What Moves You? @ Eury German

This week is extra special because we’re featuring the newest member of SoHa Dance, Eury German! He is joining SoHa as a performer for our upcoming show in August and will also be interning with the Company. As a fellow “late starter” in the dance world, I respect and am fully impressed with Eury’s desire, talent, and drive to be an artist in this field. Keep an eye on him, but for now, let’s find out what moves Eury…

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Eury German: Dancer and SoHa Dancer Intern
New York City

What Moves You?
“Curiosity moves me. An insatiable hunger for discovery and innovation. I move to satisfy the need to move. I move to discover new ways of moving, researching, exploring, and discovering.”

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Eury German is a dancing artist originally from the Dominican Republic, but has lived north of Boston all his life before moving to New York City this summer. Eury started dancing modern and ballet at Wesleyan University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Dance. To further his technique Eury attended the American Dance Festival Six Week School in the summer of 2014 and The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Strictly Seattle in the summer of 2015. In the fall of 2016 Eury will be attending the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts to earn an MFA in Dance.

Check out Eury dancing here!

 

What Moves You? @ Michele Wilson

Now that Michele is in my life, I literally don’t know what I would do without her! She is one the most charismatic, fierce, funny, strong, determined, honest, cheeky, creative….I could go on and on…women I know. We danced during and after college together for a company called Jostle, and now that I get to spend more time with her as a member of SoHa, I fully understood how incredible she is. Her heart shines through her dancing and her smile lights up a room. I’m very lucky she is a part of the company and in my life. Let’s see what moves her!

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Michele Wilson
Dancer and Administrator

What Moves You?
It moves me to see music, emotion, feeling, meaning, and inspiration coming to life.  Movement is the conduit through which all of this flows from one person to the next.  Sending and receiving messages viscerally, no words needed.  I’m always moved.

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Michele Wilson grew up dancing at several local dance studios in her hometown of Elmira, NY. Michele then went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. During her years at Brockport and since, she has studied with artists including Wally Wolfgruber, David Dorfman, Bill Evans, Jacquie Davis, Jenn Nugent, and James Hansen. After graduation, she headed to New York City where she works and plays as a dancer and arts administrator. Deeply rooted in the NYC dance world, Michele has held positions at Gallim Dance, the American Dance Festival, Youth America Grand Prix, and Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, as well as Gibney Dance where she currently works as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Michele produced and performed in the SUNY Brockport AlumniDance Showcase for four years.  She also served on the Junior Committee of Dance/NYC for two years, and is now a member of their Advisory Board. Michele has performed extensively in NYC and across the country with choreographers including Missy Pfohl Smith, Marisa Ballaro, Jocelyn McIntosh, Stacy Pottinger, and Jenny Showalter, as well as in the half-time show of the Pro-Bowl in Honolulu.

Check out some of the companies she’s involved with here and here!

Photo Credits @ Scott Shaw

What Moves You? @ Kelly Johnson

When you feel what they feel, when you hear what they hear, when you know they are IN it like you would be – that’s one of the best connections that dance can share. I felt that when I worked with Kelly. I connected with how and why she moves, and how her love for the choreographic process was just as important (or more important!) then the finished product. So, I had to pick her brain and get her involved in the “What Moves You” project…

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Kelly Johnson: Dance Professor/Choreographer/Performer
Geneva, New York

What moves you?

The woods move me. Crunchy leaves and geese honking overhead move me. I like patterns and formations in nature. I like trees, all kinds.

Dogs are my favorite animal. The end.

The Caribbean moves me. The waves, the mountains and the candles move me. The skirts, the bell and the eyes confidently downward move me.

I like to vibe and bounce. Flow is important to me and I love a ball-change.

Coolness too.

Meeting new people moves me.

Moving WITH people moves me. Shared sweat is a powerful thing and making work that speaks of shared experiences, ones that might motivate and inspire change moves me.

Teaching moves me. Moments of student growth and change, moments of shell breaking move me.

And my first love MUSIC, she moves me.  The background to my entire life (thanks to my parents) meant that the house was never silent. As you can imagine, this resulted in some sweet kitchen dancing and cartwheels in the living room.

Music moves me first. My working list of songs I “need” to make something to is now years long and I am an active choreographer!

Causes or choreographic intent come next. I am almost always motivated by what I hear first.

I feel my strongest self when sharing on stage.

Fun fact? I can’t whistle.

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Kelly Johnson is a dance educator, choreographer, performer and lover of nature whose education is a collective of African, Caribbean and Modern dance. She holds an MFA in Choreography from The College at Brockport and continues to conduct field research in Kingston, Jamaica, while studying at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY where she has designed technique courses in West African, Jamaican and Modern dance along with courses centered in Choreography and Performance. Her choreography has been featured at Cornell , Hofstra (ACDA)and Tulane Universities (Urban Bush Woman), The University of Rochester, The College at Brockport, Rochester’s School of the Arts, Rochester Fringe Festival, Rochester’s Caribbean Festival and throughout NY’s Fingerlakes Region. She continues to collaborate with local artists Alaina and Mark Olivieri, presenting choreography in both the Vision of Sound as well 2015 National Flute Convention. In addition, she has performed with Rochester based company KDiehl Danceworks under the direction of Kathy Diehl. This fall, Johnson collaborated with Rochester’s BIODANCE, under the direction of Missy Pfohl Smith, as the company produced BIO/DANCE & Social Justice Series, performing and sharing with members of Rochester’s local communities. Kelly continues to be inspired by people’s lived experiences and is invested in sharing personal narratives on stage, all with the intention of initiating social consciousness and simultaneous awareness of the “self” and “others”.

Friend Kelly on Facebook or email her at kjohnson@hws.edu.