2018 ETD/NCG Spotlight: Kanon Sapp by Andrew Tran


We are honored to introduce to you Kanon Saap, one of the three lovely ladies who received the 2018 ETD/NCG. We are so excited to see what she produces over the next three months. Read below to learn more about her and her journey as a dancer and choreographer...

1) How long have you been dancing? What college did you attend?
I began my dance training when I was three years old, and have continued to pursue dance seriously through college. I graduated from East Carolina University in May 2016, with my BFA in Dance Performance. 

2) When did you start creating work and what was the name of your first work? (feel free to elaborate)
I constructed my first piece of work during my sophomore year of college at East Carolina University.  I created solo work on Kristalyn Gill for an informal showcase at school, entitled Lights Up! The work, when the bough breaks, was later selected to perform at the American Dance Guild, in New York City in December of 2013.

3) Which choreographers inspire you the most and/or what is your favorite piece of choreography? 
Barak Marshall is such an inspiration to me .The Los Angeles based company, BODY TRAFFIC, performed during my time at ECU. Watching the company perform Barak Marshall's, And at Midnight the Green Bride Floated Through the Village Square, changed my life forever.  It was the first time that I had ever seen gestural, pedestrian movement performed at the magnitude of concert dance. Marshall's work is so intricate and delicately weaves together storytelling through gestural work. This work of art is truly stunning, if you ever have the chance to see Barak Marshall's work, I know that it will forever impact you the way it has impacted me. 

4) What made you fall in love with choreography? Can you think of any specific moment in your life that made you realize you loved choreographing?
During my sophomore year of college, I remember sitting down with my professor, John Dixon and bursting into tears out of frustration. I was feeling this internal conflict,  the movement language I was using as a dancer wasn't translating in the same way that I heard music and visualized movement. Dixon pushed me to try choreography as an outlet to organize the way I heard music, and visualized movement. I fell in love with choreography the moment I tried it. Choreography combines movement invention, music, and storytelling; and when these three elements are assembled with intelligence and honesty the outcome is never less than incredible. 

The performance at the American Dance Guild is a bold moment for me in my choreography journey. The piece had just performed and there was a  brief moment of silence in between- after the lights go out, but before the audience begins to clap. In that brief moment of silence I heard an audience member say, "wow." It wasn't the recognition of someone enjoying my work that was so special. It was the first time that I felt that internal conflict subside. The movement language I chose to speak in through the work was not only heard, but was understood. 

5) What is your goal as a choreographer? Do you want to start your own company? Or, work project based? 
I started looseKANONdance in October 2017. Growing looseKANON from the ground up is one of my most tremendous goals as a choreographer. looseKANONdance is my personal creative getaway that houses my additional artistic interests: fashion, make-up, photography, costume creation, music, and video editing. This house will always be under renovation as I continue to expand my skills and artistry. My greatest ambition is to establish looseKANONdance, not only as a company that produces impactful and intelligent work, but as a group of diverse artists who can do it all.  

6) Where do you see yourself in ten years as a choreographer? 
In ten years, I see myself as an established choreographer. I hope to have the opportunity to see the world and share looseKANONdance's point of view with others.

Congratulations to the Three 2018 ETD/NCG Recipients! by Andrew Tran

After much consideration, we would like to congratulate Melanie Ramos, Jordan Ryder, and Kanon Sapp on receiving the 2018 Eryc Taylor Dance New Choreographer Grant!

We couldn't be more excited to showcase these three beautiful and talented women! Stay tuned for information about our recipients as they begin their ETD/NCG journey...

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The 2018 ETD/NCG program is funded by a generous grant from the Marta Heflin Foundation.

Top Ten Finalists for 2018 Eryc Taylor Dance New Choreographer Grant (ETD/NCG) by Nicole Baker

It is my pleasure to announce the TOP TEN FINALISTS for the 2018 New Choreographer Grant:

Alison Machabee
Susanne McHugh
Charlotte Colemant
Jordan Ryder
Melanie Ramos
Kanon Sapp
Andrea Ward
Rosie D'angelo
Chris Bell
Mat Elder

We received an overwhelming amount of grant applications this year and want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that participated. The amount of talent and passion present in the grant proposals was refreshing and inspiring, but made choosing the top ten extremely difficult. While we wish every emerging choreographer could receive the ETD/NCG, we hope that if you did not get selected this year that you apply again next year. In the meantime, continue to hone in on your craft and make more dance!

Now that we have chosen the finalists, the next step in the selection process is an in-person interview with Eryc. He likes to put a name to face, get to know the applicants and discuss their ideas for the NCG in more detail.

This interviews begin this Friday and we cannot wait to meet all these incredible choreographers.

   The 2018 ETD/NCG program     is funded by a generous grant from the Marta Heflin Foundation.

The 2018 ETD/NCG program is funded by a generous grant from the Marta Heflin Foundation.

Bagels and Bubbles - An afternoon with the ETD Junior Board! by Andrew Tran



Eryc Taylor Dance hosted an informal get-together for potential members of our very first “Junior Board.”  Our Junior Board is being created to expand & enhance ETD’s presence within both the Dance and Outreach Communities throughout NYC. Our goal is two-fold; we want to give young professional a chance for active involvement with a working nonprofit organization and to bring fresh faces from different career fields into our community. The Junior Board will give members real-world experience and an opportunity to build skills in the areas of marketing, networking, event planning, and fundraising; all of which are directly transferable to other professional pursuits. We also hope that by bringing in professionals from different backgrounds we will yield new perspectives that will allow us to further refine our programs to be reflective of the needs and wants of our community partners.

Our informational meeting, largely organized by Marsena Faris, a long time patron and Board Member, was a Bagels and Bubbles theme. Marsena spearheaded the conception of the event and helped to gather potential members from all walks of life - fashion, sports, finance, law, and more. The energy in the room was buzzing and filled with possibilities and Royal Wedding inspired mini cupcakes (elderberry and lemon; Marsena brought them to class up our event).

Throughout the afternoon we got to know each person a little more, we shared stories, snacked on bagels and cupcakes, drank rosé (generously provided by Eden Williams of Fleurs de Prairie - their rosé is extremely refreshing and was perfect for our afternoon soiree!), and we finished the event with an informal performance by some of our company members. AJ Guevara, Taylor Ennen, and Nicole Baker performed an excerpt of Cycles for our guests. It was a successful afternoon and we couldn’t have asked for a better group of young professionals!

The members in attendance, and a few that were unable to make it out will be invited to participate in many of the same duties as our regular Board members and will be given the latitude to spearhead initiatives that facilitate increased community involvement with ETD.  Each Junior Board member or team of Board Members will be responsible for the planning/organizing/hosting of one fundraising event for ETD during the year as well as participating in regular “brainstorming” sessions regarding ways to broaden the scope of Eryc Taylor Dance/Outreach.

If you are interested in learning more about this real-time opportunity to build community and grow a forward-thinking nonprofit, (and possibly learn a few new dance steps) please reach out to us at info@etd.nyc