BWW Review: REVERBDANCE FESTIVAL Celebrates 10 Years

BWW Review: REVERBDANCE FESTIVAL Celebrates 10 Years

BWW Review: REVERBDANCE FESTIVAL Celebrates 10 Years

What a wonderful and stimulating compilation of works by both seasoned and emerging contemporary dance artists! REVERBdance, in partnership with Steps Beyond Foundation, presented the 10th anniversary of the REVERBdance Festival at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on November 6-8, 2015. Here, dancers and choreographers come from across the U.S. and the world, including South Africa, London, and Japan. A special feature of this program was the festival awards based on audience vote in three distinct prizes: the Steps on Broadway Dancer Award--one month of free classes at Steps on Broadway, a commission by the Steps Beyond Foundation for the Steps Repertory Ensemble, and a $1,000 REVERB Award.

This year's festival consisted of two programs and 21 artists. Some program highlights included Jeffrey Docimo of the Isodoc Dance Group, who created a piece entitle "Cut Crawlers," which contained a great deal of floor footwork fused with an interesting use of negative space. Jake Casey, a current member of the Cincinnati Ballet, provided an exciting piece, "Recursus," which incorporated nice lifts, stunning technique, and smooth transitions into his work.

Joseph Toonga & Dickson Mbi of Just Us Dance Theatre presented a fascinating piece showcasing a fusion of hip hop and modern contemporary dance. The intricate moves, amazing partner work and cool lifts made this piece a crowd pleaser. Tomoyo Yamada of Escape Artists of MWU Dance Collective performed a lovely dance entitled "Kikoeteimasuka," meaning voices from Hades in Japanese. The movements were very graceful, as they integrated an interesting use of a sheer white sheet into the choreography.

The evening concluded with audience members officially casting their ballot as we all waited in anticipation to find out who won the culminating prizes. Check out the REVERBdance website at reverbdance.org to find out which artists won each award!

REVERBdance prides itself to provide both domestic and international contemporary dance artists an array of performance opportunities, foster new choreographic voices, and encourage artistic development. REVERBdance has been a launching pad for the careers of many esteemed such as Kyle Abraham, Austin McCormick, Andrea Miller Nelly Van Bommel, and Mike Esperanza to name a few.

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Caryn Cooper Caryn Cooper is an arts administrator, educator and performer from Long Island, NY. She began her dance training at a young age studying ballet in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) technique and other dance forms such as tap, jazz, hip hop, modern and West African. She has had the opportunity to perform at various venues in the Greater New York City Area including, Radio City Music Hall, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, the 92Y, Ailey CitiGroup Theater, Central Park, and The Wild Project. Administratively, she has worked for a number of arts organizations including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, and the New York City Center. Currently at Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, she works to plan arts education programs for schools and seniors in underserved communities throughout Queens and the New York City Metropolitan area. Caryn is currently a Moving for Life Certified Instructor (MFLCI) where she uses dance to help breast cancer recovery patients and those dealing with pain caused by chronic illnesses. She is currently pursuing a certification as a BodyMind Dancing (BMD) Instructor, under the direction of Dr. Martha Eddy, to guide students as they reflect and learn about the 3-dimenionality and repatterning of the body. Caryn is a member of Americans for the Arts, the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), the New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA), and sits on the Young Professionals Committee of The Possibility Project and the Board of Trustees for Moving for Life, Inc. She is also a Contributing writer for BroadwayWorld Dance. She is the proud recipient of the 2016 Field Diversity Award and the 2017 Jessica Wilt Memorial Scholarship through the Americans for the Arts.