13 Young Choreographers Chosen for Festival

Rebecca Zizek's Chasers of the LightCelebrating its seventh year of presenting some of the most promising up-and-coming young artists, The Young Choreographer’s Festival in New York City will produce the work of 13 18-25 year olds selected by a highly esteemed panel alongside seven Guest Artists at Symphony Space.


This year’s performance—taking place Saturday, June 18 at 8 pm—will include the genres of contemporary, contemporary Indian, modern, jazz, heels and street jazz.


Eryn Renee Young's ReduxThe 2016 Young Choreographers include George C. Berry, Patricia Crumrine, Eimile Davis, Lauren Blue DeAngelo, Brinda Guha, Hannah Larson, Shannon Mueller, Brianna Pavon, Devin Richey, Brianna Roland, Sofia Sanchez, Rae-Ann Thomas and Andrea Ward.


This year’s Guest Artists include Derek Mitchell, Jenn Freeman, Marinda Davis (a YCF alumni), Open Call’s Innovate Award Winner – Connecticut Dance Conservatory, Shelly Hutchinson Collective, SynthesisDANCE/Tracie Stanfield and White Wave/Young Soon Kim Dance Company.


Also, for the fifth year in a row, YCF will be offering a talkback panel open to all young choreographers selected from 2010 forward. They will have the opportunity to hear from and question knowledgeable members of the dance community in an intimate setting. YCF Advisory Board Member Wes Veldink will host the 2016 panel. 


Past panelists have included Maurice Brandon Curry (artistic director of Egelvsky Ballet), Darrell Grande Moultrie (with credits from Dance Theatre of Harlem, Beyoncé and Atlanta Ballet), Lakey Wolff (of the CESD Agency), Fatima (of the BLOC Agency), Camille A. Brown (leader of Camille A. Brown and Dancers), Sidra Bell (head of Sidra Bell Dance New York), Laura Diffenderfer (an associate programmer at The Joyce Theater), Ashani Mfuko (the host of Inside NYC Dance television show), Douglass Post (an agent at Pentacle Artists Services), Yarden Ronen (executive director of Peridance Capezio Center) and Pascal Rekoert (a Lincoln Center scholar.)


Ameen Price-Burnett's Stasis in FluxYCF is also providing its 2016 Young Choreographers with a Mentor. These 2016 Mentors include Michelle Barber (Broadway Dance Center faculty member), Cheryl Copeland (teacher at Millenium Dance Complex), So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Shelly Hutchinson, Calen Kurka (producer of The Showcase Series), Kat Wildish (a former dancer with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet), Lane Napper (a choreographer for Nickelodeon and Disney Channel), Matthew Shaffer (author of “So You Want to be a Dancer?”), and many previously mentioned panelists and guests.


When reviewing a previous festival, Dance Informa writer Laura Di Orio wrote, “I had a feeling that I would leave inspired… That instinct was quite accurate.”


To be inspired by this year’s new artistic voices, be sure to book tickets to the 2016 festival performance at www.symphonyspace.org. The Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in NYC. Tickets are $28 for advance purchase and $30 the day of. Students and seniors can claim the discounted rate of $25 per ticket.


Photo (top): Rebecca Zizek’s Chasers of the Light. Photo (left): Eryn Renee Young’s Redux. Photo (right): Ameen Price-Burnett’s Stasis in Flux. Photos by Jaqi Medlock.