Damast & Kerr in Concert
Join NYC based choreographers Deborah Damast and Michael Kerr for DAMAST & KERR IN CONCERT at the Ailey Citicorp Theater in New York City on June 19, 2019 at 7pm. Damast and Kerr were introduced to each other almost twenty years ago, thus sparking a friendship entrenched in mutual respect, trust and support for each other as dance artists/educators. In 2007, one inspired the other to consider working choreography together, resulting in Damast choreographing a duet on the two of them entitled You/Me. Kerrs admiration for Damasts creative process and work style led to him dancing in other works Damast choreographed including Love Thy Neighbor, which he is thrilled to be performing in once again at their upcoming concert. As dance educators, they have worked together in many capacities such as dance curriculum writers, professional development workshop facilitators, collaborating teachers and most recently as classmates in the first cohort of Dance Education Doctoral Program at Columbia University, Teachers College. We hope you are available to attend this one night only dance concert event collaboratively produced, directed and choreographed by Deborah Damast and Michael Kerr. Mrs. Damast, along with presenting Love Thy Neighbor, will also being reviving Apart/ A part and Mixed Messages. Mr. Kerr will be also be presenting Fleeting Pauses, Salto di Fede and NeXt Stop, which he has been developing since forming his own dance company DanceKerr in 2015.
DEBORAH DAMAST has been teaching in the Dance Education program since 2002. She has taught technique, pedagogy, creative movement, production, and choreography, and is the Artistic Advisor of the program and Director of dance concerts and of Kaleidoscope Dancers . Deborah designed and directs a study abroad program to Uganda each January. She has participated in motion capture studies with the Dept. of Computer Science, and Internet Arts Collaborations with faculty from Music Education. Deborah has been on the faculty of Peridance Center, New York City Ballet, LREI, the 92nd St. Y, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and has created creative dance videos for children, Move N Groove Kids.
Deborah's choreography has been shown in numerous venues in NYC, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She has taught and presented at conferences through NDEO, CUNY, ACDFA, and NYU, and conducts professional development for the New York City Dept. of Education and the 92nd St. Y. Deborah was a 2008 recipient of the GSO Star Faculty Award at NYU and the 2010 Outstanding Educator Award from the National Dance Education Organization. Deborah received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase and her MA in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt.
MICHAEL KERR founded DanceKerr & Dancers (a sponsored artist with Performance Zone Inc. dba The Field) in 2015. Mr. Kerr is pursuing doctoral studies as an Arnhold Fellow Recipient in the Ed.D Dance Education Program at Columbia University, Teachers College. He holds permanent NYS K-12 Teacher Certification in Dance and has been employed with the NYCDOE since 1996. Mr. Kerr was awarded the Diana Domoracki-Kisto Dance Educator Award by the New York State Dance Education Association at the 2015 NDEO Conference. He is also a Dance Education Laboratory Ambassador.
Throughout his dance teaching career in the private and public sector, Mr. Kerr has performed for a variety of choreographers and dance companies in the United States and Europe including Maher Benham's Coyote Dancers, Deborah Damast, Gemini Dance Theater, Floorplay Contemporary Dance Theater, Amy Kail, Dance Consort: Mezzacappa-Gabrian and Deanna Losi while teaching dance throughout the Tuscany region of Italy for several years. Since 2000, Mr. Kerr has developed a middle school dance program at New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts (MS 443), one of five NYC public school dance programs featured in the NY Emmy nominated documentary PS DANCE. His work as a dance teacher has been featured on News 12 Brooklyn, in NY Teacher-UFT newspapper, in Dance Teacher Magazine (June 2017) and most recently in Don Rauf's book Exploring Theater: Choreography and Dance in Theater.
During his tenure at MS 443, Mr. Kerr has served as Chair of UFT/NYC Dance Educators, as a cooperating teacher for Columbia University Teachers College and New York University, served on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts and Graduate School of Education at Rutgers. He has conducted workshops, served as a panel speaker, teaching artist, curriculum writer, guest lecturer and on the teaching faculty for such venues as DEL, NDEO, Dance Teacher Magazine's Annual NYC Teacher Conference, American Dance Guild, NYU, CW Post LIU, The Dalton School, Nimbus Dance Works, NJAHPERD, Accademia Dance Center in Siena, Italy, Young Dancers In Repertory and Dance On Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Mr. Kerr is also an aspiring actor who made his film debut playing Lance in an award winning independent film, Peace After Marriage (Only In New York) and is thrilled to be choreographing contemporary dance once again since forming DanceKerr & Dancers.
Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55th Street and 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019