Dance Workshop Premieres
Student capstone projects for BA Dance Majors
May 11, 2021 at 7PM EST
About the Artists
I am Kai Chen (they/she), a 20-year-old Dance Major at Hunter College, with plans to pursue “something dance related” when I graduate. I am currently trying to survive a global pandemic by turning tears into fuel for my creativity, while pursuing the journey of an “artist”. This piece is a collection of moments given meaning through the lens with which we view it. The world never stops moving, so even if we don't feel it, we are also constantly moving. The different ways we move, the transitory spaces we occupy, are places often ignored. This piece occupies the spaces in-between.
Nadia is from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, just a 40-minute train ride from NYC. In May 2021, she will be completing her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from CUNY Hunter College. She has trained in ballet and loves jazz and theater dance. Nadia hopes to dance and perform in theater shows in the future. She loves being part of the process of making a film or putting on a production. She is interested in combining dance, visual art, photography, and video-making. Nadia aspires to collaborate, create, travel the world, perform, and tell stories through her work for others to see and experience.
Ashley Cortes-Ose is a junior Dance major at Hunter College and is very excited for you to see her newest work, “Leave Your Lover”. Ashley is a contemporary modern dancer, with a focus on floor work and arm phrases, and a passion for telling stories and bringing emotion to life. She has trained with the Alvin Ailey school, Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance Ensemble, and the Paul Taylor Company, and hopes to continue choreographing and producing dance films in her future.
A Muse Scholar at Hunter College, Lydia Crozier is on track to receive a BA in Dance, an MA in K-12 Dance Education from the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, and Hunter’s Arts Management and Leadership Certificate. She is currently the Secretary of the Student Advisory Council in the Dance Department. While at Hunter, she has danced in Marta Renzi’s Skybridge, as well as a new virtual work by Sidra Bell. She has also choreographed, filmed, and edited two of her own dance films. She also trains at Rye Ballet Conservatory in Rye NY, under the tutelage of Ashlee Knapp Stewart, Paul Boos, and Tyler Angle, who is teaching this Spring while staging Giselle on Lydia and her peers in the Pre-Professional Division. Ms. Crozier currently teaches contemporary at RBC, while continuing to train rigorously in classical ballet.
Lydia is especially interested in how we can advocate for positivity and widespread love in our work. She is dedicated to bringing the light and life of dance to the world, and wishes to continue bringing audiences the gift of the arts, in order to spread love in our communities and relationships.
Niamh (Neev) is a senior Dance Major at Hunter College, and has studied intensively at Adelphi University, Steps on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center. After graduating, Niamh hopes to continue in her dance training while also teaching dance and eventually owning her own studio. Niamh is passionate about educating the youth on the art of movement, and hopes to inspire the younger generation of dancers for years to come.
Esther Nozea is a senior at Hunter College where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with a minor in Psychology. While continuing her formal training at Hunter College, there she has performed works by Kyle Abraham, Sidra Bell, Rena Butler, Alberto del Saz, Blakeley White-McGuire and Alwin Nikolais, received additional training from winter and summer studies in New York City and was a 2020 Hunter Mellon Arts Fellow (a fellowship program funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). In 2019, Esther and fifteen fellow classmates and Hunter alumni were kindly invited to perform with Monica Bill Barnes & Company at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival. Then later was casted in Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s first online show “Keep Moving” which was presented and commissioned by American Dance Festival with support from Jody and John Arnhold/Arnhold Foundation. After college, Esther plans to continue her dance journey and furthering her knowledge in the arts. In the piece “Continuum”, Esther is using the word continuum as a source of her choreographic process with the notion of continuous movement and change of formations in space.