Second Annual Dance For Peace 2013
Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co., Providence, RI
Ali Kenner Brodsky, originally from Rhode Island, moved to New York City after receiving a BA in Dance and Psychology from Skidmore College. Once in NYC, Ali had the great fortune of being mentored by Phyllis Lamhut, while an Artist-in-Resident at Joyce SoHo (2003-2004). She was also fortunate to study choreography with Martha Myers, Larry Goldhuber, and Keely Garfield. She had the pleasure of showing her work at various venues around NYC, Brooklyn and beyond. Since her return to Rhode Island, Ms. Kenner Brodsky has been a guest choreographer at Salve Regina University, Providence College as well as Dean College. Currently, Ms. Kenner Brodsky is on the adjunct dance faculty at Salve Regina and Dean College. She dances with and serves as rehearsal director for LostWax Multimedia Dance. Ali is mom to Sloane and Ian and can often be seen running around Providence with them.
Dance: Magnification Observation 2013
Performers: Amanda DelPrete, Jessica Howard, Kim Johnson, Ali Kenner Brodsky, Emily Sulock
Title of music and Composer: Little Pieces by Brown Bird
Length: 8 min
cartoondancemusic is an interdisciplinary improvisational performance group, with political cartoonist Bob Englehart of the Hartford Courant drawing cartoons in real time and projecting them onto a large screen, Wesleyan music professor Neely Bruce playing piano, and Fairfield University and Eastern Connecticut State University Adjunct Dance Faculty member Brad Roth dancing in the spaces in-between.
Catherine Fellows, Professor of Dance and Dance Director at Central Connecticut State University has been a full time faculty member since 1976.
Fellows has pioneered, designed and implemented the CCSU Dance Education program including the dance major and minor and directs the student dance ensemble, Dancentral. She established the Artist in Residence program bringing to the Greater Hartford/New Britain communities world renowned companies and international acclaimed dance masters and choreographers Merce Cunningham, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, The Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, Paul Taylor: Taylor 2, and Hubbard Street. As a choreographer Fellows has created numerous works including her renowned full length modern ballets Barefoot and Fullswing. As a performing artist she was recently seen in her modern works Soulshine, Gratitude and Migrant Mother at the Welte Theatre. She actively works on the national, regional and state level promoting dance in education and is the founder of the CCSU Biennial High School Dance Festival serving all of New England. Along with other dance leaders Fellows served on the CT Dance Task Force Committee pioneering the approval of CT Dance Teacher Certification. CCSU is host to the formal pathway leading to CT dance certification. Many former CCSU dance students are professionally placed as dance educators throughout New England. Fellows studied with Frances Alenikoff, Joseph Albano, Viola Farber, Thelma Hill, Clay Talioferro, and members of the Twyla Tharp Company. She received her M.ED in Dance Education from Boston University in 1976 and 6th year from CCSU and is the recipient of many national awards for her work in dance, including the CT Dance Alliance Distinguished Achievement Award in 2009. Catherine strongly believes in giving every public school student the opportunity to participate in the performing arts and she is making sure that Connecticut has the dance educators to support just that.
Catherine Gallant, dancer, choreographer and teacher, has been collaborating with her current group of dancers since 1999. Recent productions include Joyce Soho 2009, residency at The Yard 2009, and at Merce Cunningham Studio with An Absurd Vice ’07 and Exit All ‘06, Ms. Gallant’s work often explores themes of chance, doubt and the body as a source of comfort and torment.
In addition to traditional theatrical settings, Ms. Gallant has created works to be performed in train stations, abandoned piers, sandy beaches, rose bushes, church balconies and soccer fields. Ms. Gallant has received funding for her choreography from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Trust, City Parks Foundation and NYFA. As a performer in the 1980’s, Catherine appeared with the Limón Co., Ze’eva Cohen and Dancers, Anna Sokolow, and Muna Tseng. Ms. Gallant has taught dance courses at the Boston Conservatory, Curry College, and MIT where she danced in Beth Soll’s company. She was the Assistant Director of the 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center from 1994-96. Catherine is now a full-time NYCDOE dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan where she explores dance with children in Pre-K through 5th grade. Catherine served on the writing committee for New York City’s Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and presents dance education workshops for the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), NDEO, NYCDOE, and New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.
Dancers: Rachel Hettinger, Megan Minturn, Alvaro Gonzalez, Janete Gondim, Michelle Cohen
Celeste Bellinghieri and The Salt of the Earth Troupe have been performing for over thirteen years. Their message: “It is our desire to be the thread that keeps this ancient dance alive, and our goal is to bring this empowering dance to all women. Remember, it’s not about size, it’s not about weight, it’s not about age. It’s about the woman; it’s about the dance.”
Celeste feels blessed to have been the inspiration for the International Peace Belt and she treasures her friendship with Wendy; she and The Salt of the Earth Troupe are thrilled to be a part of an Artists For World Peace fundraiser at “The Kate”!
Dances by Isadora, directed by Catherine Gallant, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the preservation of the repertoire and technique of Isadora Duncan and creating programming which includes historic and contemporary dance.
Dances by Isadora’s mission is to share the history of dance as an art form with a contemporary audience through the presentation and teaching of the work of modern dance pioneer, Isadora Duncan (1877-1927). The company is also dedicated to the growth of new work which comments on history and culture while making connections from past to present with an eye to future innovation. Since 1989 Dances by Isadora has been educating audiences of all ages through touring its educational programs and performances. This year the company has expanded with Dances by Isadora/Boston. Dancer/collaborator, Sandra Keldsen extends our reach, offering programming throughout the Northeast and beyond. Please visit www.dancesbyisadora.com for more information.
Elm City Dance Collective
Since 2008, Elm City Dance Collective has been at the forefront of innovative contemporary dance in Connecticut. ECDC, the performing company, has been presented throughout the Northeast by organizations such as the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven); Creative Alliance (Baltimore); Frazier Festival (Providence); Charter Oak (Hartford); and Exact Change (New Haven) among others.
In New Haven, Elm City Dance Collective has produced over six concerts featuring original concepts and choreography by co-artistic directors, Lindsey Bauer and Kellie Lynch, and has collaborated with high profile organizations such as the Mystic Aquarium and New Haven Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, ECDC provides professional dance classes to the community and also provides opportunities for local dance artists to be supported by the organization through its Emerging Choreographer Program. In 2011, Elm City Dance Collective took over what was formerly known as Rebound Dance Festival and renamed it Elm City Dance Festival. Elm City Dance Festival will take place in November 2013 at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven. Elm City Dance Collective has received grants from the City of New Haven, The Department of Economic Community Development, and The Community Foundation, New Haven.
Island Reflections Dance Theater Company
Company/Choreographer bio: Stephen Hankey is the president and founder of the Island Reflections Dance Theatre Company. Born in Trinidad, this skilled dancer rose to international acclaim with his performances. He is dancer, master teacher in traditional Caribbean folk forms, choreographer, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, Connecticut United States of America. This is degree in dance teaching, with the emphasis in children’s dance. Mr. Hankey currently teaches at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School and at the Central Connecticut State University.
Stephen was the resident choreographer with the Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies, in Hartford Connecticut U.S.A (2000 – 2012). He was a founding member of The National Dance Theatre Company of Trinidad and Tobago (1992), where he performed nationally and internationally. In addition, he was also a member of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop (1993- 1997) and performed in productions including Dream on Monkey Mountain (Josephus), The Joker Seville (Ace of Death), Ti Jean and His Brothers (The Goat). Stephen was a member of Peter Minshall’s Callaloo Company of Trinidad and Tobago. He choreographed the Company’s carnival production Hallelujah and The Monkey Bird for Peter Minshall’s presentation,” Minshall and the Mass” at the Brooklyn Museum in New York (1999). Stephen also performed with the Callaloo Company in Jean Michel Jarre’sOxygen in Moscow for Moscow’s 850th Celebration, and in Chicago for the Walt Disney Convention (1998). His choreography credits includes J’ ouvert (1995), Road March (1997), A Brighter Day (1998) and Red House Fire! Fire! (1889) for the Baggasse Company; Bassman with the Signal Hill Theater Workshop Tobago (1997); Hewanora Story for the St Lucia Research Center and Jen S. Designs (1997); the “Voodoo Ceremony” for the ABC television film Production Creature, by Peter Benchley with Trilogy Entertainment North Ltd. (1997); and Ti Jean and His Brothers for Trinity College in Hartford (2000); The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club with the collaboration of LordStreet Theater and SummerStage for Indiana State University in Indiana and LordStreet Theater in Trinidad (2004 and 2006) respectively, Broken Chains for the Co-Operative After School program in collaboration with Yale University (2011). He also choreographedCultural Spectacular (2001 – 2010) at the Bushnell Theater, and the Performing Arts Center for the Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies in Hartford CT.
Monica Kapoor started out in college at Northern Illinois University to be a doctor. This was her parent’s dream for their little girl. What they didn’t know was that they had also lovingly planted the seeds for her true passion.
Throughout her childhood, Monica’s Father sang, wrote chants and played harmonium, and her Mother played the Dholak and sang to her. This joyfulness instilled in Monica and her brother a sense of family and a sense of home connection with the arts. Her brother is a musician and Monica is a dancer, singer, teacher, actor and choreographer. Monica is one of the lucky people in this life that has truly found her calling.
Monica’s husband is not only the love of her life; he also opened a door in helping Monica find her true sense of home in the arts. While Monica was earning her Masters Degree and teaching at the prestigious Buffalo Grove High School in Chicago, her husband proposed to her. What came along with that proposal was leaving Chicago to move to New York City.
Monica had her first callback for BOMBAY DREAMS on Broadway on her wedding day! In that same year she auditioned and got work dancing backup for many Indian and Pakistani pop artists including SUKBHIR, RDB, SHEZAD ROY and NINDY KAUR, and the touring company of BOMBAY DREAMS. She traveled the country for eight months and then came home to her husband and an amazing Christmas present: Her first Broadway show, MAMMA MIA!
In the past five years she has also booked national commercials, T.V. pilots and voiceovers. And still, with the support and love of her family, now including her beautiful daughter, Monica’s life as an artist continues to grow. She is a teaching artist of the BOLLYWOOD style of dance in New York City. Monica is gaining recognition as a choreographer, as well. Recently she was a Bollywood expert and dancer on the hit TV show SMASH and has also choreographed for two very prestigious Broadway charity events, The Easter Bonnet Competition and Broadway Bares. She is so excited to be stretching her artistry in this direction, as it seems to be exactly what she was meant to do.
Monica always has her heart with her family and keeps them primary, while also keeping her eyes on the sky as the limit as an artist. She will continue choreographing and is looking forward to stepping further into this side of her artistry. Monica Kapoor feels at home here.
Dancing Day’s Shared Ability Dance Project
Sonia Plumb Dance Company
Sonia Dance Plum Company was formed in Hartford, Connecticut in 1990.
Since then the Company has performed throughout the Northeast in self-promoted concerts and adjudicated showcases including: “Connecticut Dance Alliance;” “Connecticut Choreographers’ Forum;” “A New Generation of Dance” at SUNY Purchase, New York; “New Dance/New Haven;” “Dance Services Network Choreographers’ Showcase;” “International Festival of Arts and Ideas” and the Special Olympics in New Haven and First Night in Hartford. The Company’s Dare to Dance community arts program has brought them to many underserved minorities, seniors and youth audiences. In 2000 and 1996 Artistic Director Sonia Plumb received the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Choreographers’ Fellowship for Artistic Excellence. The Company premiered “Water Wars” at the University of St. Joseph in September 2012 and is currently on the Hartford Performs’ artist roster. Sonia teaches at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford and recently received a National Artisti Teaching Fellowship from the SURDNA foundation.
Prudence Sloane is a well-known culinary expert and personality who works in television, radio and print.
She is the weekly TV chef on Better Connecticut, WFSB Ch 3 and has been a long standing chef on NBC’s Taste of Today and WFSB Ch 3 Eyewitness News. Her new venture is Prudence Sloane’s Hartford City Food Tours which combine a cooking class with a tour of Hartford’s ethnic markets and restaurants. Her credits include her TV show, “Let’s Eat with Prudence Sloane” and in radio, host of “Simply Food” on WDRC & WTIC, and Co-producer and personality on the“Food Schmooze,” WNPR. She has written for numerous publications andpresently has a column in Seasons magazine and The New England Wine Gazette. She received a Culinary Arts Degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and founded Prudence Sloane’s Cooking School.
She is also a dancer and a member of the dance troupe “Stardust Dancers” who perform themed shows from Big Band and American Bandstand Swing to elegant Putting on The Ritz ballroom throughout New England.