Caryn Cooper

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.


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BWW Review: AMERICAN DANCE GUILD Celebrates 60 Years for the 2017 Performance FestivalBWW Review: AMERICAN DANCE GUILD Celebrates 60 Years for the 2017 Performance Festival
Posted: Sep. 14, 2017


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BWW Interview: Cara Butler of THE STEP CREWBWW Interview: Cara Butler of THE STEP CREW
Posted: May. 12, 2017


BWW Review: AILEY II Graces the Stage with a Night of PremieresBWW Review: AILEY II Graces the Stage with a Night of Premieres
Posted: Apr. 6, 2017


BWW Review: Turning Up the Volume with the AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION's Rhythm in MotionBWW Review: Turning Up the Volume with the AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION's Rhythm in Motion
Posted: Apr. 7, 2017


BWW Interview: Dante Brown and the DB/WD WORKSHOPBWW Interview: Dante Brown and the DB/WD WORKSHOP
Posted: Mar. 16, 2017


BWW Review: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos with CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANYBWW Review: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos with CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANY
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BWW Review: AMERICAN DANCE GUILD Celebrates 60 Years for the 2017 Performance FestivalBWW Review: AMERICAN DANCE GUILD Celebrates 60 Years for the 2017 Performance Festival
September 14, 2017

On the weekend of September 7-10 2017, the American Dance Guild (ADG) celebrated its 60th anniversary during their annual performance festival at The Ailey Citigroup Theater. This year's ADG Lifetime Achievement Awards went to three outstanding American dance masters: acclaimed and Tony-award winning choreographer, Garth Fagan; dance medicine pioneer and Dean of the American Dance Festival, Martha Myers; and Louis Mofsie, Founding Artistic Director of the renowned Thunderbird American Indian Dancers who have sustained the legacy of indigenous American Indian dances for the past 54 years.

BWW Review: Dancing through the LET'S DANCE! ExhibitBWW Review: Dancing through the LET'S DANCE! Exhibit
August 18, 2017

Let's Dance! is an immersive exhibit for children and their families that showcases the joy, beauty, and diversity of dance across New York City and the world. The exhibition, slated to run from July 1st to December 1st 2017, features a number of opportunities to learn about dance through daily live performances, various workshops, and a dance-portal projection dome! In conjunction with the ongoing initiative of the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), Gateway to the Arts, this project is designed to introduce children to dance as an art form, an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity.

BWW Featured Dance Studio: DANCEWAVEBWW Featured Dance Studio: DANCEWAVE
August 14, 2017

Dancewave is a Brooklyn-based school/organization that focuses on the development of the whole person through an accessible dance education experience. Being located in New York City- one of the most vibrant cities in the country -- Dancewave offers students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn, create and perform dance together. Since its founding in 1995 by Artistic & Executive Director Diane Jacobowitz, it is their vision to see a world where through access to the dance experience, our youth become empowered individuals who contribute to the fabrics of their communities and beyond.

BWW Interview: Tapping it Up with Hillary-Marie of JERSEY TAP FESTBWW Interview: Tapping it Up with Hillary-Marie of JERSEY TAP FEST
August 7, 2017

Jersey Tap Fest is a dance festival that features world-class tap dancers, faculty, and an exceptional extravaganza to celebrate the life and legacy of tap dance in New Jersey. Since its founding in 2010 by Hillary-Marie, this annual festival has become a way to bring the tap dance community together, teach its history, preserve its unique percussive and improvisational style, and increase respect for this cherished American dance form.

BWW Review: Rocking the Park with PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANYBWW Review: Rocking the Park with PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
August 2, 2017

On the evening of July 28, 2017, as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, Paul Taylor Dance Company (PTDC) with special guests DUCHESS and Vuyo Sotashe performed at the Damrosch Park Bandshell. It was quite the popular event as people lined up down the block and around the corner to see the anticipated show. It was a full house as pretty much every seat was taken! But, I could see why so many folks came out. It was a nice night, not too hot, not too humid, with a gentle breeze. The perfect night to be out and enjoy a show.

BWW Interview: Female Hip Hop Dancer SUN KIM Tells Her StoryBWW Interview: Female Hip Hop Dancer SUN KIM Tells Her Story
July 28, 2017

Kangseon Sun Kim, is a female hip hop dancer who specializes in the style of popping from South Korea. She was a member of a dance crew, and won several dance battle competitions. Some of her performance credits include dancing with 45 DEGREES/Cirque de Soleli and producing her own show, entitled WHO YOU ARE, that focuses on overcoming inner battles to find your true self.

BWW Featured Studio: BALLET TECHBWW Featured Studio: BALLET TECH
July 25, 2017

Ballet Tech is a unique partnership between the Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc. and the New York City Department of Education. Here students beginning in grade 4 have the opportunity to combine professional tuition-free arts instruction with a public school education. With approximately 180 students enrolled, Ballet Tech is dedicated to introducing children of NYC to the beauty and rigor of classical dance, while producing a new generation of dancers whose diversity reflects the full-spectrum of the American community.

BWW Interview: Gearing Up for NYC DANCE WEEK 2017 with Tasha NormanBWW Interview: Gearing Up for NYC DANCE WEEK 2017 with Tasha Norman
June 14, 2017

NYC Dance Week is a 10-day festival to promote the joy and diversity of dance in New York City, providing the public access to free and discounted dance and fitness classes at various dance schools and studios across the area. The goal is to engage the community to experience dance in a way that encourages them to live active and healthy lifestyles. Today, nearly 40 studios offering over 100 classes are partnering with the organization to promote and support dance. This year, NYC Dance Week takes place from June 15-June 24, 2017.

BWW Interview: Mickela Mallozzi of Bare Feet- A Unique Take on Travel Through DanceBWW Interview: Mickela Mallozzi of Bare Feet- A Unique Take on Travel Through Dance
June 11, 2017

Bare Feet is a 3-time New York Emmy Award-winning travel and dance series. The show follows executive producer, dancer, and host Mickela Mallozzi, as she travels throughout different parts of the world. What makes this show unique, is that she features, discovers, and highlights the rich dance and cultural traditions of the locals of each region she visits.

BWW Interview: Discussing the D.E.P.T.H. of Dance Education with CAROLYN DORFMANBWW Interview: Discussing the D.E.P.T.H. of Dance Education with CAROLYN DORFMAN
June 8, 2017

Carolyn Dorfman Dance prides itself in being a multi-ethnic dance company that is dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary dance that reveals the individual uniqueness and commonality of the human experience. Her choreography has been known to be bold and dramatic that connects life and movement. It also broadens students' knowledge and appreciation of dance in the classroom, in after school programs and curriculum building throughout communities across the country while speaking to contemporary issues.

BWW Interview: Cara Butler of THE STEP CREWBWW Interview: Cara Butler of THE STEP CREW
May 12, 2017

The Step Crew is a production that celebrates the rich Celtic culture through dynamic music and dance. What makes this group stand out? They bring you the traditions of Irish Stepdance, Modern Tap, and Ottawa Valley Stepdancing along with a modern fusion of all three percussive dance styles! In addition, this is all performed to the live music of a five-piece band including vocals and spectacular fiddlers.

BWW Review: Expanding the Range of Ballet with NEW YORK CITY BALLETBWW Review: Expanding the Range of Ballet with NEW YORK CITY BALLET
May 9, 2017

As part of their spring NYC season, New York City Ballet (NYCB) presents the Here/Now Festival featuring ten specially curated programs. This is an opportunity for audiences to see the breadth, quality, and range of works that have been developed over the past three decades. On the evening of May 3, 2017, I had the opportunity to see program number 3- dedicated to the repertory of Resident Choreographer, Justin Peck.

BWW Review: Celebrating the Legacy of INDIAN DANCE IN AMERICABWW Review: Celebrating the Legacy of INDIAN DANCE IN AMERICA
May 8, 2017

April 27-30, 2017 was a special limited engagement to celebrate the history and scope of Indian dance in America at the Theater at the 14th Street Y. The production is part of the a series of dances by the collective, From the Horse's Mouth, conceived and directed by Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham. This particular program was curated by Rajika Puri- an internationally acclaimed Indian classical dancer. The show was dedicated to the late Balasaraswati- a celebrated Bharatanatyam dancer who was instrumental in making the South Indian classical dance style popular throughout different parts of India and around the world.

BWW Interview: CARISSA LAUREL Speaks to Her Experience Being a Dancer who is Always is Learning and GrowingBWW Interview: CARISSA LAUREL Speaks to Her Experience Being a Dancer who is Always is Learning and Growing
May 5, 2017

Carissa Laurel is a NYC-based dancer who began her training in her home country in the Philippines. I had the opportunity to speak to her about her unique background, experience and success in the dance world.

BWW Featured Dance Studio: PERIDANCE CAPEZIO CENTERBWW Featured Dance Studio: PERIDANCE CAPEZIO CENTER
April 30, 2017

Peridance Capezio Center is a leading New York City based dance school that is known to be a home for all styles of dance and for all ages. The teachers are world renowned and the center is a place where toddlers, teenagers, adults and International students from around the world can learn alongside professional dancers. Peridance Capezio Center (more affectionately known as Peridance) is dedicated to offering accessible dance classes of the highest caliber- with over 250 weekly classes for adults and children in a nurturing and professional environment; providing dancers the opportunity to learn and work with acclaimed master teachers and guest artists; giving access to affordable high-quality rehearsal studios and performance spaces for artists to create and perform; all while maintaining a strong national and international presence in the dance education community to positively influence future generations of artists.

BWW Review: NYC Season Ends with a Bang with Dance Theatre of HarlemBWW Review: NYC Season Ends with a Bang with Dance Theatre of Harlem
April 23, 2017

The legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) returned to their stage home for their annual NYC season at the New York City Center, April 19-22, 2017. Some highlights of the season included a special performance by Grammy-Winning Recording Artist India.Arie, NY and DTH premieres by Robert Garland, Francesca Harper, and Jos Limn, and the return of other favorites by Dianne McIntyre and Darrell Grand Moultrie.

BWW Review: Bringing the Issues Front and Center with MJM DANCE in MONOPOLY: THE LANDLORD'S GAMEBWW Review: Bringing the Issues Front and Center with MJM DANCE in MONOPOLY: THE LANDLORD'S GAME
April 20, 2017

MJM Dance, under the artistic direction of Megan J. Minturn, presented their first evening-length piece entitled Monopoly: The Landlord's Game April 13-14, 2017 at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Here, Ms. Minturn in collaboration with her dancers- Leah Antonellis, Michelle Applebaum, Kelli Chapman, Cantata Chen Fan, Anna Johannes, Mara Katz, Chie Kurokawa, and Beverly Lopez, came together to tell the little known history of the game of Monopoly while exposing the injustices of our society and economic system.

BWW Review: THE 7 FINGERS (LES 7 DOIGTS) Wins Hearts of Audiences with Cuisine & ConfessionsBWW Review: THE 7 FINGERS (LES 7 DOIGTS) Wins Hearts of Audiences with Cuisine & Confessions
April 19, 2017

As part of the Tilt Kids Festival, Montreal-based circus- The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts) brought a mix of circus, dance, theater, and a side of cooking to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts stage April 11-16, 2017. You may remember this company as they were behind the Tony-Award winning production of Pippin and had appearances on the popular TV show-America's Got Talent and the opening ceremony of the Sotchi Olympics! The Tilt Kids Festival is a cultural event for families presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute presenting a series of forward-thinking events in dance, circus, visual art, music, and theater to stimulate and inspire audiences.

BWW Featured Dance Studio: BROADWAY DANCE CENTERBWW Featured Dance Studio: BROADWAY DANCE CENTER
April 12, 2017

Broadway Dance Center (BDC), affectionately known as a dancer's home away from home, is one of New York City's most popular dance studios. Located in the heart of the theater district in Manhattan at 322 West 45th Street, BDC prides itself on being an inclusive and welcoming environment for ALL dancers to train and learn.

BWW Review: Turning Up the Volume with the AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION's Rhythm in MotionBWW Review: Turning Up the Volume with the AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION's Rhythm in Motion
April 7, 2017

The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF), under the artistic direction of Tony Waag, presented its 5th yearly showcase Rhythm in Motion, March 29-April 2, 2017 at the Duke on 42nd Street. The series featured two distinct programs of fresh, groundbreaking tap dance choreography, with some strong and emotional statements. This is a very interesting time for tap dance as the world has finally realized that tap dance and tap choreography can also test the audience, tell a story, be influenced by world issues and express anger, fear, sadness, and spirituality said Mr. Waag, ATDF Artistic/Executive Director and curator of this show. The program featured some of the best and emerging tap dancers/choreographers of this time.



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