“Gorgeous footage of Florida’s Everglades provides the backdrop for Dawn to Dusk. An alligator glides through the water spanning the length of the stage while a line of dancers mimic his lithe body. At times the dancers on stage mirror themselves in the footage, other times they blend into the swamp life, dancing in waist high (‘gator-infested) water. They blur the line between man and nature in the most beautiful way.” -Stephanie Sirabian, Bachtrack
Photo by Eric Bandiero
”That same passion was a hallmark of the dancing, which was – as expected from Parsons – extraordinary. From the joyous opening…to the tragic climax…and the lovely finale…the choreography was fluid, musical, and evocative of every emotion and the dancing was powerful and gravity-defying.” – Reading Eagle
Photo by Javier Valenzuela
Parsons Dance congratulates the New York State Council on the Arts on their 50th anniversary campaign, “50 Years, 50 Stories”.
“A 50th anniversary that is to be honored with a campaign that starts this week is for the New York State Council on the Arts… David Parsons, artistic director of Parsons Dance, discusses how when his dancers travel overseas ‘people understand New York State is a funder of our company’ and how ‘we are very proud of that.”
Parsons Dance is proud to welcome Christopher Bloom to the 2011-2012 season. From Middletown VA, he started his training at the Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet at the age of 15. He is a recent graduate from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance program where he had the opportunity to perform works by Sidra Bell, Francesca Harper, Camille Brown, Jennifer Muller, Paul Taylor and Alivn Ailey.
And the Winners are…
Casey Lynn Hartman was born and raised in Coconut Creek, Florida, where she began her dance training at age 3. She started her training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-hop at the local dance studio of Dance Academy of North Lauderdale until the age of 18. She has participated in many dance competitions receiving many titles and awards. She has been choreographing since age 14 from solo performances to small group performances. Casey has also attended numerous summer intensives in California, and New York. Upon graduating she then moved to Miami, Florida to attend New World School of the Arts for two years thus expanding and focusing her training in Modern, Ballet, and other dance studies. Receiving her Associates Degree in Dance from NWSA she continued academic school, as well as teaching weekly Modern classes for Boca Dance Studio and choreographing numerous group dances. She will be attending Marymount Manhattan College in the Fall and hopes to pursue and career in the professional dance world.
Stephanie Padilla is originally from Long Island, New York and received her BFA in Dance from Temple University in May 2010. She has been dancing professionally in Philadelphia as a member of Kariamu & Company: Traditions under the direction of Dr. Kariamu Welsh, and also as a member of CoExist Dance Company under the direction of Kelly Adorno and Kathleen Glynn. Stephanie has also worked with other choreographers such as Jimena Alviar, Gregory King, and Elizabeth Reynolds, just to name a few. She feels incredibly lucky to have been given the gift of dance and is excited to be a part of The Parson’s Dance Summer Intensive. She wishes all organizers and participants success and much dancing!