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BC Beat at Cielo to Feature Works by Choreographers Richard J. Hinds, Camille A. Brown and More, 5/21

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Monday May 21, 2012 marks the third production of BC Beat at Cielo (18 Little West 12thStreet). Produced by Jennifer Jancuska and The BringAbout Productions, BC Beat offers the Broadway and dance communities another unique and exciting way to experience dance. Focused on storytelling and set in a club with the best sound system in NYC, BC Beat will feature new work by eight highly anticipated choreographers from genres including musical theatre, contemporary, jazz and tap. Smack in the middle of the club, with the audience surrounding the sunken stage and close enough to touch the dancers, choreographers will present their unique way of storytelling and vision for Broadway's future.

Jennifer Jancuska, producer, comments, "BC Beat provides a platform where creatives can experiment and demonstrate new methods of storytelling for innovative producers, agents, directors, composers, and designers to spark conversation, connection, and support. Setting BC Beat in a club and positioning the incomparable Declan Bennett at the DJ booth who drives beats from the moment the doors open, creates a dance floor that is both a performance and social space. The excitement and energy is contagious and so much fun to experience!"

The event kicks off Monday May 21, 2012, at 7pm at Cielo (18 Little West 12th Street, NYC). Tickets are $12 Brown Paper Tickets and $15 at the door. To purchase, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/244584.

BC Beat brings Broadway downtown by taking up residence at Cielo (18 Little West 12th Street, NYC). Doors open at 7pm and the entrance ticket ($12 online, $15 at the door) provides access to the BC Beat showcase, dance party and the opportunity to mingle and connect with BC Beat choreographers and performers in a casual setting. Guests can grab a drink and join the cast and creatives as they dance the night away to beats by Declan Bennett and special guest Darius Anthony Harper.

BC Beat choreographers for May 21st include Camille A Brown, Richard J. Hinds, Marc Kimelman, Christopher Spaulding, Cartier Williams, Michael Kirsch, Roy Lightner and Jennifer Jancuska.

Camille A. Brown is the choreographer for the Tony Nominated Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She is also the 2012 recipient of The Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award given by Wesleyan University, a Princess Grace Award Winning Choreographer, and the recipient of The Project Next Generation Award. She has choreographed works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Ailey II, Hubbard Street II, and Ballet Memphis, among others. She received a 2011 Bessie nomination for 'Outstanding Individual Performance' in her work, The Evolution Of A Secured Feminine, and a Best Choreography nomination from the Black Arts Alliance for her first work on AAADT, The Groove To Nobody's Business. Musical Theatre credits include: Fortress Of Solitude, directed by Daniel Aukin, Pins & Needles, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, and House, directed by Saheem Ali.

Richard J. Hinds is the Associate Director for the Tony Award Nominated production of Newsies (Broadway and Paper Mill Playhouse). Upcoming projects include the National Tour and Broadway bound production of Jekyll & Hyde. Additional credits for direction and choreography include Fame (Macau International Music Festival), Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors (KC Repertory Theatre), The Sound of Music, All Shook Up, Joseph…, Pump Boys and Dinettes (New Theatre), and the Spangles Dance Company. Associate

Marc Kimelman is currently Assistant Choreographer for Broadway's Tony Nominated Jesus Christ Superstar. Recently he choreographed Off-Broadway's Play it Cool on Theatre Row, a Charlize Theron cover shoot for Vogue by Annie Leibovitz, and his Sheridan College production of Rent will be getting a Toronto transfer this Spring. He has worked with the New York City Ballet, Katy Perry, Chaka Kahn, and Neil Young, and has choreographed music videos for Yeasayer and The Guards.

Christopher Spaulding is thrilled to join the upcoming cast of The Nutty Professor. He is a performer, choreographer, educator, and creative director who most recent choreography credits include national television commercials for Grey Goose and Head & Shoulders. Theatrical credits include the original Broadway cast of Curtains, the original Off-Broadway company of Rock of Ages. Christopher is the Vice President of the non-profit organization Broadway in South Africa, and is Founder and Executive Director of Broadway Showchoir Connect.

Cartier Williams is a hoofer, choreographer, filmmaker and performer who hails from Washington, D.C. He toured the U.S. and Japan in the Tony Award Winning Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in the Funk, co-starring with Savion Glover.

Mike Kirsch is the owner and creative director of Unique New York Productions, boasting numerous videos that have been viewed by millions across the globe. He has recently directed and choreographed commercial productions for Bloomingdale's, Sabra Hummus, and Shellac. His work has been featured numerous times on the Today Show and in The New York Times and The Huffington Post.

Roy Lightner's award winning choreographic work spans from musical theatre to concert dance. Credits include New York City Opera's Lucky To Be Me (Lincoln Center, asst. to Peggy Hickey), the original work In Your Eyes (Miller-Marley Youth Ballet), Hairspray (Sondheim Center), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Good News, White Christmas, Urban Cowboy, Starmites, Damn Yankees.

As co-founding Artistic Director of Broadway Connection, producer of BC Beat, creator of The Artists' Salon, Artistic Director of The BringAbout Productions and a graduate of Cornell University, Jennifer Jancuska explores life as a choreographer, producer, associate, teacher and equity performer. She is thrilled to be back in the city after working with Lisa Shriver at the Royal George Theatre.

Declan Bennett will DJ the BC Beat showcase and dance floor with special guest Darius Anthony Harper (upcoming tour of Book of Mormon). No stranger to the stage, Declan experienced mainstream chart success in the UK by the age of 20, took on the lead role in the award-winning pop biography Taboo at 21, and extended his stay in America to star as Roger in Broadway's Rent and returned to Broadway to join the cast of Green Day's American Idiot. Declan's second full length album, An Innocent Evening of Drinking has been made into a multi-media based theatrical production that will premier June 22nd as part of Ars Nova's Ant Fest.

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