ARTISTS of JAMpress 2017-2018

Kevin Jenkins
STAYCEE PEARL dance project
Shana Simmons Dance
Kat Nasti Dance

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Award-winning Choreographer

“Kevin Jenkins was an absolute pleasure to work with. His choreographic process was thoughtful, intentional and organized, while still encouraging the dancers to add their own personality and artistry.”

— Corina Gill - Boston Ballet

Prolific choreographer and faculty member of Boston Ballet School, Kevin Jenkins has choreographed for State Street Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Big Muddy Dance, Western Ballet, Convergence Ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet, Bellingham Repertory Dance, and the School of Ballet Arizona among others. His choreography has been performed on the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at West Wave Dance Festival in San Francisco. Dance Magazine has praised his work as "riveting" and he has served as an instructor at the University of San Diego, Arizona School of the Arts, Southwest Classical Dance Institute, and Master Ballet Academy. 




Dance that speaks.


"Shana Simmons’ level of choreographic sophistication is what sets her apart from other dance-makers of her generation."

—  Adrienne Barr Totino


Shana Simmons Dance (SSD) was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Shana Simmons to create unique and engaging contemporary dance. Since its founding, Simmons has used dance as a means to express other people’s opinions as well as her own: to interpret and create. She takes inspiration from the immediate world in which we are living, and her choreographic expressions are created from the ways in which our society is changing, the need for intimate connections to people and objects, and providing the viewer a unique perspective, if not participatory action. The result for the viewer is an emotional reaction or a thought process about the work. SSD projects aim to draw audiences into modern dance in new and creative ways and highlight current societal topics for project based work.

STAYCEE PEARL dance project


Imaginative and stirring.

"It was as if the movement were unfolding with an effortless and harmonious intent, buoyed along by Herman Pearl’s mesmerizing soundscape."

— Jane Vranish - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

STAYCEE PEARL dance project (SPdp) exists to interpret and mirror culture and community through dance and dance centered multi-media experiences. With diverse casting and programming, SPdp explores innovative conceptual possibilities while participating in meaningful collaboration. SPdp produces programming around compelling concepts and themes often inspired by social/political world issues. SPdp occasionally examines the works of celebrated legendary and contemporary artists of the African Diaspora. Examples of such projects includes OCTAVIA, which explores the life and work of famed African American Science Fiction novelist, Octavia Butler, and ...on being... which began as an investigation of the broad Post-Black conversation. Artists who inspire the work of SPdp include legendary Jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, Jimi Hendrix, and literary artists Alice Walker and Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Visual artists whose methods inform the visual imagery of the creative team’s work include contemporary, Nairobi-born, visual artist Wangechi Mutu, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the mysterious graffiti artist, BANKSY. These artist are admired for their magical aesthetics that are combined with a gritty, honest, and original world perspective.




Smart, athletic, stunning.

"Nasti's team of brilliance ravish through a tragic-comedy of feminism - an introspectve exploraton of girl, wife, mother, woman- THIS IS A MUST SEE!"

— Lara Tinari, TOC Project

Kat Nasti’s work explores the chaotic pace, the numbing stillness, the devastating losses, the thrilling wins, and all ofthe in-betweens that create the emotion of each day. Through work that is rooted in a strong classical techniquelayered with dynamism, physicality, athleticism, and theatricality, Nasti explores and celebrates the beauty of being a flawed human.  It is one thing we all share and to which we all relate.