#Newsflash | The Making Moves Dance Festival Is in Jamaica all Weekend
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Consider it “Dancing with the Future Stars!”
The Jamaica Performing Arts Center will present the Making Moves Dance Festival this weekend. Now in its 13th year, this two-day extravaganza promotes new, emerging, and underrepresented dance companies on an outdoor stage. It’s also a lot of fun.
Admission is free, and the sessions begin at 7 pm on both evenings, Sept. 24 and Sept. 25. Descriptions of the scheduled performers follow.
Pony Box Dance Theatre is a repertory company comprised of diverse male-identifying artists. Set to original scores, performances are recognized for their physically powerful, visually compelling, and soulful aesthetic.
Demi Remick is a dancer, choreographer, and company director who works across musical genres and dance styles, but she’s known for her tap skills.
Creative Outlet’s Jamel Gaines has more than 28 years of experience. The Obie winner has worked with distinguished artists such as Jennifer Holiday, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston.
Early Career Artists
Danielle Diniz has been commissioned to create new works for Jacob’s Pillow, Avant Chamber Ballet, and Columbia Ballet Collaborative. She was also a choreographer for DanceBreak 2020 (musical theater’s leading platform for upcoming Broadway choreographers).
Selina K. Chau is a former Junior Soloist with Hong Kong Ballet, where she performed leading roles in classical and contemporary productions ranging from “Sleeping Beauty” to “The Rite of Spring.” She’s also a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera.
Derick McKoy Jr. is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. He was recently selected to choreograph at Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.
Sisters Charly and Eriel Santagado have been dancing and creating together for more than 10 years.
Julia Bengtsson has choreographed more than 20 ballets, operas, and films for such venues as Carnegie Hall, UN Headquarters, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Swede’s dancing career includes six years with Connecticut Ballet, multiple tours with The New York Baroque Dance Company, and soloist roles at Carnegie Hall.
Maya Kulkarni is a well-known figure in the Indian dance world. She has evolved Shilpa Natanam, a style that adheres to the rules of classical aesthetics but breaks boundaries in expressive techniques and thematic material.
Sonali Skandan is a Bharatanatyam artist who founded Jiva Performing Arts and Jiva Dance. She’s performed at Lincoln Center, Merce Cunningham, The Joyce SoHo, The New Victory Theatre, and Queens Museum.
Located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave., the Jamaica Performing Arts Center is a 400-seat venue that hosts everything from concerts to fashion shows to galas. The landmarked building is a converted church built in the early Romanesque revival style in 1858.
Images: Jamaica Performing Arts Center