Next week, over the course of four nights, the Capezio A.C.E. Award Winners Festival will celebrate the work of the top three 2012 festival winners who, for the first time ever, are all ladies!
This annual festival, now in its fifth season, is dedicated to selecting choreographic excellence from hundreds of up-and-coming choreographers in the field, encompassing all styles of dance from tap, jazz, ballet, modern to musical theater. The top 15 are selected to come to New York and present their work at the annual Dance Teacher Summit, where a panel of representatives from Capezio, Dance Teacher Summit, Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, and others in the field select the work of three choreographers to be expanded into a full-length show. More than anything, this competition supports emerging artists, allowing them to produce their own work, which is an extremely difficult thing to do independently in today’s economic landscape.
The 2012 winners include Melinda Sullivan (So You Think You Can Dance season 7 finalist), first runner-up Dana Foglia (Beyonce Dancer and Choreographer), and second runner-up Bree Hafen (Artistic Director, Positive Space). Each received a grant and one year to produce their work, and also launched successful Kickstarter campaigns to assist with supplemental funding needed to present two evenings dedicated to their work.
The Capezio A.C.E. Award Winners Festival, produced by Dance Teacher Summit and Break the Floor Productions, LLC., takes places Aug. 4-8, with two shows each day (at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
Melinda Sullivan is the founder of the Los Angeles based company, The Melinda Sullivan Dance Project, and the first tap dancer to win a Capezio A.C.E. Award. During the festival, she will present the mufti-style work, Gone: A Sound & Theatre Project, set to an original score by award–winning composer Nikos Syropoulos on Aug. 5 & 6. Continuing the festival on Aug. 7 & 8, Dana Foglia Dance will present I am…We Are… and Bree Hafen’s company, Positive Space will present her piece, Positive Space.
- Monday, Aug. 5 – 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm; The Melinda Sullivan Dance Project
- Tuesday, Aug. 6 – 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm; The Melinda Sullivan Dance Project
- Wednesday, Aug. 7 – 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm; Dana Foglia Dance Company & Bree Hafen’s Positive Space
- Thursday, Aug. 8, – 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm; Dana Foglia Dance Company & Bree Hafen’s Positive Space