PETA Takes On New York Fashion Week

PETA New York Fashion Week3

“…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.”


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)

PETA New York Fashion Week


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)


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:

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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:

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Fusion Art – Fusion World


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

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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.


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 ( 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!


Image courtesy of Steven Burke

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:


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.


I found this article on 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.


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:

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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It Was Never Your Fault!

Lemon Meringue HELL WEB ONLY

Rich Ryan Productions, LLC through the We Are Many Foundation are pleased to present LEMON MERINGUE, a new play written by Rich Ryan, directed and adapted for the stage by Terri Muuss and choreographed by Enforced Arch ‘Mover’ Tracey Katof, with original music by Athena Reich will premiere at The TBG Theatre November 8th – November 24th in New York City.


LEMON MERINGUE is a moving roller-coaster ride through the therapeutic process of Rich, a typical guy from Long Island. As Rich struggles to overcome the devastating effects of childhood sexual abuse, we witness his anger and pain slowly giving way to happiness and forgiveness. This true story, told through music, dance and dialogue, illustrates one man’s inspirational journey towards survival and finding, then healing, his inner child. LEMON MERINGUE is a compelling success story that should not be missed. It will leave your heart soaring.

The show runs at The Barrow Group Theatre, 312 West 36th Street 3rd Floor (bet 8th and 9th Avenue), New York, NY 10018. Tickets $18. For tickets visit: LEMON MERINGUE is an Equity Approved Showcase.

Rich Byllott

Rich Ryan (Writer) is a devoted father of three who lives on Long Island and works in New York City. Rich is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Since breaking his silence in 2003, Rich has been dedicated to raising awareness about childhood sexual abuse and helping others heal from the effects. He has attended many male survivor conferences and his artwork has been displayed at several survivor art shows. In 2010, Rich made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show to share his story with a group of 200 male sexual abuse survivors and a national television audience of 15-20 million people.

Rich is a fervent believer in the notion that victims of abuse have the power to live full, rewarding lives. Recognizing the profound impact that sharing one’s story can have on the healing process of others, Rich felt inspired to write Lemon Meringue – a one-act play that chronicles the story of a man struggling with and overcoming the effects of childhood sexual abuse. This is his story. For Rich, the process of writing a play for the first time – particularly a play addressing this subject – has been both challenging and rewarding.


Rich has dedicated Lemon Meringue to all of the men and women who have perished from the effects of childhood sexual abuse as well as those who continue to struggle.

All proceeds from the new play LEMON MERINGUE ( benefit The We Are Many Foundation (

The We Are Many Foundation helps, heals and educates society concerning children who have been sexually victimized, as well as adults who struggle in their current life from the horrific ordeal they experienced when it was done to them in their youth.

For more about the show, visit

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Chicago’s Beethoven Festival

Danielle Lurie, James Koroni, Beethoven Festival, Chicago

I had the honor of working with Danielle Lurie, one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ’25 New Faces of Independent Film,’ and a fellow of IFP’s 2011 Emerging Visions symposium. Lurie is a New York City based filmmaker and photographer. She has been shooting films and photos since graduating from Stanford University in 2000 with a BA in Philosophy.

Danielle Lurie, James Koroni, Beethoven Festival, Chicago

As a filmmaker, regardless of the space she inhabits, Lurie creates endless possibility. Her positivity, enthusiasm and curiosity breaks down any inhibitions I may have felt when collaborating. This particular piece was set on an open rooftop, in the rain where I could have let the elements, a random passerby or onlooker from the adjacent apartment windows distract from our process. This was of no concern with Lurie present. Lurie brings her warmth to the process making the results something to marvel at because what may have seemed rigid at first has somehow been captured organically.

Created for the 2013 Beethoven Festival, this is a segment of the Video Art Piece created by Danielle Lurie, Featuring Dance by James Koroni. Set to J.S. Bach’s Concerto in F Minor. (below)

Created for the 2013 Beethoven Festival, this is a segment of the Video Art Piece created by Danielle Lurie, Featuring Dance by James Koroni. Set to Astor Piazzolla’s Five Tango Sensations. (below)

Directed and filmed by Danielle Lurie
Choreography and dance performance by James Koroni
Beethoven Festival Curated by Catinca Tabacaru

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The “Triad”: Are You at Risk?


Whenever you think about nutrition in the United States, chances are you wonder why Americans consume so much food.  When you read the government’s 2010 statistics, which shows that one in every three Americans is obese, the seriousness of the problem is quite obvious.1  Dancers are generally not affected by this problem because of the frequency and intensity of the mere act of dancing.  From a young age, dancers have studied and learned the details of form and technique – they have slowly developed a unique, personal style that helps them express their deepest feelings and emotions.  A dancer’s body curls, lengthens and spins creating an illusion, becoming art.

That artistic instrument that is your body requires certain amounts of fuel, in the form of food that will be burned while taking classes, rehearsing and performing. There is a syndrome that alters the body’s functions when the amount of calories burned is more than the ones that you eat – this syndrome is called the Female Athlete Triad and it affects dancers and other athletes who are required to maintain a slim figure.2  This syndrome is referred to as a “triad” because it has three components:  1. decreased energy, 2. abnormal menstruation and 3. weak bones. The syndrome typically starts when your body burns more calories than the ones you consume. Some dancers aren’t aware of the fact that they’re not eating an adequate amount yet others do it consciously because of fear of gaining weight. You can tell this is happening to you if you are losing weight, feeling constantly tired and there is a perpetual sensation of coldness in your hands and feet.3  If this happens for a long period of time, your menstrual cycle will become irregular or it could stop for a few months. An irregular or absent menstrual cycle will subsequently affect your bone health and this can eventually lead to osteoporosis (weak bones) and fractures.

“Some dancers aren’t aware of the fact that they’re not eating an adequate amount yet others do it consciously because of fear of gaining weight.”

The Female Athlete Triad affects adolescents and young adults who participate in sports like long distance running, diving, gymnastics and dance.  The components of the Triad can happen independently.  You could be eating well and still have absence of your menstrual cycle for several months.  This occurs to many athletes who participate in intense training and the cause is usually that their percent body fat is bellow 22%.4  If your menstruation is abnormal, contact your health care professional because you could be at risk of developing osteoporosis and other health problems.

For those of you who struggle with body weight, blame it on the culture of thinness.5   We currently live in a society that sees beauty in people who are slim and this dramatically influences the way we think and behave.  Being slim is fine, but in order to perform well as a dancer you need to maintain healthy eating habits. If you are unhappy with the way you look and would prefer to lose weight, a nutritionist can be of immense help. They can assist you at finding a balance between nutrition and a training intensity that will work for you. They will also assist you in establishing healthy and realistic short-term goals – goals that are achievable will make you feel good about the effort you are putting in.  A nutritionist will also discuss the possibility of using positive reinforcement.  Positive reinforcement is a reward for your accomplishments.  The reward can come from yourself, your parents, friends or your teacher.   When you are rewarded for your achievements, you are more likely to repeat healthy behaviors that helped you achieve them in the first place.

“In adolescents, the basic healing time for a fractured bone is approximately two months for fractures in the arms and three months for fractures in the legs. It can take anywhere from 2 to 5 years for anyone to heal 100%.7   It is ideal to prevent these problems rather than to have to deal with them in the future.”

Besides a nutritionist, there are other professionals who are available to you. Psychological counseling is sometimes recommended for dancers whose body image dissatisfaction leads to disordered eating.  During a counseling session with a psychologist you will explore the reasons behind your behavior and will find ways to modify it. Most people feel good about sharing their feelings with someone who is there to listen, be impartial and offer advice. When talking to a psychologist you could create behavioral contracts – these are small agreements that you will determine and that you will try to stick to during a certain period of time.  You create the rules depending on what you want to accomplish. This type of open one-to-one conversation can be very rewarding.

In some instances your physician will be the best person to talk to. Your physician might ask you to answer a questionnaire called the Pre-Participation Exam.6  This exam contains 12 questions that can determine if you are at risk of developing one or more of the components of the Triad.  If you and your physician determine that you are at risk, they will guide you as to what to do next.  As long as you have a desire and willingness to change, negative effects on your health can be prevented.

Hector LazodaI am a physiotherapist and, unfortunately, I meet dancers quite often when they have already suffered an injury caused by the “triad”.  The most frequent injury that we see is a stress bone fracture but some dancers suffer muscle and ligament injuries as well.  The rehabilitation can be long and painful and you will not be unable to work and rehearse during that time period of healing.  In adolescents, the basic healing time for a fractured bone is approximately two months for fractures in the arms and three months for fractures in the legs. It can take anywhere from 2 to 5 years for anyone to heal 100%.7   It is ideal to prevent these problems rather than to have to deal with them in the future.  Think seriously about this information.  The first step to prevent and treat the Female Athlete Triad is by being aware of its existence, which is something you have done just by simply reading this article.  If you decide that there is a problem related to your weight and how it is affecting your dance career, talk to somebody about it.  It could be your fellow dancers, your friends or any health care provider with whom you feel comfortable speaking.

Hector Lozada, Physiotherapist, doctoral student at Boston University.


1. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of Obesity in the United States, 2009–2010. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.  NCHS Data Brief, 82;2012.

2. Barrack MT, Ackerman KE, Gibbs JC. Update on the female athlete triad. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2013;6(2): 195–204.

3.  Signs of the Triad. Female Athlete Triad Coalition. Available at:  Accessed October 15, 2013.

4. Rintala MMustajoki P. Could mannequins menstruate? BMJ.  1992;305:1575-1576.

5. Halliwell E.  The impact of thin idealized media images on body satisfaction: Does body appreciation protect women from negative effects? Body Image. 2013;10(4):509-514.

6. De La Torre DMSnell BJ. Use of the preparticipation physical exam in screening for the female athlete triad among high school athletes.  J Sch Nurs.  2005;21(6):340-5.

7. Weerakkody Y, Schubert R. Fracture Healing. Radiopedia web site.  Available at: Accessed October 15, 2013.

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ALLIANCE – International Tour

Enforced Arch Presents an International Tour
London, Paris, Berlin
October, 2013

VegFest – London, England
Paris Vegan Day Festival – Paris, France
Site-Specific Installation – Paris, France
Site-Specific Installation – Berlin, Germany

Enforced Arch Dance

ALLIANCE Art & Activism
By Creative Directors, James Koroni & Tracey Katof

Enforced Arch Dance Company is thrilled to present ‘ALLIANCE’ Art & Activism, a presentation that harnesses the relationship between performance art and the pursuit of social justice. In our fall 2013 tour we will be presenting a collection of past and new works honoring the ‘ALLIANCE’ of art and activism. The performance features video installation by exceptional video artists including, Joshua Katcher and Yessi Yes-Yes Ruiz.

In the past two years Enforced Arch has been invited to share their work in cities such as, Washington D.C., New York City and Paris, and has addressed issues such as human rights, environmental awareness, animal rights and ethics & fashion. Each piece celebrates our ability to speak up for those who are less fortunate.

By making a donation to our fundraiser you also contribute to our collective voice and make it heard that much louder. Thank you for making our important work possible. Here’s how we will be using the money raised by this campaign:

Costumes = $500

Rehearsal space abroad = $270

Rehearsal space in NYC = $270

Travel (London, Paris, Berlin) = $2,414

Per Diem = $560

Housing = $700

TOTAL COSTS = $4,714

ADDITIONAL funds raised will go toward our annual company performance of ALLIANCE: Art & Activism in New York City tentatively scheduled for Spring of 2014.


Please join us this Fall for an informal studio showing before we head abroad:

New York City
Studio Showing (LOCATION TBA)
Thursday, September 19th

For more information regarding this performance please contact us at


Instrumental music in video by Clara Lofaro

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