Janice Rosario & Company
The Moving Beauty Series proudly presents:
Janice Rosario & Company
Janice Rosario & Company performs in The Series on Wednesday March 4th, 2015 and Saturday, March 7th, 2015 with the premiere of ‘Unleashed’, a work that delves into how women are defined by and define the world around them by their sexuality.
Choreographer Janice Rosario works with her dancers to dissect pedestrian movement tics and reconstruct them through her highly fluent grasp of ballet technique to create fully fleshed characters. These characters may not move like anyone you know but they all possess something recognizably human in them that makes one want to lean in and find out more about who they are.
Janice is a NYC-based dancer & choreographer. Born and raised in upper Manhattan, she grew up surrounded by New York’s vibrant arts scene where she studied classical ballet, Horton & the Graham technique. She studied on scholarship at Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Academy East, Boston Ballet, the Alvin Ailey School, and F.H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. She stayed in New York during her college years to attend Hunter College, majoring in Dance. Still based in New York City, she is now pursuing a career as a choreographer. Her work has been presented at The Secret Theater, Triskelion Arts Aldous Theater, John Ryan Theater, and Dixon Place.
Deanna Lynn Martinez
Deanna born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where her passion for dance began and still resonates. Following local dance studio training during her adolescent years, Deanna embarked on her classical dance studies at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music & Art & and Performing Arts. There she trained in classical ballet, Graham, and Horton technique where she also with Troy Powell (Artistic Director of Ailey II) and Zvi Gotheiner (Artistic Director of ZviDance). She is currently pursuing a BA in Dance at Hunter College, as a Macaulay Honors scholar. Deanna is thankful to have met choreographer Janice Rosario, under whose direction Deanna has performed at the Secret Theatre, Dixon Place, and Triskelion Arts Aldous Theater. In the summer of 2014, she traveled to Florence, Italy as a scholarship participant in AlambradoDanza’s Florence Summer Dance intensive. Deanna plans to pursue her graduate studies in dance, while continuing to teach the youth and perform.
Kara Kaplan is a Brooklyn based dancer, artist, and teacher. In her two years of working with Janice Rosario, she has performed at the Secret Theatre, John Ryan Theatre, and Dixon Place. She is currently studying dance at Hunter College and is pursuing a degree in physical therapy. In between classes and rehearsals, she assists in a physical therapy office, specializing in dance and performance-based injuries. Kara is pleased to be making her professional debut, dancing alongside Janice Rosario and Company.
Sofia, born in Tbilisi, Georgia, moved to Brooklyn at the age of two. She started her training at Brighton Ballet Theatre at the age of seven before switching her attention to Latin Ballroom. Her focus switched to modern dance when she was introduced to Graham and Horton at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts. Since then she has attended various modern dance intensives, performed with Taylor Teen Youth Ensemble, Maura Donohue, and Janice Rosario. Sofia is currently studying dance at Hunter College, and continues to take classes at The Taylor School. She is very excited to continue performing with choreographer, Janice Rosario.
Vira, a New York native, began her early dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School, receiving her training from Liz D’Anna, Francesca Corkle, and John Magus. In hopes of broadening her range of dance techniques, she spent four consecutive years at the Joffrey Workshop Texas intensive under the watchful eyes of Eleanor D’Antuono, Diane Orio, and Trinette Singleton. She received her BA in Psychology with a minor in dance at CUNY Hunter College where she trained predominantly with Alberto Del Saz (Artistic Director of Nikolais/Louis Foundation). Focusing heavily on contemporary styles, the Hunter College Dance Company gave Vira the opportunity to appear in seven works, one of which was featured in the Alvin Ailey Urban Styles Showcase in January 2014. In the past year, Vira has performed at Triskelion Arts Center, Marie-Christine Giordano Dance’s Salon, and most recently, at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, as a featured soloist for BalaSole Dance Company. She is currently preparing to perform for Sybarite Production’s event “Love is Love” at the Highline Ballroom in the upcoming months.
Native to Northern Virginia, Ellen began taking dance classes at the age of two. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. With an equal love for choreographing, teaching, and performing, Ellen has pursued all areas of the field with companies around the country. She has worked and studied with John Magnus, David Parsons, Jennifer Archibald, David Dorfman, and Freddie Moore. She has performed and presented work in venues including Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts Center, Gowanus Arts Center, and the Ailey Citigroup Theatre. She is honored to present work in the upcoming Green Space Blooms Festival 2015. Since moving to New York, Ellen has had the pleasure of working with many artists/companies, and currently performs with Dirty Soles Dance and Janice Rosario and Company. She also holds the position of assistant choreographer in Romulus – a multi-media performance group. Ellen resides in Brooklyn and continues to create and perform work as a freelance choreographer and dancer.
Jean Tree is a flourishing creative artist. After graduating from James Madison University with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Art, she moved to New York City to pursue dance and film.
New York City became a platform for her to grow as an artist in many genres such as dance, acting, modeling, and painting. Jean Tree developed her style of dance after being exposed to the underground house scene. Her background in ballet, contemporary, hip hop and capoeira has given her a unique quality to her movement; combining smooth, fluid steps with dynamic floor work. Her love for dance pushes her to continually explore different ways to convey messages and meaning through movement vocabulary.
Jean Tree also works creatively as a painter. Her artwork is inspired by art therapy and human figure/emotion. She loves to involve all aspects of her artistry when creating work. Her influences of capoeira and NYC culture can be seen throughout her work.
Maria, born and raised in Cyprus, began dancing age of twelve. In 2014, she received her BFA in Dance from Jacksonville University. She also trained at Complexions Contemporary Ballet, LINES Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Salzburg International Ballet Academy and Ballet & Dance Ostrava. She won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Cyprus Ballet Competition and in the Hellas International Ballet Competition. She recently performed in the event, “Masquerade,” with Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
Victoria is a contemporary and jazz dancer from North Carolina. She received her high school diploma from North Carolina School of the Arts and her BFA in dance performance from East Carolina University. She has been performing and teaching in the New York City area for the last ten years. Victoria has been a member of Jette Performance Company under the direction of Jay T Jenkins, danced with the rock n roll burlesque troupe the Candy Janes, and has had the opportunity to act and dance in television and web series. She has also had the pleasure of performing the work of many emerging choreographers including Elizabeth Matias, Adriana Falcon and Shauna Sorensen at festivals and concerts throughout the tri-state area.