PRESENTED BY JOAN FINKELSTEIN OF THE HARKNESS DANCE FOUNDATION

Bobbi Jene Smith’s visceral, full-bodied and uncompromisingly honest approach to choreography was evident in her recent, deeply moving evening-length work Lost Mountain, presented by the La Mama Moves! Festival. The award-winning documentary Bobbi Jene captured the trajectory of her departure from a longtime association with Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company to create her own work. An alumna of the Juilliard School, University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, she has also performed in and choreographed for feature films like Annihilation, Ma, Mari and Yossi. Smith is a dedicated teacher of Gaga and Naharin's repertory at the Juilliard School, New York University, University of the Arts and schools abroad. 

Photo by Derrick Belcham

Caleb Teicher’s core interest is in American jazz dance traditions. He founded Caleb Teicher & Company in 2015 to showcase his distinctive choreography, which innovatively inverts tap, jazz and social dance rhythmic and gender conventions with deft humor and flair. As a performer, Caleb’s extraordinary tap virtuosity is charmingly belied by his relaxed, disarming manner. He has already received many recognitions, including Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch” and a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance, and his young company has performed at some of the nation’s most prestigious venues, including the Joyce Theater, the Kennedy Center and City Center’s “Fall for Dance”, where his new group work BZZZ – accompanied only by a beat-boxer – took the audience by storm. Caleb shares his joyful, uniquely contemporary approach to classic forms while teaching at and participating in tap and jazz festivals.

Photo by David Needleman