Choreographer Spotlight 2020-2021: Nyah!

Nyah Nevins

How many years have you been in the company?

This is my sixth year in the company!

How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my third year choreographing!

What is your dance about this year?

My dance this year is in memory of my grandmother, who passed away due to COVID-19. This dance represents our relationship that still continues after she is gone.

How have COVID restrictions affected your choreography? If any?

It doesn’t really affect my choreography because I wasn’t going to do any partner work. One dancer, MaryKate, represents my grandmother from heaven and the the younger dancer, Adelaide, is just feeling her presence as she gets watched over. My grandmother is like my guardian angel.

Does your choreography connect with our theme? “Moving together while being apart.”

Yes it does, because my grandma and I are moving together but in separate places, her in heaven and me on earth.

I hope you enjoy!

Choreographer Spotlight 2020-2021: Arina!

Arina Hagist

1. How many years have you been in the company?

I have been in the company for 4 years.

2. How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my 3rd year choreographing.

3. What is your dance about this year?

This year my piece is about stars and constellations. It shows how individual they are but together the stars make pretty shapes, such as constellations. Stars are so different and similar at the same time.

4. How have COVID restrictions affected your choreography? If any?

It is really hard choreographing with a global pandemic. Especially having a large cast like I do. I’ve been working around this by using depth to make the illusion that the dancers are closer. I’ve also used smaller groups in my choreography on stage at a time.

5. Does your choreography connect with our theme? “Moving together while being apart.”

I believe my dance connects with this theme because stars are apart, they never actually touch. Though they still make beautiful shapes in the sky together.

Choreographer Spotlight 2020-2021: Chloe!

Chloe Nollet

1. How many years have you been in the company?

I have been in the company for three years!

2. How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my second year choreographing!

3. What is your dance about this year?

My dance is about the inner workings of one person and the different aspects of ones personality. It’s their thoughts, feelings, actions, emotions, etc, all of it, but it’s all connected to make up who we are. 

4. How have COVID restrictions affected your choreography? If any?

I do wish my dancers could touch, but they can’t so they are spaced out and form different formations. 

5. Does your choreography connect with our theme? “Moving together while being apart.”

Kind of. All the functions of any person move and work together while still doing their separate things apart. 

Choreographer Spotlight 2020-2021: Juliet!

Juliet Pia

How many years have you been in the company?

I have been in the company for 6 years!

How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my 4th year choreographing.

What is your dance about this year?

My dance is about feeling like you are being forced to do something everyday, and you want escape but can’t.

How have COVID restrictions affected your choreography? If any?

I do a lot of partnering usually, in my dances, so I needed to learn to get around that.

Does your choreography connect with our theme? “Moving together while being apart.”

It does connect to the theme a little but as my dancers are apart during my piece. I had to adapt, and learn how to make the piece interesting while keeping all of my dancers apart.

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Choreographer Spotlight 2020-2021 MaryKate!

 

MaryKate Frassinelli

How many years have you been in the company?

I have been in the company for 9 years!

How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my 5th year choreographing.

What is your dance about this year?

My dance is about self discovery and personal improvement. I’ve always identified myself with personality traits and qualities people describe me with. I’ve always felt a pressure to reach the expectations others have of me. In this new chapter of my life, I am ready to truly let go, and discover my own true identity and embrace who I am.

How have COVID restrictions affected your choreography? If any?

With COVID restrictions, there can’t be any physical contact and dancers have to be spread at least 6 feet apart. Not being able to use partner work with both weight sharing and physical touch has been challenging, but it has also allowed me to figure out new ways of choreographing and to also use the whole space of the studio.

Does your choreography connect with our theme? “Moving together while being apart.”

The concept of my piece relates to the theme of “Moving together while being apart”, because although I am figuring out my own identity, it has always been the people around me who made me who I am today. They will always be a part of my life, we’re still together even while I’m growing into my own person.

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Choreographer Spotlight: Calah! 2019-2020

Calah

Calah Huie

How many years have you been in the company?

This is my 5th year in the company!

How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my 3rd year choreographing!

What inspired you this year in your creative process?

My piece is about the journey everyone goes on to find themselves and how we have to learn to love ourselves before we are able to give love to others.

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Choreographer Spotlight: Lily! 2019-2020

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Lily Schulman

How many years have you been in the company?

I have been in the company for two years.

How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my first year choreographing.

What inspired you this year in your creative process?

I feel that the relationships and people I surround myself with in life are the most important things to me. I was inspired to create a dance that conveyed the sense of comfort and groundedness that relationships can provide.

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Choreographer Spotlight: Arina! 2019-2020

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Arina Hagist

How many years have you been in the company?

This is my 3rd year in the company.

How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my second year choreographing

What inspired you this year in your creative process?

This year,I used something personal that I could relate to for my piece. My piece is about talking in a group or having a group of friends and you are always the outcast or you get ignored.

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Choreographer Spotlight: Lara! 2019-2020

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Lara Beckius

How many years have you been in the company?

I have been in the company for 2 years.

How many years have you been choreographing?

This is my 1st year choreographing.

What inspired you this year in your creative process?

My dance is titled Entropy, which is the scientific measurement for disorder and randomness in a given system. The concept is that life can be chaotic and stressful, but we can all find our grounding light. I use a glowing orb to represent that light. This is the largest choreography project of my career, and I am incorporating a prop for the first time, so it is an experimental process for me.

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