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Jersey New Moves!

The fourth annual edition of this Garden State showcase features the work of five of New Jersey’s best up-and-coming choreographers.

After an open submission process, chosen artists are mentored year-round by artistic directors of some of the modern dance world’s leading companies. Their world premieres, representing diverse dance styles from modern to classical Kathak from India, will be shared for the first time with NJPAC audiences.

The current 2017-18 choreographers and mentors are:

  • Joe Monteleone, Hazlet
    Mentor: Nai-Ni Chen of Nai-Ni Chen Dance. Monteleone performs and designs his solo work, In Nomine Pan
  • Barkha Patel, Tenafly
    Mentor: Randy James of 10 Hairy Legs. Patel is a classical Kathak dancer who appears in her solo piece, Maula E Kull
  • Daniel Padierna, Wallington
    Mentor: Randy James of 10 Hairy Legs. A dance ensemble performs Padierna's America, based on themes of equality, gender and race.
  • Nijawwon Matthews, Newark
    Mentor: Nai-Ni Chen of Nai-Ni Chen Dance. Matthews presents Revolt, set to music that includes Nina Simone's "Strange Fruit."
  • Stephanie Nerbak, Parsippany
    Mentor: Carolyn Dorfman of Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Feast is choreographed and performed by Nerbak, the founder of N-root Danceart.

Besides having the opportunity to stage their original pieces, these promising choreographers receive career training in such related areas as marketing, grant writing and social media. Participants in the two-year fellowship also receive professional development opportunities to build aptitude as managers and producers, and coach young dance students in NJPAC's arts education programs.

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