iMEE NEWS (04/2016 - 09/2016)

2016  

 iMEE Co-Founding Director to be in residence at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY - 

#iMEEonthemove... iMEE Co-Founding Director, Andrea Dawn Shelley will be in Residence as a Guest Choreographer / Guest Master Teacher at Western Kentucky University, March 2015.  Shelley will create a new ensemble work for WKU Dance Company's Spring Repertory Program, "Evening of Dance 2016" at the Russell H. Miller Theatre, April 29 - May 2.  The evening will feature choreography by WKU dance faculty and nationally acclaimed guest artists.  For more detailed information & ticket sales, CLICK HERE. 

iMEE to perform in Mexico City this August & the company receives an invitation to return to Plovdiv, Bulgaria for a second time - 

iMEE was selected out of approximately 300 applicants from all over the world to be a part of the first International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City, FIDCDMX.  We're honored to have been chosen to present our work at FIDCDMX this Summer in Mexico City!  iMEE has also been invited to return to the black box INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL THEATRE & DANCE in Plovdiv, Bulgaria to present a body of work, June 2017. iMEE presented the sum of 4 / duets + quartets at the back box IFTD June 2015.  We couldn't be more honored to be asked to return and participate in this wonderful Festival again.  #iMEEonthemove2016-2017  

iMEE Directors brought on to Develop & Direct Mandelstam DANCE in South Miami, FL - 

iMEE Co-Directors, Hering & Shelley have been brought on board to develop & direct Mandelstam Dance in South Miami, Florida. Mandelstam Dance, a pre-professional dance school, is the official dance program for The Mandelstam School in South Miami, Fl. Hering & Shelley will offer programs that are structured to broaden a student's dance education by training well-rounded young artists versed in both classical ballet and modern techniques from the onset of their training. Mandelstam Dance, under the direction of Hering & Shelley, aspires to produce intelligent, creative thinkers who are respectful, well-rounded dancers, artists and humans. Mandelstam Dance & the Mandelstam Theater will now house iMEE & upcoming performances on January 20 & 21, 2017. Exciting times lie ahead for iMEE in South Florida! For more INFO about Mandelstam Dance 2016-2017, visit: www.mandelstamdance.com Classes begin August 29, 2016. Come move & train with us...

SUNDAY ballet w/iMEE (plus a new class offering) returns & launches Fall 2016 in South Miami, FL - 

Beginning Sunday, September 4th... iMEE Co-Directors will alternately teach a two hour ballet class and contemporary workshop/iMEE repertoire class every Sunday! Join iMEE Directors on Sundays from 11AM-1PM & 1-2:30PM at Mandelstam DANCE, 8530 SW 57th AVE, Miami, FL.  CLASS Schedule: August 29, 2016 - June 2, 2017 INT/ADV levels, 13 yrs. & older / pre-professional dancers thru adult.  CLASS Drop-in rate: $22 (*Pro & College rates available.) Payment is due in full upon class sign-in. Cash, Checks, CC accepted.  Class cards are available for purchase. Come move with us & get your “SUNDAY ballet w/iMEE” & "Contemporary Workshop" on at 11AM!   #iMEEonthemove  #meetusatthebarre #meetusonthedancefloor #SoFlo  CLICK HERE for more INFO.      

Call to South Florida dance artists for remainder of 2016/17 season-

iMEE is currently looking for male & female dance artists for upcoming projects for the remainder of our 2016/17 season.  We are looking for dancers who currently reside in South Florida with strong classical & contemporary technique, strong partnering skills & experience, strong improvisational skills, a mature work ethic, positive attitude, collaborative spirit. 20 yrs or older. Interested dancers, please join us on Sunday(s) for our open Ballet & Contemporary Workshop / iMEE Repertoire classes. Location: Mandelstam Dance (Studio A) 8530 SW 57 AVE, South Miami, Fl 33143. Inquiries: [email protected] 

CLICK here to SEE where iMEE's moving next...

 

2015 (12/2015 - 08/2015)

iMEE Co-Founding Director receives a Project Grant for Individuals from RISCA -  

We congratulate iMEE Co-Founding Director, Andrea D. Shelley for being selected as a Grantee of a Project Grant for Individuals from RISCA (Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.) The award supports the continued development and presentation of "the secret of life is to fall down seven times & get up eight." This is a big step for iMEE as it is our first time receiving support from the state of Rhode Island. SEE iMEE moving next... Oct 10 & 11at Megley Black Box Theatre in Newport, RI. CLICK HERE to read RISCA Press Release.  

'the sum of 4 / + one' Artist Line-Up announced - 

New England audiences will enjoy the talents of our world class project artists:  Alan Alberto (appearing courtesy of Festival Ballet Providence), Spencer Gavin Hering (appearing courtesy of Island Moving Co.) Cristian Laverde Koenig (appearing courtesy of Armitage Gone! Dance), Andrea Dawn Shelley and Brit Wallis.  'the sum of 4 / + one' will also feature video landscaping & editing by iMEE project artist and Houston Ballet soloist, Oliver Halkowich.   

iMEE Co-Founding Directors in residence at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI - 

iMEE Co-Founding Director, Spencer Gavin Hering is in Residence as a Guest Choreographer at Salve Regina University for the Fall 2015 Semester. This semester marks Hering's second residency with the SRU Dance.  His work, Schone (which was created during his 2014 residency) received many accolades when it was toured, presented and adjudicated at the American College Dance Association (ACDA2015) in March 2015. Hering is currently creating a new ensemble work as well as a solo work for SRU Dance's Fall repertory Program at the Casino Theatre on November 12-14.  The Program also offers new works by acclaimed guest artists Joe Celej, Kat Pantos and Mike Esperanza.   For more detailed information & ticket sales, CLICK here.

iMEE Co-Founding Director, Andrea Dawn Shelley is also in Residence as a Mentor, Resident Choreographer and Director of the Junior Company at Salve Regina University for the Fall 2015 Semester. This semester also marks Shelley's second residency with the SRU Dance.  Shelley has created two site specific works, Opus 37 and Lumiere to be performed on campus in October and December as well as a new work, Insistence of Truth for SRU Dance's Spring repertory Program at the Casino Theatre in February 2016.

'the sum of 4 / + one' performances left audiences speechless

iMEE took Newport, RI audiences by storm on Oct. 10 & 11th, as they were taken on a "captivating & powerful" journey of sight, sound & dance. iMEE dancers and choreographers provided thought provoking, provocative & passionate dance. It was a beautiful weekend of iMEE dance... 

"iMEE accomplished an impressive feat with the sum of 4 / + one: the realization of their artistic vision. No component felt out of place throughout the evening, and the directors' intelligent programming along with Amanda Motta's stage management and lighting design helped pull the pieces together in an age during which the use of technology can so often go awry. Many repertory dance companies would do well to learn from iMEE's format; the hour-long run time filled with cohesive, aesthetically and emotionally satisfying content was the perfect length of time to demand full attention from the audience. Although there were many applause-worthy moments throughout, it is a testament to Shelley's and Hering's pacing that the crowd held their hearty applause until the end of the performance."  - Tara Christine Gragg, freelance writer / dancer,  CLICK here for full review.

"Thank you! the sum of 4 / + one married sweet and sentimental with raw, powerful and provocative in several vignettes of dance, film and music. So creative and crazy talented!"  - "sum of 4 / + one" patron feedback Oct. 11, 2015  

iMEE Co-Founding Directors in residence at Festival Ballet Providence in Providence, RI - 

We are excited to announce that iMEE Co-Founding Directors, Spencer Gavin Hering and Andrea Dawn Shelley will both contribute new works for Festival Ballet Providence's Up Close On Hope Program 1Apollo & Bach Suites.  Shelley recently began working on her newest creation, "For Saskia" and Hering is set to begin his residence with the company on October 27th. Program 1 offers the chance to see one of legendary choreographer George Balanchine's most sought-after ballets: Apollo. The program will also feature live music from Community Music Works in a brand-new collaboration titled Bach Suites featuring choreography by Mihailo DjuricAndrea Dawn Shelley, Spencer Gavin Hering and Ty Parmenter. CMW musicians Adrienne Taylor (cello) and Hannah Ross (violin, viola) will play live.  Performances dates are Nov. 13 & 14 and Nov. 20-22. For more detailed information and ticket sales, CLICK HERE.

iMEE Co-Founding Director resigns from postion(s) at Island Moving Co. in Newport, RI - 

iMEE Co-Founding Director, Spencer Gavin Hering recently resigned from his position(s) of Associate Artistic Director, Resident Choreographer, Ballet Master and dancer with Island Moving Co. in Newport, RI and completed his last day on Oct.14, 2015. Hering had an excellent two seasons with the company and will look back on his time with IMC with much fondness. Hering will continue his work at Salve Regina University, as well as, additional projects in the New England area, California & Florida throughout the month(s) of November and December.  

#‎iMEEonthemove2016‬ ANNOUNCEMENTS TBA in the new year.  Please stay tuned....  

 WINTER WORKSHOP with iMEE Directors in Agoura Hills, CA - 

iMEE Co-Founding Directors will offer a WINTER WORKSHOP on Sunday, December 27 - Wednesday, December 30 at California Dance Theatre (CDT) in Agoura Hills, CA.  The four day workshop will run 10:30AM-3PM daily and will include classes such as: technique, pointe, variations, pas de deux and iMEE repertoire/contemporary workshop for Intermediate/Advanced levels, 13 years of age or older.  iMEE's WINTER WORKSHOP will also serve as the first audition for the Pre-Professional Training Platform (PTP) directed by Hering & Shelley at CDT.  PTP is set to launch in September 2016.  Workshop fee: $350  Daily rate: $100  Class drop-in rate: $35.  Click HERE for Registration Form & more detailed information.

iMEE's 2015 YEAR in REVIEW - 

iMEE had a wonderfully productive and successful 2015.  From a wildly successful INDIEGOGO campaign & Garage Sale, our first performances in Rhode Island; our second european tour to Bulgaria, our first presentation of a FULL evening of iMEE multi-disciplinary dance to New England audiences, to residencies with professional dance companies and Universities...  CLICK HERE to read our 2015 Year in Review.