Tall & small at ADF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 Jun

Lindsey and I are so so so so so so honored to have been selected from the North Carolina Dance Festival’s rich 10 year history to perform at The American Dance Festival’s 80th Anniversary Celebration this Wednesday.  Heralded as “One of the nation’s most important institutions” (New York Times), the ADF’s sustained record of creative achievement is indivisible from the history of modern dance.  We are 1 of only 4 pieces picked for this enormous privilege! Thank you to our panel, which included David Dorfman, Faye Driscoll, and Camille A. Brown! No matter the time or distance apart, Linds and I love dancing this piece together.  I can’t wait!!!!

If you can’t join us at the Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke in Durham NC Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm and/or 9pm then you can wish us luck and enjoy our performance of “A Tribute and Reflection of the Relationship” right here

http://www.americandancefestival.org/performance/adfduke/adf-and-the-nc-dance-festival-celebrate-statewide-dance/

http://ncdancefestival.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/ncdfadf-choreographers-lindsey-kelley-and-mindy-upin/

Check out my show at Dixon Place

21 Apr

COME CELEBRATE SOME DANCE!

1 Apr

Celebrate Dance 2013 v 3The Ensemble and I have been working hard this season adding incredible work to our repertoire.  New work from Manuel Vignoulle called “Le Moi Sauvage,” as well as Shannon Gillen’s “On Certainty,” who was the first winner of our Emerging Choreographer’s Contest.  Nathan Trice reset his piece “Conversations,” which is especially exciting since I originally did this piece with the Ensemble in 2010.  We also had an amazing time learning Zvi Gotheiner’s beautiful piece “Chairs.”  Ensemble alumnae Rick Kuperman and Yesid Lopez are also presenting great work.

This is going to be a truly wonderful evening of dance.  It is very rare to see such diverse work all under one roof, so don’t miss your chance! Get your tickets today!

Every night will surely be a treat, but just fyi, Saturday is my more featured night : ) Hope to see you.

One more thing: (if you haven’t already) please take a sec to LIKE us on Facebook @Steps Repertory Ensemble.  You could win 2 FREE tickets to our show! and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @StepsEnsemble for fun updates and pix.

 

JUMP FOR JOY

3 Feb

Dixon Place Presents
ME!
Save the date for Under Exposed 3/12/13. I am super excited for this opportunity to show new work. Please plan to join the fun. And in case you needed an extra reason “The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. Proceeds directly support Dixon Place’s artists and mission.” See you there. 161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey, New York, NY 10002

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Happy New Year

3 Jan

Wow it’s been a little while since last reporting in.  Not sure about you, but the new year always brings in that habitual time of reflection.  Not even so much resoluting, but looking back and appreciating, questioning, pondering, wondering, wandering, flailing, falling, failing, jumping, prancing, dancing, and spinning.  I look back at my tremendous accomplishments and exciting endeavors and contemplate whatever shall I do next? This time last year, Lindsey and I were busy finalizing plans for our show.  A definite first for us both and extremely exciting how challenging and rewarding it all was.  Thankfully, next month I reunite with Linds back in North Carolina to create a world premier music video with an artist named Marley Carroll.  Marley spotted us back in April at the {Re}Happening Festival, and luckily we made quite an impression on him.   He sought us out and requested that we perform in his first official video.  I’m super pumped! Stay tuned to watch us right here, YouTube, if MTV still exists, and anywhere else imaginable.

The Ensemble as you know has always been my source of inspiration and perspiration.  This year is a transition year with new members entering and old lovies moving on.  Transition periods always take adjusting and reorganizing, and yet they still create windows into new perspective.  I’m finding myself becoming better able to distinguish the styles that I can’t live without; the processes that fulfill; the paths into the unknown that are worth the fear; the relationships that must be honored and those which must recede.  Teaching my classes at Steps makes me so incredibly happy.  Even though it is a slow and humbling road when building from scratch, eventually, all efforts stack up into an evolution one can beam at.

I didn’t make official resolutions this year, besides my usual: floss more regularly, take more classes, exercise more, blah blah blah, but I have decided to try and stick with one goal. I plan do more exciting things around NYC and more importantly, beyond.   I would like to venture to another country within 2013 for at least a month in order to research, witness, and participate in another culture’s dance scene.   I plan to arrange teaching engagements while abroad, even better, performing would be a terrific bonus.  I didn’t study abroad in college and although I have been lucky to travel in my years, the travel bug is still deep within me.  Now is the time! I’m looking into exploring Israel’s rich and impressive dance community.  Perhaps Europe is calling.  I’m searching as we speak for grants, scholarships, sponsorship, you name it to adventure and discover.  And I’m looking very forward to bringing that new found knowledge and approach home to my beloved community.  If you have any advice or want to help in any way, please let me know.  I’ve never been good at time specific goals, but let’s plan for Fall!

Our journeys are never ending, while the road seems only to be winding

Unknown next steps and unforeseen paths pluck away at

the longer reason for it all

Vow to keep it interesting.  Pledge for the compelling to lead you.

Enjoy the bleak despite the sting.

Dance.

 Dance in your mind.  Dance in your sleep.

Let your words dance as they’re spoken.

Be kind.  Share yourself.

yeah yeeeeaaaaah

23 Sep

11 world premiers! You don’t want to miss this show, my friends.

September = new exciting things

1 Sep

Hi friends.

As Summer as comes to a close new, fresh things Fall into place ; )~

*My teaching schedule at Steps on Broadway is now Fridays 6:30-8pm and Saturdays 4:30-6pm.  Hope to dance with you soon.

*The next open improv jam with the Ensemble is Friday, September 7th 7:45-9:45pm.  This program, which we initiated at Steps, has proven to be such a blast! This opportunity has allowed dancers to share their passion for movement and exploration with space and freedom, minus the constructs and pressure of formal class.  Join us, bring friends, spread the word! You’ll be pleasantly surprised with this gift you give yourself.

*The Steps Ensemble and I have been busy in the studio creating brand spankin’ new, original works to premier at our very own choreography show, “Ensemble on Ensemble.”  Nearly every member of our incredible group is showing their unique artistry and creativity.  Please come see us and our many hats 9/28-9/29 for what will surely be very special nights.  Check out our facebook event for more info http://www.facebook.com/events/350461468375489/.  My piece has developed into something so much more fun and quirky than even I expected and planned.

*Also,  I am now Production Coordinator for Steps on Broadway Steps Beyond performances.  Presenters of all styles and genres of work have the opportunity to submit work for the Lab Performance Series held every couple months: November, February, and April, with potential extra shows added in 2013.  Please stay tuned to http://www.stepsnyc.com/steps-beyond/performances/the-performance-lab/for  information on how to apply and submit your work!

Be well and dance on . . .

what’s been up?

18 Jul

a lot actually!

~My classes have been going tremendously well!!! come on down to Steps on Broadway and try for yourself.

 Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-7:30pm and Saturdays 10-11:30am.  Also, the Ensemble’s first 2 open improv jams were insanely fun! Join us every first Friday of the month @7:45-9:45pm. This very special event allows you dance freely the way you enjoy, and already do alone in your bedroom anyway: )~ This unique opportunity includes guided exercises, live musicians, invaluable artistic sharing, and costs only $10 (which helps various charities). *All levels and dancer styles welcome. Next jam Friday, August 3rd.

~ I am choreographing a new piece on my Ensemble buddies for a show we’re producing at the end of September.  Each member is creating something very exciting & very different on fellow members to be presented in our first full evening of self choreographed work.  I’m continually inspired from my love of randomness and that which exists all around me in this eclectic, eccentric, intriguing, odd, baffling city called home.  This combined with an almost Cirque Du Soleil vibe has proven to be a very interesting process thus far.  Stay tuned for show details. 

~I recently conducted a class with a group of young adults from all over the world coming together as part of  Global Youth Connect‘s NYC human rights summit.  Together we explored the ideas of conflict and resolution through movement exercises, trust discoveries, and choreographic experimentation.  This was a true honor to lead, not to mention, experience along with the Ensemble and these international and highly influential young delegates.

~After a very successful show at the World Science Festival, Trainor Dance and I got to work to begin prep for our fall concert ->November 9-11 at Schermerhorn Theater in Brooklyn.  Each rehearsal we created a new section of 10 very interesting percussion movements from the music of Threads.  Each piece of this total dance contrasted it’s predecessor, and was quite challenging given Caitlin’s desire for extreme, quick percussiveness to match the complex rhythms of the her chosen tunes.

~I am currently in the studio with the splendid Grace Courvoisier as we gear up for NY Live Arts Fresh Tracks audition in September.  Wish us luck! (PS she’s also an incredible photographer)

~ Looking forward to October, I will be working with Broadway choreographer Josh Prince as we dive into a workshop to create new work! This will be my first experience working with Josh, and I can’t wait for this chance to revisit my love for musical theater, without that whole nerve wracking singing aspect : )~

Life is grand, and will continue to be so with your help, love, and support.  

Hope to see you in the studio, theater, park, or even train.  

Be well! Dance on!

CLASS TIME with Mindy

2 Jun

Exciting news dance friends . . .

I have my very own class at Steps on Broadway!

STARTING JUNE 19th,

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm and Saturdays 10:00-11:30 am

Advanced Beginner Contemporary, however all levels welcome.

Your support in this wonderful new venture is greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you in the studio: )

photo by Grace Courvoisier

U of I :: I love thee

19 May

http://dance.uiuc.edu/community/alumni/featured-alumna-may-2012

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