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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.



BWW Review: A Fantastic Close to the Flamenco Festival New York with BALLET FLAMENCO DE ANDALUCIA
March 25, 2016

The Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia concluded the festivities at the New York City Center, March 18 to 19 as part of the 2016 Flamenco Festival New York. In a program entitled Images: 20 Years, the company dedicated this performance to celebrating its two-decade history as an internationally beloved flamenco dance ambassador by revisiting five of their most celebrated works in its repertoire. Each piece is a tribute to some of the most innovative and influential flamenco dancers: Mario Maya, Maria Pages, Jose Antonio Ruiz, Cristina Hoyos, and Ruben Olmo.

March 16, 2016

In light of their 10th anniversary, Dance Parade celebrated and launched its Decade of Dance campaign with a "Taste of Dance Parade" performances featuring ensembles and groups representing a wide variety of dance genres and cultures. This event brought a nice crowd of folks of all ages and backgrounds to support and celebrate dance.

BWW Review: Blending the Beauty of the East and West with NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY
February 10, 2016

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, in conjunction with its third Annual Lunar New Year Celebration, partnered once again with the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in an all new celebration of Chinese arts and culture. Under the direction of renowned traditional dancer of Taiwan, Nai-Ni Chen, this ethnically diverse Chinese-American company seeks to bridge the gap of cultural understanding and appreciation of American modern dance and Asian art.

BWW Review: Digging in Deep with JOYA POWELL/MOVEMENT of the People Dance Company
February 5, 2016

The Annual FLICfest, founded and curated by Jeramy Zimmerman and now in its sixth year, gave six choreographers an opportunity to present feature-length independent works at the Irondale Center, located in the heart of Brooklyn's Downtown Arts District. The work featured the world premiere of the piece Song and Dance You with choreography by Joya Powell and the members of the Movement of the People Dance Company -- Jenny Efremova, Brittany Grier, Jhia Jackson, Megan Minturn, Rachel Moore, Leah Moriarty, James Murray, Belinda Saenz, and Candace Tabbs -- along with live music by violinist Zoe Aqua and text by Amina Henry. Through the dissection of the sociocultural and sociopolitical constraints of our nation's racial divide, this piece seeks to answer the question "What does it take for Black Lives to actually matter in the eyes of all Americans?"

BWW Review: Ringing in the New Year with DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
January 11, 2016

This past Thursday, Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) opened its doors to the community for an intimate gathering in their studios at the Everett Center of the Performing Arts on 152nd Street (between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues) to ring in the new year. As part of their Thursdays@DTH series, this evening's theme, Making Dance Communicate, consisted of an open rehearsal of two pieces and a conversation led by Artistic Director Virginia Johnson, with the incomparable Dianne McIntyre and the legendary Carmen de Lavallade.

BWW Review: AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Captivates Audiences with Legendary Musical Theater Numbers
December 24, 2015

This past Monday marked the opening night of the American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) as they returned to New York City. Founded and Produced by Artistic Director Nikki Feirt Atkins, ADM21 is dedicated to creating a living and vibrant archive of classic and current notable musical theater choreography. Continuing the legacy of the late Lee Theodore, who established the original American Dance Machine in 1976 until her death in 1987, and believed that "many great choreographic works are lost with the musical they once embellished," the impetus to preserve these dances drove Theodore and continues to drive Ms. Atkins.

BWW Review: Celebrating the Legacies of BESSIE SCHONBERG and LOUISE ROBERTS
December 21, 2015

Dance enthusiasts from all walks of life gathered for an intimate showing of the fascinating Eye on Dance episode taped in 1986, entitled 'Nurturing A New Generation of Dancers, featuring two beloved dance figures and mentors- Bessie Schonberg and Louise Roberts, presented at Gibney Dance. Curated by Celia Ipiotis (Creator/Co-Producer/Host of Eye on Dance) and Jeff Bush (Co-Producer of Eye on Dance), put together this lovely event as part of the Eye on Dance Public Screenings and Conversation Series.

BWW Review: ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER Celebrates the Legacy of Mr. Ailey at the New York City Center
December 14, 2015

"American Cultural Ambassadors," Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, returns to the New York City Center stage for its 45th consecutive year December 2, 2015-January 3, 2016. This five week engagement, led under the direction of Artistic Director Robert Battle, has become such a wonderful holiday tradition here in New York.

BWW Review: Ballet Hispanico Celebrates 45 Years at the Apollo Theater
November 24, 2015

New York based company Ballet Hispanico performed this November 20-21, 2015, at the historic Apollo Theatre, presenting the world premiere of "If walls could speak," by Brazilian native and acclaimed choreographer Fernando Melo. Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro proudly presented Melo in his New York debut through a collaborative effort to co-commission the work in conjunction with the Apollo Theater and support by Univision Communications Inc.

BWW Review: REVERBDANCE FESTIVAL Celebrates 10 Years
November 12, 2015

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.

BWW Review: GARTH FAGAN DANCE Celebrates 45 Years in NYC
November 9, 2015

In a mix of old favorites and two world premieres by Norwood Pennewell and, of course, Fagan himself, Garth Fagan Dance celebrated its 45th anniversary at The Joyce Theater in a week-long engagement, November 3-8, 2015. Honoring such a significant milestone in the company is a great time to showcase the popular pieces of the past, in conjunction with a few new ones that highlight its diverse range and achievements. And Fagan did not let his audience down!

BWW Review: An Enthusiastic Evening with THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST
October 16, 2015

The Dance Enthusiast, commemorating 8 years of The Dance Enthusiast's dedication to Dance Communication, kicked off its 2015 fall season with "Dance-Art-Fusion-Family-8th Birthday Party" at Gibney Dance to celebrate the power of the arts. As part of the Enthusiastic Event Series, this is a place where master artists share their creations, ideas, and methods with their audiences. The theme, "fusion," is to show the connection through the arts because "fusion is the definition of how we live," as stated by Christine Jowers, editor-in-chief of The Dance Enthusiast.

BWW Review: An Excting Evening with FALL FOR DANCE 2015 PROGRAM ONE
October 5, 2015

This past Wednesday kicked off the 12th edition of the annual Fall for Dance Festival, which will feature 20 acclaimed dance companies and artists from around the world at the New York City Center. Fall for Dance is a two-week festival that has become a cultural staple here in New York-a commitment to making dance accessible to everyone by providing an opportunity for audiences to enjoy a wide array of artists from around the globe at a affordable price. This year's festival will consist of five unique programs, in addition to several pre-show events which include dance lessons and panel discussions with choreographers, artists, and dance educators.

BWW Review: A Powerful Evening with CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS
September 25, 2015

Camille A. Brown & Dancers, notably recognized for their introspective approach to cultural themes and socio-political dialogues, kicked off its 2015-2016 season tour with the world premiere of their newest work entitled BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play for a week-long engagement at The Joyce Theater, running through September 27. Choreographed by Bessie Award and Doris Duke Artist award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown, and performed by an all-female cast featuring live music by composers Scott Patterson (piano) and Tracy Wormworth (electric bass), this piece reveals the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as a black female in urban America. Moderated conversations with Mark Anthony Neal and Dream Hampton engage audiences following each performance in a 'second-act' dialogue around the cultural and universal themes presented in the choreography.

September 22, 2015

As part of the 2015 Next Wave Festival, the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan had its US premiere of the piece Rice on September 16-19 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. The company's founder and Artistic Director, Lin Hwai-min, s a recent recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, putting him in the same category as other notable choreographers such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and William Forsythe. Cloud Gate is the first contemporary dance company in the greater Chinese-speaking community and was founded in 1973 with its name drawn from the oldest-known Chinese dance. Lin, a writer-turned-choreographer, often draws inspiration from Asian cultures and aesthetics in his work.

BWW Review: A Captivating Evening with NEW CHAMBER BALLET
September 15, 2015

On September 11-12, choreographer and company director Miro Magloire kicked off the New Chamber Ballet's 2015-16 season with an intimate gathering at the City Center Studios. Magloire, a native of Munich, Germany, began his career as a composer before moving to New York to pursue dance. His work draws from his background in music and home country to present an evening of lovely and sophisticated choreography that is masterfully accompanied to live music, which is integral to the company's artistic identity.  This engagement marked the first of five two-night seasons in their home base at City Center.

BWW Review: Martha Graham Dance Company's EMBATTLED GARDEN
August 21, 2015

As part of an on-going series, “GrahamDeconstructed,” the Martha Graham Dance Company presented an intimate showing at the Martha Graham Studio Theater of the iconic piece Embattled Garden, Graham's wry meditation on love's strife inspired by the story of Adam and Eve, with music by world-renowned composer, Carlos Surinach. Through this series, audience members have a rare opportunity to experience the inside workings of a great American modern dance company.