What Moves You? @ Rachel Caron

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Rachel Caron: Dancer
Eddington, Maine

What Moves You? 
“Love.”


About Rachel

I grew up in Maine. The state that everyone vacations to, but nobody actually lives in. Now…as much as I love where and how I was raised, because I truly did, you better believe that the second that I got the chance to chose my own place of residence for college…I went clear across the country to the land of sunshine and palm trees when I studied at The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in Southern California. The school is also a traveling performing arts troupe, and I toured around the world with them, educating and performing in more than 14 different countries in less than 4 years. I later moved to Chicago where I was a Choreographer at a Performing Arts Academy, went back to California and was a Jazz Dance Instructor at a Performing Arts High School…but have most recently found myself here, back on the East Coast in this beautifully chaotic, weird, wild and wonderful concrete jungle that most people know as “New York City”… but we call home. I think I’m finally at home.

Photo Credits:

Polaroid-Mike Hallahan
Split- John Molloy
Street- Jacob Caron
Mosaic- Kyle Wood

What Moves You? @ Jonathan Breton

 

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Jonathan Breton: Choreographer & Dancer
Saint Gervais la Forêt, France

What Moves You? 
“Curiosity and Emotions! I love exploring new cities, countries, and getting to know new cultures… Anything I can learn is feeding me as well as my dance and art. Emotions are the #1 thing that gives birth to my movement, and I hope that audiences feel something as well, anything, when attended a piece I choreographed or performed in . I want to keep discovering things and being hit by the whirlpool of multiple emotions – and to be able to translate them into movement and energy.”

Jonathan graduated from the Superior Institute of Performing Arts of Paris and obtained his French National Ballet Technique Examination at the Paris Opera before moving to New York to further his dance education at the Alvin Ailey School, and then at the Martha Graham School (as an open student). Jonathan performed in several musicals and with many dance companies, including Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Transcendance Group, Eryc Taylor Dance, Zion Dance Company, Footprints, Coyote Dancers… among others. He choreographed for la Compagnie de l’Etoile in France for 4 years, and he is now choreographing for AZOTH Dance Theatre, a NYC based dance company touring internationally. Jonathan has been performing, choreographing and teaching in 4 countries including France, USA, Poland & Denmark. Jonathan Breton is a member of the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO, the official world-wide organization for dance in the world.

For more on Jonathan: http://www.bretonjonathan.wix.com/jonathan
For more on the company Jonathan choreographs for: AZOTH Dance Theatre

See the performance at City Center Studios in NYC on May 28th:

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Photo Credits: Alison Stock, Margaux Breton

What Moves You? @ Margaret Wiss

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Margaret Wiss: Choreographer
Boston, MA

What Moves You?
“Curiosity in the unseen.”

Margaret Wiss is interested in the interaction between dance and science. As a choreographer and artist she wishes to reveal the invisible motion of physical forces in our world. Attracted to dynamic movement, which investigates the perception of dance as a scientific sport, she explores the interactions of dance and the environment – inside and outside the body. She has performed at multiple venues, notably The Kennedy Center and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and has worked with Pilobolous Dance Theater as well as choreographers Jennifer Hart, Kinsun Chan, and Adele Myers. In 2016, she was selected to perform her choreography, Nothing happens until something moves., at the Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC. She has choreographed for The Harvard Ballet Company and the DanceBARN Festival. Recently she participated in NACHMO Boston (National Choreography Month). Currently she is choreographing for PDX Contemporary Ballet Company and is collaborating with visual artist, Noël Hennelly for Norte Maar’s Production – CounterPointe5. In the fall she will be choreographing for the Five College Dance Department. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, magna cum laude, she received a Bachelor in Arts in Dance Kinesiology with high honors from the dance department.

Read more here: http://www.margaretwiss.com

Photo Credits: Frederick Wiss, Eileen O’Grady, Robert Uehlin

What Moves You? @ Lindy Fines

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Lindy Fines: Artistic Director/Choreographer of GREYZONE
NYC

What Moves You? 
“My dancers! Working with talented dancers endlessly inspires me and helps me feel connected to my love of the physicality of the body and the dance world in general. Their dedication and endless commitment to what is a challenging art form, both physically and economically, makes me want to provide a healthy and supportive environment as well as an artistically exciting one.”

Lindy Fines cofounded GREYZONE with artist Justin Fines to further explore the intersection of dance, sound design, time-based media and the visual arts. Fines’ choreography has been presented in NYC at Abrons Arts Center as part of New Dance Alliances’s 30th Anniversary Performance Mix Festival, FLICfest 2014 at the Irondale Center, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Flea, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Mike Perry’s ‘Wandering Around Wondering’ art space. Fines was a resident artist at New Dance Alliance, and the Socrates Sculpture Park as part of Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates. She choreographed and co-directed a short film ‘Queens Duets’ that screened at the International Dance Film Screening (NYC), Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Fine Arts Film Festival Santa Barbara, and Salamanca Moves/Movies by Movers (Australia). Fines received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in dance and trained on full scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio.

For more, www.grey-zone.com.

What Moves You @ Lori Belovin

It’s important to surround yourself with like-minded people that have positive and supportive energy, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do here at SoHa Dance. Thank YOU for supporting and being a part of the journey with us. This is another extra special week because we’re featuring SoHa’s Community Outreach Intern, Lori Belovin! I’m so honored to have her as a part of the company in this capacity. As you know, community outreach is at the core of our mission and having someone as passionate about dance therapy as Lori is – well, it’s such a treat! So, let’s get to know and see what moves her…

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Lori Belovin: Dancer and SoHa Dance Intern
Bronx, NY

What Moves You?
“What moves me is what I believe moves everyone – love, inspiration, hope, change. I don’t think movement should be defined by one specific motive. We live in a world that constantly challenges social, political, economic, and global issues – and in turn, challenges our personal view of the world and others. Movement allows us to explore and deliver these issues through a unique platform, and challenges others to think and respond in their own way. I think that’s the most important and most rewarding part of movement – it brings people together. And, in the words of Vincent Van Gogh, ‘Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.’ ”

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Lori Belovin, a native from the Bronx, has immersed herself in the world of dance since the age of six. She grew up taking dance lessons at Fancy Feet Dance Studio, where she danced competitively for many years in the dance styles of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and modern. She then continued her studies at Manhattanville College, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance & Theatre with a concentration in Dance Therapy. Some of her career highlights include performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts and performing with her school dance teams on the Disney Springs stage in Orlando, Florida, and She hopes to pursue her career as a dance artist and dance therapist.

 

What Moves You @ Maddy

SPECIAL SENIOR-STUDENT EDITION

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Maddy: Dancer
Bronx, NY

What Moves You?
“Wow. Good question. Oh boy. I just enjoy it. It sets me free. It helps me relax. I put music on at home and I’m just dancing. Just one of those things. If I get couped up or need an escape….I’m very within myself but dancing makes me free.”

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The joy of dancing washes away fears, releases tension, introduces happiness, and can be a starting point for self- awareness. These are the reasons I went into “dance” as a career and why I have so enjoyed teaching it to the seniors at PSS Davidson. When Maddy came into class (I think she was the first one actually!), she brought in her big spirit and easy temperament. She has been a wonderful advocate for how special and important movement is. She’s such a treasure and I’m so happy to feature her this week on the blog. Here’s to Maddy!

(Maddy in pink!)

What Moves You? @ Luis Torres

SPECIAL SENIOR-STUDENT EDITION

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Luis Torres
Bronx, NY

What Moves You?
“My Mind… And my heart. To stay strong!!”

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Luis is one of my students at PSS Davidson, a senior center in the Bronx. He stopped by class a few weeks ago and stood in the doorway watching all the ladies in class learn some new steps. After a few minutes he said, “I can do this!”, and jumped right in. He’s such a joy to be around, has a ton of good energy, and has a clear love for movement. Keep on movin’ Luis!

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What Moves You? @ Grant McDaniel

There are some people you meet that will change your life, whether they know it or not. Grant is one of those people for me. I took a “year off” after high-school to enroll in a dance program in Vienna, Austria called Spiral(e). Grant was my mentor that year and still is in many ways. Grant taught me to dance from the inside-out…to dance from the core of who I am and to tell stories with my body. I’m forever grateful to him. He’s an incredible teacher for movers and non-movers because he triggers your self-awaereness and helps you realize what you have to offer as a person, and THEN as an artist. Which is the whole point of art and dance, right? To tell stories about who we are, individually and as a human race. So let’s see what’s moving Grant…

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Grant McDaniel
Teacher, Coach, and Writer

What Moves You?
“It moves me to see people come into their bodies for any reason at any age. It moves me to see people discover dance at any age for what ever reason. It moves me to inspire people to believe, be excited and aspire.”

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From Grant:

“I began dance training at the late age 22/23 in 1971. Literally everyone told me I was wasting my time and would never work professionally as a serious dancer. Fortunately that first training was in one of the top schools in the USA: The Dayton Ballet Company school Director Josephine Schwartz. Three years later I moved to Toronto, Canada to study with Toronto Dance Theatre on a full scholarship. What followed was 13 years of wonderful and exciting work with Dance Makers, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and many free lance projects.

From Canada I moved to Italy and dropped out of the dance scene for a year or two (actually I did the same in Canada a couple of times ) and dropped back in as a teacher and choreographer and director of Grant McDaniel and Dancers. A move to Trieste resulted in The Space, (in the former psychiatric hospital San Giovani – a place that revolutionized and radicalized the work with psychiatric “utenti”) and where a generation of dancers were born and grew and developed and trained. Palermo next and another new group of serious contemporary dancers.

An experience performing in Vienna gave me the contacts to make a move to Vienna possible in 1996. My first job was teaching movement in the Rhythmics department of the University of Vienna, then the Max Rheinhardt Seminar. In 1999 I founded and directed Spiral(e), a 3 year Contemporary Dance / Theatre education.

Having been told at the beginning of my dance life that I was “too old” I made it a point to never say that to anyone coming into my studios or schools. What I did was find a way to train a mature body that produced a serious professional performance technique. Gradually I found myself training people who wanted to work in a healthy and strong way with their bodies but who were not necessarily interested in dance or theatre. Out of this came my method Body Connections. I am now collaborating with Edi Gustini , one of my former students in Trieste, to formalize and publish these concepts under the title “The Neutral Frequency of Movement”.

At almost 70 I am still performing and exploring new ways of  training and working with the body.

Check out more here or reach out via email at grantmcdaniel@vienna.at.

 

What Moves You? @ Natalie Connor

There aren’t enough words to describe the love I feel for our featured artist this week. She is one of my closest friends and has been my day one since I started considering dance as a profession. We have so many memories dancing, choreographing, and teaching together. Her love and skill with children’s dance education has been inspiring and heart-filling to watch over the years. We should all thank the universe that there teachers like her in this world. So all that said, let’s find out what moves Natalie!

 

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Natalie Connor: Dance Educator
New York, NY

What moves you?

Being able to help children discover how amazing and powerful dance can be as an outlet for self-expression. Also the children’s joy and sense of freedom when they dance never ceases to inspire me!

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Natalie is a dance educator and a first grade assistant teacher in Brooklyn. She grew up dancing, exploring various styles including jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and modern. Starting in high school, she gained a love of teaching dance to children and has experience teaching a range of ages from 3 years old to 13 years old. She currently teaches 4-5 year olds in an after school program, engaging them in dance/creative movement that fosters their coordination, agility, and creative expression.