VISIONS Contemporary Ballet/ Blue Muse Dance Company

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Mayuna Shimizu  |  Dancer, Choreographer, Director
Since she came to NY, she served as the rehearsal director, choreographer and stage manager in several productions. In 1998 she established Blue Muse Dance Project (www.bluemusedance.org), the purpose to provide hot dance makers= Choreographers the opportunity to show their work and talent to the local community. In 2002 she decided to concentrate express herself in her work and found Blue Muse Dance, to meet and collaborate with different types of artists, to give young dancers the opportunity to be on stage, and to keep exploring with new dancers and current dancers. ...Continued
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 Justin Patrick  |  Dancer
Justin Patrick was born in Jamaica and trained as a pianist at the Royal College of Music in London and at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, where he earned his bachelor's degree in music in 2001. He began studying dance while a graduate student at Columbia University, and is a former member of the Columbia University's dance company, Orchesis. ...Continued
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 Jerry James  |  Strings
Jerry James is an accomplished violinist. Graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and The University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree. He has also studied with Janet Sung. Formally an assistant of the late Dorothy Delay. Jerry has played with the Brooklyn Heights Orchestra, as well as performed in numerous recitals and with featured guest artist in concerts throughout New York and Michigan. Mr. James also has an extensive career in technology as a Programer and Systems Administrator....Continued
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 Rebekah J. Kennedy  |  Dancer
Rebekah J. Kennedy is the Artistic Director and choreographer of the Urban Wash Dance Company. Born and raised in New York City, she holds an MFA in Dance (Choreography) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BS in Dance and Theatre from Skidmore College. She has choreographed for and performed in various projects throughout the eastern United States including the International Dance Festival, DRA's Remember Project, University Settlement, Spiegel Tent, Dance Space, Wax, and the Joyce Soho. ...Continued
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 Emily Schuler  |  Dancer
Emily Schuler is from North Hampton, NH, and studied ballet, tap and jazz at New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts as a member of the Seacoast Civic Dance Company. She also danced with Boston Youth Moves at Jeanette Neill Dance Studio. Emily holds a B.A. in English from Connecticut College, where she trained with Dan Wagoner, Jeremy Nelson, Robyn Watkin, and George de la Pena. She works in PR for a fashion accessories company. This is her first season with VISIONS Contemporary Ballet....Continued
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 Adele Nickel  |  Dancer
Adele Leroi Nickel was born in Portland, OR, where she began her dance training at Oregon Ballet Theater under the direction of James Canfield. She also studied under full scholarship at the Joffrey School and trained and performed with the San Francisco Ballet before moving to New York in 2001. She has since danced for Noemie LaFrance/Sens Productions, Katie Workum, Dana Ruttenberg & Dancers, Patrick Corbin/CorbinDANCES and Battery Dance Company, with whom she has performed and taught throughout Germany and Southeast Asia. ...Continued
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 Maiko Matsui  |  Dancer
Maiko Matsui is native of Osaka Japan, trained at Laban Center London (‘01~'02). She came to NYC in 2004 and has been studying at Peridance, with improvisation/choreography in modern, contemporary, contact improvisation, releasing technique, yoga and somatic movement. She has appeared at Peridance faculty showcase ('04,'05), "HEART BLOOMS" at Dance Forum where she danced contact-improvisation with Mayuna. This is the her first time to perform in Blue Muse Dance's work. She is also a certified GYROKINESIS® teacher. GYROKINESIS is a registered trademark of GYROTONIC® Sales Corp and is used with their permission....Continued
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 Mayo Kurokawa  |  Dancer
Mayo Kurokawa was born in Yamagata, JAPAN, where she began dance training at Sygnus Ballet Studio under the direction of Emi Suzuki. She also studied dance at Japan Jr. Ballet Company in Tokyo, Japan and Universal Ballet Academy`s summer program. Shefs currently training at Joffrey Ballet School under the direction John Magnus, Francesca Corkle, and Eleanor D` Antuono. She has performed Viva Vivaldi, choreographed by Gerald Arpino as a part of 14th Annual Joffrey Ballet School es Spring Dance 2005, as Snow Queen/The Nutcracker, as White Cat/Sleeping Beauty. ...Continued
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 Hassan Blandford  |  Dancer
Hassan Blandford New York, began his dance training at the LaGuardia Performing Arts H.S. He also trained at the School of American Ballet, The Rock School and The Juilliard School. Hassan has danced with the Atlanta Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Donald Byrd the Group, and as a guest artist with many local and regional dance companies. In 2001 he began teaching Ballet at local dance studios within the tri-state area and for the Dept.of Education at Bronx Dance Academy and is currently a substitute dance teacher at LaGuardia H.S. This is Hassan's first season with VISIONS Contemporary Ballet....Continued
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Ranardo-Domeico Grays  |  Choreographer, Director
RANARDO-DOMEICO GRAYS, artistic director/choreographer VISIONS Contemporary Ballet. SAG, AEA, native of Detroit, Michigan, has performed with the Hartford City Ballet, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Urban Wash Dance Company at the 4th Annual International Dance Festival in NYC, LaToya Jackson Tour, Garth Fagan, Zack Morris, Celebrity Cruises, and has toured throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. An alumnus of The Juilliard School and California Institute of the Arts (BFA), Ranardo has also studied at the Alvin Ailey School. ...Continued
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