New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre stars honour David Fernandez

Joaquin De Luz and David Fernandez in rehearsal




Joaquin De Luz and David Fernandez in rehearsal
Joaquin De Luz and David Fernandez in rehearsal

Some Dance Company: A David Fernandez Celebration to Take Place at El Museo Del Barrio’s El Teatro

Some Dance CompanyA David Fernandez Celebration was organized by New York City based dancer and arts manager Kimberly Giannelli to honor the renowned master teacher, dancer and choreographer for his contributions to the international dance community. Excerpts from an array of David’s most admired works will be performed by leading dancers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble and the New Jersey Ballet, and others all donating their talents and services for this very special performance. All net proceeds from the evening will be donated to Career Transition For Dancers.

Mr. Fernandez’s neo-classical and contemporary vocabulary is marked by work that ranges from ballet en pointe with virtuosic feats of turns and jumps, to lightning-fast footwork, and a wonderful sense of wit.  All of these will be on display in the celebratory program, for one night only, on Monday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. at El Museo del Barrio’s El Teatro, located at 1230 Fifth at 104th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Tickets for Some Dance Company are priced at $30, $50 and $100*, and are on sale online.

Some Dance Company, A David Fernandez Celebration features dancers from the New York freelance dance community and principals and soloists from leading New York dance companies, including Joaquin De Luz, Chase Finlay, Gonzalo Garcia, Nicole Graniero, Ask La Cour, Savannah Lowery, Luciana Paris, Amar Ramasar and Maria Ricetto with more to be announced.  The program includes works set to music by Bach, Beethoven, Ecaverria, Pink Floyd, Jenkins, Moszkowski, Mozart, Piazzolla and Saint-Saens. Many of the dancers have studied with David and collaborated with him on a variety of projects over the years.

On the heels of the premiere of the documentary White, Shirt, Black, Black Pants XXS at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival on January 29th, 16 students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Eglevsky Ballet School, Scarsdale Ballet Studio and Westport’s Academy of Dance featured in this spirited piece choreographed by David Fernandez will dance alongside members of New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre for whom David created the original version of the work—White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants.

David Fernandez is a choreographer, dancer, and ballet teacher based in New York. Born in Mexico City, he began his training at the Centro de Arte y Ballet and came to the United States in 1989 after winning a scholarship to Giordano Jazz Dance in Chicago. David performed with the company, receiving the Jeffrey Mildenstein Award. While studying at the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, he began choreographing, creating contemporary works for performance in art galleries and alternative spaces.

As a choreographer, David’s work has been featured in festivals and competitions nationwide, including the Youth America Grand Prix, the Jackson Competition, and the New York International Choreographer’s Festival, among others. He has created work for a number of U.S. companies including Opera North, Staten Island Ballet, and Westchester Ballet Company. In 2008, David was commissioned by Sergei Danilian to create a solo for New York City Ballet Principal Joaquin de Luz for the celebrated Kings of the Dance. The solo, Five Variations on a Theme, premiered at the National Opera House, Kiev, Ukraine, in November 2008, and continued to be presented throughout the Kings of the Dance 2009-10 worldwide tour—in the USA at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and New York’s City Center, as well as at the Youth America Grand Prix 2010 Gala Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow.

In 2010, David was commissioned to create Six Piano Pieces, Harlem Style, a new ballet for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble which premiered in 2011. The New Jersey Ballet Company premiered his ballet The Raven in October 2010. In November 2010, The Vassar Repertoire Dance Theatre, directed By John Meehan, premiered a special version of David’s White Shirt, Black Tie, and Black Pants, which is set to the music of J.S. Bach. In January 2009, two of his works premiered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival—Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear starring New York City Ballet Principal Daniel Ulbricht, and Icarus APR, a contemporary piece fusing ballet shapes with an edgy style set to Pink Floyd’s Money, created for New York City Ballet Soloist Ask La Cour. Objects in the Mirror was subsequently selected to be a part of Ballet Builders 2010.

During his dance career, David performed with Chicago’s Boitsov Classical Ballet, dancing roles in Le CorsairDon QuixoteThe Sleeping BeautySwan LakeLe Spectre de la Rose, and Pinocchio. He danced with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for several years, performing in AidaFaustThe Ghosts of Versailles, and as a soloist in Un Re in Ascolto. David was a guest artist with the Ballet Theatre of Chicago and in Indiana University’s production of Don Quixote, directed by Susan Jones of the American Ballet Theatre. A highlight of David’s later career was performing alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov in the play The Doctor and The Patient at the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival.

David is currently on the faculty of the Joffrey Ballet School and Scarsdale Ballet Studio in New York, and Westport Academy in Connecticut. He also teaches at several ballet and contemporary dance summer programs in the U.S. and Mexico.

Some Dance Company: A David Fernandez Celebration is produced by Kimberly Giannelli.

Tickets for Some Dance Company are priced at $30, $50 and $100*, on sale online.

*Each $100 ticket includes a contribution to benefit Career Transition For Dancers and a champagne reception with the performers on the stage following the event. The net proceeds of this event will also benefit Career Transition For Dancers.

Career Transition For Dancers, with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, has helped over 5,700 professional dancers in 47 states identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option. Since its founding in 1985, the organization has provided more than 53,000 hours (equivalent to over $5 million) of one-on-one career counseling and program services – at no cost – and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships for education, entrepreneurial grants, and certification programs. The organization also provides dancers with specialized services including transition seminars and workshops, peer support groups, resource centers, a toll-free national career counseling hotline, a website, and the National Career Network. The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers is located at 165 W 46 Street Suite 701 (at Broadway – the Actors’ Equity Building) NYC 10036.  The phone number is 212 764-0172 and the fax is 212 764-0343.  In Los Angeles 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 455, LA; 90036; 323 549-6660 and fax 323 549-6810. In Chicago at Hubbard Street Dance Center 1147 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607; 312 666-0234 and fax 312 455-8240.