Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Nutcracker: a Contemporary Look

For the 3rd year, Igal Perry's "The Nutcracker: a Contemporary Look" will be performed at our Salvatore Capezio Theater!

Rehearsals fill our studios, from LaJon Dantzler's hip hop choreography to the stunning work by Igal Perry on the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.

This contemporary Nutcracker, conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director Igal Perry, pushes the boundaries of the holiday favorite audiences know and love. The Nutcracker is set to excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s original score, with an eclectic range of dance styles, live musical accompaniment and stunning visual effects, to create an intriguing new perspective on this classic, that is sure to delight audiences of all ages. 

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Friday, November 16, 2012

PCDC's Nikki Holck!

Nikki Holck was born in Honolulu, Hawaii where she received her initial dance training.  She continued her studies on scholarship at the North Carolina School of the Arts.  Nikki graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School, where she also completed the Post Secondary Program.  Upon graduation, Nikki joined the National Ballet of Canada under the direction of Karen Kain.  Nikki has had the opportunity to perform a wide range of classical and contemporary choreography, including works by Igal Perry, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, and Korhan Basaran.

 photo by Kokyat


Peridance Capezio Center What did you do over the summer?
Nikki Holck I performed and danced in NY.  Went to the beach, took long bike rides, enjoyed time with friends. Went home to Hawaii, enjoyed the sun and the long days.  

P.C.C What is your first memory of performing?

N.H. Being onstage with my dance studio in Hawaii and performing a dance inspired by Cat in the Hat in an orange unitard and white tail.  

P.C.C What is your favorite snack?

N.H. Kashi cereal and almond milk.

P.C.C What songs are 'most played' on your ipod?


"Picturesof You" by The Cure
"Pitseleh" by Elliott Smith
"Halfa Person" by The Smiths

P.C.C What do you do in New York when you have a day off?

N.H. Days off are rare, but when I get a chance I like to sit by the Hudson River while I write and drink coffee.  

P.C.C Do you have any favorite quotes/ words that you live by?


If the heart had a thought it would stop -clarice lispector

Things were somehow so good that they were in danger of becoming very bad because what is fully mature is very close to rotting -Clarice Lispector

What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present
- TS Eliot

P.C.C your favorite things

N.H. my journal, good wine, dancing in the rain, the beach at night, family, coffee, friends, the unknown, the tide, the ocean, horizon, challenges, music, thunderstorms, imperfections, art 

P.C.C What is your favorite thing about Peridance Contemporary Dance Company? 

N.H. Our tight knit group and the opportunity to be so intimately involved in the creative process on a daily basis.  A nurturing environment that helps foster and develop young artists.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

PCDC highlighted on Union Square's Blog!

As we count down the days and each moment brings us closer to our Benefit and Auction Event on Saturday night, we can't hold back from sharing with you each development that will make this event even more extravagant and exciting!

New auction items come in every day.
Tables and drinks are starting to be delivered.
Rehearsals fill our studios as PCDC and the Peridance Youth Ensemble practice excerpts from classic works and try out new choreography as well.

And....Union Square's blog has started promoting the event as well! It's going to be an extravanganza in the Union Square community!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Meet Noelle Kayser!


Noelle Kayser began her intensive dance training at the Atlanta Ballet’s Pre-Professional Division under the direction of Sharon Story. During her time at the Atlanta Ballet, she had the privilege of performing alongside the company in works by Lauri Stallings and Artistic Director John McFall. Noelle also performed site-specific works with Lauri Stallings’ Glo. Upon graduation, Noelle spent a year at SUNY Purchase, after which she moved to Chicago to become a Scholarship Student with the Lou Conte Dance Studio at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. As a scholarship student, Noelle participated in workshops by Victor Quijada, Sammar Haddad King, Terri Marling, and Taryn Kaschock Russell. Noelle joined Luna Negra Dancer Theater as an apprentice under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano in the fall of 2011. Since, she has performed Sansano’s work alongside the company both nationally and internationally. This is her first year with PCDC.


Peridance Capezio Center What did you do over the summer?
Noelle Kayser Over the summer I participated in The Movement Invention Project and continued rehearsals with Luna Negra Dance Theater. Apart from dancing, I visited my family and friends in Atlanta.

P.C.C What is your first memory of performing?
N.K. It was a recital at Decatur City Dance back in Georgia. I performed a jazz dance to a track from the movie Moulin Rouge. I was very excited about my bejeweled crop top.

P.C.C What is your favorite snack?

N.K. Starfruit. It is the mother of all froyo only found in Chicago. I know the employees of Starfruit by name in two different locations. I'm a regular.

P.C.C What songs are 'most played' on your ipod? 
"What's My Name" ft. Drake by Rihanna
"Roman Holiday" by Nicki Minaj
"Do It Like A Dude" by Jessie J.

P.C.C Where do you go/what do you do in New York when you have a day off? 
N.K. I've never lived in NYC before, so I don't know yet :)

P.C.C Do you have any favorite quotes/ words that you live by?
N.K. "Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf." - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

P.C.C Your favorite things are...
N.K. Friends. Family. Collard greens.

P.C.C What do you like best about Peridance Contemporary Dance Company so far? 
N.K. The positivity I feel from the other dancers and the artistic staff.