Faculty Profile Janice Rosario

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    Janice Rosario

    Janice Rosario



    Janice Rosario is a nationally recognized contemporary dance choreographer, educator, and activist. As a native New Yorker, Janice studied at some of NYC's most elite institutions including Ballet Hispánico and The Alvin Ailey School. She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and Hunter College. She is currently on faculty at The Alvin Ailey School and Steps on Broadway. When not in the studio, she is running her nonprofit, The Good Neighbor Collective Inc, to support and empower those underserved in our communities.

    As a choreographer, Janice has been commissioned by numerous prestigious institutions throughout the United States including Barnard College/Columbia University, Montclair State University, The University of Alabama, Case Western University, Steps on Broadway Conservatory, Ailey/Fordham University, The Ailey School's Professional Division, Manhattanville College, Bucknell University, Howard University, Dean College, Brockport University, Baltimore School of the Arts, Grand Canyon University, Irvine Valley College, Sacred Heart University, Drexel University, Hunter College, The Martha Graham School, New York Dance Project, Steps on Broadway's Conservatory, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, the Dance Institute of Washington, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Davidson High School, Passaic County Technical Institute, The Thacher School, the Joy of Motion Dance Center, Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts, Fort Hamilton High School, Norte Maar's Counterpointe Series, Periapsis Music and Dance, La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival and the Battery Dance Festival.

    In addition to her choreographic endeavors, Janice has taught at The University of Alabama, Montclair State University, Barnard College/Columbia University, Cornish University, Bucknell University, Manhattanville College, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Florida, Ballet Hispanico, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Gibney Dance Center, New York Dance Project, Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts, Fort Hamilton High School, Sacred Heart University, Grand Canyon University, Hunter College, Harvard University, High Tech High School, the American Youth Dance Theater, Irvine Valley College, the Contemporary Dance Festival in Tobago and the Joy of Motion Dance Center.

    Through her work as an artist, educator and activist, Janice is driven to "create spaces where we can see each other past the divides to contribute to making an ever more inclusive community."

    Class Description:

    Janice Rosario's contemporary dance class is an inclusive laboratory that focuses on bridging the gap between the classroom and the stage. She re- purposes classical techniques (Ballet and Graham) towards developing one's intuitive response to movement. Her warm-up draws on ballet to elongate deeper muscles and Graham to strengthen the head-to- tail connection. Following her warm-up, Rosario constructs movement phrases and utilizes improvisation techniques to challenge the dancer to develop their personal characteristics. Dancers are guided to develop their artistic voices through the repertoire phrase. Rosario employs a concentration on individual collaboration with each dancer, one- on-one, as they break down unconscious habits, react to new variables, gain performance experience in a safe-classroom-environment, and transform into stronger, more in-tune artists.

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