Summer 2018 Dance Residency


Residency I: May 21 - June 8, 2018
Residency II: June 11 - June 29, 2018

This dance program is based on strong technical training, achieved by concentrating on the healthy and efficient use of the body to realize each person’s physical potential, and the development of the imaginative and creative elements of each individual. To this end, we integrate the instruction from Tisch’s permanent faculty of master teachers with that of major guest artists and company members.

Each residency is for the intermediate-to-advanced NYU and visiting dance student.

Residency I
DANC-UT 1400 (4 units)
NCRD-UT 5004 (Noncredit tuition is $3,954)

Residency II

DANC-UT 1401 (4 units)
NCRD-UT 5005 (Noncredit tuition is $3,954)


Each visiting company presents a lecture/demonstration on the first day of its residency and teaches a week of contemporary technique and, in the afternoons, repertory. Students also have the opportunity to observe open rehearsals, showings of works-in-progress, and public performances. Together, the companies provide a multileveled, kinetic, and aesthetic experience. Students are expected to arrive at 9:00 a.m. the first day of each residency.

The director will discuss program policies/procedures and placement class.  Students will also receive a packet which includes information about Summer Residency performances. Each three-week workshop meets Monday through Friday, typically from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. The day begins with a one-and-three-quarter-hour ballet class focused on alignment, strength, balance, line, and coordination and continues with a one-and-a-half-hour class in contemporary dance.

Rehearsal space is available to students who wish to pursue their own personal choreographic interests, and informal showings of these works can also be held.

All instruction is held at the Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Dance, 111 Second Avenue.

Residency I
May 21 - 25 - Pam Tanowitz
May 28 - June 1 - David Dorfman Dance
June 4 - 8 - Helen Simoneau Danse

Residency II
June 11 - 15 - Trisha Brown Dance Company
June 18 - 22 - Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC
June 25 - 29 - Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Alumni: Shayla V. Jenkins, Stuart Singer, and Carlo Antonio Villanueva

Image of Sandra Chinn in her dance studio.

Sandra Chinn


Sandra Chinn

Sandra Chinn is a ballet teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a ballet teacher for Alonzo King Lines Ballet, ODC Dance Company/SF, Smuin Ballet, and guest ballet teacher for touring companies Abraham.In.Motion, Lucinda Childs Dance Company (Einstein on the Beach, Available Light), Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures (Nutcracker!, Swan Lake, and Edward Scissorhands). She has also conducted company classes for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Body Traffic, Aszure Barton and Dancers, Amy Seiwart’s Imagery and Post:Ballet by Robert Dekkers. In New York City, she was a company member of Dennis Wayne’s Dancers, Finis Jhung’s Chamber Ballet USA and Bob Bowyer’s American Ballet Comedy. She was featured in the off-Broadway dance show “Funny Feet,” for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination as “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.” She is a graduate of the National Academy of Arts (Champaign, Ill.), and she continued her studies at the Joffrey Ballet School (NY), and intensively with Maggie Black. Teacher training includes seminars in Vaganova technique with Karen Morell. She is informed by studies with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (founder of Body-Mind Centering),  Pilates, Feldenkrais, Franklin Method, Alexander Technique, Iyengar Yoga,  Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis. She is a native of Berkeley, CA, and has a BA in Computer Science from Mills College.



Pam Tanowitz Dance
May 21 - 25, 2018
Artistic Director: Pam Tanowitz

Pam Tanowitz Dance was founded in 2000 as a platform for Tanowitz to explore her vision with a consistent group of dancers. Since then the company has received commissions and residencies at prestigious performance venues such as The Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape Festival, New York Live Arts, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Dancing Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. The company has been selected by The New York Times Best of Dance series in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In 2016, Pam Tanowitz was the winner of the Juried Bessie Award for her work, "the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces".

Pam Tanowitz
Over the past 15 years choreographer Pam Tanowitz has become known for her unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary. Her abstract movement challenges stylistic expectations, conventions of composition as well as the concert-going experience itself. Tanowitz’s mission is to revitalize abstraction and formalism by obliterating the self-imposed dialectical boundaries of each, while stretching the material into uncharted territory. Pam Tanowitz is the recipient of the Baryshnikov Arts Center's Cage Cunningham Fellowship.

David Dorfman Dance
May 28 - June 1, 2018
Artistic Director: David Dorfman

Since its founding in 1987, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe, and Central Asia most recently in Greece, Tajikistan, Turkey, Armenia, Russia and Poland. DDD has regularly performed in New York City at major venues, including The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, La Mama Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street, and the 92nd St. “Y”/Harkness Dance Festival. David Dorfman, the company’s dancers, and DDD’s artistic collaborators have been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards.

DDD promotes the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new works by choreographer David Dorfman and his artistic collaborators. In advocating his mission “to get the whole world dancing,” Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally. Dorfman creates dance that seeks to de-stigmatize the notion of accessibility and interaction in post-modern dance by embracing audiences with visceral, meaningful dance, music and text.

For over twenty-five years, DDD has effectively engaged audiences worldwide, with community-based projects playing an important role, particularly in the 1990’s. In Out of Season (The Athletes Project) and Familiar Movements (The Family Project), the members of the company rehearsed and performed with groups of volunteer athletes or family members selected in the communities to which the company toured. In No Roles Barred, DDD examined the personal roles assumed, formed and interwoven in our modern social construct, engaging groups ranging from corporate executives and “at-risk” youths to college administrators, doctors, carpenters and social dance enthusiasts. The company’s three community projects have been presented over 30 times in 18 states and two foreign countries.

Helen Simoneau Danse
June 4 - 8, 2018
Artistic Director: Helen Simoneau

Described as “a Choreographer-on-the-rise” with a style that is both “athletic and smooth” — Dance Magazine, Helen Simoneau has enjoyed her company’s global presence over the last 7 years. Founded in 2010, Helen Simoneau Danse (HSDanse) is committed to creating and performing compelling dance works of it’s founder and choreographer Helen Simoneau and has been presented in Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and toured throughout Germany, Asia, and the United States. The company has been commissioned by The Juilliard School, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the American Dance Festival, UNC School of the Arts, The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich.  Most recently, Simoneau was resident artist at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bates Dance Festival and has received fellowships from The NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Bogliasco Foundation, as well as twice from the North Carolina Arts Council. Notable venues that have presented Simoneau’s work include The Guggenheim Museum (NYC), Dance Place (DC), Joyce SoHo (NYC), Tangente (Montréal), The Aoyama Round Theatre (Tokyo), the L.I.G. Art Hall Busan (South Korea), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out (MA), PACT-Zollverein in Essen (Germany), and Athens International Dance Festival (Greece). Her work was also presented at the 13th Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, where she was awarded 1st place for Choreography.

Helen Simoneau
A native of Québec, Canada, Helen Simoneau (Artistic Director), has been commissioned by The Juilliard School, the American Dance Festival, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the Swiss Intl. Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich. She was a resident artist at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bates Dance Festival, and has received fellowships from Bogliasco Foundation and the NC Arts Council. Simoneau took 1st place for choreography at the Intl. Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2009. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally at notable venues such as The Guggenheim Museum (NYC), Dance Place (DC), Joyce SoHo (NYC), Tangente (Montréal), The Aoyama Round Theatre (Tokyo), the L.I.G. Art Hall Busan (South Korea), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out (MA), PACT-Zollverein in Essen (Germany), and Athens Intl. Dance Festival (Greece). She is currently a Fall Resident Fellow at the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, in NYC. 

Trisha Brown Dance Company
June 11 - 15, 2018
Associate Artistic Directors: Diane Madden and Carolyn Lucas

Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for 40 years. Founded in 1970 when Trisha Brown branched out from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, TBDC offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan’s SoHo. Today, the Company is regularly seen in the landmark opera houses of New York, Paris, London, and many other theaters around the world. The repertory has grown from solos and small group pieces to include major evening-length works and collaborations between Ms. Brown and renowned visual artists.

Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC
June 11 - 15, 2018
Company Director: Johnnie Mercer

Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC: a community of artistic dare-devils that believe in the thorough reevaluation of the human super ego... psycho-analysis...self's relation to colonization...confronting conflict, engaging conversation, and sparking the processes of reconstructing/reworking**... deeply invested in facilitating live performance experiences that challenge reality, and embrace the concept of perspicacious seeing...cannot be contained by the stage nor the label "performing art", bridging dance into voice, into actuality. and into subconscious experiential realization...astral projections of inner turmoils, bouts of responses from outward calls, settles into ritualistic happenings that destroy the context of contemporary performance. As artists, as deconstructionists, we are (both on stage and off) interrogators of the contemporary, and instigators towards post-contemporary existences.

Johnnie Cruise Mercer

Johnnie Cruise Mercer is a choreographer, educator, and freelance performer in the New York City area. As the choreographer/artistic director of Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC, his work has been presented/commissioned by The Center for Performance Research-CPR, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), The Dance Place of DC, Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Judson Church Movement Research, Greenspace, The Bolls Theater of Detroit, The Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, The Billie Holiday Theater, The Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, NYU Tisch School of Dance, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) as well as recently at NYU Skirball's AUNTS, the NADA Conference, and the 2018 Fusebox Festival. He has been in residence at Chez Bushwick Inc, 92Y Harkness Dance Center (2016-2017 AIR), NYU 2017 Summer Residency Program, 2017 BAX Fall Grant Recipient and is currently a 2017-2018 CUNY Dance Initiative Artist in Residence, a 2018 Choreoquest AIR at RestorationARTS, and a 2017-2018 AIRspace Grantee at Abrons Arts Center. Mr. Mercer is a native of Richmond, Virginia, a BFA graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Alumni: Shayla Vie-Jenkins, Stuart Singer, and Carlo Antonio Villanueva
June 25 - 29, 2018

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was born in 1982 out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.

The repertory of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is widely varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach to movement, voice and stagecraft and includes musically-driven works as well as works using a variety of texts. The Company has been acknowledged for its intensely collaborative method of creation that has included artists as diverse as Keith Haring, Cassandra Wilson, The Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, Fred Hersch, Jenny Holzer, Robert Longo, Julius Hemphill and Daniel Bernard Roumain, among others. The collaborations of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with visual artists were the subject of Art Performs Life (1998), a groundbreaking exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Some of its most celebrated creations are evening length works including Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land (1990, Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music); Still/Here (1994, Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France); We Set Out Early… Visibility Was Poor (1996, Hancher Auditorium,Iowa City, IA); You Walk? (2000, European Capital of Culture 2000, Bolgna, Italy); Blind Date (2006, Peak Performances at Montclair State University); Chapel/Chapter (2006, Harlem Stage Gatehouse); and Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray (2009, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL). The ongoing, site-specific, Another Evening was last performed in its seventh incarnation as Another Evening: Venice/Arsenale (2010, La Biennale di Venezia).

The Company has also produced two evenings centered on Bill T. Jones’s solo performance: The Breathing Show (1999, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA) and As I Was Saying… (2005, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN).

The Company has been featured in many publications and one of the most in-depth examinations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane’s collaborations can be found in Body Against Body: The Dance and Other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1989 – Station Hill Press) edited by Elizabeth Zimmer.

The Company has received numerous awards, including New York Dance and Performance Awards (“Bessie”) for Chapel/Chapter at Harlem Stage (2006), The Table Project (2001), D-Man in the Waters (1989 and 2001), musical scoring and costume design for Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land (1990) and for the groundbreaking Joyce Theater season (1986). The Company was nominated for the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Dance and Best New Dance Production” for We Set Out Early… Visibility was Poor.

The Company celebrated its landmark 20th anniversary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with 37 guest artists including Susan Sarandon, Cassandra Wilson and Vernon Reid. The Phantom Project: The 20th Season presented a diverse repertoire of over 15 revivals and new works.

During the Company’s 25th anniversary season in 2007, Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL offered the Company its most significant commission to date: to create a work to honor the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The Company created three new productions in response:100 Migrations (2008), a site-specific community performance project; Serenade/The Proposition(2008), examining the nature of history; and Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray (2009), the making of which is the subject of a feature-length documentary by Kartemquin Films entitled A Good Man, broadcast on PBS American Masters in 2011.

The Company has distinguished itself through extensive community outreach and educational programs, including partnerships with Bard College, where company members teach an innovative curriculum rooted in the Company’s creative model and highly collaborative methods; and with Lincoln Center Institute, which uses Company works in its educator-training and in-school repertory programs. University and college dance programs throughout the U.S. work with the Company to reconstruct significant works for their students. The Company conducts intensive workshops for professional and pre-professional dancers and produces a broad range of discussion events at home and on the road, all born from the strong desire to “participate in the world of ideas.”