Stay tuned for pictures of my group dancing on the side of the Met!........
This summer I had the great privilege of taking part in Ritual Cyclical, a large scale, site specific work by Bessie and OBIE award-winning choreographer Mark Dendy. Designed for Lincoln Center's Hearst Plaza, the work was commissioned to open the Lincoln Center out of Doors Festival, and to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the American Dance Festival and the 40th anniversary of the Kronos Quartet. I wanted to share this video of one of the opening sections of the work, where almost all of the 80 dancers involved are improving their way through the crowds. Enjoy!
Stay tuned for pictures of my group dancing on the side of the Met!........
Throughout your career as a professional dancer it is inevitable that at some point you will acquire an ailment that will need attending to by a medical professional. Having been through this process a few times I am reminded of some important things to look out for while taking care of your instrument.
Oh yeah....and the pics are from a magazine for Saratoga Hospital which was celebrating it's new Performing Arts Rehabilitation Program. I was delighted to pose with my friend/Physical Therapist, Sarah DiPasquale, who was a former dancer with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and played a huge roll in pioneering the program!
Tip 1: Knowledge is power
If you have breezed through your early training with little to no injuries, then even a minor injury can seem overwhelming and even career ending. For some, myself included, the first instinct is avoidance. This is not the best solution. Whatever your issue is, avoiding answers is in no way helpful. If anything, your injury will progress and then will take longer to heal or even worse, in the process of compensating for your injury you may get another one.
Tip 2: Find Doctors you like working with
From your PCP to your Physical Therapist, make sure you find someone you like and are comfortable with. Not always being the most outspoken person, I am a stickler for this. Make sure you have someone who understands what you do as a dancer, or at least wants to learn. I have had some wonderful doctors who have known the importance of getting back to work safely and in a timely fashion. If you end up with someone who does not understand this, or wants to dismiss you with no solution, I recommend finding someone else.
Tip 3: Your PCP or Orthopedic is not the end of the road
If you are a novice in navigating the medical field, know that your doctors are specialist in THEIR fields. Orthopedics are masters of surgery. If your x-ray comes up clear (aka you don't need surgery), but you know something is wrong, don't be afraid to ask for a script for Physical Therapy.
Tip 4: You may have to lie
As dancers we are use to being tough and pride ourselves on our high pain tolerance. We are use to pushing our pain aside and have the ability to ignore it's existence. When you are sitting across from your doctor it is NOT the time to do this. If anything, when they ask you your pain level on a scale from 1-10 it doesn't hurt to exaggerate, just a little...shhhhhh. It is best to be as descriptive as possible. Prior to an appointment it's a good idea to be extra observant and maybe even write down what you notice so that you don't forget once you are in the office.
Photo by Gary Gold
A wonderful night of live music and dance awaits you! On May 4th the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company is bringing Synesthesia to the Troy Music Hall in upstate New York. Musicians Cornelius Dufallo, Brian Melick, Monica Wilson-Roach, and Maria Zemantauski will be joining us in this venue, known for it's exceptional acoustics. I am very excited to be a part of this show! If you'd like to catch a sneak peak of the performance, you have two opportunities. We will be performing excerpts of the dances with live music this Thursday April 25th at Hudson Valley Community College and again on Friday April 26th during Troy Night Out. If you like what you see and hear (I know you will!) make sure to check out the rest of the show with full costumes, lights, and atmosphere! As an added bonus, we will be giving away free digital download cards at these preview events, good for a free download of excerpts from Maria Zemantauski's music for the dance Compas, which is on the program for May 4th. These cards can ALSO be used to get $5 off your May 4th ticket! Click here to RSVP to these preview events on FB and keep up with any changes or updates!
I am very excited to be a part of Philadelphia Reads, a free community night at Penn Museum that will kick off a month-long children's book drive! In addition to the museum's usual offerings there will be various hands on activities and workshops in Middle Eastern drumming and Egyptian Hieroglyphics as well as performances in storytelling, poetry, and of course, dancing. Make sure to bring any unused children's books cluttering up your house, and come experience this fantastic community event! Books will be collected through Mother's Day. For more information on this event Click Here!
Philadelphia Reads! Community Night
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Event runs 5pm-8pm
dance performances will be at 6pm and 7pm
This is a FREE event!For more information Click Here!
Once again, four companies will come together on the Proctors Stage, to bring you two evenings of modern dance! The Next Move Dance Festival, curated by Ellen Sinopoli, will feature the Caitlin Trainor Dance Company, Melanie Maar, Lucky Plush Productions, as well as Ellen's own Company. I am happy to be joining ESDC for this festival, where I will be performing work that was often done my first year with the company....ah memories. I am very excited to once again perform Becoming, a solo to the exotic music of Zoe B. Zak. Below you can find the poem that was used as inspiration for the piece. Enjoy!
Saturday April 6th at 7pm
Next Move Dance Festival
Proctors Theater, Schenectady, NY
Click here for more information!
As promised here are some excerpts from Connais-tu le pays which was performed at the Meeting House Theatre as part of "An Evening of Duets" in Philadelphia. The song of the same name is an aria from the Opera Mignon, and is being performed with me by opera singer Katie Stevenson. In the song, the main character is singing about her homeland in which she has been taken away from. She sings about the clear lake, the birds, the changing of the seasons. It feels very appropriate to be sharing this with spring right around the corner! Enjoy!
There have been some requests to see video footage from "An Evening of Duets". In case you missed the show, here are some excerpts of my duet Unveiled performed with Julia Kelly. Stay tuned for excerpts from Connais-tu le pays!
With some people you just have a special chemistry onstage. For me, Melissa Chisena is one of those people, and that's why I love performing with Chisena Danza! We never quite know exactly what will happen when we step on stage together. Check out these photos by Alan DiBerio and see if you can sense the fire that occurred during this performance!
I wanted to share these photos of my duets Unveiled and Connais-tu le pays respectively, from the performance, An Evening of Duets. The lovely lady dancing with me in Unveiled is Julia Kelly, and singing with me in Connais-tu le pays is the talented Katie Stevenson. Props to Alan DiBerio who captured some wonderful moments!
I am very excited to be heading up to Troy, New York this weekend to perform my solo Hexe for At First Glance. This show, now in it's fourth year, was created by the dancers of the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company as a creative outlet for them to show their own work. It takes place during Troy Night Out, an evening where the people of Troy head downtown to enjoy wine and nosh at the local shops which are open late, as well as experiencing special events such as this one.
Due to the generous support of the Arts Center of the Capital Region, this show is a free event that will happen twice in the Center's intimate Black Box Theater. This is a casual event as people are free to come and go in between pieces and each piece will be introduced by the choreographer. The show will conclude with a Q&A. The performance will take place twice at 6pm and again at 7pm, and has a running time of about 45 minutes. Other presenting artists include Melissa George, Claire Jacob-Zysman, Marie Klaiber, Sara Senecal, and Laura Teeter. If you are in the area then I hope to see you there! Click here to RSVP to the event on FB and invite your friends!
AT First Glance
Friday February 22nd at 6pm and 7pm
Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River Street, Troy, NY
This show is FREE!!!!!!!