Born Dancing and Misty Boyce, June 2019

Two female dancers being lifted with their legs extended out to the side while Misty plays at a baby grand piano. Bright yellow lights create a sunburst effect. Photo: Jake Elvig

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Tickets are on sale for our upcoming performances with singer/songwriter Misty Boyce. Born Dancing will present Spin 1/2 and Stop-Loss (Premieres) and Wasted Love; a modern dance Not So Fairy Tale. All shows have live music.

Friday June 14 at 7:30 PM

Saturday June 15 at 7:30 PM with ASL Interpretation

Sunday June 16 at 2:00 PM with ASL Interpretation

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At The Riverside Theater, 91 Claremont Avenue (at W122nd Street). Run time approximately 95 minutes, 10-minute intermission.

As always our cast features dancers of all ages and abilities: David Buffam, Samuel Caraballo, Madeline Charles, Lisa Clementi, Infiniti Eaglin, Ilanah Everett, Madison Ferris, Joán Joel, Bashak Kahya, Beste Kahya, Bree Klauser, Dominique Lockett, Chris Makens, Janet Nightingale, Nicole Sclafani, and Caileen Teige. 

Choreography:  Melissa van Wijk
Music Direction:  Misty Boyce
Costume Design:  Stacy Jansen | Lighting Design Michael Cole
Musicians:  Misty Boyce (vocals, piano), Zach Jones (drums), Chris Kuffner (Bass, Vocals), Bess Rogers (vocals, guitar), and Hannah Winkler (vocals, keyboards).

Parents/Guardians/Audience: Please be advised that Stop-Loss includes a song that has the following lyrics "Johnny white t-shirt and jeans, took a handgun to the trees". This dance does not include any minors.


 

Martha Graham Studio Theater | December 2018

Madeline Charles and Madison Ferris. (Photo: Russell Haydn).  (Black and white photo of two women laying on the floor with one women behind the other holding each other).

Madeline Charles and Madison Ferris. (Photo: Russell Haydn). (Black and white photo of two women laying on the floor with one women behind the other holding each other).

Born Dancing Performances were held December 13-16, 2018 at the Martha Graham Studio Theater.

The cast for this production spanned every decade between age 9 and 75 and -as always- featured dancers with and without disabilities. Born Dancing presented 6 works, including 4 new works. 

DANCERS: Greta Baier, Kamran Barbour, Patricia Beilman, David Buffam, Tim Canali, Madeline Charles, Lisa Clementi,  Infiniti Eaglin, Ilanah Everett, Madison Ferris, Emily Frances, Autumn Garcia, Cyndy Gilbertson, Isaac Green, Joán Joel, Afadji Johnson, Meagan Kolakowski, Dominique Lockett, Chris Makens, Ava McIntosh, Rudra Nasker, Janet Nightingale, Coralie Saulson, Sara Schwabacher, Nicole Sclafani, and Kelly Vaghenas.

COSTUME DESIGN: Stacy Jansen.

LIGHTING DESIGN: Michael Cole.


 Arts on Site | July 21, 2018

Madeline Charles and Madison Ferris. (Photo: Kyle Netzeband).  (Audience seated on floor around two female dancers in grey dresses reaching up high. One woman is seated on the floor, the other in a wheelchair).

Madeline Charles and Madison Ferris. (Photo: Kyle Netzeband). (Audience seated on floor around two female dancers in grey dresses reaching up high. One woman is seated on the floor, the other in a wheelchair).

Born Dancing showed a duet from Grey performed by Madeline Charles and Madison Ferris at a monthly Performance Party hosted by Arts on Site. 

Saturday July 21, 2018 at 9 PM at Arts on Site, 12 St. Marks Place at 3rd Avenue, NYC


The Riverside Theater | January 2018

Kelly Vaghenas and Lisa Clementi. (Photo Russell Haydn).  (A female dancers carries and holds another woman who is folded into a fetal position around the first woman’s chest and arms).

Kelly Vaghenas and Lisa Clementi. (Photo Russell Haydn). (A female dancers carries and holds another woman who is folded into a fetal position around the first woman’s chest and arms).

January 19, 20, and 21, 2018 at The Riverside Theater Born Dancing presented four works, including two new works. In addition to re-stagings of Silver Staircase and Stems, the company of multiple generations of dancers with and without disabilities debut Grey and Sshhh--all choreographed by Born Dancing's Founder and Executive Director, Melissa van Wijk.

The inspiration for Grey started with the piano and violin driven music of contemporary composer Ludovico Einaudi and evolved after the choreographer saw a video of dancer Ahmad Joudeh who stayed in Syria to teach dance to children who had lost their parents or families to the violence. Ahmad would also dance among the ruins in tribute to those who had lost their lives. That haunting video made its way into the heart of Grey along with other stories and images of refugees. 

The second new work Sshhh, as well as Silver Staircase and Stems, put women front and center. While in Grey the only color came from children, in Sshhh the only voices heard were from women.

DANCERS: Andrea Ansale, Samantha Barriento, Tim Canali, Samuel Caraballo, Madeline Charles, Lisa Clementi, Amber Davis, Madison Ferris, Juliana Garber, Dominique Lockett, Meagan Kolakowski, Chris Makens, Katie Mollison, Antoine Hunter, Stefanie Roper, Sara Schwabacher, Nicole Sclafani, Nicole Speletic, Kelly Vaghenas, Tina Wang.

COSTUME DESIGN: Stacy Jansen.

LIGHTING DESIGN: Michael Cole. 


Wasted Love | February 2017

Xiang Xu and Katie Wilson. (Photo: E. M. Whiteley). ( Female and male dancer standing in window on either side of a divide with New York City building behind them.)

Xiang Xu and Katie Wilson. (Photo: E. M. Whiteley). (Female and male dancer standing in window on either side of a divide with New York City building behind them.)

 
 

Born Dancing premiered Wasted Love on February 17, 18, 19, 2017 at New York Live Arts Theater. Wasted Love is a modern dance multimedia (Not So) Fairy Tale set to the music of singer/songwriter Misty Boyce and choreographed by Born Dancing's Founder and Executive Director, Melissa van Wijk.

The one-act explores the expected and unexpected meetings and partings of different people as they move through a ‘New York City meets Hogwarts’ world where a Girl and a Boy wrestle through the thrills and trappings of romance.

Misty Boyce joined the Born Dancing cast of 16 dancers with and without disabilities for the performances. Live music was under Music Direction by Scott Sharrard and the production included photography by E.M. Whiteley as well as video by Cheyenne Picardo.

DANCERS: John Fiscian, Katie Wilson, Rebecca Bogue, Anne Carr, Samuel Caraballo, Madeline Charles, Sofiya Cheyenne, Juliana Garber,Laura Guarisco, Jake Haynie, Stephanie Infante, Katrina Leung, Elvig Michael, Jamie Petrone, Sara Schwabacher, Peter Trojic.

MUSICIANS: Brett Bass, Misty Boyce, Christina Courtin, Jason Darling, Sean Dixon, Eric Finland, Scott Sharrard.

COSTUME DESIGN: Stacy Jansen.

LIGHTING DESIGN: Michael Cole.


From Here To There | March 2016

Thomas Sullivan and Sara Schwabacher (Photo Nicole Bennett).  (Smiling male and female dancer hold hands and reach way from each other as woman swirls around.)

Thomas Sullivan and Sara Schwabacher (Photo Nicole Bennett). (Smiling male and female dancer hold hands and reach way from each other as woman swirls around.)

Born Dancing brought together multiple generations of professional dancers, musicians, performers with disabilities, and students with disabilities for highly successful performances at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. From Here To There was set to music by Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam under Music Direction by Scott Sharrard. 

DANCERS: Mary Theresa Archbold, Rebecca Bogue, Samuel Caraballo, Anne Carr, Madeline Charles, Eliana Dell’Anna, Juliana Garber, Meagan Kolakowski, Katrina Leung, Elvig Michael, Jamie Petrone, Julienne Rencher, Nicole Speletic, Ariel Tharpe, Sara Schwabacher, Thomas W. Sullivan, Peter Trojic, Kelly Vaghenas, Tina Wang, Katie Wilson.

MUSICIANS: Jason Darling, Eric Finland, Melanie Goerlitz, Jeff Hanley, Scott Sharrard, Diego Voglino.

COSTUME DESIGN: Stacy Jansen.

LIGHTING DESIGN: Marty Postma.


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