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Performance Dates
February 15 - 19, 2023
Location
George Rowland White Performance Studio

313 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Performance Times
Wednesday - Saturday 7:30pm, Saturday - Sunday 2:00pm

Ticket Price Range
$23 - $55

This annual concert shines a light on the Point Park Conservatory Dance Faculty and the artistry for which they are renowned. 

Featuring:

Jesse Factor
Crystal Frazier
Jae Man Joo
Daniel Karasik
Jay Kirk
Keisha Lalama
Marc Spaulding
Michelle Van Doeren

 

About the Choreographers

 

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Jesse Factor (Choreographer, Hat Fantasia (Does Anyone?)) danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Graham II, North American touring company of Cats, and the European company of Cabaret. Factor’s work has been presented nationally at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, OUTsider Festival, Milton Art Bank, RADfest, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, Fresh Fruit Festival, and House of Yes. Training: BFA w/Honors: NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, MFA: University of Iowa. Additional Studies: American Dance Festival, 92 St Y Dance Education Lab (DEL). 

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Crystal Frazier (Choreographer, Ascending) is a native of New Jersey and holds an Associate Degree in Dance from The University of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Choreography from Jacksonville University. She is a freelance choreographer and currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Point Park University. Crystal is a former senior member with the world-renowned Rennie Harris Puremovement. She has performed and taught nationally and internationally, including the Middle East and Central Asia as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador with RHPM. She is also the former Co-Founder of “Montazh,” an all-female Hip Hop dance company based in Philadelphia. She was the featured dancer and choreographer for Grammy Award-winning artist, Jill Scott’s “Big Beautiful Tour”. On film, she made an appearance in the movie “Beloved” and TV show “Monk.” She recently was a part of a Japan Tour for Dance International Workshop Program teaching fundamentals of Hip Hop dance in Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo.  Crystal’s choreography has been featured nationally and internationally for Rennie Harris RHAW, Cruzan Dance, St. Croix, University of the Arts in Taiwan, Encore Danses En Tourneau in Canada, Hip Hop Extravaganza in Bermuda, Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team, Greene Works Project, Borealis Dance and many more.

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Jae Man Joo (Choreographer, Flight) is a Recipient of the Princess Grace Choreographer Award in 2009. He Received The Best Artist Award From The Bagnolet International Dance In Paris in 1996. He was a Principal Dancer at Complexions & Ballet Hispanico. Over 20 years he worked with Complexions Contemporary Ballet & served as Associate Artistic Director, Teacher & Performer. in 2022 His Full evening Ballet "Vita” Received the prestigious Korea Edaily CULTURAL GRAND PRIZE. Currently, he is a resident Choreographer and Ballet Master in CCB & Assistant Ballet Professor at Point Park University.

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Daniel Karasik (Choreographer, Lucky 88) has created more than 75 choreographies which have been reviewed as “grace and beauty personified,” having “intellectual glamor,” and being “a wonderfully effective series of dance essays.” His work, Volumes, was in Pittsburgh’s “Seven Most Transportive Dance Programs of 2016.” Karasik has worked with companies, schools, and festivals such as ACDF, ChiArts, Dayton Ballet, Greer School, Governor’s School, Skidmore College, University of KC Missouri, and WVU. Filmmaking awards include international laurels for: Best Dance Short, Best Direction, and Best Original Score.

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Jay E. Kirk (Choreographer, Souvenir de Florence) Professor Jay E. Kirk joined the dance department faculty of Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts in 2001. Prior to this appointment he was an instructor at his undergraduate alma mater, Mercyhurst University. Other affiliations include the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2004 he earned an MFA in dance from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Kirk danced several seasons with The Cincinnati Ballet, The Dallas Ballet, The Chautauqua Festival Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, performing the classics and contemporary works of renowned choreographers of the 19th and 20th century. He is the ballet unit coordinator for the dance department, teaches ballet technique,choreography III, kinesiology and oversees works of guest choreographers and creates ballets for the dance department.

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Kiesha Lalama (Choreographer, Universality) has created for stage, film and television including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Sorority Row, Broadway or Bust, Outsiders and American Rust. Theatrical highlights include Jimmy Awards (Broadway), All Shook Up (North Shore Music Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Kansas City Starlight Theatre) and Into the Woods (Arsht Center). International concert dance highlights include Shed (DCDC), Catapult (Dance Kaleidoscope), and Alegria (Giordano Dance Chicago). Kiesha serves as PPU Professor, Dance Department and Pittsburgh CLO, Director of Strategic Initiatives.

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Marc Spaulding (Choreographer, Breaking News) Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Dance. Mr. Spaulding earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from University of the Arts and completed his Master of Fine Arts Degree at University of California, Irvine. Some of his noteworthy professional credits include: Dreamgirls 1st National Tour, Equus- Broadway Revival, PHILADANCO (The Philadelphia Dance Company), Westside Story International Tour, Donald Byrd/The Group, Dancing with the Stars, Euphoria, and the feature film Hairspray.

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Michelle Van Doeren (Choreographer, “Violet Deconstructed”) is a life-long dancer, dance educator and choreographer. Highlights of her choreography career include work for Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama (Dance Light Project), Steps on Broadway (Faculty Showcases), The Elan Awards with Ann Reinking (New York, NY), fusion2 (Philadelphia), and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. Teaching highlights in addition to Point Park's COPA include faculty appointments at Steps on Broadway (New York, NY), Carnegie Mellon University, PA Governor’s School for the Arts, and CAPA Pittsburgh. Professional performance credits include: Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Mantis Project (New York, NY), The New Dance Collective (Danbury, CT), Dance Theatre Dayton, and Pittsburgh Musical Theatre.