Veil Of Fears

Veil Of Fears

Creative Director & Choreographer, James Koroni
Assistant Choreographer, Tracey Katof
Costume Designer, Lui Konno 

DATE: August 2nd

TICKETS: $20 advance purchase OR $25 at the door

TIME: 5:30 PM & 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street New York, NY 10025-6990

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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Vanna Ed.

image copy 2Nicole Javanna Johnson (left) of Javanna Productions will begin administering the new Vanna Ed. Arts & Education Program today, July 1st! Kids, parents, friends and MOVERS, please join them on Friday July 4th to celebrate their first week of operation at the Living Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Desserts, s’mores, performances, movies, games, food and fun!! Join as they celebrate the opening of their new community center.

4th of July Party: Friday July 4th 12:00 PM-4:00 PM. Location: THE LIVING GALLERY; 1094 Broadway between Dekalb and Malcolm X. 
Take the F to Myrtle st. OR take the J to Kosciusko.

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The Vanna Ed. Membership provides students of all ages with an array of courses, resources, networking opportunities and performance opportunities that prepare them to enter a variety of professional industries post graduation. Visit their website to learn more about the classes and services offered at Vanna Ed. www.vannaedmembership.com

Hours of operation: 10:00-4:00
 Monday thru Friday.

Hip hop workshops*
Contemporary workshops* 
Tap workshops* 
Ballet workshops 
*Musical Theater workshops* 
Improvisation*
A Capella singing*
Meisner Acting technique
*Scene work
*Monologue work *
On camera classes*
Culinary arts
*Film editing *
Music composition*
Movie screenings
*Board games*
Community breakfast* 
Arts and Crafts *
Visual art *
Creative writing *
Community garden activities *
Field Trips* Fashion * Sewing * Intro to Modeling * Regents Prep * Illustration* MUCH MORE!

JULY 1st-11th VANNA ED. TEACHERS & DIRECTORS

Julia Juhas, Chelsey Duplak, Alana Randall, Sarah Zielinski

Julia Juhas, Chelsea Duplak, Alana Randall, Sarah Zielinski

Anthony Sanchez, Allen Strouse, Tony Ponella, Joseph Lucherini

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Our Persian Spread

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Our Persian Spread was a New York City-based, dinner event at The V-Spot prepared by the exquisite chef, Nasim Alikhani. At this event, Alikhani honorably took on the challenge of veganizing traditional Persian dishes. Producer James Koroni teamed up with Bina Ahmad and Bitta Mostofi to create this event.

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Koroni is of Iranian descent. His father’s death to cancer encouraged him to pursue a plant-based lifestyle. In an effort to feel more connected to his father, this concept was created to honor his father’s life and culture, while being true to Koroni’s health-conscious lifestyle.

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Most innovations in culinary art are happening with plant-based foods. More and more plant-based chefs and businesses are popping up in the mainstream. For example, a vegan doughnut shop in Brooklyn, Dun-Well Doughnuts won Canadian Food Network’s Donut Showdown, in addition, Chef Chloe Coscarelli won the American Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. President Bill Clinton, Academy Award winning starlet Jessica Chastain and music mogul Russell Simmons are among many celebrities who have all adopted a plant-based lifestyles.

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Our Persian Spread brought communities together to enjoy this one of a kind experience.

Special thanks to:

LulasSweetApothecary.com

Saffron-Brooklyn.com

BlossomNYC.com

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‘Ephemeral’ – Contact Improv

Contact improvisation, although considered a modern dance technique, has no real rules. The only defining characteristics are that there are two or more people participating, they are moving and at various points they make physical contact. But really, I hesitate to even define it. For me, improvisational dance is the simplest form of expression, and contact improv allows dancers to communicate with each other with selflessness and sincerity. Contact improv is a gift that forces me to stay present. I have learned that it is vital during contact improv to always be connected to my partner—and not necessarily just physically connected. If not by touch, then by sight; if not by breath, then with emotion.

Contact improvisation is an art, and it is a process. I have had the great pleasure of participating in contact improv with fellow dancer and choreographer, Adán Aguilar, for the past five months.  While dancing together we have learned so much useful information about each other. Simply by moving together, we started to naturally pick up on various elements of each other’s movement characteristics, for example: quality, shifts in dynamics, habits with patterns, how we use space, how we use our own bodies, and especially what movement inspires the other person.

These are three things that always happen when Adán and I dance:

  • During our improvisation, I will accidentally whack him in the face at least twice.
  • Adán will ask me to try a seemingly impossible movement or lift that causes my eyebrows to furrow, my arms to cross and my right foot to stomp the floor…. And then we try it.
  • After an amazing and completely connected phrase together, we will stop and say, “What did we just do!?” and then realize we can’t remember. It is lost; it was just meant for that moment.

What I love the most about contact improvisation with Adán is that I must trust him and myself. It is imperative to let go of fear. Fear is crippling in dance, just as it is in life. Releasing fear from dancing has led to a huge shift from where we started. Our movement vocabulary and ability to communicate has flourished. Our stronger connection and understanding of each other has allowed our “conversation” to be more exciting, interesting and fluid.

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The video in this article captures the final contact improvisation between Adán and me. Nothing in this video was planned. It was purely organic. We walked into the studio, warmed up and started to dance. The name of this video is “Ephemeral,” which means simply “lasting for a very short time.” This name was chosen because Adán and I knew we would have this time together and that it would be short-lived. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from a mover as intelligent and dynamic as Adán and to have captured this final improvisation together.

In the paragraphs that follow, I’ve attempted to recreate my experience dancing with Adán. It includes my observations as well as my inner dialogue:

We start with a breath, a handshake and a hug. We shift weight. My senses are heightened. I say to myself, Let go. I move; we move. What is our tone? What is this moment? Follow his lead. Stay connected. Take initiative.

It is an investigation of our selves. It is an investigation of each other. Invite him in. Breathe. Feel him; he constantly moves to support me. The sensation of touching another brings up a lot: a sense of vulnerability, the feeling of being nourished. The music brings up more: unclear sensations from my past.

Use your breath. Find opposition. Don’t get stuck in the same movement. Travel somewhere new. We are strength; we support each other. We are light; we find air. To confront frustration, or to just let it be and smile? He smiles. Yes, smile.

The music is everything. It leads us. When we connect, it feels beautiful. And then we miss, bump, trip, fall. Don’t resist. Just keep moving. As much as I want to think, to plan, there is no time. We find the next path. We are grateful to feel so alive and free. We speak through movement and learn it is enough.

For more articles from Tracey Katof CLICK HERE

For more on Tracey Katof visit, TraceyKatof.com.

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PETA Takes On New York Fashion Week

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“…artistic expression is a vehicle for social change.” said professional dancer, Kyle V Martin.

For New York Fashion Week, Enforced Arch founder and choreographer James Koroni teamed up with PETA. Their performance piece evoked compassion for animals who are killed to make fur garments.

“This is another way to get people to think about the cruelty of the fur industry by making them think, ‘how would I feel if I was killed for my coat?’ ” said PETA campaign specialist Ashley Byrne. “I think when someone pictures the terrifying experience of being attacked and beaten, all because someone wants the coat off your back, they begin to understand what the animals who are killed for fur are going through.”

FUR IS UNNECESSARY

Unless one is homeless, a traditional indigenous person living in cold climates, or in a truly life-threatening situation – there really is no good excuse for wearing fur. Fur performs no better than most synthetics when it comes to retaining warmth. Arctic explorers, alpine climbers, and cold-climate sports and adventurer’s gear typically lacks one thing: Fur. Considering the leaps and bounds textile producers have made in sustainable textile production, including imitation furs, there is no reason to put animals through such incredible amounts of pain and suffering. (SOURCE)

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THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE

So many investigations, documentaries and exposés from Asia, to Europe, to North America contradict the outright lies being told on the pages of fashions magazines across the globe and under the pop-culture limelight. Here are some resources to see for yourself exactly how fur is made. Keep in mind, that while animal advocates stand to gain nothing but peace-of-mind, the fur industry stands to lose billions of consumer dollars:

Visit the International Anti-fur Coalition for a list of  70 international anti-fur organizations, or visit the list of the Fur Free Alliance for 35 more international anti-fur organizations. (SOURCE)

NO ONE IS PERFECT.

Most people who purchase fur garments do not know how they are made – and that’s not surprising, considering the monumental effort to keep the process hidden. Let’s say you have some fur, so now what? If you currently own a fur garment, or inherited one from family, why not donate it to coats for cubs or the homeless and turn a product that represents indifference to suffering into a life-saving object? (SOURCE)

Other professional artists that contributed to this performance:

Assistant Choreographer – Tracey Katof

Dancers – Dee Keaveney, James Koroni,  Kyle V Martin, Marie Paldrup, Rachel Hettinger,
Tammi Greenberg, Paulette Lewis, Tracey Katof, Tyrone Bevans

Camera – Ben Effinger

Music – Watch Dogs by Notic Nastic

More info on the inherent cruelty of the fur industry at Reinvent The Icon: http://www.reinventtheicon.com/about-pinnacle/fur/

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Human Lauren In India

Lauren Cox

Lauren Cox is traveling to Hyderabad, India from January 28th to March 6th, 2014. In this month she plans to:

  • Teach at a local orphanage.
  • Teach a two week workshop for beginners on western dances including strength & flexibility, contemporary, ballet, street jazz and freestyle.
  • Learn some of the cultural dances of India including Bharata Natyam (the “fire” dance) & Kathak (an Indian classical dance).
  • Choreograph and set a 30 minute showcase, including herself and the Steps Studio director, Prithviraj, for the local community at Ravindhra Bharathi auditorium in Hyderabad.

Human Lauren’s Campaign / Fundraiser

The plane ticket has been donated by Steps Dance Studio. The workshop and show is still being conceptualized and the total amount needed to make this happen is $2,000 USD. Your donations will be used to:

  • Provide admission for five dancers who will attend her workshop.
  • Cover costs of costumes, props and music for the showcase.
  • Support the local orphanage.
  • Stipend for Lauren’s living costs.

Dance is a pure expression of the soul, no matter what the background. This is my gift and I would like to share it with as many people as possible. I hope that in opening my gift I can inspire those that surround me to open theirs. Art and happiness is real when shared.

I recently traveled to Hong Kong to perform at the Hong Kong Coliseum with the beautiful Joey Yung and to teach a few classes at Ones To Watch Dance Studios. There is a demand for versatility in the industry and the dance community worldwide. The more diverse you are in your art the more unique, inspiring and valuable you become. This is my attempt to not only share this philosophy with others but to keep growing myself. I cannot wait to share the result of this trip with you!

-Lauren Cox

You can make your donations here: Indiegogo.com/projects/humanlauren-in-india

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Fusion Art – Fusion World

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Enforced Arch Mover, Crystal Silmi is an Arab American Belly Dance Fusion artist native to San Francisco, California. She spent years studying and training belly dance with the masters of the industry where she was a member of the prestigious Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat. She also directed her own fusion dance company RaksArabi before making the move across the Atlantic to live in Spain.

With dedication and grace, Crystal shows us that a determined dancer can not only succeed in a new and foreign environment, but experience exponential growth as an artist. In less than 3 years, Crystal has gone from being an unknown artist in Europe to an internationally recognized teacher and artist.

Determined to spread the fusion fire from California, Crystal has been igniting passion in the European belly dance community teaching belly dance with modern and world fusion dance techniques. She continues to expand and grow in her repertoire as well studying Flamenco, Jazz and Hip Hop in Spain.

As an active vegan, Crystal was also invited by PETA in 2012 to join as an activist for a cruelty free fashion show in Seoul, Korea to show the world that the cruelty free lifestyle is maintained by healthy, active and creative people.

For information about Crystal and her upcoming workshops, events or whereabouts visit www.CrystalSilmi.com.

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MA – A Modern Day Silent Film

Celia Rowlson-Hall

Celia Rowlson Hall has had a prolific career, bringing movement to everything from fashion editorials, music videos, television and more. Now she will move us deeply with her first feature film, MA. Here’s an example of one of her works that made it into the VIMEO Staff Picks:

MA is the story of a virgin mother on a pilgrimage to Las Vegas to give birth to our savior.

Her journey is visceral and violent, though this story is about love. We travel through dilapidated hotels with collapsing walls, empty deserts except for a lone trick-rope cowboy, drained out pools from past baptisms, freak rainstorms, and finally into a Las Vegas penthouse suite filled with show girls, prostitutes, chandeliers, and cherubs.

MA is about the end of the beginning.  It’s about loneliness, and wanting to be more. Finally, it is about love: that of man, of nature, of god, of woman, and of possibility.

This will be a unique cinematic experience; truthful, distinct, and clear. Please join Celia Rowlson-Hall in bringing this very personal story to life.

TO SUPPORT HER WORK CLICK HERE!

MA, Celia Rowlson-Hall

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Real Men Lift Women – Holiday Party

Tracey Katof, James Koroni

Enforced Arch Movers, Tracey Katof and James Koroni are presenting their work at the Real Men Lift Women Holiday Party & Fundraiser this coming Saturday evening, December 7th. Joining them on stage will be the brilliantly talented Keshia Robinson and Tyrone Bevans.Don’t miss out on this evening of drink specials, dancing, entertainment and good company.

For this particular event, RMLW has partnered with StarQuest International (Starquestdance.com). As part of their partnership, RMLW will be sponsoring one of their scholarships at the end of their competition season. Check out the details below:

Holiday Party & Fundraiser
Saturday, December 7th- 7:30pm-11pm
Tenjune Nyc
Cover: $15

7:30 to 9:00 pm – Drink Specials
$5 Beers
$7 Vodka drinks
$10 Glass of Champagne

9:30 PM – Performances presented by Choreographers Tracey Katof and James Koroni of Enforced Arch.

Music: The eclectic sounds of DJ Jack Inslee
Visual Stimulation: Projection, Lighting, and Other Optical Tomfoolery by Dan Breindel

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Shut It!

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I’ve seen it time and time again. Dancers with long cuts on the bottom of their feet that just wont close because, let’s face it, what dancer has the luxury to rest it out until the wound heals properly? I searched the web for some tips and tricks, here’s what I found:

GLUE?

The New York Times – The Claim: SUPER GLUE Can Heal Wounds – In 2001, the Food and Drug Administration approved a similar, antibacterial form of the substance called 2-octyl-cyanoacrylate, which is marketed as Dermabond.

BUTTERFLY BANDAGES / TAPE?

I found this article on USHealthWorks.com Suture, Glue or Tape – Wound Closure with Choices.

The following video will teach you a little about using a butterfly closure to secure a large cut temporarily.

STICHES?

It’s not always easy to tell if a cut requires stitches. Ultimately, it’s up to your health care provider to determine if stitches are needed. You should seek medical care for any cut that:

  • Is deep, jagged, or gaping
  • Is on the face or another part of the body where scarring may be an issue
  • Bleeds profusely, without stopping, after 20 minutes of direct pressure
  • Feels numb

Stitches SOURCE: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/getting-stitches-and-caring-for-stitches

Emma Carson of ASHA Dance Company said “Taping has been the most efficient and painless solution before my performances.”

Disclaimer – The information on this website is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding you or your child’s condition.

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