Dance Grand Moultrie

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts  is proud to announce that graduate and one time faculty member DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE and his company, ‘Dance Grand Moultrie” will be opening for Armitage Gone! Dance at Central Park SummerStage on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th.  Darrell began his studies at Harbor Conservatory at age 12, he was a member of the GESTURES Dance Ensemble and has created numerous works that remain a valuable part of the ensemble’s permanent  repertoire. After completing his studies at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Darrell was accepted to the Juilliard School on full scholarship. Darrell is a 2007/08 recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Fellowship Award. The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Colorado Ballet, Ailey 2, Cincinnati Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, North Carolina Dance Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, and the dancers of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, have performed his choreographic works. Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times writes, “Darrell…is obviously someone to watch”.

As a performer, Darrell was seen on Broadway in Aida where he performed the role of Mereb opposite Toni Braxton, Hairspray with Harvey Fierstein, and he served as dance captain for the original mounting of The Color Purple. He was last seen on Broadway in Billy Elliott which elicited a feature article in Backstage highlighting  his dual careers as  both performer and choreographer.  Until this fall, he was Director of the Conservatory’s Musical Theater Program. We are most grateful to his elementary public school teacher, Gwen McCloud who recognized Darrell’s talents and brought him to the Conservatory, where he was nurtured and trained by the late Bertin Roswer, and current Conservatory Artistic Director Nina Klyvert-Lawson.

ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE and special musical guest VIJAY IYER
Friday, July 15 – Saturday, July 16
Mainstage at Central Park, Manhattan
8:00 pm

July 15 – 16 at Mainstage in Central Park, Manhattan

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Armitage, dubbed the “punk ballerina” and her celebrated dance company Armitage Gone! Dance will premiere a special commissioned work featuring an original composition by famed 2010 Grammy-nominated, jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer. Opening for Armitage Gone! Dance will be the world premiere of up and coming choreographer, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s new company,
Dance Grand Moultrie.

Paloma Gratereaux Awarded Bertin K. Rowser Scholarship

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that Paloma Gratereaux has been selected as the 2010 – 2011 recipient of the Bertin K. Rowser Scholarship for Excellence.  Bertin K. Rowser was active in New York City Theater for more than 20 years and served as the Artistic and Theater Arts Director of the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts for ten years beginning in 1986.  He passed away on March 5, 1998.

A passionate and tireless advocate for quality performing arts education for young people, Bertin Rowser had a remarkable gift for motivating and inspiring both students and colleagues.  By creating vital theater pieces that addressed issues facing the lives of his inner-city students, to preparing his students for a professional career, to building bridges for his Harbor Conservatory students with the Rye Arts Center and the Juilliard School, to creating a lasting love of the art of learning, Bertin’s presence enriched and inspired people’s lives.

The Scholarship was created in 1998 through the generous contribution of parents, students, friends, and associates with the goal of sustaining the signature of Bertin’s life for future generations of young performers.  It was established with a lead gift from long time friend and former college classmate, Jane Lindberg.  Bertin encouraged students to become “triple threats” performers skilled at acting, dancing and singing. The scholarship acknowledges the financial constraints of studying all three disciplines, and enables recipients to study music, dance and theater at The Conservatory on a full scholarship for one year.

Scholarship recipient Paloma Gratereaux has been training at Harbor Conservatory for six years in the Music, Dance and Theater Programs.  Last year, she auditioned for and joined the Theater Arts Program’s pre-professional musical theater company.  Paloma’s consistent hard work, limitless desire to learn, and steady growth have made her a top student at the Conservatory.  She has exhibited an ever-ready willingness to help her peers in group work, as well as eagerly met all individual challenges during her time here.  We look forward to her continued development as she becomes a leading member of the musical theater company, now called MT Kids.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Dance and Theater Auditions

Dear Friends,

With registration underway, auditions for our Pre-Professional Programs in dance and theater are right around the corner. These programs develop teenage talent with a curriculum including individual lessons, a variety of technique classes and special ensembles, workshops and public performances.  In addition, the Harbor faculty of professional teaching artists provides students with one-on-one counseling, professional management and direction, advice about and preparations for auditions and competitions.

The goal of the Pre-Professional program is to prepare students for entry into specialized performing arts high schools and colleges and ultimately professional careers in the performing arts. Students in the Pre-Professional Program are all on partial scholarship. Program acceptance is based on audition. Auditions are held at our home site located on One East 104th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Audition Schedule

LEAP Dance Training Program: Friday, September, 17, 4:00 pm.  Calling all high school bound students, male and female, preparing for entry into dance programs of specialized high schools! Students ages 11 to 13 with at least three years of consistent dance training are interviewed, and audition to participate in this unique training program. To arrange an audition please call Nina Klyvert-Lawson at 212/427-2244 ext. 570, or Naomi Shimashita at extension 553.

GESTURES Dance Ensemble: Friday, October 1, 4:30 pm.  GESTURES, the pre-professional resident dance company of Harbor Conservatory is a performance workshop for students, ages 13 to 19.  Five years of technical training required in order to audition. Acceptance into the Gestures Dance Ensemble gives a serious dance student the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in a professional company. From challenging rehearsals to fully produced performances that are open to the public. This is an intense, accelerated program. Only those with strong commitment and desire to pursue rigorous dance training need apply. To arrange to audition please call Nina Klyvert-Lawson at 212/427-2244 ext. 570 or Naomi Shimashita at extension 553.

Theater Repertory Production: Saturday, September 25, 4:00 pm. Theater Repertory Production class is for students ages 12- 19 who have at least two years of formal theater training. There will be two full-scale end-of-semester Classical, Contemporary, or original productions, in which students will collectively analyze a script, create characters, and perform before a live audience! This class is meant for the serious-minded student who is interested in pursuing a career in the Theater. To arrange an audition please call Michael Awusie at 212/427-2244 ext. 558.

Musical Theater Kids: Friday, September 17, 4:30 pm. This intensive class for students ages 12 – 19 expands on the union of voice, dance, and theater to weave stories with the objective of preparing students for the demands and expectations of the professional world of Musical Theater. Students will be taught numerous dance numbers and vocal arrangements, all while putting scenes on their feet for an audience! To arrange an audition please call Michael Awusie at 212/427-2244 ext. 558.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Class Registration and New Videos on Youtube

Hello Friends,

The fall is fast approaching as summer nears its end.  Registration for fall classes begins September 7th; for more information call us at 212-427-2244 Ext. 573.  In preparation for the upcoming semester, we’ve been putting together videos highlighting our Music, Dance, Theater, and Little People’s Creative Arts programs here at the Harbor.  We’ve put three of these videos up on youtube, which can be seen here (for all programs), here (for dance) and here (for Little People’s Creative Arts).  Enjoy the videos and we’ll see you all in September!

Class Review Series: GESTURES and LEAP

Dear Friends,

This post marks the beginning of my “Class Review Series”.  I will be attending a variety of our classes here at the Conservatory, and giving you my opinions on them.  As Special Projects Coordinator here at the Harbor, I have no professional arts training, and know little about dance or theater.  I am hoping these reviews give you an “everyman’s” idea of how the classes are run, especially for parents interested in learning about our classes here.  The reviews will occasionally be supplemented with an interview from the teachers, students, or whatever else we believe gives you the most accurate picture of what our classes are like.

Last Friday, I attended a LEAP class and a GESTURES class.  Lets begin with LEAP, a dance program for students 11-14 who are focused on gaining acceptance into specialized dance programs.  The class I attended was taught by Blanca Alonso, and focused on the ballet aspect of dance.  The class started with the students warming up on bars, which I found out from Naomi (Assistant to the Dance Director and another one of our instructors) is a typical ballet warm up.  Blanca quickly went through instructions, then turned on music for the students to do specific movements to, which seemed geared towards strengthening the lower body and developing better technique.  The students showed great focus, particularly for their age, while Blanca is strict but upbeat.  She gets her point across to the students very clearly, and her passion is palpable.  Blanca is fully aware of everything going on in her classroom, making general instructions to the class while correcting specific mistakes by individual students.  Overall, the class seemed like a great building block for these young dance students .

GESTURES, the conservatory’s pre-professional dance company, was completely different.  The skill level of these older, experienced students is breathtaking.  The pure physicality of their motions struck me immediately.  These students are strong physically and very, very talented dancers.  Their movements are fast and the choreography is complex, requiring incredible body control and focus.  I found myself wishing I could have that sort of body control for just one day.  Nina Klyvert Lawson (Artistic and Dance Director) is the teacher for this particular class.  Nina is a vocal leader, and immediately assumes respect from the class.  The students all know what to do, the instructions focus on how to do it.  While Nina is clearly a stickler for perfection, she has the rare ability to keep the mood in the classroom light, but serious.  There are lots of jokes and laughter, but a loss of focus is not tolerated.  I saw the group perform two very different pieces.  The group was able to channel intensity and drama to a classical piece (in the first piece) just as well as fun and energy to a Latin song (the second piece).  After each run through, the students discussed what they could improve amongst themselves before being critiqued by Nina.

I really enjoyed attending these classes because it gave me some insight into the world of dance at the conservatory.  While I knew we had many talented dancers here, it was fascinating to see exactly what goes into nurturing that talent.  The students are driven, and the teachers know how to get the most out of the dancers.

Super Sabado With ¡Retumba!

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts & Raíces Latin Music Museum
Join El Museo del Barrio
For SUPER SABADO
Target Free Third Saturday at El Museo

SATURDAY, MARCH, 20, 2010
PRESENTING IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH
¡RETUMBA!
A MULTI-ETHNIC ALL FEMALE MUSIC AND DANCE ENSEMBLE
12:00 NOON

El Barrio/East Harlem – Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and the Raíces Latin Music Museum, at Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc. are pleased to join El Museo del Barrio for Super Sabado Target Free Saturdays on the third Saturday of every month. The next Super Sabado at El Museo is scheduled for Saturday, February, 20th from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm.  Highlighting the vitality of the Heckscher Building as a resource for Latino Culture and a destination for visitors, Harbor Conservatory and Raíces will be offering the following free programs on Saturday, March 20:

10:00 am – 11:00 am, Latin Dance Class for children 8-10 years of age in our 5th Floor Gym, taught by Jocelyn Duran.  Mambo, Cha Cha, Salsa and Merengue are just some of the dances that will be taught in this class.

11:00 am – 12:00 noon, Afro-Caribbean Dance for children 6-8 years old in studio 623 taught by Alma Cruz.  Accompanied by live drummers youngsters learn the dances of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean exploring the dynamics of movement and style.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, ¡Retumba! is a multi-ethnic all-female music and dance ensemble founded in March 1981 in celebration of Women’s History month. Interweaving traditional rhythms, beautiful ancient melodies, with its very own unique interpretation, ¡Retumba! bases its work on the music and dance of Africa, Europe, and its expressions in the Americas and the Caribbean -Puerto Rico, Cuba, and The Dominican Republic. ¡Retumba! brings forth the drama and excitement of world culture and traditions into a feast of folkloric music that can be enjoyed by everyone.

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Exhibition: Raices: The Roots of Latin Music in New York City, Raices Latin Music Museum Gallery on the 5th Floor. Explore the history and evolution of Salsa dating back centuries to its contemporary ties to New York.

Nina Gale Olson

Director of External Affairs

Fall Registration Newsletter!

Hello friends,

It is now September and the fall/winter semester at the Harbor Conservatory is almost upon us.  Registration and auditions for classes begin very shortly!  General registration begins September 8th and runs through October 31st.

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Without further ado, here is a rundown of everything coming up this fall at the Conservatory!

Dance Program Auditions

LEAP

Auditions are being held for our LEAP Dance Program Friday, September 18th at 4:00 PM.  LEAP is designed for dance students ages 11 to 13, who are focused on applying to specialized high school dance programs. Applying students must have at least three years previous dance training. The LEAP Dance Program is a partial scholarship opportunity with a curriculum that includes: 4 hours of weekly dance training in Ballet and Modern, 1 hour of weekly training in Jazz or African Dance, audition preparation through practice auditions, quarterly progress evaluations from instructors, and counseling sessions designed to help students concentrate on specific areas of their individual technical development. LEAP classes are held on Fridays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and on Saturday throughout the day.  To register for the audition, please call Naomi Shimashita at 212/427-2244 ext. 553 or Nina Klyvert-Lawson at 212/427-2244 ext. 570.

GESTURES:

Auditions for GESTURES will take place Friday, October 2nd at 4:30 PM.
GESTURES, now celebrating its 20 anniversary, is the pre-professional resident dance company of Harbor Conservatory. The ensemble is a performance workshop for students, ages 13 to 19. Five years of technical training is required in order to audition. Acceptance into the Gestures Dance Ensemble gives a serious dance student the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in a professional company. From challenging rehearsals to fully produced public performances. This is an intense, accelerated program. Only those with strong commitment and desire to pursue rigorous dance training need apply. Modeled after a professional company, ensemble members are required to attend: -weekly 3 hour rehearsals, participate in a full performance schedule and training includes: Ballet, Jazz, Pointe Variations, Choreography and working with noted professional choreographers. Gestures has performed at the Papal Youth Rally, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Central Park SummerStage, Dances at Wave Hill, Aaron Davis Hall, HOSTOS Center for Arts and Culture and The Ailey Citigroup Theater.  To arrange to audition please call Naomi Shimashita at extension 553 or Nina Klyvert-Lawson at 212/427-2244 ext. 570.

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Theater Arts Auditions

Auditions for this fall’s Theater Arts Program at the Harbor Conservatory are Saturday, September 26th. Auditions for the Musical Theater Production are from 10AM-1PM, while auditions for the Theater Repertory Company are from 3-7PM. Please contact Program Coordinator Michael Awusie for more information at 212-427-2244 ext. 558.

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Apart from registration, there is some exciting unrelated news at the Conservatory.  Harbor Conservatory is pleased to announce that its Jazz Program is now under the direction of pianist and composer, Gustavo Casenave. Mr. Casenave joined the Conservatory’s faculty in 1997 teaching composition and Latin Jazz piano. Over the course of 20 years as an educator, he has lectured and conducted Master Classes and workshops at such prestigious institutions as The Juilliard School, New York University, Yale University, Berklee School of Music, University of Florida, University of Uruguay, Waldorf Schule in Austria, and Klagenfurt Music Conservatory also in Austria.

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Finally, Classical Music Director Martin Soderberg has been invited by the Tian Jin University in China to perform recitals of Spanish Music and conduct a series of lectures on Spanish Piano Music from October 10th to 17th.  This will be Martin’s first trip to China.  Best of luck to him on his adventures!

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Check back tomorrow for a new “Did You Know” and Friday for an interview with new jazz program Director Gustavo Casenave.

Until then,

Daniel Schwartz                                                                                   Special Projects Coordinator

Summer Newsletter

This summer at the Harbor has already been action packed, and it’s not even half over yet!  To kick the summer off, more than 175 people gathered on June 15th at the Ailey Citigroup Theater at the Joan Weill Center for Dance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Harbor Conservatory’s GESTURES Dance Ensemble, established by Artistic Director Nina Klyvert-Lawson. Both GESTURES and Klyvert-Lawson received official letters from New York’s Governor David Paterson, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, congratulating Klyvert-Lawson and the company on 20 years of enriching New York’s cultural life. This was followed by the ensemble receiving “glowing” reviews by both Dance Teacher Magazine Associate Editor Tracy Krisanits and METRO US noted Dance journalist, Elizabeth Zimmer.

This summer the Harbor has provided several camps for aspiring musicians and actors. Our classical music summer camp, run by classical music director Martin Soderberg, was held from July 6th to the 17th.  Daily classes were held in Piano, Violin, Voice, Duets, Music Appreciation, Rhythm and Theory.  There was also a special visit from Ubaldo Diaz Acosta (Professor at the Manhattan School of Music and Director of the Juliet Music Center), who offered a master class to camp students.  Students who performed for Mr. Diaz Acosta included Mia Stevens, Aida Ortega, Jeremiah Castro, Quitze Eguigure, Concepcion Arellano and Antonio Lee.  A final concert took place on Friday, July 17th, 2009.

Our most recent camp was the Musical Theater Summer Intensive, which ran from July 13-24.  The camp was a crash course for students new to Musical Theater, and concluded with a performance by the students on July 24.  This year the instructors were Darrell Moultrie (Director/Voice), Natrea Blake (Hip Hop/Dance), Amy Hall (Tap/Dance), and Michael Awusie (Acting/Stage Manager).  Each day consisted of a rigorous regimen of acting instruction, voice instruction, dance instruction, and rehearsal for the end of camp performance.

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