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Wisdom Project

The Wisdom Project provides dance training and the creation of new work for movers age 40 and over. This dance melee is designed to eclipse prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of a person's age with love, acceptance, and reverence of older dancers. This inaugural Wisdom Project blossoms with LA-based choreographer James Gregg on Saturdays and Sundays in October 2020.

 

ABOUT INAUGURAL PROJECT

The experience will entail movement practice, James’ distinctive vocabulary, and capturing the collaborative choreography on film, all within a supportive online atmosphere. 

 

 

DATES ~ Weekends in October with James Gregg

  • Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th

  • Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th

  • Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th

  • Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th

 

TIME​ ~ Listed in Pacific Standard Time

  • 10:00 am until 1:00 pm

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CONTENT ~ During One Month

  • 8 Technique/Movement Practice Sessions

  • 8 Rehearsals 

  • Edited Dance Video 

 

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ELIGIBILITY

  • 40+

  • previous dance training and/or established movement practice (yoga, martial arts, sports)

  • performance experience or curiosity about sharing dance with others

  • desire to adapt, create, connect, and contribute 

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APPLICATION PROCESS

There is no fee to apply. Send the following materials to Lillian@thehaven.dance

  • Video Statement of Interest (talk to camera about yourself and why you are interested in the Wisdom Project)

  • Biography and/or Resume 

  • Links to Application Video(s)​

Please upload your Video Statement of Interest and Application Videos to Dropbox,  Vimeo, or Youtube, and provide links (include passwords if needed). Videos that need to be downloaded will NOT be considered.

 

 

VIDEO GUIDELINES

Please include the following in your application video(s):​

  • 1 minute of improvisation 

  • 1-3 minutes of class, rehearsal, or performance footage (any setting)

Send links  (include passwords if needed) that connect directly to videos posted to Dropbox, Vimeo, or Youtube. Do NOT send videos that need to be downloaded. 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications are due on or before Sunday, September 27th, 2020 before 11:59 pm PDT. 

If the project has reached capacity, we will indicate as such in bright red at the top of this page on our website. 

 

 

​LETTERS OF INVITATION

Selected mentees will be notified of admittance by email no later than Thursday, October 1st, 2020.​

 

COST TO PARTICIPATE

​$525

 

Security Deposit

$250

 

Payment Options

We understand that people have different socio-economic backgrounds and can create payment options that work for each Wisdom Project participant. Payments can be made by PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, wire transfer, check, automatic withdrawal, or money order. 

Financial Aid

Full and partial scholarships are available for participants that apply and are accepted. 

Step 1 - apply

Step 2 - receive notification of acceptance

Step 3 - send the following materials to Lillian@thehaven.dance 

  • Written Statement of Financial Need

  • Two Letters of Recommendation or 2 References (name, relationship, phone, & email)

 

James Gregg

is Colorado born, Oklahoma raised. James is an international choreographer who has created choreographic works on Bodytraffic, Whim W’Him, Danceworks Chicago, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, BalletX, Northwest Dance Project, Nashville Ballet's Emergence, Springboard Danse Project Montreal, River North Dance Company, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Cirque du Soleil at Sea and L’Ecole Superieure de Danse de Québec. James is also the co-artistic director of a Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary dance collective known as Wewolf. Its focus is on creating and working on different projects that bring RubberLegz and James’ methods of dance and visual arts together. James was the recipient of the 2015 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. He was also the winner for Ballet Austin's 2014 New American talent choreographic competition, a finalist in Milwaukee Ballet's 2013 Genesis Choreographic competition, and in 2011 the winner of the International Choreographic Competition at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur.

As a performer, James has worked with many companies and choreographers such as BJM Danse, Aszure & Artists, RUBBERBAND, Bodytraffic, River North Dance Chicago, Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, Mia Michaels, Gustavo Ramirez, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Frank Chaves, Danny Ezralow, Mauro Bigonzetti, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, and Cayetano Soto.

James also has been featured in several music videos, feature films, and in TV documentaries and specials  such as Elton John, Lyon, Kresha Turner, Ils Dansent, On the Road, and Soul Survivors. These experiences to work with such a variety of artists and different artistic avenues has given James the tools to create his own language and helped mold his voice and vision.

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