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Allen Kaeja Residency

Allen Kaeja, most known for his dance on camera work and choreography, will be in residence Sunday, January 8 – Friday, January 20, 2012. His first week at DeSales University will be spent setting work on the senior dance majors, which will be performed in the Spring Dance Ensemble Concert. The 16th to the 20th, he will be teaching several masterclasses on modern partnering and dance on camera.

Allen Kaeja’s Biography:

Gemini nominated Director and Award winning Choreographer Allen Kaeja entered the field of dance after 9 years of wrestling and Judo. He has created over 90 dance pieces since 1982 and choreographed for 17 films. Allen is Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with his life partner Karen Kaeja and is currently studying for his Masters degree at York University. He is co-founder of the CanAsian International Dance Festival and the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFIDA). His stage works have been presented in festivals around the world including Sweden, Israel, UK, Portugal, India, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain and the USA amongst others. Allen’s awards include the prestigious Clifford E. Lee, K.M. Hunter and Paul D. Fleck Choreography Awards (Canada), Bonnie Bird Award (UK), UNESCO citation and the Moving Picture award for best performance (Canada) among others. Allen’s most recent full evening production Abattoir premiered in Vancouver March 2008 and continues to tour.

Allen’s most recent dance film Between Seams is premiering Italy in June 2008. It features Karen and Sylvie Bouchard, and is his 8th Bravo!FACT short. Kaeja has co-directed eight award-winning dance films with Mark Adam and a series of four films with Douglas Rosenberg in conjunction with Wisconsin Public Television and Bravo!FACT. The Kaeja films have been screened all across the globe and have been nominated for the American Choreography Awards, Gemini Awards and the Banff World Television Festival Awards. They have received special ‘Jury Mentions’ from the Rocky Awards, IMZ and a ‘Certificate of Distinction’ from American Dance Festival. The Kaeja films are also a part of the permanent collection at the MoMA and Jewish Museum in New York and Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel.

Allen and Karen teach Master classes and residencies in Kaeja Partnering and Contact Dance. Allen is currently on faculty at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and Ryerson University. He also taught Canada’s first “Hands-on” University Dance Film course in Canadian history this year at Ryerson. They developed the EXPRESS DANCE approach, now integrated into the education system through a partnership with the TDSB, TCDSB and Prologue for the Performing Arts. Renowned for their education and outreach projects, they provide subsidized workshops, dance enrichment opportunities and performances to underserved communities in Canada and abroad.

Allen has recently been commissioned to create a new work, Beyond Borders, on Mexico City’s Nemian Dance Company, which will premiere at the Theatre de la Ciudad, October 2008. As well, Soulpepper Theatre Company (Toronto) has commissioned a new creation from Allen in collaboration with Albert Shultz (Director), Anton Piatigorsky (writer) and David Buchbinder (Composer) adapting Between Two Worlds as a Dance/Theatre/Music production set to premiere in June 2009.

Kaeja d’Dance

Benjamin Levy Residency

Monday, January 30, through Saturday, February 3, 2012 modern dance choreographer, Benjamin Levy, will be teaching masterclasses at DeSales University. Levy will specifically be setting a work on the senior class. This work will be presented at the Steel Stacks on Friday, February 2, 2012 in Bethlehem, PA along side of his company, LEVYdance.

Benjamin Levy’s Bio:

Benjamin Levy is a choreographer, dancer and artistic director recognized for his cutting-edge interdisciplinary works that explore the nuance and drama of human intimacy. After earning his BA in Dance and Marketing from UC Berkeley and performing with Joe Goode Performance Group, Levy founded LEVYdance in 2002. LEVYdance very quickly became known for its innovative works and collaborations and in 2004 Levy was named one of the “Top 25 Choreographers to Watch” by Dance Magazine and awarded a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Levy has also been awarded a Choreographic Fellowship from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and a 2005 Emerging Choreographer Award from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and creative residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and The Silo.

As Artistic Director for LEVYdance, Levy has presented original works at prestigious venues across the nation, engaged distinguished collaborators, and established a unique recognizable artistic aesthetic for LEVYdance.

Levy’s distinct choreographic style has been sought after for commissions and master classes at Scottish Dance Theatre in Dundee, Scotland, the Northern California Dance Conservatory, LINES Ballet, Joy of Motion Dance Center, DeSales University, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Los Angeles, UC Berkeley, CSU San Jose, CSU San Francisco, SUNY Purchase, University of Oregon, Dance Place, University of Utah, George Washington University and ODC Dance Commons.


Camille Armstrong Residency

Camille Armstrong will be in residence at DeSales University periodically throughout the fall and spring semester. In the fall, Camille is working with our students to present a ‘Flash Mob’ that is body percussion based, which will be performed in September. In the spring, Camille is setting a body percussion piece which is to be performed in our Dance Ensemble Concert.

Camille Armstrong’s Biography:

Camille Armstrong started choreographing Hip-Hop and Creative Dance from age 7 for local talent shows at church and community centers. She attended NYC’s H.S. of Music and Art and Performing Arts where she learned Body Percussion (or Stepping) and graduated in 1992 with a Vocal Music and Arts Endorsement Diploma. Since then , Camille has choreographed and taught Body Percussion classes and workshops in the community, forming Step teams and competitions. Camille was also the music and dance coordinator of various Teen Pageants in the community. From 1998-2008, Camille performed with the Off-Broadway, U.S. and Overseas touring companies of STOMP. Meanwhile, teaching Hip-Hop & Body Percussion workshops all over the world including Vienna, Austria; Vancouver, B.C.; NYU in New York City; Seoul, Korea; Mansfield, Ohio; and Bethlehem, PA with Touchstone Theatre.

Jody Sperling Residency

Jody Sperling, Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance, will be in residence at DeSales University from February 6th to 12th. Sperling will be setting “Ghost Revisited” inspired by Loie Fuller. The piece will be performed in our spring dance ensemble concert by selected dance majors.

Jody Sperling’s Bio:

Jody Sperling is the Founder and Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. A dancer, choreographer and dance scholar based in New York City. Sperling has gained an international reputation as an expert on Loïe Fuller and is the foremost contemporary interpreter of Fuller’s style. In the past decade, Sperling has created more than 30 works, including many solo and group works that pay homage to Fuller, as well as others that fuse modern dance and circus arts. She has taught, lectured and/or performed in the US, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia and Scotland.
Sperling has received commissions from the Vermont Performance Lab & Marlboro College, The University of Wyoming through the NEA American Masterpieces Program and the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (S.L.A.M.) for the creation of a new aerial work. Her work Roman Sketches has been in the repertory of Holland’s Introdans ensemble.As a dancer, Sperling has performed in the works of other choreographers including a revival of Yvonne Rainer’s 1960s landmark Trio A. Sperling has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars and has presented at the Society’s conferences. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (NYU) and a BA in Dance and Italian (Wesleyan). Her writings have appeared in Dance MagazineThe Village VoiceThe SDHS Conference ProceedingsThe International Encyclopedia of Dance and she is contributing an essay to the forthcoming bookBirds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle.Time Lapse Dance