REM

The state of sleep when you are dancing....

On March 30th, in honor of our M.O.V.E. for Liberia effort Javanna Productions presented 'REM', a collaborative choreography performance featuring young dancers and choreographers from the NY dance community. 'REM' is a contemporary piece that is inspired by the the Liberian Civil War and questions the notions and players in civil war conflict and international aid.

This collaborative choreography project began workshops in 2011 and finally premiered at the Paul Taylor Dance Theater on March 30th, 2013. The official rehearsal process, directed and choreographed in a collaborative style began in January 2013. Check back to this webpage on April 15th for the full length video of our live performance and M.O.V.E.'s highly anticipated "Collaborative Choreography" short documentary. Below you can find our cast bios, behind the scenes footage, and a comment box! Tell us how you liked the show! Thank you so much for your support and e-mail Nicole.johnson1306@gmail.com to contact any of the MOVERS that are involved in this year's effort.
  • Emily Bufferd, the Artistic Director of BEings dance and the Producer of The Young Choreographer's Festival, has had work presented at Lincoln Center, Joyce SoHo, and the 92nd St. Y, among other prestigious venues. "Who needs 'So You Think You Can Dance' when you have Emily Bufferd's innovative choreography?" -Examiner.com
  • Lexi Dysart is a graduate of Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester Program. Since the completion of her program she was selected to present choreography at The Young Choreographer's Festival, as well as Rhapsody's Sirens After Dark. Now she is very excited to have worked on this meaningful project with Nicole Johnson and the members of M.O.V.E.
  • Clare Maceda is a fourteen year old drama student at Laguardia High school. A ballet student of ten years with a love for choreography. Clare originated the role of Charlotte (little girl) in the 2011 REM workshops. For the 2013 premier of the piece, she primarily worked to coach and develop the character with the current dancer who plays Charlotte. "So glad to be able to be a bigger part of this fantastic show.
  • Samantha graduated from Laguardia High School of Performing Arts in 2010 and attended Suny Purchase College where she majored in dance. She has recently sought out to pursue her professional career. She completed her professional semester at Broadway Dance Center and received a choreography award for her work at their final choreography showcase. In Samantha’s leisure time she enjoys sharing her passion with children by teaching dance at a local dance studios.
Nicole Johnson, Emily Greenwell, Lexi Dysart, Samantha Glennester,
Emily Bufferd & Clare Maceda

Emily Greenwell

Emily Greenwell moved to New York from Michigan where she studied
and taught at a Performing Arts High School, various studios, and colleges in
the area.Through assisting and performing, Emily found her own voice
of creativity. She developed a method of teaching and passion to choreograph.
Consequently she taught classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, PeriDance, Epic Motion, and various studios throughout New Jersey. Her
choreography was most recently featured in Broadway Dance Center’s
first fashion show “Sweet Fashion” this past summer.

Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones is from Luverne, Alabama and has recently just graduated from the Professional Semester program at Broadway Dance Center. She has now moved to New York to fulfill a career in dance and fashion design.Sadie Jones is from Luverne, Alabama and has recently just graduated from the Professional Semester program at Broadway Dance Center. She has now moved to New York to fulfill a career in dance and fashion design.

Claire Shubeck

Claire Xian Shubeck is an active sixth grader dedicated to her schoolwork and serving her community. She loves all types of dance and has studied at Beyond Dance, Peridance Summer Intensive and Nai Ni Chen Summer Camp. Her other activities include swimming, Girl Scouts, art and cooking.

Jenn Frosch

Jenn Frosch is a native of the New Orleans area and has been dancing and training for 13 years. She has studied with Broadway Dance Center for the past year completing two internships during this time. She is currently signed with MSA actively pursuing a professional career in dance.

Josefine Carlson

Josefine is a versatile dancer from Sweden currently studying in Broadway dance centers international program and working on getting an artistvisa to stay in america. In her home country she received her training at The Ballet Academy. She has been featured in a variety of music videos, TV-commercials, TV-shows and different live performances. She curently dances with Derek Mitchell Dance Company and La Jon Dantzlers company "La Fuerza"

Rachel Hettinger

  • Rachel M. Hettinger, age 22. Originally from Stroudsburg PA. Moved to NYC to study as a BDC intern, and followed that training with the ::Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program focusing on contemporary ballet movement and anatomy. Currently dancing for several up and-coming artists around the city, working with the CTP at BDC, and choreographing for Sol WEST Dance Collaborative

Lauren Gerlowski

  • Lauren has been dancing all her life in The Woodlands Texas at Boni's Performing Arts Center. Until age 16, when she pursued her dream to dance professionally. She then moved to New York City, where she is currently a Jazz and Contemporary Trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School.


Christian DeLuna

  • Christian DeLuna is a current Junior at Tisch School of the Arts. His training hails from Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and Ballet. Began training at age 15 in Colorado. He is currently a member of Derek Mitchell Dance Company. Christian is a current Gates Millennium Scholar, and will be dancing at Amherst College in Prague over the summer

Simone Gundersen

  • Simone moved to NYC in January 2012 to pursue her career as a professional dancer. She completed Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester and was cast in Dance Media's Season 6 of Dance 212, a web-series reality show about aspiring professionals chasing their dreams in the city. Simone is excited to have so many wonderful opportunities here, and is looking forward to what the future holds!

Erin Pasko

Erin Pasko began her dance training in Wall, NJ at The Dancer’s Workshop where she was a national award-winning performer and competitor. In addition to her early dance training at TDW, Erin trains at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City under Neil Schwartz, Jared Jenkins, and many more.

Liz Conway

Currently a senior at Marymount Manhattan College and Professional Semester student at Broadway Dance Center with a focus on hip-hop, contemporary, and theater. Have recently received training from the :Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program. Was a featured dancer in the International Beauty Show as well as in the film "Friends with Benefits". Outside of the dance realm, actively involved with a variety of non-profit work. Thrilled and grateful to be living and training amongst such truly gifted artists!

Sabina Lundgren

  • Sabina Lundgren is a senior at NYU currently dancing at Broadway Dance Center. She is a California native and excited to be a part of this collaborative effort!

Derek Mcginnis

Derek McGinnis (20) recently moved to NY from Butte Montana where he studied dance. He is represented by Bodyart, a contemporary modern based company here in NY.

Nick Leos

  • Nick originally hails from Mesquite, TX and has been dancing all of his life. Favorite Alma Mater: Oklahoma State. Favorite Color: Orange. Favorite Parents: His own. Favorite audience member: You!

The recipient of funds raised from tonight's performance is the Sun Giant Foundation. Sungiantenergy.com