Saturday, October 30, 2010

Faculty News

Upcoming Performances:

Belly Dance teacher, Andrea Beeman will perform at FIT Diversity Expo Week’s International Dance & Music Festival. The performance will take place November 3, 2010 from 6:00-8:00pm at Fashion Institute of Technology, Haft Auditorium Building C, 27th St between 7th & 8th Avenues.

Theater Dance teacher, James Kinney will both perform and have choreography in Rockers on Broadway Dancer Party, which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Dreams Foundation, Broadway in South Africa and The Bendheim Performing Arts Center Scholarship Fund. The show is 8:00pm, November 8th at BB King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St. For tickets or more information go to

Contemporary teacher, Derek Mitchell has a piece appearing in "Carnival- the Choreographers Ball” at Hiro on November 9th. For more information go to

Korhan Basaran, Peridance Contemporary teacher, will be performing in Corporelles at The Festival Monde Arabe in Montreal on October 31st. He is also organizing the Mark Lamb Dance Salon Series for November 13th. The show will take place at the Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St.

Recent Performances:

James Kinney’s choreography was seen in Thespians at The Florida State Thespians annual theatre festival on October 16th.

Andrea Beeman performed as her Belly Dance persona, Andrea Anwar the Enchantress of Bioluminosity at the Sullivan Room on October 21st.

In the Works:

Contemporary teacher, Derek Mitchell is choreographing for Season 3 of “So You Think You Can Dance” in the Ukraine. He is also choreographing the Calvin Klein fall sportswear industrial at Lord and Taylor's in association with O-The Oprah magazine.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Limón Workshop-Water Study

Ray Cook and current and recent Limón Company members, Katie Diamond and Ryoko Kudo are teaching a tech & rep workshop October 11-15 here at Peridance Capezio Center.

Repertory will be taught from Doris Humphrey’s early work, Water Study. Humphrey was among the 2nd generation of modern dance pioneers – Martha Graham and Katherine Dunham were among her contemporaries. Trained at the Denishawn school, Humphrey and fellow dancer Charles Weidman moved to New York in 1928 and founded their own movement technique, Humphrey-Weidman, which focuses on the theory and action of fall and recovery.

Water Study is a dance without music – the only sounds the audience hears are the dancer’s feet and breath. The piece evokes images and moods of the sea, ranging from calm to tumultuous. Because the success of the piece depends on synchronization and rhythm, it requires great subtlety on the part of its dancers.


Ray Cook, who is originally from Australia, came to New York to study Labanotation, a standardized system for analyzing and recording human movement. He was the first full-time notator of works by Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Jeff Duncan, Anna Sokolow, Paul Taylor, George Balanchine, Michael Fokine, Dan Wagner, José Limón, Gerald Arpino, Lester Horton, Norman Walker and Lin Hwai-Min. He has restaged sixteen works by Humphrey alone.

Learning repertory from Water Study under Cook is an excellent experience for any dancer – his re-staging will explore not just the technical steps, but also the imagery, motivation, and characterization given to the dancers by the original choreographer.

Select participants from this workshop will be invited to perform on December 5th at 7pm at Peridance.


Oct 11, 2010 - Oct 15, 2010; Mon - Fri

Technique: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Repertory: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

For more information and to pre-register for the workshop visit the website.

Take a look at Water Study!

Contest for Free 5-class card!

Peridance Capezio Center and are hosting a contest!

Want to win a 5-class pass for dance classes at Peridance Capezio Center? Find the answer to “Who can take the Gaga movement classes?” on our website and email your answer to by 11:59pm Oct. 15th! is an up and coming networking site for artist. Check out their website to connect with other artists!