account Smashworks Dance
Smashworks Dance
NY, United States of America
Ashley McQueen • Founder and Artistic Director
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Premier Screening: Smashworks at Home
Smashworks Dance - Premier Screening: Smashworks at Home
time 13 May, 2023
Hosted by Manon , Ashley McQueen
Smashworks mission is to provide accessible dance education to all. Smashworks Dance company members share guided dance video to dance at home. Created just for you - from our living rooms - we lead your child in fun and creative exercises that get them moving and smiling.
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May 13, 2023 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hosted by Manon , Ashley McQueen
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account Manon
NY, United States of America
circle10+ Years Experience
Manon Hallay (she/her) was born in France. She started dancing in the Conservatoire of Tarbes and went to Bordeaux at 13 to study in a pre-professional course with Christian Conte and Martine Chaumet. Two years later she was accepted to the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and had the opportunity to work with choreographers as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui or Micheal Shannon. She moved to New-York at 18 to integrate the Alvin Ailey school as a scholarship student for 3 years. After graduating, Manon worked as a teaching artist, freelanced and dance for choreographers like Jeffrey Page and Sarah Locar. She has been part of Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater since 2015 and Smashworks Dance for the past 3 seasons. Manon’s work extends to fitness and corrective exercise for dancers. Her passion for movement led her to become a NASM certified personal trainer and nutrition coach to create safe and efficient trainings for all.
account Ashley McQueen
Ashley McQueen
NY, United States of America
circle10+ Years Experience
Ashley McQueen, Founder/Artistic Director of Smashworks Dance, is a New York City-based performer, choreographer, and teaching artist. She holds a BFA in Dance from Webster University and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University. She directs and choreographs for Smashworks Dance, a non-profit dance company advocating for women’s empowerment through performance, and leads their Education Outreach programming. She also performs as a company member with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre. As an educator, she taught as an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Manhattanville College, Teaching Artist for Notes In Motion Education Outreach, and guest instructor for Peridance and the Martha Graham School. Hailed as “a dancer with the grace of a ballerina, the groundedness of an Isadora acolyte, and the impetuous musicality of someone who dances because she must” (Oberon’s Grove), McQueen has worked with choreographers such as Shawn T. Bible, Paris Wilcox, Amanda Selwyn, Maurya Kerr, Jennifer Medina, Christine Knoblauch-O'Neal, Jennifer Huffman-Olivas, Omar Olivas, James Robey, Uri Sands, and Michael Uthoff; and performed as a company member with ShawnBibleDanceCo, Common Thread Contemporary Dance, and Arova Contemporary Ballet. Her choreography has been commissioned by organizations such as Peridance Youth Ensemble, Hamilton College, Minnesota Ballet, Big Muddy Dance Company, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Alabama Dance Theatre, and Southern Danceworks; and presented at festivals such as Dance St. Louis Spring to Dance, Midwest RADFest, NYC Transit Museum, Westfest: All Over Westbeth, and American College Dance Festival. She was twice invited by ANNONYArts to independently choreograph and direct two evening length concerts and was named a Kranzberg Exhibition Series Guest Artist, where she choreographed Laune, a site-specific dance performance on rideable lawn mowers for Laumeier Sculpture Park. The work culminated in a film installation, Harmony in 3, by Zlatko Cosic that remained on exhibition through February 2016. For four years, she and co-collaborator Thom Dancy have choreographed for Lake Arts Project Milwaukee, including War Words Dance - in partnership with Feast of Crispian and Bright Hill Press (with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts). “Smashworks . . . what a perfect name for these powerful sisters. McQueen’s company is tightly precise and fearless” (Front Row Center). Smashworks Dance was named a Village Voice “Voice Choices" for their evening length performance of City Stories at Center for Performance Research, and their evening length political satire For Which It Stands - featured in Time Out NY and Brokelyn’s “Top 20 Cheap Things To Do” - toured to St. Louis in Fall 2018. This same year, Smashworks was invited as a local community group to hear Michelle Obama speak on her Becoming tour at the Barclays Center. They were awarded the Theaterlab Hotel New Work residency in collaboration with Hope Salas and Justin Cimino (where they spent 40 hours exploring the fusion of dance and clown). Smashworks partnered with Rebel Girls Productions to write movement activities for their most recent chapter book, “Alicia Alonso Takes The Stage,” published worldwide August 2020. Currently McQueen directs and choreographs for Smashworks Dance, performs with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, and works as a freelance choreographer and educator.
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