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 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.
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.
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 dances 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 in December.
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.
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!
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.
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
Laura Marciano graduated Magna Cum Laude from Adelphi University with a B.F.A. in Dance and a Minor in Business. Upon graduation she received the Ruth St. Denis Prize. Laura had been on the Brooklyn Royals Dance Team and is the former Dance Director at Our Lady of Mercy Academy and Director of the Mercy Dance Company. Recently, she was named one of Long Island's Top 30 Young Professionals under 30. Laura owns and operates Laura's Dance & Fitness Studio, LLC in Huntington, NY. Laura joined Dance Visions NY in 2012.
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. Natalie is a dance teacher with several LI organizations.
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
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.
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.
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.
The first of several venues in which we will be offering this program:On this 200th birthday anniversary of poet Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819) and Isadora Duncan's 141st birthday, May 27, 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. Renowned local actress and activist Shirley Romaine will deliver poems by Whitman, which will be 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 Sheyne. Ticket Info
We are presenting our newest work, in development now, which is an artist's statement on the major issue of global warming. It will be showcased and previewed at Showdown.Ticket Info
Description: Our work, Blurred Boundaries was selected to be part of 8 in a Show at Dixon Place, part of Creative Performances. The work will be presented along with other unique works by emerging and established choreographers. This work explores responses to death and the concept of alternate, intersecting universes. On this 10th anniversary of their passing, this performance is dedicated to the eternity of Theda and Len Detlor. It is also dedicated to Johnny Cathcart, Chutima Jiemvitayanukoon, and to David Ramm and all those who have passed too early from our realm, and those they left behind.
Description: We will be part of New Jersey's historically inspired dance festival with a performance of Duncan's "Roses from the South"! Spend an afternoon walking along the beautiful museum grounds enjoy site-specific professional dance performances inspired by moments in history. Take a 1st floor tour of the Victorian- stye mansion and participate in informal movement lessons as well. We will be giving a Duncan Dance workshop! Raindate: Sunday, Sept. 30th
StylePointe is a one of a kind Fashion/Dance show during Fashion Week NYC. It is an Exploration of the Relationship between Fashion and Dance. We collaborated with designer Aimee Nielson and were delighted to be part of this unique showcase with four other fashion dance collaborations. Co-produced by Creative Performances, Curated and Directed by Sangeeta Yesley. See coverage from NYC VIBE.
Sands Point Preserve honors 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 will perform a combination of Duncan’s works as well as Jucovy's contemporary works in the great hall at Castle Gould - with a preliminary outdoor appetizer of dances in the entrance garden. Highlights included revivals of timeless Duncan repertory and original works chosen and tailored for this unique environment. Sands Point Preserve Conservancy Free program ($10 parking per car for non-members)
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.
Description: We presented uplifting works of the Isadora Duncan repertory as well as original Jucovy favorites and premieres... fusing styles of jazz, ballet and contemporary dance. Shirley Romaine was host. Steppingstone Waterside Theater.