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…?

unnamedThings are looking up for you in 2015 Julie. Here’s to hoping you run your little heart out!



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…

“ 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!”



“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!”



“ 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!”



“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!



“ 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:



“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
Rose Red & Lavender



“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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“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!”


“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!”


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.



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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.


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!


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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Farewell and Welcome!


Kelsey Berry and Kristin Schwab in Deep End, 2012.

Our 4th season has been very exciting thus far, but a year of transition as well. Two dancers that had been with us since our first season sadly left the company. Kelsey Berry went off to Harvard to pursue her PhD in Bio-ethics, and Kristin Schwab was promoted to Associate Editor at Dance Magazine – watch out world, Summation women are fierce on and off the stage! We are a tightly-knit group, so we of course miss these two ladies like crazy, but we are happy that they are where they need to be and cultivating their other talents.

The wonderful part about change is that it opens doors for new opportunities! We had an audition last week and saw so many beautiful, talented, and dynamic dancers. Thank you to all who came out and auditioned with us! From this group, we selected two new dancers and an apprentice. It is our great honor to welcome dancers Dani McIntosh, Devin Oshiro, and Allie Harris to Summation.

Danielle McIntosh (dancer) has roots in both Dallas,Texas and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Danielle also studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria and Springboard Danse Montreal in Canada. She has performed works by choreographers such as Jessica Lang, Kanji Segawa, Renee Redding-Jones, Gerald Casel, Kyle Abraham, Doug Varone, Jaclyn K. Walsh, Katie Rose McLaughlin and Nathalie Matychak. She was a member of the Brian Brooks Moving Company from 2010 to 2013. Off the stage, Danielle dabbles in other art forms working for a jewelry designer in Brooklyn and a flower shop in the Lower East Side. She is thrilled to be joining Summation Dance.

DevinDevin Oshiro (dancer) was born and raised in the Los Angeles, CA region. She graduated with a B.A. in Dance from California State University of Fullerton. While attending school, she performed the works of Mike Esperanza and Jiří Kylián and also had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center for ACDFA Nationals. Devin was a member of Entity Ultra Contemporary Company and Mosaic’s Urban Poets, which has given her the opportunity to choreograph and perform around the world in Scotland, Germany, Japan and Singapore. Since moving to NYC, Devin is a company member of Bare Dance Company and Delirious Dances. She has performed with CorbinDances, Oui Danse/Brice Mousset, and alex|xan: the median movement. Devin is very excited to join Summation Dance in its fourth season.

AllieAllie Harris (apprentice) hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan where she received her BFA in Dance and BA in Communications from the University of Michigan. At UofM Allie rehearsed and performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Dianne McIntyre, Paul Taylor, Amy Chavasse, Carolyn Dorfman, and faculty. In New York, she has performed in works by Kendra Portier through Dance New Amsterdam’s Summer Intensive and Pilar Castro Kiltz/Dance Ensemble through The Field’s Emerging Artists’ Residency. Allie is stoked to work with Summation Dance.

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That One High Shoulder

Julie also has these bruises from scoliosis. Just kidding! We are just stepping on her thigh repeatedly.

Julie also has these bruises from scoliosis. Just kidding! We are just stepping on her thigh repeatedly.

By Julie McMillan

As a dancer, I sometimes get the question:  “have you had many injuries?”  All dancers have had them – and some continue to plague them well after they’ve happened.  I’ve been fairly lucky.  A foot injury in college left me on crutches for a couple of weeks, but I was up and dancing full a couple months later.  Anyone who knows me well, however, knows that my big “injury” doesn’t really qualify as an injury at all.  I was diagnosed with moderate scoliosis in the 8th grade and have been working with it ever since.

Scoliosis is a generally harmless sideways curvature of the spine.  Doctors have debated the causes of it for years – no one can quite agree on whether it’s genetic or idiopathic (no one in my family has it!).  Much to my dismay, screenings are mandated for scoliosis in California public schools.  I distinctly remember being one of three pulled aside and told to have a doctor check it out.  That piece of news at the age of twelve…clearly, I thought my life was over.

Luckily, parents always know what’s best.  The first doctor we saw was ready to put me on the operating table to stick metal rods in my back.  No thanks.  We visited three or four separate doctors (and took several rounds of full spine X-rays displaying a 45 degree curvature) until we heard a solution that could keep me from having surgery.  The answer:  I would be braced for an undisclosed amount of time and referred to a physical therapist twice a week.  Not really what I, personally, wanted to hear – but certainly better than the metal rod approach.

So there you have it – braced for about three years.  Kids in high school were baffled by my rock hard abs – it was plastic.  Summers were unbelievably uncomfortable – 100-degree heat with a plastic skin-tight thing.  Ugh.  I was pegged as the girl with good posture – but that’s only because it was impossible to slouch.

Years later, there’s no brace and my curvature is just as extreme as it was then.  But this is good!  It means that it hasn’t gotten any worse.  I have learned how to manage scoliosis from a dancer’s viewpoint and I wouldn’t ever wish to take it back.  So when you see Summation pictures where my one shoulder is higher than the other – yup, that’s the scoliosis for ya.

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Too late for Resolutions?

164485_10101070867909188_852983142_nA few Saturdays ago I ventured out to Brooklyn Boulders with Sumi and Taryn to climb some rocks. We had an experienced climber and friend with us, John, who graciously belayed us for the afternoon and kept us from falling to our death. That’s a little dramatic, but as a first time climber I must admit I was a little hesitant and intimidated. The place was packed and filled with spider monkeys (what I call experienced climbers).  You basically go in and pick an empty rope and wall area and start climbing. Some walls are harder than others, but they are labeled by a grading system, so you kind of know what you’re getting yourself into. We mostly stuck to the straight up and down walls, but some people were actually climbing upside down. We aren’t ready for that…YET.

551515_10101070867999008_816058413_nOnce we were done standing around admiring all the spider monkeys we got ourselves settled and strapped in, and I was the first one to ascend. I made it about halfway up the wall and that’s when I started to feel it in my hands and forearms. Holy grip strength. My comrades down below encouraged me to continue up to the top, and so I did, but only after stopping several times to shake out my hands and figure out where to put them next. I felt very accomplished after climbing the first wall, but I was also pretty certain I was done for the day. I couldn’t feel my hands or much less use them.

521546_10101070870034928_1551597088_nSumi was not surprisingly pretty good at climbing. I think her weird hips allowed her to get really close to the wall which seemed to help. Taryn couldn’t climb because her broken big toe is still healing, but she provided great moral support! We decided not to pansy out and did end up climbing a few more walls before calling it a day.

As it turns out, rock climbing is really hard! You’d think being a dancer I’d be in shape, but climbing takes a different kind of shape and strength. I could barely click buttons on my phone for the rest of the day because my hands were so tired from gripping the holds. I suppose March is a little late to make a resolution but this year I want to try new things, and specifically new ways to be active. The gym bores me, and yes I do pilates and dance but I want to do new and exciting things! Climbing was the start to that resolution. We all had a blast and I definitely plan to head back to the rocks, but I do think I’ll hold off on pursuing it more intensely until our season at BAM is over.

For you folks out in the interweb: How are you staying active? Do you have any exciting suggestions for new things to do? Do you want to come with us? Let us know!


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Meet the Host Committee!

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 28919_10152554249775094_1242038244_n
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.


62687_10102006214212517_253365572_nDavid 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?


59238884JJ Kasper, Associate Partner,
McKinsey & Company
Summation Dance makes my body move.






KerryKerry King
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.






Meryl HoeftMeryl Hoeft,
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.




Alissa SoleAssociate Director of Finance, Morningside Translations

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. buyticketsbutton



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.




JTS Headshot 2 PSDJohn Suhar,
Development Associate,
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 cross armsAndy 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.




JackieTopolJackie 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.





Back CameraCassie 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.

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