Friday, March 7, 2014

MCC Community Benefit Fund Grantee: The New York Jazz Choreography Project at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

The New York Jazz Choreography Project at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

On Sunday, February 9, 2014, Jazz Choreography Enterprises (JCE) took the New York Jazz Choreography Project to the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House as part of the Second Sundays Performance Series. The series provides high quality, affordable live performances for the
community served by the Neighborhood House on the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, though all are welcome to attend.

For this program, JCE Artistic Directors Marian Hyun and Merete Muenter assembled a group of choreographers from their previous shows:

Jessica Black
Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon
Marian Hyun
Joyce King
Christopher Liddell
Cat Manturuk
Sue Samuels
Alan Spaulding

The Jazz Project was held in the auditorium at the Neighborhood House at 331 East 70th Street. The performance was an hour long, and there were 12 pieces in a variety of jazz dance genres, including swing, musical theater, and contemporary. Following the performance, there was a question and answer session in which audience members could ask the dancers and choreographers about their work.

This performance was well attended and enthusiastically received by the audience members, many of whom are on fixed incomes or are low-wage earners. Thanks to a generous grant from the MCC Community Benefit Festival Grant Project and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, JCE was able to pay its choreographers for their wonderful work, which was enjoyed by many who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend a live performance. We at JCE are grateful to MCC for giving us the opportunity to keep jazz thriving in our community!

This program was made possible in part by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.  All of JCE's programs are made possible in part by contributions from its corporate sponsors, the Long Island Development Corporation and Salon Ishi.

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