GTT's Choreographer's Canvas Set for 5/2

GTT's Choreographer's Canvas Set for 5/2

The Group Theatre Too (GTT) presents its seventh annual Choreographer's Canvas, a one- night event featuring the works of over fifteen established and emerging choreographers from around the country. The Canvas, headed by GTT Executive Producer Justin Boccitto, will play at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center Friday, May 2nd and showcase many styles of dance including tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, theatre dance, aerial and this year bellydancing. For the past 6 years the Canvas has presented over 75 choreographers, giving opportunity to over 500 dancers performing to sold-out houses. The event is sponsored by Broadway Dance Center, Capezio, Manhattan Movement and the Society of Directors and Choreographers as well as numerous arts philanthropists.

This year the Canvas includes three aerial choreographers (Bobby Hedglin-Taylor with Cleo Carol Knopf, Stephanie Sine and Jen Gorman) presenting silks, lyra and spanish web pieces. Bob Boross will present a new piece in the style of the late Matt Mattox on Sue Samuels' company Jazz Roots, who is also a represented choreographer with her piece "The Swing's The Thing". New to the Canvas is Syncopated City's Michael Jagger and Evita Race as well as K.C. Castellano who has worked on "So You Think You Can Dance". Several guest and full-time faculty members from Broadway Dance Center will present including Bronwen Carson, Calen Kurka, Janine Michelletti, Jerica Niehoff, Crystal Chapman and Broadway Dance Center's teen company, AIM. Belly dance choreographer, Maki Moves, makes her Canvas debut along with tap choreographer, Ryan Casey and newcomer Chris Kinsey. GTT co-founders, Michael Blevins and Justin Boccitto, will also show work.

The 2014 Choreographer's Canvas performs on Friday, May 2nd 7:30pm at the Manhattan
Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenue.

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