ETD'S FIRST COMMISSION by Andrew Tran

We are thrilled to announce Douglas Sills of the Sills Foundation has gifted Eryc Taylor Dance $10,000 commission to create a new work! This will be ETD's first full piece commission and we are truly honored to have the Sills' support, and the piece, "Cycles," will be dedicated to the Foundation in perpetuity. 

“Cycles,” will be a sixteen minute abstraction of space and sea. The piece brings together two weightless environments and plays with the harmony between the two. The matrix that makes up all organisms is broken down and reassembled, sparking evolution. Using the natural movement of entropy to navigate the weightlessness and vacuum of space.

In March of 2017, I went to the ON TOP! Party hosted by Susanne Bartsch, and was lucky to meet a young man dawning a 3D rope sculpture dress that he created. He is a young up and coming NYC-based artist, attending New York University. I am now collaborating with Ether to create geometrical structures that outline the dancer's bodies, essentially an exoskeleton. Swarm Intelligence, British electronic artist, has been working very closely with me to create a soundscape that transports the listener into another world. None of this would have been possible without the extremely generous support from Mr. Douglas Sills.

In efforts to keep up the momentum, we are initiating a match gift program! We are asking each of our supporters to consider a gift of any amount to go toward the creation of new work and help match the $10,000 Sills Fund donation. If our patrons come through and we meet the goal, ETD will not only create, "Cycles," but would also be able to fully develop the set design, lighting, and costumes! You will also be recognized in the Playbill at our upcoming NYC season this October 2017.

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STEVEN MENENDEZ & ETD: PHOTOS by Andrew Tran

Steven Menendez is a Fine Art, Portrait and Fashion Photographer, in New York City who also happens to be one of my close friends. If you haven't seen his amazing work, go check it out at http://www.stevenmenendez.com. As an artist, I make it a point of creating communities within my own circles to elevate the work itself, because collaborations often birth something more beautiful than being caught up in my own mind. It’s important to me that art is not only being created, but seen by people who appreciate and are excited by it. 

We had such a fulfilling experience working with Steven during our last photoshoot. We collaborated on the clothing and styling of the shoot, settling on a black/white 1980's Herb Ritts tone. It was a high energy shoot, but so smooth and flawless due to everyone's professionalism and just the spark Steven and I have in the studio. The photos are brilliant and were used by Michael Apuzzo of Dancers for Good for extensive marketing. We are so grateful Steven shared his talents with us.

Stay tuned! We will be working with Steven again in the near future....But for now, check out the results from our first collaboration in the photos below!

ETD Outreach June Instructor Highlight: Kyleigh Sackandy by Andrew Tran

This month ETD Outreach wants to highlight Kyleigh Sackandy! Kyleigh holds a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase College, Conservatory of Dance and an M.S in Dance/Movement Therapy from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a registered dance/movement therapist (DMT) and is pursuing her License in Creative Arts Therapy. Kyleigh works as a DMT with children and adults with developmental disabilities, elder adults in memory care, and children who have experienced domestic violence. Her training also includes DMT with children and adults with mental illness in inpatient and outpatient settings. Kyleigh has been teaching dance and dancing professionally since 2008 and continues her practice as a teacher and performer. She currently teaches dance in Queens, NY and is a company dancer in Ariel Rivka Dance.

With ETD Outreach, Kyleigh teaches at one of our sites with Acacia and is an extremely engaging instructor. Her workshops begin with a warm-up and end with mindful breathing exercises that relax her participants and ease them back into reality. Kyleighs strong knowledge of dance and understanding of the body makes her a invaluable asset to our team!

Another Successful ETD/NCG! by Andrew Tran

Looking back on the 2017 ETD/NCG Studio Showing, I am so proud of what our recipients accomplished. Each year hundreds of applications are submitted to our panel that work tirelessly to narrow it down to the top three. Being that there is so much incredible talent in New York, we tried to find choreographers with potential to create a new work in progress, which we produce with an open studio showing at the end of 3 months at NYLA. I am so impressed by the work created by Nick Rodrigues, Robert Burke, and Rachel Hettinger. The show was diverse and had wonderful feedback from the audience. I look forward to see how their work develops and what the future holds for them. For more about our Eryc Taylor Dance New Choreographer Grant (ETD/NCG), please visit us online at etdoutreach.org.

To follow their journeys in NYC ...

Robert Mark Burke: @robertmarkdance

Nick Rodrigues: @nicknitro3393

Rachel M. Hettinger: @metaphors&similesDANCE