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!
Vanessa Ferranti graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program where she performed original works of Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Joyce Trisler among many more. There she trained in the Ballet, Horton, Graham and Limon techniques among others. During her senior year, she worked 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.
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, the official school of the Municipal Theater of Rio De Janeiro. She is a 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" the unique 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.
Hope Kroog is thrilled to join such a creative and generous group of performing artists for the 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.
A native Houstonian,
Shannon McMullan holds a BFA in Dance from Texas State University with
extensive training in the Hawkins technique. In 2014, she was introduced to the
Duncan technique by fourth-generation Duncan dancer, Meg Brooker, and has been dancing
Duncan ever since. Shannon has worked with various master teachers such as
Catherine Gallant and Loretta Thomas, whom she danced for with Dances by
Isadora. Additionally, Shannon is a seasonal collaborator with LEMI Collective,
a contemporary and improvisational dance company, where she has performed at
various festivals throughout the New York City area. Shannon is thrilled to
continue her Duncan experience with Beth Jucovy and Dance Visions
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 is excited to dance with Dance Visions NY this season, in 2017!
Elena Notkina is a Russian born dancer and choreographer. She graduated from The St. Petersburg State Conservatory with a Master’s Degree in Choreography. She has performed with several Russian dance companies and the “Karambol” State Musical Theatre. Among her credits are several musicals including The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Thumbelina, Snow White, Mary Poppins. She has choreographed numerous dance works as well as musicals, drama shows and gala events. Elena’s choreography received awards such as Fyodor Lopukhov Choreography Competition (Special prize) and Youth Festival of Modern Choreography “Runway” (1st prize). Elena joined Dance Visions NY in 2017.
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 is excited to join Dance Visions NY this season, 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.
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.
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. Nichole has also performed with the NYC based ballet company American Liberty 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.
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."
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 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.
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On this 140th birth year of Isadora Duncan, this program highlights her Frederic Chopin repertory and her revolutionary and rarely seen dances, The Russian Workers Songs. Original Jucovy works, inspired by the Duncan aesthetic which include classical, contemporary and jazz works. The program ends with 'Trilogy" to the music of Grace Slick, David Bowie and The Beatles. For venue info call: 516 869 7637 516-869-7637 or see www.clarkbotanic.org.
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 Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council.Ticket Info
Highlights of this culminating program of our Summer series included Isadora Duncan masterpieces that celebrate the resiliency and triumph of the human spirit: the company's acclaimed staging of Duncan's "Russian Workers Songs" and the heroic Allegro Molto Vivace section of the Tchaikovsky Symphony "Pathetique." In addition Duncan's Chopin dances celebrating nature, favorites from Gluck repertory with themes of Greek mythology and Beth Jucovy's original work, "Rejuvenation" were featured. These dances were presented outdoors in the natural setting of the UUCSR beautiful estate. Hosted by actress Shirley Romaine with live music. . This project was 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 Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council.
Myths "a la mode" In a program complementing Cedarmere’s remarkable grounds, this program begins with dancers at Cedarmere’s various outdoor landmarks who will emerge from the environments as visitors walk through the estate area. The evening will continue indoors in the Living Room, with ancient Greece as the theme- with dancers "warming up" to Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies played live. The program concludes outdoors with dancers gathering from Cedarmere’s grounds to the music of Faure’s Prométhée and lastly large symphonic Greek mythology based dances on the lawn overlooking Long Island Sound. Complementary ice cream and yoghurt is offered. For tickets and venue information, see www.friendsofcedarmere.org
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 Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Huntington Arts Council.
Sands Point Preserve honored 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 seventeen dancers performed 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 included 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.
– Lewis Mumford, Cultural Critic, 1905
We were honored to 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!
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