DANCE TO THE PEOPLE — Maira Duarte
BAX is providing a home for Dance To The People, an open collective of dancers looking to generate opportunities for dance training, movement research and choreography. For eight weeks Dance To The People and BAX will curate a weekly donation based class, inviting teachers who seek to develop a particular dance technique, or answer specific movement questions, and hence making the learning space a collective laboratory.
DANCE TO THE PEOPLE was originally founded by Maira Duarte and Geneva Manley, both graduates of the Master in Arts Dance Education program at NYU Steinhardt. After being awarded the CUNY Dance Initiative space grant in 2014, other dancers started to join. Michelle Applebaum and Alex Romania came to Staten Island to teach workshops on choreographic methods and improvisation, and became permanent collaborators. Pavel Machuca and Joanna Stone joined in January to be part of a choreographic process led by Maira Duarte. Presently they lead their own projects within DTTP. Other collaborators are the Italian choreographer Benedetta Capanna, and Cameron McKinney, who both collaborated in the making of a piece with Maira Duarte.