Beth Jucovy, Artistic Director of Dance Visions NY, Inc, founded the original Dance Visions company in 1990. Beth has performed extensively and given workshops and classes in Duncan, ballet, modern, and jazz techniques both in the US and throughout Europe and Israel. She is also director and teacher for Children Dancing since 1988 and a dance educator with Great Neck Continuing Education. Beth is an Isadora Duncan dance specialist, a protegé of the late Julia Levien whom she studied with since childhood. Beth had been a dancer with the Downtown Ballet Company, Ameridance International (jazz dance company based in Munich) and Andrew Jannetti and Dancers as well as many Isadora Duncan dance companies throughout her career. Beth is also a freelance dance teaching artist, and was an aesthetic education teaching artist with Tilles Center since 2000- 2018. Beth had been a Dance Educator at the Dalton School in Manhattan 2003-2013.
Louisa Cathcart earned a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, then completed the Limón Professional Studies Program, performing works by José Limón, Doris Humphrey, and others. She has enjoyed performing with Dance Visions NY since she joined the company in 2014. Louisa has also been a dancer with UrbanHumans and Resonant Dance, and she has performed as a guest with the Limón Dance Company in the José Limón International Dance festival at the Joyce Theater. She recently became a certified instructor with Moving For Life, a dance exercise program for those affected by cancer. Louisa is always dancing in memory of her beloved husband Johnny.
Hope Kroog is thrilled to have joined such a creative and generous group of performing artists beginning with their 2017 spring season. Prior credits include Boulder Ballet, Neglia Ballet Artists, and Ontario Ballet Theatre. Early training was with Nadine Revene and current training is with Noriko Hara. Hope is also currently a member of Sarah Berges Dance and Loco 7 Theatre Company.
Born in Moscow, Ligia, began studying dance as a 5-year-old at Classical Ballet Academy. Soon after, she move to Brazil where she studied dance at the Maria Olenewa State Dance School. Ligia is a Graduate of the Candido Mendes Dance Licensings College of Rio De Janeiro. She was a dancer and choreographer with several Brazilian dance companies. In 2016 she won the " VI Congress of Modern Dance" competition in Brazil. Winning this competition afforded her the opportunity to travel to New York where she received a scholarship for the program of International students at the Jose Limón School. Living in New York since then, Ligia is delighted to have joined Dance Visions NY in 2017.
Originally from Minnesota, Rebekah studied dance at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. She attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, and graduated with her B.A. in Dance Performance in 2013. In 2015, after moving to New York, she studied with the José Limon Dance Institute and had the wonderful opportunity to learn from past and present company members in their Professional Studies Program; completing it in 2016. Since then she has been a part of performances at the PlayStation Theater and Eden’s Expressway in NYC. Rebekah began dancing with Dance Visions NY in 2017!
Michelle has been blessed to experience many dance forms, and began working with Dance Visions NY for their summer 2018 season. She has also lead the dance team of Liberty Church, completed the preprofessional program with the Jose Limon company, and assisted in individual dance projects. Before moving to New York she received her degree in dance and taught for several years, contributing to choreography for the theater as well as dance arts
A Bulgarian native, Albena Kervanbashieva began dancing in her hometown, Rousse, and later performed and toured the country with Pavel Stoitzev Youth Ballet. She went on to perform and tour with several dance theater troupes in Bulgaria. In NYC Albena graduated from the "Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance" and soon after she danced with Doris Humphrey Dance Company, Contemporary Ballet Theater, La Ballade, Jayne Persh and Dancers, Lynn Barr Dance collective, Rahway Dance Theater, Les Ballets du Monde, and with numerous independent choreographers. Albena began dancing with Dance Visions NY in the spring of 2018.
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Danielle Atkinson studied her BA(Hons) in Contemporary Dance at Newcastle College. In Newcastle she worked with Lo Giudice Dance, Appetite Dance, and Shaun Boyle & Artists. She performed regionally and nationally in festivals and full length works. Danielle won a scholarship to study in New York at the Limon Dance Foundation. In New York, she has had the opportunity to perform with companies such as Nazmo Dance Collective, Dance Visions NY (from 2013), Azul Dance Theatre, Humanistic Dance and The Wolfe Project.
Hyo Jin Rim was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and holds a MA in dance from Ewha University. She danced with NARU, a Korean contemporary performing arts company and performed at diverse venues. Hyo Jin joined Dance Visions NY in 2017 . As a teaching artist, Hyo Jin loves to share her passion for dance with students at Ballet Arts and several studios in NY/NJ. She is also a yoga and Pilates instructor.
Dancer Cathleen Deutscher has performed in works with Dance Visions NY since 1996. She holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She was a member of the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Murkofsky Tsukayama Dance Theater and Imago Dance Theater before Co-founding The Ground Floor Dance Collaborative in 2000. Her choreography has been showcased at many NYC venues. Cathleen also was artistic director of Impetus Dance Collaborative. Teaching credits include Adelphi University, American Theater Dance Workshop, Eglevsky Ballet Summer workshops, Peridance Center, and NYC public High School W.C. Bryant. She is the owner and teacher of Fluid Power Barre Fitness, located in Sayville.
Hailed from Thailand. I-Nam was trained in ballet, modern, and contemporary. He is an Aerial Yoga instructor, a GYROKENESIS® Teacher, and a graduate of the Profession Study Program of the Limon Institute. He also danced with the Sokolow Dance Theatre Ensemble. I-Nam joined Dance Visions NY in the Fall 2017 and first performed with the company at University Settlement for their NYC season at that time. I-Nam recently relocated back to Thailand but will continue as a guest artist with the company when in the US.
Guest soloist Adrienne Ramm trained since childhood in the Isadora Duncan technique. A protégé of Julia Levien and Hortense Kooluris, she also trained extensively with Anna Duncan. An original member of The Isadora Duncan Centenary Company, a soloist with The Commemorative Company, she was also director of many subsequent. NY Duncan Dance programs. She has performed at universities, festivals and for several documentary and archive projects. She has taught and performed in France, Austria, Greece and throughout Italy. She has danced in Duncan repertory with her sister Beth and Dance Visions since 1989. She is also a pianist and composer for dance.
Pianist Mark Fiedler began formal study of piano and music theory with Ramon Zupko. His other piano teachers have included Virginia Hoff, Nancy Stessin and Antonio Fermin. He studied counterpoint with Walter Burle Marx and composition with Ludmila Ulehla. Since 1991 Mark has been actively involved in the dance tradition of Isadora Duncan. In 1996 he accompanied the concert marking the publication of Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck's Isadora Duncan: The Dances, the first written record of Duncan's choreography, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Mark has performed regularly with Dance Visions since its inception.
Soprano and Choral Director Farah Chandu is a mother, music teacher, choral conductor, soprano and peace activist. She has performed widely throughout the New York area, including several years with the Bronx Opera Company, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and dozens of houses of worship. Ms. Chandu is the founder and director of "Willow Interfaith Women's Choir" and is a graduate of Columbia University.
Percussionist: Jubilation Foundation Fellow, Drums-Percussion a Master Teaching Artist Jazz and music historian. Founder of Arts-In-Education Programs, Nassau Performing Arts, and Revels-Bey Music Grants include Creative Learning Grant, Artist Community Engagement Arts Award, the NYC DOE Office of Arts and Special Projects Award. A Long Island Arts Alliance Board member and TA for The John and Alice Coltrane Foundation, Endorsements & Clinician for Vic Firth Sticks, Mike Balter Mallets, Evans Drum Heads, Latin Percussion and MRP Drums. www.nasauperformingarts.org www.revels-bey.com
Soprano Patti Dunham has appeared as a soloist with the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Dessoff Choirs, Larry Elgart's "Hooked On Swing" big band tour, the National Anthem at Nassau Coliseum sports events, Midsummer Night's Swing at Lincoln Center, Second Stage at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and the Manhattan School of Music Faculty Concert Series. She is a member of the New York Choral Artists, performing with The New York Philharmonic, The American Symphony Orchestra, Paul McCartney, Bjork, and Steven Sondheim. She has been a member of several ensembles, including the Ensemble for Early Music, The Next Wave Festival and Mark Morris Dance Company chorus. Ms. Dunham has recorded over 100 children's songs for various publishers including Disney World Music.
Recently deceased Host/Narrator Shirley Romaine was an actress and TV personality. She appeared on and off Broadway and on both daytime and prime time TV. She was the host/producer for Cablevision's "Artscene on Long Island" for many years. She was the creator of original programs integrating drama, music, visual art and poetry. Shirley had been a integral part of the Dance Visions company for over twenty years serving as host/narrator for its many programs. For Shirley "It has been a labor of love." The company misses her dearly!
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NEW Fall session: Classes for Adults! Classical Creative Dance/Isadora Dance- Wednesdays at 1:30, Ballet for Adults- Thursdays 1:00, Body-Conditioning- the Nickolaus Technique, Fridays at 11:30. and Jazz Dance, Fridays at 1:15- 2:30. Join anytime! Classes Pro-rated.
ALSO ongoing Classes for Children and Adults! Ballet, Body-conditioning, Creative Dance/pre-ballet www.childrendancing.net 516 314 2359
Dance Visions NY presents a multi-faceted dance/art program including new original Jucovy works and also newly revised stagings of authentic Isadora Duncan dances on the beautiful grounds of the UUCSR. Performance is inside and out at Veatch House. Included is live music featuring the UU’s own Willow Women’s Choir under the direction of Farah Chandu and also percussionist Napoleon Revels-Bey. These artist have created music pieces specifically for Jucovy’s new dance works. In addition Jucovy’s “Tangos” to the music of Astor Paizzolla is featured. This program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor M. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council.
“Kindred Wayfarers” is an Original Theatrical Pageant conceived and under the direction of Paul Baserman, combining the creative forces of Beth Jucovy, Scott Payne & Fred Stroppel–featuring actors, musicians and Dance Visions NY.
Raindate is 9/28, 2:00 pm
“Kindred Wayfarers” is an Original Theatrical Pageant conceived and under the direction of Paul Baserman, combining the creative forces of Beth Jucovy, Scott Payne & Fred Stroppel–featuring volunteer players and local musicians, with Dance Visions NY, including grand finalé by the water and reception. Raindate is 9/15, 5:30 pm. Dance Visions NY's participation in this project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor M. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council.
Description: On this 200th birthday anniversary of poet Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819) and Isadora Duncan's 141st birthday, (May 27 1878), we celebrate the legacy of these two pivotal artists. Isadora Duncan was greatly influenced by Whitman, calling him her spiritual teacher. We will pay tribute to these two kindred spirits through word, dance and music. Excerpts of poems by Whitman are illustrated by authentic Duncan dances presented by Dance Visions, NY, under the direction of Beth Jucovy. Duncan dance pianist Mark Fiedler will play many of these works live, to the music of Chopin, Brahms, Gluck, Strauss, Schubert and we are excited to be reviving a work to the music of Micheal Sheyne. We are delighted to present an outdoor program, on the lawn of the Walt Whitman Birthplace.
Dance Visions NY was delighted to have played a significant role in the 4th bi-ennual Isadora Duncan International Symposium. Company presentations included a fascinating panel/discussion on the future of Duncan dance with dancers Louisa Cathcart, Hope Kroog, Shannon McMullan and Cathleen Deutscher, facilitated by Beth Jucovy. Also Beth presented a workshop "Duncan Dance as Music, as Poetry" and a showing, "The Poetry of Duncan Dances" which featured excerpts of Kyra Jucovy's epic poem, "The Power and Subject," juxtaposed with diverse works of Duncan repertory. In addition Beth and Adrienne Ramm performed together again, in Adrienne's showing " Dances of Eternity" The symposium, truly international, was a fascinating and inspiring experience for all involved.