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Nikki Manx Dance Project presents "No One Should Go Hungry" at "Roots," a 10 year celebration. Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HacPAC), June 22, 2018. Dancers: Michelle Esch, Jenna Familletti, Alyson Monaco, Allison Pagano, Laura Van Dyke, Alex Vetterlein. Musical accompaniment: Danielle Sheri, Tom Clancey. Original premiere: 2012.
This comedic, quirky, quintet discusses climate change through the personification of our beloved sprout. The dance supports the ideology of transitioning to a renewable energy economy. The earth’s shift in temperature, due to industrialization, calls on a passionate community looking to explore sustainable resource alternatives such as wind, solar, and hydro energy. It is important that human progression through industrialization does not damage our climate with dirty energy sour
This dance premiered in celebration of New Jersey legally recognizing same-sex marriage on October 21, 2013. The performance was made possible in part by a large contribution from an LGBT constituent. Although the piece was in the making before this generous donation, it certainly served as a thank you to our all-inclusive NMDP family. The dance premiered as part of an evening length work, "We the People."
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From flash mobs to fine arts, Nikki Manx Dance Project’s creative director is presently celebrating 10 years of presenting socially-conscious dance that inspires reflection upon the human experience. A fierce advocate for environmental justice, Nikki’s work includes cause-driven multimedia performances, showcasing unique gestural vocabulary, that encourage environmental sustainability and advocacy. Her choreography has been presented throughout the tri-state area in myriad venues (Dixon Place, South Street Seaport, Jennifer Muller/THE Works Studio, Greenspace Studio, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Two River Theatre, Bergen Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Drew University, Kean University, Puffin Cultural Forum, Art of Motion Studio Theatre, Bergen PAC, the Grounds for Sculpture) and site-specific work (The Grounds for Sculpture, Joan’s Joy Child Safety Fest, art galleries and special events). Nikki’s work has enjoyed the support and recognition of governmental and advocacy grants. As an dance educator, Nikki has shared her knowledge, knowhow and passion with thousands of aspiring young dancers. When Manx is not dancing or creating, she volunteers with nonprofits advocating for arts, education, culture and the environment.
Jenna Familletti grew up in New Jersey where she trained as both a dancer and competitive gymnast. She became a gymnastics coach for the Madison Area YMCA Rosettes, where she coached team USAG compulsories as well as progressive classes. Jenna went on to graduate with a B.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she studied animation and dance. She was a member of the SCAD Dance Theater Company for 4 years, where, under the direction of Choreographer Vincent Brosseau and Qianping Guo, principal dancer of the Liaoning Ballet of China and The Pacific Northwest Ballet, she performed in several modern and contemporary works as well as appearing in a dance film, The Photographer. Most recently, Jenna performed “Russian” in Lustig Dance Theater’s production of A Jazzy Nutcracker.
With her illustration and animation background Jenna has worked as an artist at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where she taught guests how to draw Disney characters as well as performed in the show “Drawn to Animation.” She now works as an Art Director at Mccann Echo, where she has won industry awards for her design and illustration work. Jenna is thrilled to join the Nikki Manx Dance Project this season!
Alyson Monaco grew up dancing in New Jersey and went on to become a dance performance major at the Boston Conservatory, where she performed in Jose Limon’s Psalm and Misa Brevis, as the Hosana Solo dancer. Alyson has choreographed over ten musicals and has performed numerous leads, highlights being Mayzie LaBird in Seussical and Victoria in Cats with Just Off Broadway Productions. She is currently the resident choreographer for Coastal Artist Productions. You can catch Alyson as a featured dancer in Patrice Jegou’s From This Moment On music video and may have seen her in the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show with Bruno Mars. Alyson is a published freelance model, a licensed Zumba instructor and is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer through AFAA. She is excited to be joining Nikki Manx Dance Project for their 10 Year Anniversary Season in her third year