Dance Experience NYC provides exceptional dance training and education opportunities for all levels of dancers.
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is proud to announce the return of Dance Experience: NYC. This extraordinary opportunity will provide exceptional dance training and education through a series of one-week dance intensives, which are open to dancers of all skill levels, that will give them the opportunity to delve into the creative and kinesthetic processes of the professional dance artists on the residency faculty. The combined two weeks of dance instruction will culminate in a performance on Friday, August 4, 2017. Dance Experience faculty will again include some of New York City’s most talented artists, including Amy Hall Garner, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Marshall Davis, Jr.
AMY HALL GARNER is emerging as one of America’s unique and diverse creative talents. Mrs. Garner began her dance journey in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she worked with choreographers Paul Taylor, David Parsons, and Lar Lubovitch. Mrs. Garner has had the privilege of working with several iconic figures of theater including Ann Reinking, Susan Stroman, Chita Rivera, Savion Glover and the late Gwen Verdon. Her theater and film credits include Fosse, Contact, Thou Shalt Not, House of Flowers, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (Rockette), Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, The Little Mermaid, and The Producers: The Movie. As an instructor, Mrs. Garner has taught at Perry-Mansfield, American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive, Broadway Dance Center, LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (NYC), and Rosie O’Donnell’s Marvel Arts Center (NYC). She is an adjunct instructor at New York University’s New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts. Mrs. Garner has choreographed, coached, and worked as a creative consultant for projects such as Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Dave Chappelle’s Show, DRA: Solstice in the Square, and Kidz Bop Live! (National tour and QVC telecast). For many years, Amy has worked as a choreographic assistant with choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie, nationally and abroad at major artistic institutions, including The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, Milwaukee Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Cincinnati Ballet, The University of Oklahoma and the Dance For All company in South Africa. In 2011, Mrs. Garner was one of the first recipients of the Joffrey Ballet’s Choreography of Color Award. Her work was seen in the critically acclaimed children’s theatrical production, The Ohmies at Playwrights Horizons and at President Obama’s White House Easter Egg Roll. In 2012, Garner was commissioned by artistic director, Troy Powell, to create Virtues for Ailey II’s inaugural season. Mrs. Garner has created work for the next generation of ballet dancers at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet entitled Impetus for ChoreoPlan 2013. She has also had the pleasure of coaching Grammy Award winner Beyoncé and providing additional choreography for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Mrs. Garner’s work has been commissioned by The Juilliard School summer intensive, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp’s Centennial Season, and the Strings Music Festival featuring the C Street Brass. During the fall of 2014, Mrs. Garner choreographed the award-winning musical The Color Purple for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Last fall she served as the associate choreographer of the Off- Broadway musical Invisible Thread directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulas.
MARSHALL L. DAVIS, JR. was born in Miami Beach, Florida. He began tap dancing at the age of 10 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. By 11, he was the 1989 Florida winner of the Tri-Star Pictures Tap Day contest, a promotion for the movie Tap, starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. At age 13, he accepted a check from Ed McMahon for winning the coveted title of 1991 Star Search Teen Dance Champion. Since winning, he has had the pleasure of performing with Harold “Stumpy” Cromer at the Guthrie Theater as Pocket in the musical Babes in Arms, directed by Garland Wright. Later, he joined the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Bring in Da’ Noise Bring in Da’ Funk choreographed by Savion Glover and directed by George C. Wolfe. Mr. Davis has also performed throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the United States. Marshall’s dancing is most heavily influenced by his mentor, the late Steve Condos of the Condos Brothers. He has also received guidance from James “Buster” Brown, Edwin Holland, Paul Kennedy, Ted Levy, Lavaughn Robinson and Sam Weber. Named “Most Unusual Dance Soloist” by The Miami Herald for his rendition of the Morton Gould Tap Concerto, Marshall is also the recipient of Isaac Hayes’ Breaking the Barrier award for his achievements at such an early age. The adjunct professor of tap at Queens College can be seen through motion capture performance in the animated film Happy Feet Two, directed by George Miller. Currently, Mr. Davis is working as the associate choreographer to Mr. Glover for the highly anticipated Broadway show Shuffle Along!
DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE is one of America’s most diverse and sought-after choreographers and master teachers. A recipient of a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award, he is one of the few choreographers working in theater, modern, ballet, and commercial dance genres simultaneously. Moultrie has created and staged multiple works for The Juilliard School, Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Ailey II, Sacramento Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Tulsa Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Smuin Ballet. He has taught and choreographed at many universities such as Ailey B.F.A. Fordham, Point Park University, CalArts, New York University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College and Boston Conservatory. This season he will set new works for Washington Ballet, Collage Dance Collective and NBA Ballet in Japan.
Grammy Award-winning recording artist Beyoncé selected Moultrie as one of her choreographers for TheMrs. Carter Show World Tour. He also has collaborated with Tony Award-winning hoofer Savion Glover and director Diane Paulus, who tapped Moultrie to choreograph the original musical Witness Uganda at American Repertory Theater. Most recently Darrell choreographed the new opera El Publico by Federico Lorca at the world famous Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain. He also co-choreographed the new Off-Broadway musical Invisible Thread.
As a performer, Moultrie was seen in West Side Story at the world famous La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. He has also appeared on Broadway in the smash hit musical, Hairspray, and was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning musical Billy Elliot. Moultrie is a proud New Yorker, born and raised in Harlem, and a proud graduate of P.S. 144, LaGuardia High School, and The Juilliard School.