NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 4
MONDAY - FRIDAY, 9AM - 4PM
Yin Yue was born and raised in China, where she studied classical ballet technique, Chinese classical and folk dance at Shanghai Dance School. She continued her education at Shanghai Normal University and by the end of her university training she had appeared in many festivals and dance competitions throughout China. In 2005, she was ranked among the top ten performers in the National Dance Competition in Yunnan. Frustrated with rigidity of Chinese dance education system and told that with her petite frame she could never be a professional dancer, she moved to New York City to pursue MFA in contemporary dance at New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts.
After graduating with a MFA in dance in 2008, she quickly started to gained attention as a highly original performer and choreographer among peers. Besides the sensual and controlled contemporary movement quality, Yin recently became fascinated with Mongolia and Tibet folk dance styles – two regions with ancient dance traditions virtually unknown to the West. Elements such as “horse riding” steps from Mongolian dance, “prayer” body posture from Tibetan dance with its signature arm flipping, tilting and dragging movement styles made way into her contemporary choreography.
Transformed by Yin’s individual sensitivity and expressive approach, these elements became the inspiration and root material for her own, very personal style, in which she strives to achieve combination of grace, and effortless and strong physical power in which she finds harmony and balance.
As she has said, “You don't dance to be able to find out how you feel, you dance when there is so much power and feeling in you, you just have to stand up and move.”
Navarra Novy-Williams was born in New York City and was fortunate to receive her early training from Elaine Kudo and Buddy Balou in Verona, New Jersey. In 2006 she graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance. She joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal in 2006 where she performed works by choreographers Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Mats Ek, Mauro Bigonzetti, Jean Christophe Maillot, Shen Wei, Didy Veldman, Christopher Wheeldon, and George Balanchine. In 2009 she moved to Israel to dance in the Batsheva Ensemble. She joined Cedar Lake Contemporary in 2010, where she performed original works by Hofesh Schecter, Crystal Pite, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jo Stromgren, and Alexander Ekman. She has taught at Cedar Lake 360&180 summer intensives, at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, and teaches Gaga throughout NYC.