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Taryn Kaschock Russell has served on the Artistic leadership team of the Juilliard Dance Division for the past three years …
Taryn Kaschock Russell has served on the Artistic leadership team of the Juilliard Dance Division for the past three years: as Associate Director in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 academic years, and as the Acting Artistic Director in 2017-18. She programmed the main stage performances at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater with four new creations during the fall and a triple bill in the spring which included Martha Graham’s Rite of Spring and Bill T. Jones D-Man in the Waters. Kaschock Russell is a passionate educator who has taught both at the Juilliard School and at the Conservatory of Dance, SUNY Purchase in the five years since she moved back to New York.
Between 2008 and 2013, Kaschock Russell directed Hubbard Street 2. During her tenure as Director of HS2, she was responsible for programming and staffing the HSDC summer intensives and curating HSDC’s National Choreographic Competition. In this capacity, Kaschock Russell realized her passion for teaching and mentoring young and emerging artists. Hubbard Street 2 created its first full-length children’s program Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure under her directorship. Harold premiered at the Kennedy Center to a sold-out house in October of 2010. The production went onto performances at the Joan B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the American Dance Festival in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, the Cleveland Playhouse, at the Aspen Santa-Fe Dance Festival and at the Detroit Opera House. The success of this children's program remains an enormous source of pride—a labor of love inspired by the birth of her first child, Donovan.
Over the past two decades, Russell has worked as a guest teacher with Abraham in Motion, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet BC, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She also regularly teaches company class for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a performer, Kaschock Russell traveled extensively over her twelve-year career with both Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet, performing works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. As a creator, Kaschock Russell has composed a number of site-specific installations, most notably in collaborative partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Invested in the belief that access to dance should be universal and inclusive, Kaschock Russell continues to reach out to connect to other art forms using improvisation and choreographic tools. Most recently, Kaschock Russell taught movement to the 222 emerging musicians at the NYO summer programs under the umbrella of Carnegie Hall.
John-Mario Sevilla (92Y Harkness Director of Professional Development and Performance; MA, Teachers College …
John-Mario Sevilla (92Y Harkness Director of Professional Development and Performance; MA, Teachers College; MFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) hails from Ka’ehu, Maui. Formerly the Director of Harkness Dance Center, Manager of School Programs and Director of Education at New York City Ballet, he has been a teacher both here and abroad to dancers of all ages and levels. From 1988 to 1996, John-Mario was a performer, choreographic collaborator, rehearsal director and teacher for Pilobolus, for which he toured internationally and appeared on several national telecasts. He has also worked with choreographers Rebecca Stenn, Lisa Giobbi, Nikolais and Louis, Shapiro and Smith, Janis Brenner, Anna Sokolow and Bill Cratty, juggler Michael Moschen, film animator Laura Margulies, drag performing artists Sherry Vine, poet John Unterecker and Navajo sandpainter and healer Walking Thunder. Mr. Sevilla’s choreography has appeared in New York City at Movement Research/Judson Church, LaMama, Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bouwerie, Columbia University, ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, The Asia Society, Riverside Church and Bronx Academy of Art and Dance. He currently is a student of the hula with kumu hula Hōkūlani Holt of Pā‘ū O Hi‘iaka on the island of Maui. He has also studied with kumu hula June Ka’ililani Tanoue.
Catherine Tharin, MA, Artistic Associate, is the Curator for Harkness Dance Center performances, including Fridays at Noon, Dig Dance, …
Catherine Tharin, MA, Artistic Associate, is the Curator for Harkness Dance Center performances, including Fridays at Noon, Dig Dance, and the Harkness Dance Festival. She is a member of the New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) Breaking Boundaries Committee. She was a member of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company for seven years and has taught movement and dance to 2½ -18-year-olds and Hawkins technique, dance history, choreography, and somatics to college students for nearly 30 years. She choreographs dances and recently brought her work to Korea. She is co-authoring a book about Erick Hawkins. She has sat on boards for dance, dance selection committees, and has taught in residencies and workshops both at home and abroad.
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Schneider-Cohen
Chelsea Spraker, Program Manager of the Harkness Dance Center, joined 92Y in 2016.
Chelsea Spraker, Program Manager of the Harkness Dance Center, joined 92Y in 2016. Chelsea holds a BFA in Dance with a specialty in Business Administration from The College at Brockport, State University of New York and is also a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory. Prior to joining 92nd Street Y, Chelsea worked as an Educational Specialist with the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSA), School of Dance and as a Rentals and Classes Representative with Gibney Dance Center. As a professional dancer and teaching artist, she worked with the Student Company at Mark Morris Dance Center and currently performs with the Mariah Maloney Dance Company, among other freelance artists in New York City.
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