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nyc 10-week choreo series + studio showcase

Wake up your inner dance rebel. Be led through a process of collaboratively creating and performing an original group dance piece. Join a community of people who value creativity and self-expression.

to my fellow dance rebel:

Here we are, in this crazy world. This world that always seems to be busy, with one more thing to do, with one more email to reply to, with one more minute staring at the screen of our phones. This world full of unrealistic ideals about how a person should look, dress, talk, feel, and live.

This crazy world that so often makes us forget we have bodies that were MADE TO MOVE. That this body is divinity in earthly form. That this body is flesh ignited by soul. That this body once danced freely (even if it was years or lifetimes ago).

We cannot squelch these bodies anymore. It’s time to free the dancers within us, to give them space to roam, to create a container in which they can return to the wild and free spirit they always were.

THIS is how we will transform our world.
THIS is how we will reclaim the power we have within us.
THIS is how we will re-invent our future and dance into the answers we’ve been seeking.

Read on for an opportunity to awaken your body and creativity amongst a welcoming community of people who care about what your body has to say.

from my dancing soul to yours,  

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the program is designed to get you dancing consistently and authentically, which will:

  • Catalyze change in your work, relationships, and life, because you’ll be getting out of your head and breaking free of the mental patterns that have been keeping you stuck. You’ll be fulfilling a part of yourself that will enable you to show up as more whole in all your relationships.

  • Get your creative ideas into motion. Moving your body WILL get your creativity going - any type of creativity. Why? Because activating your physical body and releasing emotional stress will open up new neural pathways in your brain and boost endorphins that help you feel better and  become more motivated to take action in other areas of your life.

  • Boost your confidence and self-expression. When you make space to explore your body and your expression in a safe space, it helps you break free of the fears and anxieties that have been holding you back. Going through this process AND having a group of compassionate eyes to witness you in the process will help you flourish and more freely be YOU in all areas of your life.

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I love the space Jess has created for us... It’s not just about working on a dance, or the act of getting to dance again, it is so much more than that. I’m learning so much more about myself than I ever thought I could and it’s giving me the confidence to try and explore and create more.
— daniela ramirez

for all levels and bodies:

YOU are welcomed here. No matter what type of dance background you have. No matter what level of dance experience you have (even if it’s 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 and clarity on how to bring it into your life more fully and make an impact with it.

In other words…

The shape you’re in right now is the only shape you’ll ever need. The time you have available is the perfect amount of time. The amount of dance experience you have is enough - even if it's none.

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So grateful to this woman for creating a safe space for people to dance. All people, whether you’ve ever taken a dance class or not. She encourages our authentic movement. It’s not about steps or perfection it’s about YOU and whatever you bring to your dance. Bring your joy, your pain, your desire to be seen, your deepest fears, or simply your love of dance and you will be welcomed. We’re all just a bunch of ‘dance orphans’ who were looking for a home to dance our dance, even if we didn’t know it.
— jennifer gandia

here’s what’s included:

10 in-person dance sessions

1 memorable studio showcase

community support

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in-person dance sessions: more than a dance class

  • Show up to our New York City studio each week to dance with and be greeted by faces of people who see you, encourage you, and accept you exactly for who you are. Dancers of all  levels of experience and styles are guided in a collaborative process of moving and creating. We’ll start with a guided warm-up based in jazz/modern/ballet, and then move into guided improvisation and collaborative choreography. We repeatedly hear that these classes are like nothing they’ve ever experienced in a traditional dance class setting.

  • 10 Sessions: Mondays from Sep. 16 - Dec. 2 (skip Oct. 14 and Nov. 11 for holidays)

  • Time: 7-8pm class, 8-8:30pm choreography/rehearsal

  • Location: Luna Performing Arts Center, 51 Murray Street, LL1

studio showcase

  • You’ll be guided through Jess’ “Emergent Method” of creativity to collaborate with one another as you bring out your own authentic expression. As a group, you’ll create a dance with guidance from our YCDA Facilitators. You then get to perform that dance at a studio showcase.

  • Studio Showcase: Saturday, December 14, 7pm, location TBD


your YCDA choreography facilitator

For each series, we rotate our choreographers / facilitators to keep our movement fresh and our creative juices inspired. Our main YCDA facilitators are Jess Grippo, Cate Prefontaine Hausmann, and Michelle Maso, plus others on the rise (maybe you?) who are alumni of our programs and are training in DRLT.

Michelle Maso identifies as a dancer, educator, wife, mother and many other things. She studied Dance at Rutgers University and Special Education at Long Island University. Michelle is a full time Dance Educator with the NYC Department of Education, where she teaches 3K Creative Movement.

In 2015, at the beginning of Jess Grippo’s You Can Dance Again movement, Michelle rediscovered her dancer self and has been dancing and creating ever since. She enjoys sharing her passion for dance and helping her students develop body awareness and comfort, while encouraging their creative expression.

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The program allowed me to release a lot of emotion that I had been holding in. Each week I felt like crying during class - not because I was sad - but because there was finally a place to channel a lot of energy, emotion, and stress that I had been harboring for a long time.“I loved having a supportive community of all around awesome women, it’s so refreshing! I never felt unwelcome or intimidated once. Thank you for creating that safe space and community.
— nicole kingston

here’s the investment:

10 class/rehearsal series + performance: $350 in full  | or $95 x 4 months

1 session sample before you commit: $35 intro class on 9/16

email jess@jessgrippo.com to discuss sliding scale options if rates are prohibitive.

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If you choose to invest in yourself through this program, I promise to be a fierce and fearless leader for you, guiding you to unlock the dance rebel within.

It would be my absolute pleasure to welcome you into this amazing community and see your dance and creative expression emerge.


need help deciding?

Let me help you find your dance revival path.

In this complimentary session we'll explore exactly what's holding you back, what you really want from dance (beyond the basics), and how I can help you get to a new level of creative expression, body confidence, and feeling like YOU again. We’ll see which YCDA path is right for YOU!


what people are saying:

"I love the intuitive way in which Jess led us. She created a space in which I was able to connect to my heart and to an inner truth that I hadn't yet realized until that point in the workshop. Ever since, things have been concretizing in big ways and my creative life is blossoming. Jess, you're a somatic genius!"

—melissa guttman

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"Jess's program helped me get in touch with why I've chosen to move on from dance as I've known it in my life thus far and leap into the unknown. It's because if I'm not enjoying myself, why do what I've done!? Now, I'm recreating my relationship with dance on MY terms and it's the most freeing thing in the world!"

 —heather fraelick


are you a dance rebel, too?

We’ll see you in the studio.

 
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love, Jess, Cate, + Michelle