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2020

Saturday, March 14th – Afternoon Showcase and Evening Concert

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Sunday, March 15th – Master Classes

Youth Intermediate Beginner Master Class Registration Form for dancers ages 8-12 years old. See instructor bios below.

Intermediate Advanced Master Class Registratin Form for dancers 10+. See instructor bios below.

Registration now open! Please submit a registration form either digitally, by mail or by bringing it to the studio. If you’d like to pay by credit card you may do so by clicking here.

*Registration is complete once form and payment have been received.

If you are a studio or dance company interested in performing, please write to info@solecitydance.org.

Dear Friends of the Dance Community,
Sole City Dance is pleased to share with you information and registration materials for our annual celebration of dance to be held on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th. Dance Northeast! features performance opportunities, a student choreography showcase, and master classes. Performances will be held at the Rochester Opera House, located in downtown Rochester and master classes will take place at the Sole City Dance studios located at 187 Route 108 in Somersworth.
Don’t miss your opportunity to participate! Space is limited to be featured in our evening concert Saturday at 7:00 pm at the Opera House. High school, college, pre-professional and professional companies may perform up to eight minutes of choreography. A second performance opportunity for younger and second companies, as well as student choreographers, will be in an afternoon showcase also held at the Opera House at 2:00 pm. All solos must submit an audition video. Email for more info.
Master classes will be on Sunday and are open to the public, so be sure and reserve your space by registering early. Full master class schedule will be released by the end of January.
All registration forms for companies, student choreographers, and individual dancers are included in this attachment, and must be returned to Sole City Dance by February 15, 2020, in addition to music and registration fees.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Alex via email at alex@solecitydance.org or Moriah via email at moriah@solecitydance.org. We hope you can join us for this exciting community dance event!
Sincerely,
Alex and Moriah
SCD Dance Northeast Co-coordinators
2020 DNE Performance Info Company Registration Form Company Tech Form Student Tech Form

Guest Performers:

 

Project 31 is  Boston’s  visceral contemporary  dance company  under the  Artistic Direction of Kenzie Finn. P31 is exploring the boundaries between contemporary and American Jazz dance. Project 31’s mission is to use dance as a vehicle to inspire thought, invention, and introspection in the viewer. Our dancers blend their classical backgrounds into fierce, soulful performances bridging the gap between artist and audience member. Project 31 is an experiment of movement: freeform, fluid, and for all eyes; dance that hits you in the gut whether you’re a dancer or an observer.

Master Class Teachers:

Jenny Oliver, Modern

Over the past 15 years Jenny Oliver has worked to bring high caliber dance and performance to the Boston area. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dean College, went on to the School at Jacob’s Pillow and continues to develop her artistry through residencies and collaboration. She was named the first choreographer in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, a DanceMaker’s resident artist at the Boston Center for the Arts and was nominated for a Brother Thomas Fellowship through the Boston Foundation. She began the very popular Modern Connections class 6 yrs ago at the Dance Complex offering Horton-based modern dance to the general public. She’s creating access of dance for people outside of an educational institution while heading the modern curriculum at Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center. There she works with students from elementary through high school. For the past 5 yrs she has been on faculty at Tufts University and Emerson College. And when she is not teaching, she is working with Connections Dance Theater, a performance collective. This past summer, she premiered Hot Water Over Raised Fists, an immersive performance experience that centers the narrative of marginalized people within water injustice crises in the United States. She looks forward to continuing the work of dance-advocacy creating philanthropic pathways through collaborative art.

*Photo Cred: Stefanie Belnavis, The Diahann Project

Joseph Jefferies, Ballet

Joseph Jefferies trained as a student at Yuma Ballet Academy with Jon Cristofori and Kathleen Sinclair, as well as at Harid Conservatory with Olivier Pardina.  Jefferies went on to dance professionally for 16 years, dancing with Pittsburg Ballet Theater and Ballet Arizona before joining Ballet Memphis for nine years.  During his time as a professional dancer, he performed lead roles in works by Trey McIntyre, Lila York,  Julia Adams, and Mark Godden.  Later,  Jefferies joined Les Ballet Trockadero De Monte Carlo and was able to tour and perform in over 25 countires around the world.  During the couse of his professional dancing career,  Jefferies has danced principal roles in several ballets including Don Quixote,  Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, and Coppelia.  Mr Jefferies is an award-winning choreographer creating over 30 works for companies including Ballet Memphis, Miami City Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Ballet Trockadero, Harid Conservatory, Ballet Yuma, Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Northeast Youth Ballet. He has won the RDA Emerging Choreographer scholarship twice and had his work selected and performed for New York City’s Ballet Builders Showcase and for the RDA National Convention in Montreal, Canada. Mr Jefferies currently is on faculty at Boston Ballet, Northeast School of Ballet and Acton School of Ballet.

Kenzie Finn, Jazz

Kenzie is the founder and artistic director of Project 31, Boston’s visceral contemporary dance company. P31 is focused on creating movement that is free-form, fluid, and for all eyes. Kenzie began her dance training at Center Stage Dance Academy in Plymouth, MA.  At fourteen, she transferred out of her local high school to pursue intensive dance training at the Boston Arts Academy. At the BAA, she had the opportunity to work with professionals such as Ina Hahn and Sean Curran while also broadening her range of dance styles and understanding of movement concepts. Upon graduating, Ms. Finn began work on her B.F.A. in dance choreography at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus where she trained under Dana Hash, Elizabeth Goheen, Kim Jones, and Colleen Thomas. Kenzie has also studied at the Regional and National High School Dance Festivals, as an intern at the Bates Dance Festival, and as a scholarship student at The University of the Arts “Summer World of Dance”.  While in New York, Kenzie also became one of the inaugural members of the Calvin Wiley Dance Theatre in Manhattan. Since returning to Boston, Kenzie performed with Tribe, The Dance Company from 2005-2012, serving as the organization’s operations assistant and coordinator of Tribe’s workshop and master class series. Kenzie has also performed with Six One Seven Dance Collective under the direction of Kendra Heithoff, and is currently performing as a member of Sasso & Company under the direction of Lacey Sasso.

Kenzie Finn is also passionate, dance educator and choreographer. Her dancers have won top awards and scholarships to summer dance programs and universities. Kenzie is a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor as well as a former Leap N’ Learn master teacher. She has served as a faculty member at Center Stage Dance Academy, South Shore School of Performing Arts, Sandwich Dance Academy, and the Dance Zone at Tumble Time Gymnastics. She has been a guest instructor at North Quincy High School’s Renaissance Dance Program and she is currently on the faculty at Milton Academy, Raquelle’s Dance Studio, International Ballet Academy of Norwell, and Live Love Dance Studio.

Kelly Kaleta, Tap 

Growing up in Easthampton, MA, Kelly Kaleta began her training at the Hackworth’s School of Performing Arts and started teaching while she was attending Boston University. Focusing in tap, she has taught up and down the east coast and Canada for almost 20 years, choreographing, judging, and performing in many different venues. She is a founding member of “Off Beat,” a company created and directed by her former student Ryan P. Casey. You can also see her and her choreography in the award-winning movie “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land). In 2006, she was a cast member of “Imagine Tap,” created and choreographed by Derick Grant and Aaron Tolson. She has been a faculty member and judge for Tap 2 You, Dance Masters of America, American Dance Awards and Tapademics. She has taught at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance in NYC. Other past performances include the Cape Dance Fest, Inside Out at Jacob’s Pillow, NYC Tap Festival, Break the Floor, Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker – performing with Drika Overton, Josh Hilberman, and Brenda Buffalino, Tapestry – produced by Dance Inn Productions, and others.  Her own annual event, Tap it Up, is a one day workshop held every October in Stratford, CT.  Believing that you never stop being a student, she continues to take classes and workshops to improve both her dancing and her teaching.

New this year Intermediate Beginner Level Youth Master Classes! These classes are geared towards dancers aged 8-12 years old. 
Meet our instructors!
Samantha Morales, Contemporary Jazz

Samantha Morales is a dance educator, choreographer, and freelance performer based out of New Hampshire. She received her Master’s in Dance Education from New York University specializing in the professions and higher education. Performance credits include WAXWorks, Dumbo Dance Festival, Ballet Inc. The Series, MultiPurpose Dance Project, and the Dance Research Forum Ireland. She was a Jazz & Contemporary trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School where she studied under leading industry professionals. Originally from Florida, she danced with Level Dance Company, DFS Company, and Dance Tallahassee Performance Company before going on to dance for Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.

Samantha is passionate about advocating for dance and brings a unique energy to her classes that pushes dancers to take risks and remain curious. Her personal teaching philosophy is that dance should foster individuality and provide a supportive environment to find one’s creative voice. As an educator, she values a safe environment where differences are welcome and encouraged.  Her overall mission is to produce active, creative, and open-minded members of the community. Students that go on to be lifelong learners that question, reflect, and explore are incredibly crucial for the art of dance and humanity as a whole. Through her network of fellow artists, educators, and advocates, she plans to guide her students into collaborative work that keeps dance important. Visit http://www.samanthajmorales.com/

Danielle Coombs, Hip Hop

Danielle is a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in dance. During her time at UNH, she trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe and aerial. She was a member of the jazz, tap, aerial section of the UNH Dance Company, in addition, she performed in many dance and aerial showcases. Before dancing in college, Danielle danced at Adagio Dance Academy for 15 years training in styles of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and pointe, as well as dancing competitively for 10 of those years. Danielle is very excited to be joining the faculty at Sole City where she can continue her love of dance and inspire her students to share in her passion to keep dancing.

 Kelly Kaleta, Tap 

See bio above.