Summation Dance’s Host Committee is a group of people who support our company by attending our performances and bringing a crowd with them. Without these devoted and driven advocates, we could not successfully reach new audiences or sell-out performances. We are beyond grateful for the time and enthusiasm they put into promoting Summation Dance. With that said, we proudly introduce the fine individuals that make up our Host Committee:
Cate Cox, Singer, Actor, Philanthropist
Summation Dance is one of those rare companies where you see the intersection of highly curated projects, individuals interested in the education and advancement of their art and a work ethic often unseen in the art world. I attend Summation Dance performances for the intelligent choreography and excellent talent, but I keep bringing others with me because I hold a flag for the mission of the company. I could not more whole-heartedly endorse Summation Dance or their philosophy.
David Hsia, Partner, Tjong & Hsia LLP
Sumi and Taryn are not just creative artists, but creative entrepreneurs who have been strikingly successful in expanding their vision and doing what many young creative artists have struggled with, finding and growing their own audience! Sumi and Taryn have struck out on their own, built their own company and artistic vision, and created the infrastructure and audience and non-glamorous back-breaking work on the nonprofit business side to make things happen for them and their team — Sumi, as a young choreographer, has also created moving pieces that are deeply affecting; my friends and professional colleagues to this day still talk to me about how affecting “Keep Your Feathers Dry” was to them and how relatable it was to their own experiences as women. They have been equally inspiring in their collaborations with other young and promising choreographers and dancers, including The Anata Project and the award-winning Andrea Miller; how can you not be inspired by Summation Dance?
Summation’s incredible shows allow viewers the opportunity to lose themselves in the performance at hand. I love the experience of interpreting the choreography, music, and physical movement into a cohesive message.
Legal Intern, Fersch Petitti, LLC
I have been a fan of Summation since their opening season. I will never forget Julie McMillian’s lengthy, wavering, one-legged squat, which left me wondering if she was trying to throw herself off balance just for the personal challenge of it and if she intended to make the audience uncomfortable.
I have watched Summation Dance in action for several years. As someone who was born with two left feet and who was previously never exposed to modern dance, I am continually amazed and impressed by the dedication, artistry, coordination, and creativity displayed at each performance.
Michael Sterchak, Associate,
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
I have been continually impressed by Summation’s innovative choreography, which is consistently stunning, sometimes comedic, and always memorable.
The Urban Ecology Center
I am fortunate to have been introduced to the art of dance through Summation Dance. Over the last 3 years, Summation Dance has showed me rich and rigorous experiences. Firsthand, I’ve learned that dancers train like athletes and perform with effortless grace. I’ve learned, like painting a portrait or writing a play, choreography is a craft. Summation Dance inspires you to feel. Summation Dance inspires you to question. Summation’s pieces are an invitation for interpretation which require us to take an open-minded leap into the great unknown. In paraphrasing Norman Maclean, to me, all good things come by grace; and grace comes by art; and art does not come easy. Enjoy the show!
Andy Teirstein, Associate Arts Professor, Dance Department, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
Artistic Producer, Animal Stone Productions
Summation Dance is a fiery group of women who are impassioned about dance and new choreography. Sumi Clements makes dances that speak to the audience because of their subject matter, their intensity, and the deep commitment and community spirit of the dancers who make up this remarkable, spirited and edgy company.
Jackie Topol, Clinical Dietitian, New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
I love going to Summation’s performances because they are innovative, unpredictable, and raw. Using the dance floor as their canvas, this incredible group of dancers fully expose their emotions without inhibition. Taryn and Sumi always have something up their sleeve and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for their BAM performance.
Cassie Valentin, MBA Candidate 2014,
NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business
I love Summation Dance because you never know what you’re going to get when you go to a show but you always leave happy and inspired. Their shows are surprising, engaging, and impressive and they demonstrate how powerful modern dance can be. Summation’s mission to bring modern dance to those who aren’t normally exposed to it is something we all should get behind.
Kurt Wubbenhorst, Owner, Architekt Music
Summation Dance creates beautiful work that is accessible to everyone by combining great dance, excellent set and lighting design, and a deep musical score.
Host Committee Members not pictured: Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Melissa Coluccio, Sabrina Dax, Paul Evans, Sasha Kipka, Adam Nashban, Kate Nintzel, Joe Parkhill, Jake Pratt, Tim Sebunya, Brigitte Vosse.