Our 3rd Annual Dance Festival, coordinated by Kelly Hayes, took place on May 19, 2001 at the WAH Center. Our 21 local choreographers and their dancers participated in the event and the festival was a great success with much positive feedback from the audience which filled the 3rd floor of the WAH Center.
Our 4th Annual Dance Festival coordinated by Emma Hogarth will take place on Sat. May 25, 2002 from 7:30 P.M. The program offers a showcase of dance with eighteen choreographers presenting works of eight minutes or less. The aim of the festival is to present a wide variety of dance by local choreographers, fostering a sense of mutual support and recognition within the community. This years program includes works ranging from Tango and Middle Eastern Dance to Japanese Butoh and a wide array of modern and contemporary dance styles and choreography. Participating artists include:
Ariane Anthony, David Appel, Anita Cheng, Rachel Cohen, Jordan Fuchs, Susan Golub, Corinna Hiller, Emma Hogarth, Catherine Hourihan, Kelly Kocinski, Nadia Anna Lesy, Ann McGowan, Mindy Meyers, Kerri ONeil, Elke Rindfleish, Annie Sailer, Margurite Wade and Philippa Wooley
This year the WAH Center presents the first international dance festival with some of the most outstanding dancers and choreographers working in New York City. And some are from abroad. The Festival takes place on Fri. & Sat. May 31st & June 1st, 2002 from 8 P.M. The festival was organized and curated by Yin Mei who came from Communist China to the West. She is a recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and many others.. Jennifer Dunning, critic for the New York Times, describes her work as a "tour de force showing the stark refinement and distillation of some forms of traditional Eastern dance."
The choreographers and performers include:
Jennifer Chin (USA), Jeaning Durning (USA), Satoshi Haga (Japan/USA), Pooh Kaye (USA), Hetty King (USA), Yin Mei (China/USA), Jennifer Monson (USA), Jill Segman (USA)
The WAH Center is a not for profit art organization offering multimedia, multifaceted, multicultural programs year round, including contemporary art and craft exhibitions, as well as performances of dance, theater, video, music, poetry readings, lectures, and symposia.
The WAH Center is located in a beautiful 1860 landmark building at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge on the corner of Broadway and Bedford Avenue. Take the J or M train to Marcy Avenue and walk west on Broadway towards Manhattan. Or take the L train to Bedford Avenue and walk south on Bedford Avenue to the corner of Broadway.