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An awesome 3 days of teaching and empowering these dancers to trust their intuition, maximize focus, and respect the value of techniques that birthed what we today call 'contemporary dance'. - Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry, 2015 Faculty
Artistic Director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Igal Perry, Founder and Artistic Director of Peridance Center and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, is a world-renowned choreographer, ballet master, and dance educator. Mr. Perry's elegant choreography, often in collaboration with contemporary composers, has been described as "blessedly inventive" (Jennifer Dunning, New York Times). Born in Israel, Igal Perry began his dancing career with Karmon, a folk dance company. He later joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company, where he worked with leading teachers and choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Benjamin Harkarvy, John Butler, Rudi Van Dantzig, Inesse Alexandrov, Paul Sanasardo, and Lar Lubovitch. Upon arriving to the United States, Mr. Perry joined Dennis Wayne's Dancers as ballet master and choreographer. During that period, he staged John Butler's work for the NYC Opera, the Opera of Munich, Caracas Ballet, and Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, where he also directed the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's opera Paradise Lost. From 1981 to 1982, Mr. Perry headed the ballet department at Jacob's Pillow. In 1983, he launched his dance school, Peridance Center, now one of New York City's leading dance institutions. A year later, he founded Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, for which he has choreographed over 50 works, with performances at BAM, The Joyce Theater, and City Center. In addition to his daily class at Peridance, Mr. Perry serves as guest faculty/choreographer at The Jacob's Pillow Festival, The Ailey School, and Marymount Manhattan College, and The Juilliard School, where he staged his Intimate Voices and Mourning Song. His international teaching engagements include: Scapino Ballet and Het National Ballet (Holland), Laterna Magica and the National Ballet (Prague), Architanz (Tokyo), The Royal Ballet of Sweden and Balettakademien (Sweden), the National Ballet of China, and the Kwang-Ju City Ballet Company (Korea). In 2007, he was inducted into the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame.
Artistic Director Yin Yue of YYDC is a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she studied classical ballet, Chinese classical and folk dance at Shanghai Dance School, where she received rigorous training in all aspects of the technically demanding and highly structured Chinese dance. She continued her education at Shanghai Normal University and by the end of her university training she had appeared in many festivals and dance performances throughout China. In 2005, she was ranked among the top ten performers in the National Dance Competition in Yunnan. Intent on further developing her artistic talents, Yin moved to New York City to pursue MFA in contemporary dance at New York University.
After graduating with a MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin Yue quickly started to gain attention as a highly original choreographer and performer among her peers. Yin created an innovative contemporary dance technique - FoCo (FolkContemporary) Technique that soon gained the attention of the dance world. The movement style of YYDC FoCo consists of five elements: root, wood, water, metal and fire. Each element contributes to the quality of moving and its designated body parts. The technique trains dancers to create a grounded, circular, fluid and dynamic performance that is rhythmic and powerful, yet sensual and graceful. The main themes of Yin's work are emotional experience, contrasted movement dynamic and strong physicality in all their complexity.
The company has been recognized by organizations and festivals such as schrit_tmacher Just Dance Festival 2016, New York International Fringe Festival, Jacobâ€™s Pillow Dance Inside Out Festival, The Wave Rising Series, DUMBO DANCE Festival, The Current Sessions, Dancenow [NYC] at Joe's Pub and many more. In addition, YYDC has performed at venues such as Joyce SoHo Theater, Peridance Theater, Lincoln Center Rosh Hall, KnJ Theater and New York Live Arts and many others. In January, 2013, the Company has produced its first evening-length dance production titled "Within Reach" and toured to China. To date, the company has produced three feature-length works, all of which premiered in NYC: "We Have Been Here Before" (2012), "Within Reach" (2013) and a collection of ensembles, duets and solos, presented under the common title" An evening of Yin Yue Dance" (2014) presented by Dixon Place. In March, 2016, the company took 90 min dance program toured to Aachen, Germany as part of schrit_tmacher Just Dance Festival.
Current Hubbard Street Dance Chicago company member
Craig Black finished his sixth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet prior to joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in the fall of 2017. The California native was captain of his San Jose high school's nationally ranked dance team. Craig received his BFA from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the 2010 Princess Grace Award in Dance. He won the 2011 Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Craig's summer programs were at Springboard Danse Montreal, Nederlands Dans Theater, and the Pillow.
Current Hubbard Street Dance Chicago company member
Kevin began dancing under the guidance of Lester Holmes. He graduated from the Baltimore School of the Arts with additional training at the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet School, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Parsons Dance. He earned his BFA in 2007 at the Juilliard School, toured nationally with the Juilliard Dance Ensemble and appeared in the "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcast television special The Juilliard School: Celebrating 100 Years. Shannon joined Hubbard Street in Novemeber 2007.
Originally from Hollidaysburg, PA, Colin Heininger graduated in 2016 as an Honors Scholar with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he was named the Valedictorian of the School of Dance. There, he had the privilege of performing works by Sharon Eyal, Netta Yerushalmy, Andrea Miller, Helen Simoneau, Beth Gill, Sidra Bell, and Douglas Becker, among others. In addition, Colin attended the Jacob's Pillow Contemporary program in 2014 and Springboard Danse Montreal in 2016, where he was first connected to Igal Perry and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Colin is very excited to be joining PCDC for his third season.
Attila Joey Csiki began his dance training at the Canadian Dance Company in Toronto subsequently to join the National Ballet of Canada. Upon receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, Attila relocated to New York City and thereafter joining the New York City Ballet. Other companies include Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Du Capital ballet of Toulouse France, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Christopher WheeldonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Morphoses and Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. Attila received the Princess Grace Award in 2010 for his extensive work with Lar Lubovitch. Attila partnered with ballet legend and Prima Ballerina Alessandra Ferri for her return to the stage in "The Piano Upstairs". Since 2013 Attila created and appears in Christopher Wheeldon's original Broadway production of An American In Paris winning 4 Tony awards, 7 drama desk awards and 6 outer critic awards. Most recently Attila has been seen in the revival of Brigadoon the musical at City Center, an Encores production.
Along with the dancers from Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Past CollaboratorsBreton Tyner-Bryan
Rachel M. Hettinger
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