YCDA Immersion Retreat
Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

YCDA Immersion Retreat

YCDA Immersion is an experience of deep inner transformation and dance creation, culminating in a retreat, to help you rise up and bring out your authentic dance. This path is for you if you want to focus on creating a solo dance piece within the container of a supportive group of women. It’s especially for you if you’re in a period of transition in your life, and you see art-making as a powerful way to learn more about yourself, and to harness your power to invent, re-invent, and transform your world.

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Dance a Day in the Month of May 2018
May
1
to May 31

Dance a Day in the Month of May 2018

In 2014, “Dance a Day in the Month of May” was spontaneously created when Jess Grippo posted a 15-second Instagram video on May 1st and decided to keep it going. Through the years, Jess' movement has grown and evolved. Today, we are inviting you to participate in this year's daily dance challenge during the month of May.

 

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You Can Dance Again: Ignite Your Spark (Intro Workshop)
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

You Can Dance Again: Ignite Your Spark (Intro Workshop)

  • 890 Broadway New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)
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"you can dance again" workshops are a gateway to your creative power through your body.

It’s about reclaiming the freedom to dance in your own way, in your own body exactly as it is right now…

...because you KNOW deep down that once you dance, you’ll feel freer, more like yourself, and more empowered to move confidently through your life.

Each month, Jess hosts a workshop on a different theme, which is designed to connect and empower your movement in the studio with your creative process in your everyday life. 

This month, our theme is UP&UP, with a focus on growth, expansion, and lifting yourself up naturally, even in the midst of challenging life stuff. 

Cate Prefontaine Hausmann, a founding YCDA member, will be co-leading, sharing her originally choreography to the uplifting song Up&Up. 

You’ll leave with more confidence in yourself and more clarity on exactly how you want to continue dancing through your life.

You’ll be reminded that movement in your body will catalyze movement in your life.

Join us for this 2-hour experience to free-up what’s blocking you and restore your dancing spirit and self-expression through a combination of facilitated dancing, writing, sharing, and collaborative creation with the group.

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whether it's been forever (or never) since you've taken a dance class, you will:

  • collaborate with a diverse community of dancers who see you, encourage you, and accept you exactly as you are

  • awaken latent creative energy within you

  • eliminate feelings of competitiveness, inadequacy, or negative body image

  • use dance as a vehicle for igniting more confidence, power, and freedom in your life


WE WELCOME EVERYONE…

From all types of dance backgrounds. From all levels of dance experience (including – none). This is not about learning one particular dance style. It’s about connecting to your own authentic movement (which may or may not be influenced by previous training) and gaining inspiration from the other diverse dancers who take part.

 
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about the facilitators:

Jess Grippo is an award-winning dancer, writer, creativity coach, TEDx speaker, and the creator of You Can Dance Again. Although she went through 10 years of classical ballet training and received a B.A. from NYU in psychology, she left the more traditional dance and academic worlds to create her own career path. Her work is about guiding people back into dance: for self-reinvention, for reinvention of our world, and for reconnection to the power in our bodies. She enjoys making dance videos in the most random places, often with random strangers, as well as making shows on actual stages. She is currently writing her first book, Dance With This Book: A Guide to Start Dancing (And Living) On Your Terms. Join her Creative Fridays community for a weeklyish nudge (via email) for your creative soul: 

 

Cate Prefontaine Hausmann is a proud founding member of You Can Dance Again. Over the past few years in partnership with Jess, Cate has reconnected with her creativity and passion for writing, art, dancing and choreography. When Cate is not dancing, she serves as English Language Arts Director for a network of elementary and middle schools in Manhattan and the Bronx and has previously worked as a teacher, coach, administrator and consultant in schools around the United States. She loves to dance with her husband Kevin and to bring the gift of dance into the lives of family, friends, and even perfect strangers through teaching and taking classes, making dance videos and performing whenever possible. Cate is dancing again because it brings her joy.  She gives herself permission to do what she loves.

 the post-workshop glow from last month's session!

the post-workshop glow from last month's session!

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YCDA Annual Summer Showcase
Jun
30
7:30 PM19:30

YCDA Annual Summer Showcase

You're invited to our Annual Summer Showcase to activate the dance within you, witness inspiring performances, discover your unique creative energy and connect with a community of inspiring people. 

This show is designed not only to entertain, but to give you the tools and inspiration you need to integrate dance into your life... in your own way.

Our intention is that you leave feeling both inspired and empowered to bring more of your creative expression into your life and to dance through any challenges that come up along the way.

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Pop-Goddess Dance (Brooklyn NY Workshop)
Apr
7
4:30 PM16:30

Pop-Goddess Dance (Brooklyn NY Workshop)

 
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This dance empowerment workshop - for all levels - is designed to reconnect you to your creative expression, confidence, and the unique goddess energy within you.

Using a handful of goddess archetypes and their pop-star music likenesses (i.e. Kali/Beyonce, Aphrodite/Lady Gaga, Artemis/P!nk, etc.), Jess will guide you through dances to connect you to your untapped power and creativity, and express something meaningful with them.

We'll begin with a structured warm-up, based in jazz, ballet, and African dance, designed to be accessible for all levels of dancers. After learning about the archetypes and popstar parallels, you'll receive guided prompts and exercises to help you access the different energies through your own unique movement.

themes for this session:

--> strengthening self-worth

--> letting go of stuck energy

--> reinventing through creative alchemy

 

We'll create goddess-inspired dance choreography together, highlighting each woman's divine power, individuality, and the essence she most wants to embody in her life.

 

Hear what students at the last workshop had to say:

whether it's been forever (or never) since you've taken a dance class, you will:

  • collaborate with a diverse community of dancers who see you, encourage you, and accept you exactly as you are

  • awaken latent creative energy within you

  • eliminate feelings of competitiveness, inadequacy, or negative body image

  • use dance as a vehicle for igniting more confidence, power, and freedom in your life


WE WELCOME EVERYONE…

From all types of dance backgrounds. From all levels of dance experience (including – none). This is not about learning one particular dance style. It’s about connecting to your own authentic movement (which may or may not be influenced by previous training) and gaining inspiration from the other diverse dancers who take part.

 
 
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about the facilitator:

Jess Grippo is an award-winning dancer, writer, creativity coach, TEDx speaker, and the creator of You Can Dance Again. Although she went through 10 years of classical ballet training and received a B.A. from NYU in psychology, she left the more traditional dance and academic worlds to create her own career path. Her work is about guiding people back into dance: for self-reinvention, for reinvention of our world, and for reconnection to the power in our bodies. She enjoys making dance videos in the most random places, often with random strangers, as well as making shows on actual stages. She is currently writing her first book, Dance With This Book: A Guide to Start Dancing (And Living) On Your Terms. Join her Creative Fridays community for a weeklyish nudge (via email) for your creative soul: http://jessgrippo.com/blog

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Pop-Goddess Dance (NYC Workshop)
Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

Pop-Goddess Dance (NYC Workshop)

 
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This dance empowerment workshop - for all levels - is designed to reconnect you to your creative expression, confidence, and the unique goddess energy within you.

Using a handful of goddess archetypes and their pop-star music likenesses (i.e. Kali/Beyonce, Aphrodite/Lady Gaga, Artemis/P!nk, etc.), Jess will guide you through dances to connect you to your untapped power and creativity, and express something meaningful with them.

We'll begin with a structured warm-up, based in jazz, ballet, and African dance, designed to be accessible for all levels of dancers. After learning about the archetypes and popstar parallels, you'll receive guided prompts and exercises to help you access the different energies through your own unique movement.

We'll create goddess-inspired dance choreography together, highlighting each woman's divine power, individuality, and the essence she most wants to embody in her life.

 

Hear what students at the last workshop had to say:

whether it's been forever (or never) since you've taken a dance class, you will:

  • collaborate with a diverse community of dancers who see you, encourage you, and accept you exactly as you are

  • awaken latent creative energy within you

  • eliminate feelings of competitiveness, inadequacy, or negative body image

  • use dance as a vehicle for igniting more confidence, power, and freedom in your life


WE WELCOME EVERYONE…

From all types of dance backgrounds. From all levels of dance experience (including – none). This is not about learning one particular dance style. It’s about connecting to your own authentic movement (which may or may not be influenced by previous training) and gaining inspiration from the other diverse dancers who take part.

 
 
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about the facilitator:

Jess Grippo is an award-winning dancer, writer, creativity coach, TEDx speaker, and the creator of You Can Dance Again. Although she went through 10 years of classical ballet training and received a B.A. from NYU in psychology, she left the more traditional dance and academic worlds to create her own career path. Her work is about guiding people back into dance: for self-reinvention, for reinvention of our world, and for reconnection to the power in our bodies. She enjoys making dance videos in the most random places, often with random strangers, as well as making shows on actual stages. She is currently writing her first book, Dance With This Book: A Guide to Start Dancing (And Living) On Your Terms. Join her Creative Fridays community for a weeklyish nudge (via email) for your creative soul: http://jessgrippo.com/blog

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{show} Dancify That!
Mar
10
10:00 PM22:00

{show} Dancify That!

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Jess Grippo is competing in "Dancify That!" with her good friend and colleague Eduardo Placer. Come watch as fabulously costumed contestants compete in creating dance inspired by some of the funniest and most bizarre videos from the internet. With aerobics, burlesque, a sing-a-long, and some of the city’s judgiest dance judges “Dancify That!” will entertain your chassez off. Serious Comedy. Serious Dance. Serious Fun.

Get your tickets here!

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YCDA Spring Semester Begins!
Mar
5
12:00 PM12:00

YCDA Spring Semester Begins!

YCDA Program is a 9-month experience that gets you dancing and living in a way that feels authentic, fulfills your soul, and impacts your life for the better. This program is split into two semesters: Fall + Spring (and yes, there’s Spring Dance Break). YCDA is like having a dance school, circle of friends, creative mentorship, and life coach all rolled into one powerful program.

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Ignite Your Creative Spark (Online Workshop)
Mar
2
1:00 PM13:00

Ignite Your Creative Spark (Online Workshop)

 
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ignite your spark is a gateway to your creative power through your body.

It’s about reclaiming the freedom to dance in your own way, in your own body exactly as it is right now…

...because you KNOW deep down that once you dance, you’ll feel freer, more like yourself, and more empowered to move confidently through your life.

You’ll leave with more confidence in yourself and more clarity on exactly how you want to continue dancing through your life.

You’ll be reminded that movement in your body will catalyze movement in your life.

Join us for this 2-hour online experience, held on Zoom video conference, to free-up what’s blocking you and restore your dancing spirit and self-expression through a combination of facilitated dancing, writing, sharing, and collaborative creation with the group.

whether it's been forever (or never) since you've taken a dance class, you will:

  • collaborate with a diverse community of dancers who see you, encourage you, and accept you exactly as you are

  • awaken latent creative energy within you

  • eliminate feelings of competitiveness, inadequacy, or negative body image

  • use dance as a vehicle for igniting more confidence, power, and freedom in your life


WE WELCOME EVERYONE…

From all types of dance backgrounds. From all levels of dance experience (including – none). This is not about learning one particular dance style. It’s about connecting to your own authentic movement (which may or may not be influenced by previous training) and gaining inspiration from the other diverse dancers who take part.

 
 
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about the facilitator:

Jess Grippo is an award-winning dancer, writer, creativity coach, TEDx speaker, and the creator of You Can Dance Again. Although she went through 10 years of classical ballet training and received a B.A. from NYU in psychology, she left the more traditional dance and academic worlds to create her own career path. Her work is about guiding people back into dance: for self-reinvention, for reinvention of our world, and for reconnection to the power in our bodies. She enjoys making dance videos in the most random places, often with random strangers, as well as making shows on actual stages. She is currently writing her first book, Dance With This Book: A Guide to Start Dancing (And Living) On Your Terms. Join her Creative Fridays community for a weeklyish nudge (via email) for your creative soul: http://jessgrippo.com/blog

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YCDA: ignite your spark (Intro Workshop)
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

YCDA: ignite your spark (Intro Workshop)

 
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"you can dance again" workshops are a gateway to your creative power through your body.

It’s about reclaiming the freedom to dance in your own way, in your own body exactly as it is right now…

...because you KNOW deep down that once you dance, you’ll feel freer, more like yourself, and more empowered to move confidently through your life.

Each month, Jess hosts a workshop on a different theme, which is designed to connect and empower your movement in the studio with your creative process in your everyday life. 

You’ll leave with more confidence in yourself and more clarity on exactly how you want to continue dancing through your life.

You’ll be reminded that movement in your body will catalyze movement in your life.

Join us for this 2-hour experience to free-up what’s blocking you and restore your dancing spirit and self-expression through a combination of facilitated dancing, writing, sharing, and collaborative creation with the group.

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whether it's been forever (or never) since you've taken a dance class, you will:

  • collaborate with a diverse community of dancers who see you, encourage you, and accept you exactly as you are

  • awaken latent creative energy within you

  • eliminate feelings of competitiveness, inadequacy, or negative body image

  • use dance as a vehicle for igniting more confidence, power, and freedom in your life


WE WELCOME EVERYONE…

From all types of dance backgrounds. From all levels of dance experience (including – none). This is not about learning one particular dance style. It’s about connecting to your own authentic movement (which may or may not be influenced by previous training) and gaining inspiration from the other diverse dancers who take part.

 
 
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about the facilitator:

Jess Grippo is an award-winning dancer, writer, creativity coach, TEDx speaker, and the creator of You Can Dance Again. Although she went through 10 years of classical ballet training and received a B.A. from NYU in psychology, she left the more traditional dance and academic worlds to create her own career path. Her work is about guiding people back into dance: for self-reinvention, for reinvention of our world, and for reconnection to the power in our bodies. She enjoys making dance videos in the most random places, often with random strangers, as well as making shows on actual stages. She is currently writing her first book, Dance With This Book: A Guide to Start Dancing (And Living) On Your Terms. Join her Creative Fridays community for a weeklyish nudge (via email) for your creative soul: http://jessgrippo.com/blog

 the post-workshop glow from last month's session!

the post-workshop glow from last month's session!

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YCDA: Ignite Your Spark (Online Workshop)
Feb
2
1:00 PM13:00

YCDA: Ignite Your Spark (Online Workshop)

 
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ignite your spark is a gateway to your creative power through your body.

It’s about reclaiming the freedom to dance in your own way, in your own body exactly as it is right now…

...because you KNOW deep down that once you dance, you’ll feel freer, more like yourself, and more empowered to move confidently through your life.

You’ll leave with more confidence in yourself and more clarity on exactly how you want to continue dancing through your life.

You’ll be reminded that movement in your body will catalyze movement in your life.

Join us for this 2-hour online experience, held on Zoom video conference, to free-up what’s blocking you and restore your dancing spirit and self-expression through a combination of facilitated dancing, writing, sharing, and collaborative creation with the group.

whether it's been forever (or never) since you've taken a dance class, you will:

  • collaborate with a diverse community of dancers who see you, encourage you, and accept you exactly as you are

  • awaken latent creative energy within you

  • eliminate feelings of competitiveness, inadequacy, or negative body image

  • use dance as a vehicle for igniting more confidence, power, and freedom in your life


WE WELCOME EVERYONE…

From all types of dance backgrounds. From all levels of dance experience (including – none). This is not about learning one particular dance style. It’s about connecting to your own authentic movement (which may or may not be influenced by previous training) and gaining inspiration from the other diverse dancers who take part.

 
 
P1370468.jpg
 

about the facilitator:

Jess Grippo is an award-winning dancer, writer, creativity coach, TEDx speaker, and the creator of You Can Dance Again. Although she went through 10 years of classical ballet training and received a B.A. from NYU in psychology, she left the more traditional dance and academic worlds to create her own career path. Her work is about guiding people back into dance: for self-reinvention, for reinvention of our world, and for reconnection to the power in our bodies. She enjoys making dance videos in the most random places, often with random strangers, as well as making shows on actual stages. She is currently writing her first book, Dance With This Book: A Guide to Start Dancing (And Living) On Your Terms. Join her Creative Fridays community for a weeklyish nudge (via email) for your creative soul: http://jessgrippo.com/blog

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YCDA: Open Studio Showcase
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

YCDA: Open Studio Showcase

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Featuring the works-in-progress of our current YCDA Group Troupe + Solo Immersion members.

Audience participation will be encouraged, so get ready to dance with us!

Tickets are free through this link. Confirm your spot here:

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{show} Dancify That!
Jan
13
10:00 PM22:00

{show} Dancify That!

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Jess Grippo is competing in "Dancify That!" with her good friend and colleague Eduardo Placer. Come watch as fabulously costumed contestants compete in creating dance inspired by some of the funniest and most bizarre videos from the internet. With aerobics, burlesque, a sing-a-long, and some of the city’s judgiest dance judges “Dancify That!” will entertain your chassez off. Serious Comedy. Serious Dance. Serious Fun.

Get your tickets here!

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YCDA: Ignite Your Spark (Intro Workshop)
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

YCDA: Ignite Your Spark (Intro Workshop)

 
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ignite your spark is a gateway to your creative power through your body.

It’s about reclaiming the freedom to dance in your own way, in your own body exactly as it is right now…

...because you KNOW deep down that once you dance, you’ll feel freer, more like yourself, and more empowered to move confidently through your life.

You’ll leave with more confidence in yourself and more clarity on exactly how you want to continue dancing through your life.

You’ll be reminded that movement in your body will catalyze movement in your life.

Join us for this 2-hour experience to free-up what’s blocking you and restore your dancing spirit and self-expression through a combination of facilitated dancing, writing, sharing, and collaborative creation with the group.

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whether it's been forever (or never) since you've taken a dance class, you will:

  • collaborate with a diverse community of dancers who see you, encourage you, and accept you exactly as you are

  • awaken latent creative energy within you

  • eliminate feelings of competitiveness, inadequacy, or negative body image

  • use dance as a vehicle for igniting more confidence, power, and freedom in your life


WE WELCOME EVERYONE…

From all types of dance backgrounds. From all levels of dance experience (including – none). This is not about learning one particular dance style. It’s about connecting to your own authentic movement (which may or may not be influenced by previous training) and gaining inspiration from the other diverse dancers who take part.

 
 
P1370468.jpg
 

about the facilitator:

Jess Grippo is an award-winning dancer, writer, creativity coach, TEDx speaker, and the creator of You Can Dance Again. Although she went through 10 years of classical ballet training and received a B.A. from NYU in psychology, she left the more traditional dance and academic worlds to create her own career path. Her work is about guiding people back into dance: for self-reinvention, for reinvention of our world, and for reconnection to the power in our bodies. She enjoys making dance videos in the most random places, often with random strangers, as well as making shows on actual stages. She is currently writing her first book, Dance With This Book: A Guide to Start Dancing (And Living) On Your Terms. Join her Creative Fridays community for a weeklyish nudge (via email) for your creative soul: http://jessgrippo.com/blog

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{workshop} YCDA Solo Immersion
Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

{workshop} YCDA Solo Immersion

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YCDA Immersion is an experience of deep inner transformation and dance creation, culminating in a retreat, to help you rise up and bring out your authentic dance. This path is for you if you want to focus on creating a solo dance piece within the container of a supportive group of women. It’s especially for you if you’re in a period of transition in your life, and you see art-making as a powerful way to learn more about yourself, and to harness your power to invent, re-invent, and transform your world.

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{show} LONELY SEXY HOT MESS
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

{show} LONELY SEXY HOT MESS

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"Take your broken heart, make it into art." - Carrie Fisher

Lonely Sexy Hot Mess is a comedic variety show of dance, music, and more, that explores struggles and stories of love. Maybe you'll leave with a new outlook on love or a hot date...or maybe you'll just laugh a lot.

Jess will be performing a couple of new dance-comedy pieces alongside a group of amazing artists, including:

David Rey Martinez

Susannah Winspear

The Black & White Cookies

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{show} Dancify That!
Nov
11
9:30 PM21:30

{show} Dancify That!

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Jess Grippo is competing in "Dancify That!" with her good friend and colleague Eduardo Placer. Come watch as fabulously costumed contestants compete in creating dance inspired by some of the funniest and most bizarre videos from the internet. With aerobics, burlesque, a sing-a-long, and some of the city’s judgiest dance judges “Dancify That!” will entertain your chassez off. Serious Comedy. Serious Dance. Serious Fun.

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Hot Mess with Jess
Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

Hot Mess with Jess

tuesdays at 7:30pm in new york city

When you’re falling apart. When the world is falling apart. When your room, brain, emotions, relationships, [fill in the blank], feel like a HOT MESS... At least there’s DANCE. Show up as you are and let's dance through the mess together.

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Hot Mess with Jess
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Hot Mess with Jess

tuesdays at 7:30pm in new york city

When you’re falling apart. When the world is falling apart. When your room, brain, emotions, relationships, [fill in the blank], feel like a HOT MESS... At least there’s DANCE. Show up as you are and let's dance through the mess together.

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Oct
8
12:30 PM12:30

Dancing Through College 2017

Jess Grippo is participating in Dancewave's Dancing Through College & Beyond (DTCB), a unique, exciting, and FREE annual event for high school students to explore college dance programs nationwide and meet one on one with college dance educators, alumni, and students.

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Oct
7
2:30 PM14:30

Dancing Through College 2017

Jess Grippo is participating in Dancewave's Dancing Through College & Beyond (DTCB), a unique, exciting, and FREE annual event for high school students to explore college dance programs nationwide and meet one on one with college dance educators, alumni, and students.

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Hot Mess with Jess
Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

Hot Mess with Jess

tuesdays at 7:30pm in new york city

When you’re falling apart. When the world is falling apart. When your room, brain, emotions, relationships, [fill in the blank], feel like a HOT MESS... At least there’s DANCE. Show up as you are and let's dance through the mess together.

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YCDA Fall Semester Begins!
Oct
2
12:00 PM12:00

YCDA Fall Semester Begins!

YCDA Program is a 9-month experience that gets you dancing and living in a way that feels authentic, fulfills your soul, and impacts your life for the better. This program is split into two semesters: Fall + Spring (and yes, there’s Spring Dance Break). YCDA is like having a dance school, circle of friends, creative mentorship, and life coach all rolled into one powerful program.

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Hot Mess with Jess - CANCELED
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Hot Mess with Jess - CANCELED

tuesdays at 7:30pm in new york city

When you’re falling apart. When the world is falling apart. When your room, brain, emotions, relationships, [fill in the blank], feel like a HOT MESS... At least there’s DANCE. Show up as you are and let's dance through the mess together.

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YCDA Preview Monday Night Class
Sep
25
7:30 PM19:30

YCDA Preview Monday Night Class

Get a taste for the Monday Night Class sessions that are part of the 9-month YCDA Program. In this modern/jazz dance class – made for all dance levels – you will be led through a structured warm-up, guided improvisation to help you connect your authentic movement, and a collaborative choreography process that will engage you in a shared creative experience with the other dancers and each of your unique voices. Upon completion, you’ll have access to the full experience (at a special rate) that starts in October!

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