It was in March, 8 years ago, that I started some movement projects and formed a dance company. That was 8…years…ago! Wow!
It’s been a crazy ride. I’ve changed the name 2x, some years I haven’t even presented work, and I’m still figuring it out. There have been (and still are) so many times I felt like a failure…But my success doesn’t look like your success. And yours shouldn’t look like mine. Because that would be boring.
There is room for all types of art and artists, in all shapes and sizes and durations. Art reflects life, and I love variety. So, I’m gonna take a moment to celebrate!
I’ve met and brought artists together from around the world, self-produced events to showcase new work, been asked to present my own choreography in a solo show, and helped foster creative aging projects. But it takes a village and I’ve been blessed to work with some of the most inspiring dancers, artists, and arts admin (I really love you all so much). And now I’m solo traveling and sharing dance in some pretty dope locations. 8 years strong. So here’s to 8 more.
Please enjoy this little montage I created of some site-specific improvs over the last year or so:
Arianna Camille: Dancer
What Moves You?
“I am moved by the voice inside me that declares, ‘I have something to say’. Dance is more than just a universal language; it is my native tongue in which I can express all the thoughts and emotions that words can never give justice to. With this language, I can connect with humans across boundaries of linguistic and cultural differences in the most honest way possible.”
Arianna began her professional dance training in classical ballet at the age of 15 at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. She performed as a guest artist with Budzynski Ballet Theater’s “Nutcracker” and “Coppelia”. At the age of 19, following a desire to move more into the world of contemporary dance, she auditioned for and was accepted to the Certificate program at the Ailey School. She has also trained at Ballet Hispanico, Parsons Dance, and Henny Jurriens in Amsterdam. Arianna has performed works by choreographers such as Earl Mosely, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Judine Somervillle, and Alvin Ailey. She currently performs free-lance in NYC and teaches and choreographs at The Art & Dance Project in Queens, NY. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @arianna.camille
Photo Credits @ Qenu Muse, Kike Abed, Andrew Gonzalez, Noel Valero, and Joerg Didlap
Earlier this week I found myself on a mini adventure to Castel Gandolfo, a cute little lakeside town about one hour south of Rome. It’s a perfect day trip but not for the faint of heart (unless you have a car). I’m just sayin’ the hills were a WORKOUT. But it was worth it because the town was adorable, the people were sweet, and the food was GOOD (I mean, hi, we’re talking about Italy so not like it’ll be bad….but still).
The Place to Eat:
Al Chiaro di Luna (Via Spiaggia del Lago, 2). It’s on the Lake. Get the fish! Gnocchi was good too 🙂
But What Moved Me? …The path we took to the lake:
How to Get There:
We took the train from Roma Termini and it was only 40 minutes. The train stop is in the middle of the hill, so you can either choose to walk up to the main town or down to the lake. We did both (walked up first and walked down after….and then back up to the train).
And, here’s a secret view of the lake from the main town:
A quick trip last week took me to Florence, Italy! I was only there for one full day but I got to take this very short video in front of the Statue of David at the Galleria dell’Accademia. What a sight! That statue is truly a masterpiece by Michelangelo and definitely worth the hype. The piece is 17 feet tall. I am in awe of sculptures. What a dance between the marble and the artist. There is truly movement in everything.
I’ll likely be back to Florence in May and I’ll make sure to take more (and longer) videos. So, stay tuned for that! In the meantime, here are some more photos of the trip… From basking in the masterpieces (ha!) at the Galleria dell’Accademia to street views of Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and food (of course!).
Leyla Aniani: Dancer
What Moves You?
The Festive Anthropologist
With special credit to Lindsey Miller for inspiring Leyla to dance
Lindsey L. Miller LLMoves
Sarah Pilger: Dancer
San Francisco, CA
What Moves You?
“Humans. Our grand varieties, the things we make, the emotions we feel, and our ever-changing identities.”
I grew up just outside of San Francisco, in a small town called San Anselmo. I just graduated from the University and Pennsylvania and decided very last minute to move to New York and pursue my passion for dance. Penn has a very pre-professional culture that seems inescapable and unavoidable. I was set on applying to grad schools, but decided I couldn’t live in regret if I didn’t step outside of my comfort zone and try to dance professionally.
Photo Credits: (black and white): Jason Lau; (arabesque): Araba Ankuma; (overall white with blue fabric): Jason Lau; (blue smoke): Kevin Wang; (pink background): Carson Kahoe; (red background): Christian Hopkins
Javier Padilla: Dancer/Choreographer
San Juan, Puerto Rico
What Moves You?
“The stories that unfold right in front of us each and every day!”
Javier Padilla is a movement based artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Starting his training at School for the Performing Arts under Waldo Gonzalez and Olaya Muentes in Puerto Rico, he then continued his studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts pursuing a BFA in Dance. During his time at Mason Gross, Javi had the opportunity of working with artists such as Jessica Lang, Keith Thompson, Netta Yerushalmy, Joe Goode Performance Group, Meghan Frederick, Randy James and Bereishit Dance Company. His choreographic work has been presented at venues such as Dixon Place, Open Source Gallery, The Secret Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Triskelion Arts, The Salvatore Capezio Theater, Battery Park, Judson Memorial Church and the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow. Javi is also the Artistic Director of The Movement Playground, an emerging movement collective that has been performing and touring in the New York Tri-State Area since 2014 and are excited to premiere their first commissioned works with Ballet Forte (NJ) and Bucknell University (PA) in the upcoming year.
For more info: www.jpmovementplayground.com
Photo Credits: Whitney Browne, Brayden Donnely, Hayim Heron
Alissa Johann: Dancer/Choreographer
West Chester, PA
What Moves You?
Alissa trained in classical ballet, modern and jazz at the Brandywine ballet in West Chester, PA. She later went on to earn a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Media Studies from Cedar Crest College in 2016, while also furthering her technique at Muhlenberg College. She has received several scholarships and awards and has attended summer intensives at the Joffrey Ballet School and American Ballet Theater. Alissa is a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor in Philadelphia, PA.
For more: http://alissajohann.wixsite.com/alissajohann
Photo Credits: Brian Mengini, Anna Bonacci, Amico Studios
Jen Roit: Choreographer
San Jose, CA
What Moves You?
“Emotions and stories.”
Proud of her West Coast origins, Jen Roit received a BFA at NYU Tisch, working with Karole Armitage, Bill Young, and Dwight Rhoden. She continued a diverse career with Jennifer Archibald, Nathan Trice, Daniel Holt, Mark Dendy, Randy James, Transcendance Group, and the Park Avenue Armory. She received mentorship from Camille Brown and Jennifer Edwards through the Breaking Glass Project and Stephen Petronio through NYU’s Alumni Choreographic Workshop. With her company, Armada Dance, she has produced work for BalaSole Dance Company, MaD Circle Dance, Moving Beauty Series, Amalgamate Artist Series, Equilibrium Danceworks, WAXworks, and has been presented at HATCH, Spoke the Hub, RAW Artists, Dixon place, The Actor’s Fund, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion, and Ticino in Danza (Switzerland). She currently serves on the Artist Committee for NACHMO, is editor of the Dance Magazine College Guide, manages projects at TERP Corp, and dances for Dances for Solidarity. She has choreographed for short films and music videos, including “You and I and You” presented at the Outlet Dance Project’s International Film Festival, Dance Film Day in Portland, OR, and for Triskelion’s Dance Film Festival. Founder of the Broke Dancer, a weekly newsletter for inexpensive dance and fitness classes around NYC.
For more: http://www.jenroit.com
Photo Credits: Stephen Delas Heras; Massimiliano Rossetto; Oje Ihonvbere; Eric Bandiero/BalaSole Dance Co.; Jen Jones Photography