 people attended and they loved participating in a few of our movement exercises! The audience gave wonderful feedback, such as this: 

I (and 6 of my colleagues) found the movement workshop valuable—in terms of personal enrichment, but even more, in terms of giving us hope that we can really engage the people we serve with movement.

In various buildings we have had a series of movement groups (walking, yoga, tai chi) which engage only a small percentage of the residents.  The examples enacted at the group gave us hope (and a roadmap) for engaging other residents who haven’t been attracted to our current movement groups.  It was particularly helpful to consider these in the context of staff and residents together, integral to the other work we do. 

But even if we didn’t plan on using the ideas/roadmap with residents, the work we do is very hard and we are notorious for not engaging in enough self-care.  To have a large conference like SHNNY attend to the mutual care of staff and residents is very encouraging.

We would like to thank Sarah Schenck, Chief Digital & Communications Officer of The Supportive Housing Network of NY We are thrilled by this outcome, and hope to expand our movement expression workshops to more supportive housing residencies in New York City!

ETD OUTREACH AT NYU LANGONE!

DISCOVER MOVEMENT

We are proud to announce NYU Langone has signed on to continue its partnership with ETD Outreach! Music & Movement, available to all patients, is a workshop intended to inspire and foster joy & healing. Using movement, we let participants rediscover their bodies' strength & flexibility as well as release physical & mental stress. We are committed to helping people not only survive, but thrive - the workshops welcome patients undergoing chemotherapy & radiation as well as survivors. 

 Special thanks to the NYU Langone Auxiliary and the Perlmutter Cancer Center for their support! And an even bigger thank you to Diane Rosenstein, Dr. Marleen Meyers, Doris Farrelly, & Amanda Bontempo of NYU Langone Auxiliary for all your amazing work and time on this wonderful endeavor.

WORKSHOPS START MARCH 2!