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Introducing our June Guest Judge, Anabella Lenzu

 Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 20 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Lenzu draws on her diverse background to create thought-provoking and socially-conscious dance-theatre in the interest of improving our human condition. Classically trained at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Lenzu studied the modern dance techniques of Humphrey/Limòn and Graham in New York. Her studies of Tango and the folkdances of Argentina, Spain, and Italy, further inform her work. Her choreography has been commissioned all over the world, for opera, TV programs, theatre productions, and by many dance companies, such as Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble (New York) and Movimento Danza (Naples, Italy). Lenzu founded her own dance school L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994 in Argentina, and has maintained an active teaching career ever since. Currently, Lenzu conducts classes at Peridance Capezio Center, Wagner College and Lehman College. 

 Lenzu is also a published author for various dance and arts magazines, and plans to debut her first book in March 2013, entitled “Unveiling Motion and Emotion”. The book contains writings in Spanish and English on the importance of dance, community, choreography, and dance pedagogy. Photography by Todd Carroll will document Lenzu’s vast range of experiences dancing, teaching, and choreographing. 

December xyz nyc choreographers in WAXworks tonight

Both Sandra Kramerova and Hee Ra Yoo are presenting new work in Williamsburg on the same bill this weekend! Check them out at WAXworks

Sunday, May 19th at 7pm

The Aldous Theater at Triskelion Arts 

118 N. 11th St. 3rd Floor

Btw. Berry & Wythe

Brooklyn, New York 11211

$10 Suggested Donation

Tiffany Mills Company Upcoming Performance at BAM

Our February guest judge, Tiffany Mills, showed a sneak peek of Berries and Bulls at xyz nyc, which has its WORLD PREMIERE at the new BAM Fisher Space May 30-Jun 2! If you loved her work in February, don’t miss out on this great show.

More information, including a link to buy tickets, on BAM’s website.

Check out Michael Freeman’s newest work at xyz nyc May 2nd

In addition to being our guest judge, Michael will present “Hera’s Story,” featuring Stacy Lynn Smith, an excerpt from the original musical The Secret to Being Young Again.

Here it is at Judson Memorial Church earlier this month.

Photo by Ian Douglas.

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And now, meet Lizzy Mulkey, our final choreographer for May 2nd

Lizzy Mulkey is from Venice Beach California. Graduated from Loyola Marymount University with B.A. in Dance/ Dance Science. While spending the last 7 years teaching Pilates and yoga she has choreographed and danced in various venues in Los Angeles as well as Dance Camera West. Lizzy is interested in site-specific dance and is excited to begin her east coast dance projects, coming soon. She is extremely thankful to Jill for creating XYZ NYC, which is a superb platform to mingle as artists and green light projects that otherwise might get stuck in your brain attic.

Meet Lisa Woods, one of our new choreographers for May

Lisa Woods is a performing artist living in NYC.  She is a company member of Movement Workshop Group and has performed and choreographed professionally with Berkeley City Ballet, Kunst-Stoff, BalletNY, Lines Ballet Ensemble, The Cutting Ball Theater, American Repertory Theater. She has a BFA in Acting from Emerson College, Boston. At the age of 15, Lisa was a semi-finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix and soon after, moved to Washington D.C. to continue her ballet studies with the Washington School of Ballet.  She has attended Lines Ballet Traing Program, American Ballet Theater summer intensives and has trained with Wilhelm Burmann, Maggie Black, Valia Seiskaya, Leslie Brown, Roudolf Kharatian, and Eleanor D’Antuono, among others.  

Reintroducing Samantha Carmean, another xyz nyc favorite

Samantha Carmean is a NJ-based performer, choreographer and arts administrator, who holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Past performance credits include work by Scott Putman, Martha Curtis, Pam England/Ground Zero Dance, Bill T. Jones, and Mark Morris. Her own work has been presented by VCU (where she received recognition as an Outstanding Choreographer,) the Bates Dance Festival and the Tank. Sam currently performs with the NYC-based human kinetic movement arts, directed by Yana Schnitzler, and is working towards her 200-RYT certification. She’s excited to be part of the crazy-awesome collaborative process that is xyz nyc. 

May xyz nyc will feature one of our best regulars, Adrian Jevicki!

Adrian Jevicki is a Brooklyn-based dance and theater maker, creating inter-disciplinary works about the relationships between people, their ideas and their things. Using a movement vocabulary obsessed with action and reaction (both conceptually and physically) and funked-out psycho-sexual vibes, he makes dances that themselves ask questions.

Introducing our May Guest Judge, Michael Freeman


Michael Freeman’s multidisciplinary work combines theater, writing and dance. Last month, his work was seen at Movement Research at Judson Church, Performance Mix at the Flea Theater and at the Dramatists Guild of America. He is currently working on an evening length dance theater work with music and text. He is the recipient of the prestigious Richard Porter Leach Fellowship for the Arts and the Nickolas Pekearo Scholarship for Creative Writing. He has also recently received grants from the Dramatists Guild, Pen Writers Fund, Authors League Fund and NYFA, among others. He was a resident artist at  New Dance Alliance last summer.

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Our final choreographer for April: Olney Edmondson

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Maryland, Olney began dancing at the age of 3. Her first dance experiences included tap, jazz and ballet at Suto Dance Studio in Takoma Park, MD. At the age of 14 she ceased training at the studio and at this time her love for other styles of dance began to grow. Her parents, born and raised in Guyana, South America, provided her with the West Indian culture and background. Food, lifestyle and music were a very big part of her life, but what mostly influenced her was the dancing. Because of this, she had the ability to self train in styles such as Hip Hop, Salsa, African, and other cultural styles of dance that were close to the culture she grew up in.

Olney moved to NYC in 2010 after graduating from Sam Houston State University with her MFA in dance. Her Goal in NYC: to gain more experience though performance, teaching and behind the scenes of dance and other performing arts such as Theater. In the past 3 years Olney has worked as a Teaching artist and Stage Manager for off- Broadway productions. Olney has finally returned back to her first love… the stage. Ultimately Olney’s goal is to open up her own performance arts center that will allow children to learn more about these arts.

She would like to continue to thank those who have supported her in all of her pursuits. God Bless!

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