ECA 2017 Guest Artist Series – 3rd Quarter


Tiffany Rea-Fisher ~ Artistic Director, Elisa Monte Dance (modern)

Text Box: January 24
January 31
March 21
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TIFFANY REA-FISHER is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance. Tiffany joined Elisa Monte Dance in 2004 where she was principal dancer until 2010, performing lead roles in such classic works as Treading, Pigs and Fishes, Shattered and Volkmann Suite. She was named Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” person for their 2007 August issue based on her performance during the company’s 2006 season at the Joyce Theater and since then has been featured in nation and international publications for both her dancing and choreography. As a choreographer Tiffany has had the pleasure of creating numerous pieces for the company most notably meeting and having her work performed for the Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg.

“. . .Rea-Fisher’s choreography is intricate, varying from understated to explosive in a matter of moments. She is well versed in the Monte aesthetic-athletic and leggy with a velvety, sensual texture. However, Rea-Fisher pushed the familiar tone further with off-kilter balances and moments of fury. why so curious? brought Elisa Monte Dance into the future, creating a distinctive artistic path for its newly appointed leader.” ”

Dance Europe, March 2015 ~ Trina Mannino

Marjani Forté ~ Urban Bush Women (modern)


Text Box: January 26
February 2
February 14
February 28

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Forté-Saunders’ choreographic work has been presented widely across New York City including Danspace Project/St. Marks Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, Harlem Stage, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Hunter College City University of New York, and recently Queensborough College as a recipient of the CUNY Dance Initiative Residency. She will premiere new work with the urban latin dance theatre CONTRA TIEMPO at the Ford Theatre August 2016 and has presented across the country at The Pillsbury Theatre in Minneapolis, Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, Pomona College in Pomona, CA, Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, Mckenna Museum in New Orleans, LA, and the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA, Fortè-Saunders has worked in residence at Dance Theatre Work- shop (2010), Movement Research (2011-13), Brooklyn Arts Exchange with LOVE| FORTÉ (2012-2014), Dance Place (2013), Kelly Strayhorn Theatre (2014) and most recently New York Live Arts in preparation for a new work premiere in 2017. She is also a member of Urban Bush Women’s BOLD Teaching Network, offering UBW’s unique approach to dance training and community engagement.

Jessica St. Vil ~ KaNu Dance Theater (Haitian)

Text Box: February 9
February 23
March 2
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Director of KANU Dance Theater, Jessica is a graduate of Lehman College, where she received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Dance.  Jessica teaches classes and gives workshops in Ballet, Modern, and Afro-Caribbean dance. Some of her teaching credits include: Pratt Institute, the NAACP, NYC Sports and Arts, and the Dance New England Foundation in Maine.   She currently works as a teaching artist for the Alvin Ailey arts in education program and for Purelements arts in education program.  She is also one of the founders and co. owners of Danse Xpressions, dance studio in Valley Stream, Long Island.  She has worked with many choreographers such as Christopher Huggins, Martial Roumain, Marcea Daiter, Sean Curran, Kayoko Sakoh, Kwame Ross, and Dyane Harvey.   She has worked and performed with several dance theater companies, such as Feet of Rhythm, the Joan Peter’s Dance Company, Vissi Dance Theater, Tamboula D’ayiti, Opus Dance Theater, the Rod Rodgers dance company, and traveled to Haiti to perform as a guest artist with BFH(The national ballet folkloric of Haiti).

Joyce Theater Education Program

  • January and February 2017: Master Classes with teaching artist Susan Thomasson
  • February 16 – Field Trip to NYC:
  • Performance of The Martha Graham Dance Company @ the Joyce Theater AND
  • Master Class in Swing Dance with Adrienne Weidert & Rafal Pustelny @ DanceManhattan


ontus Lidberg’s Woodland


ANIKAYA Dance Theater

  • Choreographers Wendy Jehlen and Lacina Coulibaly
  • April 26th and 27th: Student master classes
  • April 28th @ Friday 7:30pm ~

    Performance of ANIKAYA Dance Theater’s “Entangling”

ANIKAYA Dance Theater - Entangling, is a collaboration between US-based choreographer Wendy Jehlen and Lacina Coulibaly, a contemporary choreographer and dancer from Burkina Faso, West Africa.  Inspired by the phenomenon of Quantam Entanglement, in which two atoms become linked to each other, Entangling explores how we are inextricably and consequentially connected to each other.

“As we travel we find ourselves entangled in a metaphorical sense, and what we experience as a physical sense, with people around the world. We feel the tugging of these invisible, impossible connections at all times. This work is a visual embodiment of that feeling. It is also an expression of what is our underlying reality – that we are all inextricably and consequentially connected to each other.”

The week of April 24, 2017 ACES Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) will host ANIKAYA Dance Theater’s Wendy Jehlen and Lacina Coulibaly for a one-week residency, during which they will conduct choreography workshops with our students. The residency will close with a performance of ANIKAYA Dance Theater’s evening work, ‘Entangling’, Friday, April 28 at 7:30 pm. In master classes, ECA dance students will be joined by students from special needs vocational high, ACES Whitney North High School and ACES Wintergreen Middle School.  The artists will lead students in the creation and performance of site-responsive choreographies, particularly focusing on listening strategies and the development and adherence to improvisational movement scores.

For more information about ANIKAYA Dance Theater please visit their website


GUEST ARTIST RACHNA AGRAWAL ~ Master classes in Indian Dance