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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. 

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.

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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Announcing our April Judge: Leslie Guyton

Leslie Guyton is a dance & theater director based out of Brooklyn, NY.  She’s the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Movement Workshop Group.   She assistant directed Under Construction with Anne Bogart and SITI Company in April 2011.  Her commercial work includes choreographing for the band Foster the People’s recently Grammy-nominated music video Houdini, a dance mash-up advertisement for Adidas, and her upcoming music video for Apollo Run’s The Inevitable Small Rebellions.

Along with collaborators Eliza Lay and Pauline Legras, Guyton was awarded Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical or Play with Music at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2011 for Wanderlust (2011).  Most recently Guyton was awarded the 2012 Planet Connections Artist Grant and the APAP Cultural Exchange Fund Travel Grant.

Guyton observed rehearsals with Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal in Germany, Spain, Portugal, England, and the US in 2007 and 2008.  Guyton was Assistant to the Executive Director at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance from 2009-2010 and was a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in 2009.

Under Guyton’s direction, the Movement Workshop Group has created four evening-length pieces each inspired by an element.  Her works have been presented at such institutions as Dixon Place, La MaMa ETC, John Hancock Hall, the A.R.T.’s Club Oberon, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, The Brecht Forum, Montauk’s Sole East and Movement Research at Dance Theater Workshop.  The Boston Globe chose Dust to Dust (2006) and Moontides (2008) as “Dance Pick of the Week” in 2006 and 2008 respectively.  

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Meet Pauline Legras, One of our Wonderful December Judges

Born in Paris, Pauline began her dance training in France. At the age of 15 years old, studying at the Geneva Dance Center (Switzerland) for her Professional Training Program in Ballet technique, she received a scholarship from the Foundation of Princess Grace de Monaco at the Monaco Dance Forum. Later on, she went to Mexico to perfect her knowledge in contemporary dance at the Colegio Nacional de Danza Contemporanea and was a ballet teacher for children and adults with a flamenco base training at Proart Center. In the Fall 2006, Pauline joined the Martha Graham Center in NYC. There, on full scholarship she became a member of Graham II and received her certificate of recognition as a teacher of the Martha Graham technique. She participated in the reconstruction of «Panorama» for the Spring/Summer Season 2010 of the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in NYC, teaching for the Martha Graham School Young Artist Program Dancers, the Talent Unlimited High School Dancers, the All-City Dancers. Pauline was an instructor at New York Theater Ballet’s after school program for two years and is now teaching for the pre-teens and the Young Artist Program, introducing the Martha Graham vocabulary at the Martha Graham School. She performed with the Grand Theatre of Limoges, QuoVadis Show in France, EpiCentro in Mexico, Nu Dance Theater, Edgar Cortes Dance Theater, and works from choreographers such as Pearl Lang, Robert Battle, Virginie Mecene and Peggy Lyman in NYC. At Planet Connections Theater Festivity 2011, she received the award for Outstanding Choreography while working in collaboration with the Movement Workshop Group. Pauline is also a certified GYROTONIC® instructor.

xyz nyc: ROUND 3

Thursday, December 13, 2012

9:30 p.m. 

151 W. 46th St. 8th Fl. NY, NY 10036

For advance sale tickets, click here.

October Guest Judge: Performance Artist

Michael Burke

I’m very pleased to announce that the warm and entertaining Michael Burke will be joining us on October 4th as our judge.

A recipient of All Out Arts & New Village Productions’ “Best Performance Artist of 2003” Award, Burke juxtaposes spoken text, dance, visual imagery, video, music and sound score. His solo performance works have been presented nationally and throughout NYC at venues including Dixon Place, HOT! The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture, HERE Arts Center, New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Series/The Joyce Soho, Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA), Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Single File Series (Chicago, IL), The Lit Lite Series, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The National Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival (Columbus, OH), Chashama,

The Howl Festival,  The SEEN+HEARD Festival (Atlanta, GA), The Fresh Fruit Festival, The Meeting House Theater (Philadelphia, PA), SVCS Theater (Hailey, Idaho), Ragged Blade Productions (St. Louis, MO), Brooklyn Arts Exchange among others. In 1999, Burke performed in the New York premiere of “NEA 4” performance artist Holly Hughes, in her show “Preaching to the Perverted.” Other performance credits include the legendary Penny Arcade Spiegelworld production and“Off Stage: The East Village Fragments” by the OBIE Award-winning Peculiar Works Project, among others.
Burke is a member of New Dance Alliance’s Artist Advisory Panel, a resident artist at Dixon Place, and recipient of a 2003 Harkness Choreographer’s Grant at SUNY Purchase. He is the curator of the Moving Men series at Dixon Place. Burke has been a guest artist at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and taught performance workshops while touring his shows across the U.S.