Next Generation Takes The Stage
November 12, 2018


The Next Generation Fall Showcase always brings surprises and this year is no exception!

Over the summer, Pofahl faculty & DANB Principal Julia Ponomareva restaged a work by Jules Perrot and Pofahl faculty member Kimmy Keck set a work on the youngest group.

For advanced and intermediate advanced students, Brian Carey Chung created an amazing work, Glorious Matter,  that tested all of the dancers!  Chung traveled from San Francisco to complete the work for this concert.  Between visits, DANB Artistic Director Kim Tuttle and DANB Principal Rachel Ridley rehearsed and polished the work. 

Mr. Chung is the founder and artistic director of Collective Body Dance Lab, a New York City project-based creative think tank for the production and performance of new dance. He danced with LINES Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico of NY, and Armitage Gone! Dance where he was principal dancer, rehearsal director and assistant choreographer to Karole Armitage. He has taught on the faculties of LINES   Ballet/SF Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Broadway Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet School.  He was an Assistant Professor of Ballet at   Northern Illinois University and has guest lectured and taught masterclasses internationally at NYU, TISCH, Stanford University, University of Hawaii, and University of Arizona, among others. 

Two of the dancers, Emilia Leon and Kennedy Monroe , studied with LINES Ballet this summer and Mr. Chung used his return visit to create work on them.  

Ms. Leon and Ms. Monroe created original works for  this Showcase.  Ms. Monroe built on her experiences at LINES to create Le Denier while Ms. Leon partnered with Sara Gleim to create a Latin work, Me Gusta ,  based on their cultural heritage.

Former Next Generation dancer William Welsh is now a student at North Carolina School of the Arts.  Cast in Mr. Chung's work, William was granted professional leave to return for rehearsals and performances.

Another guest artist for the performance is Brazilian born Luana Pinto.  Ms. Pinto is in the US studying and performing with DANB.  She was most recently seen performing DANB's Wonderment in Gainesville and Ocala.

In addition to the above works, Next Generation's  Allison Leonard has created
Come Alive; an jazz work for intermediate students.  Hello 40's, a fast paced tap work opens the program with the classic jazz piece Psalm 150 closing the first section of the program.  Psalm 150  features soloists Sara Gleim, Juliana Greer, Emilia Leon, Mariana Mancuso and Kennedy Monroe.

The Mission of the Next Generation is to enrich the lives of youth and teens by providing them with supplemental choreography and instruction. Provide them the opportunity to perform in a variety of settings - growing in them a love for dance. Provide students the opportunity to create work and see that work performed.
Provide the opportunity to explore the infinite possibilities of human
expression....thus enhancing and supporting the arts.

 Come and enjoy a delightful afternoon of dance.
Take a seat and prepare to enjoy!

NOTE:    The performance takes place at the Mary Ann Cofrin Theatre on Oak Hall Campus - 8009 SW 14th Ave.  
Call 352-371-2986 or for information or tickets.
Tickets will be available at the door.

Andre Valladon in a section from L'Amour.  
 Photo Monica Sue Nielsen.
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