Each year, e.g.dance, offers a student workshop which culminates in a performance at a professional theater. In 2015, choreographer Kate Digby set a piece on a select group of students in our RPP class (Repertory Performance Project). In 2016, six students will present their own choreography on stage under the lights - a culmination of their choreography and rehearsals in Student Choreography class. In January 2017, RPP will return with another professional choreographer who will set work on the the brightest e.g.dance students.
Student Choreography will be presented on May 1 at the Actors Fund Arts Center by Ella Ammann-Bianciardi, Rose Johnnes, Katie Foley, Ava Renz, Emma Schwartz and Zoe Snyder. You can read more about these choreographers on the Student Spotlight page.
e.g.dance Repertory Performance Project (RPP) is for the Pre-Professional level student who has at least 5 years of serious dance training under her belt. For 12 weeks, a Guest Choreographer will set a piece on an invited group of dancers. Rehearsals are mandatory and absences must be pre-approved prior to registration. RPP culminates in final performance at the end of the semester. RPP is a unique opportunity to work with (and develop long-lasting relationships) with NYC Choreographers.
2015 Guest Choreographer is Kate Digby.
Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00pm at Studio Maya in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
12 weeks (March 4 - May 27) no class on April 8
Kate is pictured below working with e.g. DANCE students during Teen Dance Intensive in August 2014. More about Kate below.
"I work as a teacher, choreographer and rehearsal director. Of all of these, rehearsal directing is my favorite. It's when I get to coach dancers to be more fully themselves and simultaneously to more vigorously challenge themselves to try new approaches. I get to see the unique and specific qualities that each dancer brings and work to draw these out so that the work, and, eventually, the audience gets to benefit. It's like finding hidden gems in a mine sometimes. Some are right on the surface, some deep in the dirt requiring some serious digging. All require substantial work on the part of the dancer to polish until they sparkle and are ready for showtime. But each is unique, each is beautiful and all are worth the hard hard work. The dance is just a structure - a structure within which the dancers have an opportunity to communicate something of themselves to the audience. When I get to coach dancers in my own choreography it's even more fun, since together we can change the choreography to suit their strengths or challenge them in areas where there is potential for growth. The dance has already been created, now we get to work together to bring it alive. And it comes alive when the inner lives of its performers are allowed to come out and shine."
Kate Digby is a choreographer, teacher and dancer based in New York City. In 2000, she founded Digby Dance and has choreographed over 30 works for the company. These works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad in venues including the Kennedy Center, Zero Arrow Theater and the 92nd St. Y. Digby’s choreography has been supported by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Boston Cultural Council, the LEF Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Putnam Foundation and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. She was a two-time choreography fellow at Summer Stages Dance, was awarded a Company Residency at The Yard, and was a finalist in the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s 2004 Choreography Awards. Digby has served on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, Roxbury Community College, New York University’s Athletic Department, and the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, and has held residencies at Dartmouth College, Emmanuel College and the Dana Hall School. She has been honored to perform with David Parker and The Bang Group, Prometheus Dance, the Boston Dance Collective and numerous independent choreographers. Digby holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a BFA from the Boston Conservatory.