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Summation dance goes abroad… CHECK!

Sumi and Taryn teamed up and took Summation oversees participating in the BIDE Festival 2015 in Spain this May! Travel to beautiful Barcelona and dance all day with other inspiring artists and dancers? Yeah, we’re jealous too.

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BIDE or Barcelona International Dance Exchange, is a horizontal platform for artists for learning and exchanging ideas.  Everyday, there were 3-6 “labs” presented by the participating artists which served as a time for creating and exploring new ideas with your peers.  Instead of it being a teacher/student experience though, these labs were completely interactive and collaborative! Each lab become inspiration for every participating artist, whether it was your idea or not!

3So often in NYC and around the world in the dance field, we sign up to study with the masters of the field, which is of course amazing, but there is also so much to learn from your fellow peers and an open platform to collaborate and explore is really freeing.”  - Taryn 

 

 

Each participant signed up for 1 full day of labs or 2 half days. But beyond play time in the labs there was, of course, some time for play in Spain. Our world travelers did some sight seeing, hit up the beaches, and drank allll the food and wine.

8“We took long hike down to one of the most stunning beaches in Mallorca. Not a lot of people make it because you have to hike down over some pretty gnarly rocks to arrive at the beach (my camera was a casualty), so it’s really secluded and untouched.”   – Taryn

 

 

We are so excited for you to see what inspiring ideas Taryn and Sumi brought back from Spain.  Maybe you’ll even see some pop up in our new piece At The Hour

Until then,
Cheers to new experiences & warm weather!

Adios Mis Amores,
Summation

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Looking back in February.

This past month couples, families and dearest friends celebrated the holiday made for celebrating love.   Summation Dance members, on the other hand, celebrated theirs through the love of dance…

Valentines Day weekend this year marked the first time ever Summation Dance was presented by an outside organization.  It’s been on the “to-do” list for awhile now and so thrilled to finally have the opportunity with the 92StY!  The 92StY, is an organization where many artists call home.  The performances were held in an intimate and open space so inviting, you almost felt like you were a part of the show.

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A moment in At the Hour.

The first half of the show we performed Shift, a piece that premiered in 2013.  It’s safe to say that Shift is one of Summation’s strongest pieces.  The energy and focus was incredible the audience was extremely responsive!  This weekend also marked the premiere of the new piece, At the Hour.  “At the Hour is a work-in-progress that will eventually be expanded to full-length for BAM in the fall and we loved all of the feedback we received from a live audience!” Says Sumi.  The new piece features a smaller cast this time around, but no less just as fierce. “At the Hour is strong and full of subtle nuance that lets each dancer shine,” say Taryn.  Taryn wasn’t in the new work-in-progress for this show, but loved being on the other side too, admiring how amazing all of her fellow dancers looked! (And boy did they look ahhhmazing).

AND THIS JUST IN: Taryn WILL be added to At the Hour for BAM!

BAM performance is going to kickass.

Even under terrible and almost unbearable weather circumstances, all 3 shows packed the house at 92StY.  Summation feels so lucky to have such an wonderful following.  The constant and continued support is beyond appreciated and we are so grateful to have such a wonderful and growing Summation family.

So on the weekend of love, we did absolutely feel the love…

Stay tuned for upcoming events and gatherings with Summation!  Hopefully some without snow and warmer weather included…

Warm Wishes,
Summation

 

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Greet. Sparkle. Boogie. Parade.

If you’re lucky enough to know what all of these words have in common, then you must also be a lover of dance education.  If none of this makes sense to you, then let us catch you up to date…

This year marks the 20th anniversary for Dance Education Lab’s (DEL), an organization who provides extended creative training for dance educators and teachers who want to ‘enrich and sharpen’ their skills.  Two weeks ago Taryn and Sumi were lucky enough to have been the facilitators of DEL’s 20th birthday celebration held at the 92nd Street Y!  It was a pretty big deal.  Over the course of the afternoon, 100 movers of all ages, shapes, and backgrounds (including all the beautiful Summation members) used specific words (I’ll give you one guess which ones those were) that guided and inspired everyone to work together and create one massive 25 minute movement series!  Teaming up with our dynamic duo, Taryn and Sumi, were major modern dance gurus, Kendra Portier, Sidra Bell, and Mike Esperanza.  Talk about a star studded cast!!

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At the end of the afternoon the 25 minute collaoration or Movement Sentence Choir, as it was named, was streamedonline for friends, family, and fans to watch live.  Pretty crazy that a 25 minute piece was made in just under two and a half hours.  Neat stuff, if you ask me.  And of course it would not be a birthday celebration without cake and champagne!  We danced it off… right?

The day was an awesome reminder of he roots to why, we as dancers, love this art.  The creative process is a beautiful thing.  And whenyou have the opportunity to share it with that many other creative minds, there’s a magical thing that happens and an energy that radiates across the entire room.  What ever your background, it is a wonderful sensation that can be felt and shared by all.  Summation could not be more grateful to be a part of such a well-respected and inspiring organization that does just this.  We all left that day with a little creative pep in our step.

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Hats of to you DEL and the happiest of birthdays.  Here’s to 20 more years of sensational artisitc collaborations.

Beautifully inspired,
Summation Dance


 

If YOU would like a chance to be artisticly inspired, we would love a chance to share the magic at our show THIS WEEKEND!  And how appropriate on the weekend of love itself.
It is coincidentaly located at the 92 Street Y and you have 3 chances to see us!  There will even be free champagne waiting for you after the performance.

Here are the deets: 
What: Summation Dance performance and champagne toast!
Where: 92 Street Y 
When: Friday, Feb 13: 8pm
              Saturday, Feb 14: 8pm
              Sunday, Feb 15: 3pm
Tickets: Here!

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3 Week Check-In

Remember those New Years Resolutions we once upon a Decemeber 31st night swore by?Well, now’s about the time where they start to drift farther and father out of our sight… It’s a fact that 75% of people who set resolutions get a little lenient about 3 weeks into the New Year. Whether or not you are still on top of your game, let us all check back in and get into gear!

New Years Resolution: Get outta New York edition.

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Fiiiine, I guess we’ll let you take some time away from Summation to travel… bring back some souvenirs for the family though!

 

Dani’s resolution is a bit more specific…  She wants to climb to the top of Vermont’s tallest mountain, Mt. Mansfield!  It’s famous for having the outline of a human face!  She’s made it to the “chin” but wants to make it to the peak, aka, the “nose”!

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Umm… That sounds AWESOME.  We might have to join you on this one… I mean, come on, you’re making us look bad.

 

And, if you haven’t made one yet, we think there’s still plenty of time!  Maaaybe supporting one of your favorite arts organizations..? Ah hem…

Keep those eyes on the prize everyone and let’s make 2015 a great one!

Stay warm and safe all you north easterners!
Much Love,
Summation

 

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New Year Motivation

Every Monday, Summation company members dish out their New Years Resolutions for 2015!  Maybe you can even use this as a little motivation to follow through with YOUR Resolutions… eh?

The first one is a Double Feature! Both Julie AND Taryn want to train and run in a half-marathon!  You go girls.  We will be on the sidelines and at the finishline cheering you on!  Maaaaybe even running along side you…?

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Looking good Taryn! You make running look easy….

 

So, let’s all kickass and put those resolutions into drive this year! #mondaymotivation

Is your resolution to support more arts?  Well, Summation can help you achieve that… Get movin’ HERE!

 

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Here’s lookin’ at you 2015

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The celebration of a New Year is recognized as closing of one door and opening another.   Well, in in this new 2015 Summation Dance is planning on opening many doors and keeping all the others open.  And we could not be more excited for what’s behind each and everyone one.

This January we are holding our first Young Patrons event!  Many of our donors are young and want to support us, which is why we created a Young Patrons Club! If you are interested in joining, the commitment is light and starts at a minimum monthly contribution of $12.50/month ($150 annual). Growing this group would be of tremendous assistance to Summation this year as we need people who are committed and have a lot of energy to help us spread the word. Your donation helps cover costs of rehearsal space, costumes, production and operations. You’ll also be invited to events throughout the year with the company! The first one will be on Wed, January 28th at The Boilermaker!

February may be cold but Summation is hot on the map!  You can dance with us and other well-known New York artists by participating in Movement Sentence Choir for Dance Education Laboratory’s 20th Anniversary Celebration! The event is FREE and will be live streamed so your friends and family can watch!  So, mark your calendars for Sunday, February 1, from 1:30-5:30 at the 92nd Street Y!  THEN, grab your sweetheart (friends & lovers) and come see again at the 92nd Street Y for an evening of stellar performances by yours truly.  Get your tickets HERE.   The earlier you get them, the cheaper they will be!  Don’t tell your date obviously.

In 2015 Summation will continue participation in the Young Professionals Program through BAM.  Through informative, interactive, and creative meetings with other young professional artists in New York City, we are gaining tools to becoming a more fierce and even better Summation Dance!  All leading up to one kick**s, out of this world, knock your socks off, weekend of performances held at BAM in September, 2015!

Did you know that Summation has a 5 year plan?  We are gearing up to take this ferocity on trips around the world! We hope to share our passion as a company with people from all walks of life.  It will be the biggest thing Summation takes on to date! Our first stop; Spain.  We consider ourselves a pretty strong group of women.  And together, we can stop at nothing.  But, us as a dance company would be nowhere (and go nowhere) without all of you.  It is always the right time to show your support.  Help us get where we are going, whether it be to a rehearsal or Spain.  Or check out our Young Patrons Program (there miiiight be a drink or two on the other end of that one).  You can get involved or donate by clicking Here!

We think 2015 is looking pretty good.  Cheers to new doors opening and cheers to one hell of a new year!

 

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A Very Summation Summer

Summer always seems to include some of our favorite things. Everything from travel, outdoor activities, to time with friends, and even some relaxing down time… But for the ladies of Summation, summer was lacking in the down time department. The dancer all kept themselves busy with other dance jobs, time with friends, and travel. Oh, and did they TRAVEL! Read on, as each dancer shares with us some of the amazing places they traveled to and projects that kept them busy. No down time here…

Meg.
“ This summer, I went to Turkey to visit a dear friend from college. I spent five days seeing the mosques, palaces, and bazaars of Istanbul before traveling down the Aegean coast to the Mediterranean Sea, visiting ancient Roman-era ruins and beautiful pebble beaches along the way. I took a solo trip to Cappadocia, a region in central Turkey famous for its bizarre-looking geological formations and its historical significance as a refuge for early Christianity. As I hiked through red-colored valleys in the Turkish desert, I saw 9th century Greek Orthodox churches and monasteries with original frescoes carved into the hillsides. On top of its beautiful sites, Turkey has incredible food and friendly people. It was well worth the trip!”

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Taryn.
“Summer is my favorite season… Someday I will live where it is always warm. Until then, I relish in every moment of the summer season. :)  This summer I had lots of fun weekend getaway opportunities. I went to Vermont (twice!) which is so beautiful, as well as Fire Island and Montauk for some fun Atlantic Ocean frolicking.

The highlight though was an early 30th birthday trip to Costa Rica! John planned the whole thing which was really nice since I tend to do a lot of planning in my professional life (read: 10 performances in 5 years in 4 states). We rented a car and drove all over the country – from the caribbean side to the pacific. On the Caribbean side we stayed at Punta Mona, a totally off the grid permaculture, yoga, and holistic education center! We had the most delicious meal of our lives – and all the food was sourced from the 80 acres surrounding us. On the Pacific side we stayed at Vida Asana, an amazing yoga retreat center started by our friend Sean who relocated from Williamsburg to Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica about a year ago! We surfed, hiked to a waterfall and saw so many animals (monkeys, sloths – my new faves, scarlet macaws and great green macaws, red-eyed tree frogs, poisonous snakes!) and had ocean therapy/playtime everyday. Ahhh, how I long to lead a life by the sea.

Oh yes, and I got to speak spanish consistently for 10 days which I haven’t really had the opportunity to do since I studied abroad in Spain in 2007. I could honestly feel part of my brain ‘turn on’ again… The first day or two was shaky, but by the end of the trip words were flowing out of my mouth I hadn’t used in 7 years and didn’t know I even remembered! It’s crazy to think about all the dormant knowledge living on top of my shoulders… If anyone wants to speak spanish with me, I’d love to practice more regularly stateside.

Costa Rica was so magical… The people, the culture, the simple yet delicious food, the landscape, ocean, animals… I could go on and on. I hope to go back and lead a yoga retreat!! Any interest? Specific places you want to go?! :-) Let me know!”

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Julie.
“ Over the summer, I had the great opportunity to visit Cape Town, South Africa to volunteer with my New York-based church.  While there, I was able to (1) lead sessions on career decisions to recent immigrants and township locals in Cape Town, and (2) facilitate dance and after school activities to children in Khayelitsha, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town.  Being with the kiddos was definitely my personal highlight.  Most of the kids come from families that live on less than 50 Rand ($5) per day — and yet you’d never know it by the pure joy that they bring to the program.  At any given moment, I could be seen holding two 5-year olds in either arm or being climbed by four or five kids at a time.  Facilitating dance activities was difficult as very few knew basic English (their main language is Xhosa); but at the end of the week, the kids held an impromptu dance performance complete with singing, percussion, and skirts lined with bottle caps.  Summation has met their match!”

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Sumi.
“Though this summer was chock-full of traveling adventures (read: hung out with the llamas at Macchu Picchu!), I returned to one of my very favorite places on earth, the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop. I first came to the BJDW in 2005 and have now had the opportunity to return as Modern faculty. Some of my greatest memories, greatest friends and greatest soul-feeding dance moments have been made here, and this summer was no different. These three weeks were filled to the max with teaching class, taking class, choreographing for my students and for the professional resident company (Interweave Dance Theatre), while also learning four pieces that I performed….and participating in epic Giant Jenga tournaments. I’ll continue to long for these days until July 2015 rolls around!

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Megan.
“ This summer I had the amazing opportunity to collaborate and perform with Kaley Pruitt Dance at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Kaley is a very talented choreographer and a great friend of mine so I was excited to be part of her show! I thoroughly enjoy her collaborative creative process because it is challenging both mentally and physically. I learned a lot about myself as a dancer and performer! I am excited to continue dancing for Kaley Pruitt Dance and I can’t wait to begin rehearsals for her next season! To learn more about Kaley and her company go here: kaleypruittdance.com

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Dani
“This summer was dedicated to flowers and good times. My best friend from high school opened an art gallery with her husband in San Francisco and I flew out at the beginning of June for the gallery opening. Naivasha Studio & Gallery displays all of her husband’s artwork, Nathan Goldsmith, and I couldn’t be more proud so I decided to do something special. I visited the San Francisco Flower Mart to pick up some fresh blooms to arrange for the event. It was a fantastic night with hundreds of friendly people, bottomless wine, and good eats. If you’re ever in the North Beach area, you should check them out! Now at the end of the season, I’ve just started a new job working as a wedding strategist for the flower shop and garden center, Rose Red and Lavender, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Let’s just say, I couldn’t be happier.

Naivasha Studio & Gallery – Artwork by owner, Nathan Goldsmith
http://www.naivashasf.com/
Rose Red & Lavender
http://shop.roseredandlavender.com/

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Devin.
“This summer I had an amazing opportunity to perform a site specific dance work at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. As part of Delirious Dances, an enchanted world was created inside the Native Flora Garden where the dancers were dispersed into different areas of this garden and the audience was guided to see the different solos. One thing I love about this type of work is that it is very interactive with the audience making them very much a part of the work. Despite the challenges of rainy weather, bug bites and hot weather, the performances went well and were well received.”

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Angela
“This summer I took a vacation back home to San Francisco for my 25th birthday. I spent time with my family, had amazing dinners, and spent a weekend in Napa doing some wine tasting. One of the highlights of my summer was getting a new puppy with my boyfriend Matt! Her name is Mika and she is the cutest shiba inu you will ever see. Boy, do I have a lot more responsibility now! I did NOT realize how much time and energy is needed to take care of a dog but she is the most rewarding thing to come home to. And even more exciting, she’s the newest Summation Dance mascot!

I also had the opportunity to work with Kaley Pruitt and perform in her self-produced show at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Megan was also in the show! While we were on a short break it was nice to stay in the studio and continue moving throughout the summer. Not only was I taking dance class and participating in rehearsals for Kaley’s show, I took some spin classes and hot yoga classes to stay in tip top shape as I head into the 5th season with Summation!”

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Allie.
“Except for the occasional day trip to Rockaway, this summer was pretty uneventful. It wasn’t until the very end that I was able to escape to the sunshine and warmer water in the Carolinas. Just before Labor Day weekend I traveled home to North Carolina and met up with the boss lady herself. Sumi and I drove from Raleigh, NC to Charleston, SC to spend the week gorging ourselves in the sun! I was the driver. Sumi was the DJ. Five hours, a couple Chick-fil-A’s, and 2500 radio stations later we arrived at our quaint hotel, The King Charles Inn, situated in the middle of historic downtown Charleston. It’s definitely a great place to visit if you’ve never been! We’d drive to the beach around noon, jump in the waves til 5 or 6, drive back downtown to eat and do it again the next day.

There is a lot to do to in Charleston and historical sites to see. Unfortunately, because we spent so much time jumping waves we didn’t really get to do much of anything else. But, downtown on Market Street there is a long artisan market where locals sell handmade crafts and souvenirs. It’s worth a walk through. I picked up some cute hair clips that were made of clay and dyed. But my favorite souvenir of all is this photo of Sumi eating a sandwich on the beach. Enjoy!”

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And there you have it!  A worldly, warm, and delicious Summation Summer!  The fun, however, does not end there.  Summation Dance has some exciting things happening in this next season…

Stay tuned,
stay happy,
and stay connected.

xx
Summation

 

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Going in with a BAM

Hello friends, family and fans! As many of you know, the Summation dancers have been rehearsing and working like crazy this season.  And we are preparing for our biggest task we have taken on as a company thus far.

Drum roll please…

We are performing at BAM this year, and for the first time ever, we are doing a FOUR night run. We are now less than a month away!  For those of you unfamiliar with BAM, it is a Brooklyn based venue that has been the home to adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas for over 150 years!  Now, that’s some serious artist loving.  Seven days a week you can find film, theater, dance, music, and live art on display for art supporters and enthusiasts. Summation Dance is honored, humbled, and beyond thrilled to present our work at such an amazing institution.

So, come join us!  It is a 4-night event running from April 2 through April 5, all shows starting at 8pm.  We promise to give you one spectacular evening of dance.

Hey, you can even make it easy on yourself and purchase pre-sale tickets here!
See you all there!

A shot from our new dance, Hunt!

A shot from our new dance, Hunt!

 

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New Intern!

Summation Dance is growing fast! In order to keep up with the growing demands of the company, we have taken on two interns, Elise Pacicco and Mary Wolff. We are so lucky to have these two wonderful and talented people who are passionate about dance and the arts and interested in gaining experience in the non-profit, arts administration world. Read more about our newest additions to our tightly-knit group below.

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Mary Wolff comes straight out of the Midwest being born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.  She proudly attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she graduated with her BFA in Dance and BS in Psychology.  She had to pleasure of studying with several dance companies and artists such as Paul Taylor, David Dorfman, AXIS Dance, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Heidi Latsky and several others while studying there.  Mary has also been with National Dance Alliance as an instructor and head instructor for dance teams across America since 2008.  She has been living in New York for two and a half years and has fallen in love with all of the wonderful things the city has to offer.  Some of her favorite classes to take in the city include Christina Robson, Megan Bascom, Kendra Portier, and Chris Masters. Currently she is collaborating with a couple dancers working toward a show to be put on this coming April! She is thrilled to be a part of Summation Dance and to help continue with all of their success and future goals!

Keep up with Mary on her blog!

 

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Sumi and Dylan reunite on stage!

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Dylan Crossman and I were both offered our first New York City gig together seven years ago, and have remained the closest of friends throughout our very different journeys in the dance world. So, when he invited me to be a part of his newest choreographic venture, I was excited to be able to dance alongside each other once again, and to be given the opportunity to do another artist’s work other than my own.

Dylan comes out of the Cunningham lineage, having been a part of the final company before closing, so our aesthetics are not what one would necessarily call similar. However, Dylan and I have always connected on a level that transcends form, so the collaboration seemed both natural and interesting. It is special for me to get to step out of the choreographer’s role and be given the challenge of contributing my voice without dominating, while also processing material not originally generated from my own body. I miss this challenge. I also miss being told what to do. Sometimes there is nothing better.

The rehearsal process was spotty at first, and then very condensed, but what emerged was both exciting to see and thrilling to perform! Working with Dylan and Jason (the other super awesome dancer involved) was a pure treat….and it doesn’t hurt to get a great review in the New York Times!

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