2018 Artists Share their experience

Billy Blanken – Artistic Director – Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre

Style Pointe provided a unique experience for us to work with a designer and fabulous director. As a choreographer, I am creating my own vision. This unique experience gave me the opportunity to bring to life someone else’s vision- not always an easy task. This opportunity will be beneficial for me, should I ever want to choreograph commercially.

Additionally, the exposure my company got from this performance is a great opportunity for up and coming choreographers to present their work to a new audience and make connections outside of the dance community. .

Melissa Weber – Dancer with Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre & Armada Dance 

StylePointe 2018 is such a wonderful treat! We get to dance and wear some high fashion while walking the runway! It’s such a rush while dancing and walking the runway as photographers take pics and people are enjoying the look. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to make connections of a lifetime between dancers, choreographers and companies.

Albena Kervanbashieva – Dancer with Dance Visions NY

This is my first year with StylePointe project and I loved every minute of it! Apart from loving dance and sharing it with the audiences, I am extremely grateful for all the outstanding work that Sangeeta and her team have put in to make our entire rehearsal process and the final performance to go so great both on stage and backstage. We felt very welcomed and supported throughout and Dixon place is a wonderful performance venue!

Beth Jucovy – Choreographer – Dance Visions NY

I was delighted to be a part of StylePointe 2018! What a great idea to showcase fashion and dance, which go together so well, in one dynamic show! In fact, I’m surprised StylePointe is the only showcase doing this! Sangeeta’s organization of the event was fabulous. She created the link helped us navigate through the collaboration process with encouragement, support and sensitivity. She helped break the ice and created the conditions for working well together. I also am so impressed with Sangeeta’s promotion fo the event, resulting in the sold out performance and great coverage!

As far as the collaboration I appreciated the parameters from the designs themselves and the ideas of the designer and then the independence to interpret these parameters in my own unique way. Our process worked out beautifully. After seeing the inspirational designs and knowing I felt a connection to them, we discussed Aimee’s (the designer’s) vision, inspiration and ideas she wanted to highlight. Aimee also had music chosen that she wanted to work with. Then it was my task to make it come to life in the dance. It was exciting to interpret her visions and her musical choices in my own way- so the end product really became a union of sorts.

It was high energy and fun, and I feel my dancers truly got to express their own individuality and strengths through the work. The dancers, Aimee and I worked really well together, the atmosphere for rehearsals and during the performance day was fully comfortable and conducive to creativity. I think everyone felt great about it. That atmosphere helped the work come across even stronger!

Subin Hahn – Designer 

Being able to showcase my designs on stage with strikingly beautiful performance from ELSCO dance team was like a dream come true moment as a designer. I wish to see more collaborations of fashion and performances from young designers as a form of visual art, and I am very glad that I was part of this showcase to inspire the audiences both in the field of fashion and performing arts.

Aimee Nielsen – Designer 

I will be forever grateful to Sangeeta and everyone at Stylepointe who work so hard to create a platform for emerging designers and artists. For me Stylepointe was one of my first opportunities as a designer to showcase my designs and I am happy and proud that it was done through a collaboration with Dance Visions NY and their dancers. This unique collaboration was almost a 5 month planning period and the end result to showcase the hard work of the multiple artist collaboration during New York Fashion Week was amazing. I always hope that what I’m creating as a designer is inspiring to people in some way or another and seeing what Sangeeta, Dance Visions NY, and the dancers do for their art form certainly inspired me.

Jen Roit – Choreographer – Armada Dance 

This was my second year participating in StylePointe, so I am obviously a fan of the amazing work Sangeeta does putting on this show! I love working alongside artists in different mediums, and fashion works so well with movement. Working with Leetal Platt’s stunning designs was extremely inspiring, and I was excited to try something new and bring in some aerial artists to collaborate with. Amy Schulster and Erin Blaire did amazing work in helping me craft an ambient dance work about Leetal’s Bougainvillea Revisited collection. And of course getting to work with my talented dancers who are always willing to try something a little different en pointe, Leigh Schanfein, Shoko Fujita, Melissa Weber, and Kylie Fox is a highlight. Looking forward to seeing all the talent that Sangeeta brings together for next fall!