REACH

Genre: Dance
VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, Ranardo-Domeico Grays/Blue Muse Dance Company, Mayuna Shimizu

REACH a collabrative dance showcase of captivating, engaging and passionate dance works by Artistic Directors Mayuna Shimizu and Ranardo-Domeico Grays featuring Blue Muse Dance Company and VISIONS Contemporary Ballet.
Open:   05/19/07
Close:   05/20/07

Schedule:
Saturday, May 19th @ 8:00PM
Sunday, May 20th @ 2:00PM
Sunday, May 20th @ 7:30PM (RSVP by 10pm Friday ranardomeico@hotmail.com or www.bluemusedance.org)
Theater:   Producers Club Theatres
Address:   358 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
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A Short Walk from Times Square

Cost:$15.00 general admission $12.00 students
Ranardo, SAG, AEA, native Detroit, Michigan, has performed with Hartford City Ballet, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Urban Wash Dance Company at the 4th Annual International Dance festival NYC, LaToya Jackson Tour, Garth Fagan, Zack Morris, Celebrity Cruises and has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Europe. Alumni of The Juilliard School and California Institute of the Arts (BFA). Ranardo also studied at the Alvin Ailey School, prior to graduating high school, Ranardo studied and performed with the University of Michigan faculty, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. Ranardo has appeared in several feature films, this past March he was a principle actor on the pilot ""Caterbury's Law", directed by Mike Figgis, Ranardo plays prisoner #2, he plays the photographer's assistant in The Devil and Daniel Webster , staring and directed by Alec Baldwin, and was seen in the independent film Slow Jam King as the photographer, at the Atlanta, Georgia Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival, and in New York at the Imagination Theater. He has done television such as The Nanny . Ranardo has modeled for "Felissimo" magazine, and appeared in articles in the Tuesday 28th, November 2006 issue of Metro Times, "A Chorus Line' meets gym workout at NYSC" and Thursday 23rd November issue of New York Times "Three Ways to Burn Up Those Holiday Calories" for his dance workshop based on the hit musical 'A Chorus Line', and was a featured guest on the WB 11 Morning Show Truly Julie , showcasing his choreography and dance workshop based on the hit musical Sweet Charity . He was the choreographer/co-host VH-1 Rock of Ages , worked in many TV commercials, has done off Broadway Theater and danced/choreographed for many pop artist. Currently teaching dance and fitness at New York Sports Club/Town Sports International, he recently taught an Afro-Latin dance workshop for American Express Company at NYSC with rave reviews. Ranardo is formerly a Director of Dance of Morris High School, where he staged and choreographed Bye Bye Birdie , West Side Story and Little Shop of Horrors . Ranardo, presented Master Classes in Contemporary Ballet at Marygrove College and The Detroit Windsor Dance Theater, choreographing premiere works on the company. Ranardo is the artistic director of VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, which debuted in New York June 2005 at the Producers Club to a sold out audience, premiered Tainted Black a 20 minute original contemporary ballet choreographed by Ranardo, VISIONS appeared as guest artist with the Tina Thompson Dance Fitness Theater June 2006 at the Tribecca Performing Arts Center, premiering "Sleek White Candle". Ranardo danced in the "emo project" at Chashama in a collaborative piece with Mayuna Shimizu, this past March 2nd and 3rd and is happy to be presenting "REACH" tonight as a collaborative showcase with Blue Muse Dance Company..

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. Her work was presented at Dance Theater Workshop, E-Moves III at Aaron Davis Hall (awarded Aaron Davis Hall's Fund for New Work- which received support from the Jerome Foundation), Theater for the New CityAJubilee Hall in SINGAPORE, Queens Museum of Art as part of the Queens International world music, dance, and film Festival, Theater of the Riverside Churchfs NuDanceNowFestival, 9th & 10th Dancenow/NYC Festival at Joyce Soho, The American Dance Guild's the International Festival, Downtown Dance Festival at Battery Park, Joe's Pub, International House of Japan in TOKYO and many others. Also she was an Artist- in-Residence at Nanyang Academy of Arts in Singapore and Queens Museum of Art, and has subsequently presented work under its auspices as well as with other dance companies and individual choreographers including Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Slam, VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, The Japan Ballet Association, Tom Pearson, Third Rail Projects and Productions and many others. Also she is active as a member of Tremotion/Emo Project, Yinnism Project and NPO Peace Forest in Tokyo, Japan. Currently her work has been selected for the international dance conference, ASIA PACIFIC DANCE BRIDGE 2007: EXPLORING PARTNERSHIPS, organized by World Dance Alliance. She would like to thank friends who always support her.
  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. This is Justin's first season with VISIONS Contemporary Ballet
  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.

  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. Her choreography has been performed by Forward Motion Theater, Eye Wash, the Sidelong Dance Company, the Informall Theatre Company, Artistika's Featured Artist Series, the Open Your Eyes Foundation, and the UNC Greensboro Department of Dance. She has performed with BJ Sullivan, the Sidelong Dance Company, the John Gamble Dance Theatre, VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, Esse Aficionado, Mereminne Dancers, Millicent Johnnie and Dancers, Illstyle Rockers, and others. Rebekah has been both a guest artist and a featured artist throughout North Carolina, including at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Rebekah is also a wine consultant for Martin Scott Wines in Manhattan. This is her second season with VISIONS Contemporary Ballet and third season dancing with Ranardo.
  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.
  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. Adele was first inspired by Mayuna Shimizu's choreography in 2006 at a performance at the International House in Tokyo, and is delighted to now be beginning this collaboration with Blue Muse Dance.
  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.
  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. Also appeared at Les Ballet del Opera Chinois de New York, Chinese Cultural Festival New York in 2006. She received a 3rd prize at The Northeast Ballet Competition 2003 in Japan. This is the first time to work with Mayuna/Blue Muse Dance.
  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.

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. Prior to graduating high school he studied and performed with the University of Michigan faculty, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Ranardo has appeared in several feature films—recently as the photographer's assistant in "The Devil and Daniel Webster", starring and directed by Alec Baldwin; the photographer in "Slow Jam King", an independent film which played the Atlanta, Georgia Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival and in New York City at the ImaginAsian Theater. His television performances include-most recently a principal role as prisoner #2 in the 2007 pilot of "Canterbury's Law", directed by Mike Figgis; "The Nanny"; choreographer/co-host on VH-1's "Rock of Ages", and several TV commercials. He has also done off-Broadway theater and danced/choreographed for many pop artists. In print media, Ranardo recently modeled for Felissimo magazine, and appeared in articles on his dance workshop based on the hit musical, 'A Chorus Line' (11/23/06 issue of The New York Times: "Three Ways to Burn Up Those Holiday Calories", 11/28/06 issue of Metro Times: "A Chorus Line' meets gym workout at NYSC"). He was a featured guest on the WB 11 Morning Show, "Truly Julie", showcasing his choreography and dance workshop based on the hit musical, "Sweet Charity". Currently teaching dance and fitness at New York Sports Club/Town Sports International, he recently taught an Afro-Latin-Funk dance workshop at NYSC for American Express Company, attaining rave reviews. Ranardo is formally a Director of Dance at Morris High School, where he staged and choreographed "Bye Bye Birdie", "West Side Story" and "Little Shop of Horrors". He taught Master Classes in Contemporary Ballet at Marygrove College and The Detroit Windsor Dance Theater, choreographing premier works on the company. Ranardo is the artistic director of VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, which debuted in June 2005 to a sold-out audience at the Producers Club in New York. "Tainted Black", a 20-minute original contemporary ballet choreographed by Ranardo, premiered. In June 2006 VISIONS appeared at the Tribecca Performing Arts Center performing "Sleek White Candle" as guest artist for the Tina Thompson Dance Fitness Theater. Ranardo danced with the Emo Project in NYC at Chashama in "Tremotion", a collaborative piece with Mayuna Shimizu, in March 2007, and is happy to be co-producing "REACH" tonight in collaboration with the Blue Muse Dance Company.