Category Archives: 25th Anniversary Post

25 years. For what?

“25 years. For what?,” I asked myself this early Monday morning of this first week of our two-week anniversary season at Stage 773. Coming to mind first is for the chance to celebrate a wisdom that I first heard my mother say.  She … Continue reading

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Be Our Guest: MARK YONALLY!

When I first moved to Chicago I was insatiably hungry to see what the local dance scene was all about.  I went to every show I could, and that first year I went to see eight different shows during Dance … Continue reading

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Melanie’s JUMP RHYTHM® Life!

My first introduction to JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project was after being selected for their residency at Slippery Rock University. I along with 9 other dance majors spent two weeks of rigorous rehearsal with two company members learning Getting There, but this … Continue reading

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JUMPING into RHYTHM!

Working with JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project has been an exciting and rewarding experience. This 25-year-old dance company generates such a unique and stimulating performance. When I first started working for JUMP RHYTHM® I was intrigued by the style and technique.  … Continue reading

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Online vs. Live Conversation

In May 2011 (Dance USA’s e-journal: From the Green Room) dance writer, Jennifer Edwards talked about the “Shifting Landscapes: 3 Impact Points of Technology on the Future of Dance.” Here is an excerpt citing the first impact point. “Technology is … Continue reading

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Singing in Rhythm

As a part of our historic revival of “No Way Out” for JUMP RHYTHM®’s 25th Anniversary, we are recreating all 3 sections of the dance for the first time in my 8 year tenure with the company.  I usually find … Continue reading

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JUMP RHYTHM® & Human Connection

We all need human connection. This truly is at the core of all that JUMP RHYTHM® does. Beneath the funky music, the hand hits and the intricate choreography is a technique and philosophy that emphasizes human connection above all else. Recently … Continue reading

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Finding My Voice & Belonging in a Community:

A Week that Changed My Life In June 2014, I attended the JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project Summer Intensive with limited JUMP RHYTHM® knowledge, no expectations and an open mind to what could await. The week was more fulfilling than I ever could … Continue reading

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A Look Back: “Too Close for Comfort” Then & Now

In honor of Jump Rhythm’s upcoming 25th Anniversary season, I would like to take a look back. My first introduction to the company was in January of 2001 as a freshmen dance major at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. … Continue reading

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Exploring the Voice as a Drumbeater

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to teach a Jump Rhythm company class. As with most experiences teaching, preparing can be a bit nerve wracking as you try to organize all the components of a meaningful and well thought-out … Continue reading

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