From March 18th through 22nd, the EMD dancers were busy working with students from the Lake Placid Elementary School, as well as presenting one public show and one private, school-only performance, for the art patrons of the Lake Placid community.
Presented several nights each month, this series focuses on new theatre, performance art, puppetry, dance, music and interdisciplinary collaborations from today’s most innovative artists. The goal of the series is to feature a diversity of disciplines and perspectives, and to encourage artistic risk-taking in a supportive, intimate and professional environment.
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the company last Thursday night at New York Live Arts. The dancers were graceful and strong, the choreography thoughtful and witty, the audience attentive and thrilled. We could not have done it without the amazing artists and collaborators that worked tirelessly to create an unforgettable performance: Lighting designer Clifton Taylor, composers David Van Tieghem and Pavel Zustiak, projection designer Paul Lieber, and costume designer Naomi Luppescu.
FIRM. THOUGHTFUL. WITTY. PUNK. TRANSPORTED. POWERFUL.
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After the performance, patrons were bused to the beautiful Manhattan Penthouse, where they enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and an exclusive art auction. Gala Co-Chairs Jeff Lee and Paul Ukena organized a wonderful event; their impeccable taste and devotion to the company was remarkable. Thank you to everyone involved in making Elisa Monte Dance’s 33rd Annual Gala such a success!
Thank you to everyone who came to support EMD at the Fall Showing
On Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 7:00pm, we held our Junior Board/Young Executive Fall Showing, hosted at the Baryshnikov Arts Center located at 450 W 37th St. Partnering with us was renowned jewelry designer, Robin Rotenier. The holiday sale ran 5:30-7:00pm and then re-opened after the showing from 8:00-9:30pm. A portion of the proceeds from this sale was donated to Elisa Monte Dance, and many patrons started checking off their holiday shopping, while supporting EMD! Following the showing, there was a cocktail reception, giving supporters the opportunity to mingle with the dancers of Elisa Monte Dance.
Elisa Monte Dance kicked off the season with two performances of Tiffany Rea-Fisher’s 2013 premier piece, “Identity,” at WHITE WAVE’s 12th Annual DUMBO Dance Festival. The piece was selected to be performed on Saturday, September 28th as well as highlighted in the Grand Finale performance on Sunday, September 29th.
This was also the debut performance with the company for our newest member, Thomas Varvaro. He was fantastic, as were all of the beautiful EMD dancers. Thank you to all who came out and supported the company, packing the house for two SOLD OUT shows! Congratulations to all for an amazing weekend.
During the STEPS Workshop, we put out an open call for dancers to audition for Elisa Monte Dance. We were blown away by the response and had quite a hard time deciding from all of the beautiful dancers. After a later call back, here is where we landed. We are so excited to have Thomas Vavaro, Cara Seymour, and Fadi Khoury join the EMD family! We think they will be a wonderful addition to the company, and hope you will too. Read on to find out more about the newest dancers…
Meet Thomas Vavaro
Thomas Varvaro (dancer) began his formal dance training with The Ailey School as a Junior Division student at age 11. He is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. Upon graduation Mr. Varvaro was awarded the Jacques d’Amboise Ballet scholarship. In addition, he has studied at The School of American Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet School. In 2010, Mr. Varvaro attended The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s contemporary program. He was a member of Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre during the fall 2010 season and graduated from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program with dance honors in May of 2012. Mr. Varvaro was a member of Ailey 2 from 2011-2013. During Mr. Varvaro’s time in Ailey 2 he had the opportunity to perform on “So You Think You Can Dance Poland” and “Dancing With The Stars Bulgaria”. Mr. Varvaro will be appearing as a dancer in an Independent Film entitled “Life of An Actress” to be released this fall.
Meet Our New Apprentices
Cara Seymour (apprentice) began her training in Ashtabula, Ohio under the tutelage of Shelagh Dubsky and Clover Robinson. Seymour graduated from The Juilliard School in 2011. Seymour internationally toured with MOMIX for two seasons and now continues to actively collaborate with visual artist Giorgio Guidi. Throughout her studies and career she has had the opportunity to perform works by Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris, Nacho Duato, Larry Keigwin, Alexander Eckman, and José Limon. This is her first season with the company.
Fadi Khoury (apprentice) was born in Baghdad, Iraq, surrounded by the folkloric authentic music and dance of the Arab world, and inspired by his father’s choreography and dance career. When he was 13 years old Fadi moved to Beirut, Lebanon where he started his training in classical ballet and folklore dancing. He began his professional career at the age of 17, joining the Ranhbani musical theatre company in Beirut as a dancer. In 2005 he joined the Caracalla Dance Theatre dancing and touring with the company around the Middle East and North Africa. In 2009 Fadi moved to the United States and performed with Caracalla Dance Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Soon afterwards he moved to New York City to further his classical ballet and modern dance training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Fadi’s diverse background, versatility, and passion for dance have allowed him to establish a career in ballroom dancing. He is an instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studios in New York City.