Each year our pre-professional dance companies enjoy working with some of the best choreographers around. In the past we've worked with and staged the work of some of the biggest names in the dance world.
CAMILLE A. BROWN
New York native Camille A. Brown is the Artistic Director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers. She is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award in choreography, a Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University, and a “Bessie” nomination.
She attended LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, The Ailey School, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2007, Ms. Brown choreographed The Groove To Nobody’s Business for the Ailey company. She also performed as a guest artist with the Company in 2008 and 2011 and was a 2011 Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab.
Ms. Brown has also been commissioned by Ailey II, Philadanco, Complexions, The Juilliard School, and Hubbard Street II, among others. She danced with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence from 2001–2007. Ms. Brown has choreographed for Soul Doctor Off-Broadway and A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway.
Dancewave Company I performed Camille A. Brown's New Second Line in 2017 and 2018.
2016 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient and 2015 City Center Choreographer in residence, Kyle Abraham (Pittsburgh, PA) is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow.
Previous awards include being named a 2012 USA Ford Fellow, a Creative Capital grantee, and receiving a 2012 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award. In 2010, Abraham received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2010. The previous year, he was selected as one of Dance Magazine's 25 To Watch for 2009.
In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the "best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama."
Dancewave Company I performed Kyle Abraham's PAVEMENT in 2015.
DAVID DORFMAN DANCE
David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has promoted the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new works by choreographer David Dorfman and his artistic collaborators. In advocating his mission “to get the whole world dancing,” Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally. Dorfman creates dance that seeks to de-stigmatize the notion of accessibility and interaction in post-modern dance by embracing audiences with visceral, meaningful dance, music and text. By sustaining a vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic, DDD maintains a core commitment to examine and unearth issues and ideas that enliven, incite, and excite audiences in dialogue and debate about social change and a myriad of other topics. Read more about David Dorfman Dance here >>
Dancewave Company I performed excerpts from David Dorfman's Come, And Back Again in 2017.
JAMAL JACKSON DANCE COMPANY
The mission of Jamal Jackson Dance Company (JJDC) is to translate the creative vision of Artistic Director Jamal Jackson into choreography and educational tools for use in performances, workshops and community outreach that will teach people about the connection between African and American cultures. Jamal Jackson Dance Company (JJDC) was founded in 2004 with the purpose of fusing various traditional African dance styles with Modern and Hip Hop techniques and diverse contemporary music styles in order to create a new, unique technique that is relevant to a multifarious community of Americans. The movement and storylines of JJDC choreography focus on redefining ideas of community and blurring divisive lines, while still celebrating the beauty of individual cultures. Jackson has a strong desire to not only entertain and educate an audience, but to pass on dance to people of all ages, which he does through regular dance workshops throughout the year. Read more about Jamal Jackson Dance Company here >>
Dancewave Company II performed excerpts from Jamal Jackson's The People Vs. in 2017.
Dancewave Company II performed excerpts from José Limon's The Winged in 2016.
Hailed as “one of the great artists of our time” (The Washington Times), choreographer, painter, and director Shen Wei is internationally renowned for the breadth and scope of his artistic vision. Admiration for his talent has earned Shen Wei numerous awards, including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship (2007), the U.S. Artists Fellow award and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Other accolades include: Australia’s Helpmann Award, the Nijinsky Emerging Choreographer Award, the Algur H. Meadows Prize. Most recently, he was honored with the Audi-China 2012 Artist of the Year Award; GQ –China 2013 Artist of the Year Award; and the 2013 Chinese Innovator Award from The Wall Street Journal-China.
Dancewave Company I performed Shen Wei's Re-(III) in 2016.
Andrea Miller is a graduate of The Juilliard School and former dancer with Ohad Naharin's Batsheva Ensemble. In 2006, Miller established Gallim Dance. The mission of Gallim Dance is to create, to play inside the imagination, to find juxtapositions of the mind and body that resonate in the soul, to investigate our limitations and pleasures, and to realize the endless human capacity for inspiration. Her work has been performed in the United States, Canada and Israel.
Miller has been selected as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" 2009. Recent commissions include Repertory Dance Theater (UT), Zenon Dance Company (MN), Arts Umbrella (Vancouver), Hubbard Street 2 Choreographic Competition, and The Stella Adler Studio of Acting Artist in Residence (MAD AIR). Miller has choreographed for students at The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey, and SUNY Purchase among others.
Dancewave Company I performed Andrea Miller's Wonderland in 2015; Snow and Pupil Suite in 2016.
Julia Ehrstrand graduated with a Bachelors Degree in dance/teaching from DOCH/University of Circus and Dance (Stockholm), She has also studied at Institut del Teatro (Barcelona) and graduated from the ISVP program at DNA in 2009. Since coming to New York in 2007, she has danced for TNSP, Jana Hicks/Marijke Eliasberg, Max Stone, SexyBeastNYC, Carrasco Dance Company, Lane Co Arts and Collective Noir, among others. Her choreography has been presented in various stages in NYC, Europe and Asia. She has taught at The Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, DOCH University of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), Balettakademien (Stockholm), Daily Professional Classes for Danscentrum (Stockholm), Amsterdam School of the Arts (Amsterdam), UiS/ University in Stavanger and at PRODA (Norway), the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive, Ballet Hispanico, Peridance Capezio Center, Gina Gibney Dance, DNA, Steps on Broadway and SUNY Purchase. Julia has also been dancing/choreographing/teaching in China, Taiwan, Uganda and Ethiopia. Julia is currently faculty at Steps on Broadway, Peridance and Gibney Dance Studios.
Dancewave Company III performed Julia Ehrstrand's RUST in 2015.
Martha Chapman teaches at Steps on Broadway and their attached children’s program The School at Steps as well as at Peridance Capezio Center. She is quoted extensively in The Pointe Book and was recently featured in Dance Teacher Magazine. Her performance career included work with NYC Opera Ballet, NJ Ballet, Ontario Ballet Theater and Cork City Ballet in Ireland among others and performances at venues across the country and internationally such as the Edinburgh Festival and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; her performing roles covered classical and contemporary ballet repertoire. She directs and has performed with Omega Dance Company for over 20 years, setting works for the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and multiple New York venues. In June 2016 she was thrilled to present work with the New Dance Collective as the first ballet choreographer to do so. She brings to the Dancewave faculty decades of teaching and choreographing experience as well as a teaching philosophy that dance unites the body, mind and spirit.
Young Performers Ballet Ensemble performed excerpts from Martha Chapman's Coppelia in 2017.
NOEMI DI GREGORIO
Noemi Di Gregorio, half Italian, half Swiss, received her dance education at Zurich Dance Theatre School and in New York, where she studied the Limón technique and different contemporary styles.
Noemi performed in Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S.A. for companies such as Avír Dance Company/Enzo Celli, Ayako Takahashi and Azul Dance Theatre and in productions such as “Spectrum Arts Variety Showcase“, “The Voice“ and in the movies “Räuberinnen”, “Halbdichtheiten” and “The Hell of it.“ She performed as a figure skater with “Art on Ice“, where she worked with internationally renowned choreographers Marvin A. Smith and Salome Brunner. Noemi was a member of Spark Movement Collective, a New York-based contemporary dance company, for four years.
Meanwhile she was working on her own choreographies. Her pieces have been shown at different venues in New York and abroad.
Dancewave Company III performed Noemi Di Gregorio's We insist in 2017.
Alexandra Beller is the Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, a NY based Dance Theatre company currently celebrating its 13th anniversary.As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, she performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S. In 2004 she helped to create “The Belle Epoch,” (Martha Clarke/Charles Mee). She was a 2-year Artist in Residence at HERE Art Space, and has been an AIR at Dance New Amsterdam and DMAC.Alexandra’s choreography has been presented at/ commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop, ICA (Boston), 92nd St. Y, Aaron Davis Hall, Danspace Project at St. Mark's, Abron’s Art Center, Joyce SoHo, P.S. 122, WAX, HERE, The Connelly Theater, SUNY Purchase College, Dance New Amsterdam, Symphony Space, and Jacob’s Pillow and has been commissioned by companies in Arizona, Michigan, Texas, Korea, Hong Kong, Oslo, Cyprus, Maine, New York City, Florida, Boston, Rhode Island, New Jersey and elsewhere. Her company has toured to the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Bytom Festival in Poland and throughout the US, and received The Company Residency at The Yard in 2004. Alexandra was a visiting artist at APA, CCDC, and DanceArt in Hong Kong, D-Dance Festival in Korea, Den NordskBalletthoskole in Oslo, HennyJurriensStichting in Amsterdam, and Cyprus Summer Festival in Nicosia. Alexandra has taught nationally and internationally and regularly sets work at Universities and on companies throughout the US. She is currently enrolled in the year-long Laban Program and will receive her CMA in May 2015.
Dancewave Company II performed Alexandra Beller's The Air Moves In in 2017.
URBAN BUSH WOMEN
Passionate, strong, and relevant, Urban Bush Women (UBW) is a performance ensemble founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar to explore the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. UBW weaves contemporary dance with music and text to illuminate the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Drawing strength and solidarity from each other, this all-woman troupe celebrates its African roots while expanding its horizons beyond its own perspectives. Performances by Urban Bush Women are electric and inspiring, and Zollar's insightful choreography communicates with tremendous strength and power.
Based in New York City, UBW has toured extensively throughout the United States and to Asia, Austrailia, Europe, and South America. The company has collaborated with artists from every field including jazz artist David Murray, poets Laurie Carlos and Carl Hancock Rux, directors Steve Kent and Elizabeth Herron, the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique, and most recently, with Germaine Acogny's acclaimed Compagnie Jant-Bi from Senegal. The recipient of many awards, UBW has a repertory of 32 works.
UBW engages in extensive community-based programming, encouraging cultural activity as an inherent part of community life. Through its annual Summer Leadership Institute, the company partners with local presenters, area artists and community residents to bring the untold and under-told histories of their communities forward through performance.
Dancewave Company I performed an execrpt from Urban Bush Women's "Walking with Trane" in 2017
Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Southern California, Mike Esperanza has established himself as a sought after teacher and choreographer. With a BFA in graphic design from California State University, Fullerton, Mike's approach to visual construction has influenced a unique movement orchestration on stage described as "captivating visuals of impeccable lines and shapes" Jessica Abejar, Broadway World. His works have been commissioned by prestigious college and university dance programs including Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, UNLV, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Utah Valley University, Shenandoah University and Grand Valley State University to name a few. In 2005, Mike was awarded the "Dance: Creation for Performance" grant presented by Dance/USA and the Irvine Foundation. With this distinguished award, BARE Dance Company began. Mike has also been a finalist at the Palm Desert Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 taking second place in 2009 and winning the paid engagement award in 2010. In 2011 BARE was part of the "Innerstate" roster presented by ODC Theater and funded by the Irvine Foundation. The program allowed the company to tour California and present the Lester Horton nominated show "Manhatttan". In 2014, Mike received the Steps Repertory Ensemble Commission award at the Reverb Dance Festival and became the recipient of the CUNY Dance Initiative grant creating a new for work, VENOMOUS, for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Mike Currently teaches at Peridance, Steps on Broadway and serves as a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center.
Dancewave Company II will perform Mike Esperanza's work in 2018
Dancewave Company I will perform Trisha Brown's "Set and Reset" in 2018.