Monday, June 13, 2016


Jersey (New) Moves! Emerging Choreographers

WHEN: Friday, June 17, Doors 7:30, Performance 8 PM

The second annual program showcasing New Jersey's best up-and-coming dancemakers! Accomplished mentors partner with four young choreographers from the Garden State to develop works that will be premiered at NJPAC.

WHERE:  New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark NJ
Presented in Association with Dance New Jersey
Part of Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance


An initiative of Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance - now in its sixth year - Jersey (New) Moves! Emerging Choreographers features never-before-seen pieces by artists selected through an open, online submission process.

Jersey (New) Moves! Emerging Choreographers

Jersey (New) Moves! Emerging Choreographers (click here to view)

2016 Choreographers and Mentors

  • Ariel Grossman, Jersey City
    Mentor: Douglas Martin, Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet

    Ariel Rebecca (Rivka) Grossman founded Ariel Rivka Dance in 2008. Born and raised in New York City, she began her dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School and LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts. She earned a B.S. in Dance with honors with a Minor in Women's Studies from Skidmore College. Based in New York/New Jersey, Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD) is a critically acclaimed all-female contemporary dance company led by a married choreographer / composer team, Ariel Grossman (Artistic Director/Choreographer) and David Homan (Executive Director/Composer). Douglas Martin was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet from 1982-1991. In 1993 he joined American Repertory Ballet as a principal dancer and was appointed Artistic Director in 2010.

  • Kamille King, East Orange
    Mentor: Karen Love, Artistic Director of Umoja Dance Company

    Born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey, Kamille King was introduced to dance at Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts. Ms. King graduated from Smith College where she majored in African American Studies and developed a thesis in the Dance Department. After receiving her degree she returned to New Jersey and was immediately drawn to teaching. She is currently a teaching artist-in-residence at Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA), which is based in Montclair. Karen Love is the Artistic Director of Umoja Dance Studio. In 1996, Love created the Wofabe African Dance and Drama Festival, the only festival of its kind in New Jersey.

  • Kyle Marshall, Jersey City
    Mentor: Sylvia Waters, Artistic Director Emerita of Ailey II

    Kyle Marshall is originally from North Brunswick, NJ, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance. He currently performs with Doug Elkins Choreography Etc, Tiffany Mills Company and 10 Hairy Legs. Kyle Marshall Choreography was organized in 2014. Sylvia Waters was personally selected by Alvin Ailey in 1974 as Artistic Director of Ailey II and led the company for 38 years.

  • Scott Willits, Jersey City
    Mentor: Maurice Chestnut, Choreographer/Tap Dancer

    Scott Willits hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he began his training at Summit School of Dance. He graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in New York. In 2009, Mr. Willits received a youngARTS Merit award in modern dance from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts as well as the 1st place contemporary dance award at the Youth American Grand Prix. He worked with Matthew Rushing in the creation process of his work ODETTA for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He is in his second season with Nimbus Dance Works. Maurice Chestnut is a world renowned tap dancer and choreographer.

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New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey - where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. NJPAC is a proud partner of Newark Celebration 350.