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 has worked with Tilles Center since 2000. Beth had been a Dance Educator at the Dalton School in Manhattan 2003-2013.
Louisa Armstrong is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has been a member of Dance Visions NY since 2014. She earned a BFA in Dance at Adelphi University, then went on to study with the Limon Dance Company's Professional Studies Program. She performed as a guest dancer with the Limon Company at the Jose Limon International Dance Festival at the Joyce Theatre. She has also danced with UrbanHumans, Chris Ferris & Dancers, and Krissy & The Works. Louisa enjoys sharing her love of dance and she teaches at Next Step Broadway and with Jumpstart Creative Movement
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Danielle Atkinson studied her BA(Hons) Contemporary Dance degree in Newcastle-Upon -Tyne, North East of England, graduating in June 2012. After graduating Dani came to New York to study at the Limon Professional Studies Program. In New York, Dani has danced with several companies including Nazmo Dance Collective, Humanistic Dance, The Wolfe Pack and Azul Dance Theatre. Dani has been an integral part of Dance Visions NY for the last four years and is looking forward to the 5th season and all it brings!
Nichole Piacenza Carpenter has been a proud member of Dance Visions NY since 2005. She is a graduate of LIU Post, with her BFA in the performing arts and has her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Queens College. She has a wide experience in various techniques of dance including ballet, jazz, pointe, modern, tap and African Dance. Nichole has also performed with the NYC based ballet company American Liberty Ballet; formally known as Pink Pig Ballet. Currently Nichole is a dance educator at Penny Lane Dance Academy in Mahopac, NY where she resides and a kindergarten teacher in Queens. She continues to pass along the passion she carries for dance to young children either it be in the form of academics or theater.
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 currently is artistic director of Impetus Dance collaborative which presents new choreography with Long Island based classical musicians. 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.
Vanessa Ferranti graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program where she performed original works of Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Joyce Trisler, Camille A. Brown, Sidra Bell, Anna Sokolow, Darrell Grand Moultrie and more. There she trained in the Ballet, Horton, Graham and Limon techniques among others. During her senior year, she was invited to work with Jennifer Muller/The Works and she currently also dances with Chis Ferris and Dancers, Martita Goshen’s EarthWorks and The Rachael Kosch Dance Company. Vanessa began working with Dance Visions NY in 2012 where she has enjoyed learning Duncan repertory and exploring the evolution of the technique in contemporary work.
Forrest Hersey grew up near Louisville, Kentucky attending the Youth Performing Arts School and University of Louisville Dance Academy before earning a BFA at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. He has performed works for Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener, Gabrielle Lamb, Nelly Van Bommel and with Dance Visions NY since the spring of 2016. With the Merce Cunningham Trust he performed at the MacArthur Fellowship’s 35th Genius Award anniversary, and most recently has been working with Liz Gerring Dance.
Natalie Isaza began dancing with Dance Visions NY in June 2012 for their MidSummer Night performance at Old Westbury Gardens. Natalie graduated from Adelphi University with a BFA in Dance where she also studied business. While dancing at Adelphi she performed and learned works from many choreographers including Orion Duckstein, Jennifer Kreichman, Greg Askins, Paul Taylor, and Jiri Kylian. In addition to Dance Visions NY, Natalie performs with the JCLynn Company in holiday shows and benefits in Long Island. She is currently a teacher for Ovations Dance Academy at the Bohemia and East Woods School locations.
Laura Marciano joined Dance Visions NY following her 2012 graduation from Adelphi University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance and a Minor in Business. Upon graduation she received the Ruth St. Denis Prize. Laura had the pleasure of working with various choreographers during her time there. Laura is currently the Dance Director at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, NY. She also owns and teaches at Laura's Dance & Fitness Studio located in Huntington, NY.
Christina Stampolis holds a BS in Dance Education from Hofstra University and an MA in Dance Education from Hunter College. As a New York State certified dance educator, she piloted dance programs for Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School, The Lorge School and currently for The West End Secondary school and Mott Hall II Middle School, all in Manhattan. Christina has danced with Dance Visions since 2010.
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.
Host/Narrator Shirley Romaine is an actress and TV personality. She has 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 is the creator of original programs integrating drama, music, visual art and poetry. Shirley has been a integral part of the Dance Visions company for nearly twenty years serving as host/narrator for its many programs. "It has been a labor of love."
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.
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.
We will be part of this exciting celebration of choreographers who have presented works for the 92nd St Fridays at Noon series with a section from my work: Rejuvenation with dancers Louisa Armstrong, Vanessa Ferranti and Forrest Hersey. Celebrating 30 Years!
Sands Point Preserve will honor the legendary choreographer Isadora Duncan’s aesthetic and body of work which were created in the early 20th century – the same era in which the Guggenheim Estate was formed. The company of fifteen dancers will perform a combination of Duncan’s works as well as site specific contemporary works at Hempstead House- around the fountain, in the Winter Living Room - and outdoors in the Rose Garden. Highlights include revivals of rarely seen, timeless Duncan repertory and original works chosen and tailored for this unique environment.
“What mattered in Isadora’s Hellenic dances was not the Greek themes or the gauzy costumes, but the uninhibited vitality, the sense of glorious nakedness.”This program is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M.Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc. Ticket Info
– Lewis Mumford, Cultural Critic, 1905
Great Neck Community Education, 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck, 11020, Call 56 441 4949 for more info or to register.
Classes for Adults! Spring Semester begins week of April 24th, registration is NOW: 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
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In celebration of Duncan’s 140th birthday, on inauguration day: Deborah Jowitt had this to say: "The Alexandroff Ensemble’s Choir accompanies the evening’s most powerful dance with (Dance Visions NY's) “Varshavianca,” whose opening lines could be translated into English as “Let us boldly raise our banner,/ Even though a storm of hostile elements howls./ Even though sinister forces oppress us today,/ Even though our tomorrow is uncertain.
... But they march on until everyone, one at a time, has taken up the banner and crumpled to the ground. Then, slowly, one person revives, and they rise, indomitable to march again. When it was over, the woman on my right said incredulously to her companion, 'I’m crying' So was I."
Deborah Jowitt, http://www.artsjournal.com/dancebeat/?s=Beth+jucovy
Dance Visions NY, along with the Friends of Cedarmere, presented a special program for this exciting evening in recognition of All Hallows' Eve at the beautiful grounds and estate of WC Bryant. Included was company repertory, hand-picked and tailored for this singular holiday. We were immersed in worlds of the imagination and of the divine, spirits and conjurers, mythic characters and apparitions. With live music, narration and visual art projections. We will be back with a summer program July 29th 2017!
“When Nature Dances” – 2nd performance in series, with works chosen specifically for Clark Botanic Gardens included authentic Isadora Duncan dances of Nature created between 1905 and 1927. Program also included original Jucovy works which stem from the technique. Among the original works the company performed Shades of Blue, the company’s celebrated dance to St. Louis Woman and a work To David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust created specifically for this program. We had wonderful reception and will be back in 2017.
We presented the dance performance for the Long Island Fringe Festival, which featured music, comedy, poetry and more! We will presented Beth's newest work, "Rejuvenation" a dance in two parts: of space, freedom, power and nature! www.tillescenter.com.