CALLING ALL PROFESSIONAL DANCERS!!!!!!
Introspective Movement Project, a contemporary jazz dance company, whose sole purpose is to defy limitations and restrictions placed on movement, while inspiring soul inspired self-exploration, is looking for both male and female company dancers, ages 18-30, for several performances throught out the spring and summer, including a paid major performance in That Which Connects, Camden's Festival of Dance.
Requirements: Dancers must have extensive ballet training, but be well versed in jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. Willing to go beyond technical execution and infuse emotional commitment to pieces. Desire dancers who move from the inside out, instinctually and organically. Partnering experience preferred, but not required. Athletically inclined.
****Must be able to audition in person on
Thursday, May 3rd at 12:00pm and
Thursday, May 10th at 1pm
Artists In Motion Performing Arts Center
The Town Place Shopping Center
3562 Route 27, Suite 123, Kendall Park, NJ 08824.*****
Please email head shot and resume to THATWHCHCONNECTSCAMDEN@GMAIL.COM
to confirm audition slot.
Sonia James Pennington, Executive Director
That Which Connects, Camden’s Festival of Dance
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Sonia James Pennington, Esquire is a highly creative arts & entertainment entrepreneur who owns, operates and manages for-profit and not-for-profit arts organizations. Over two decades ago, Sonia James Pennington began her career as a dance educator while earning her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African American Studies at Rutgers University. Sonia fell in love with teaching and choreographing, and continued on this path while earning her Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in May of 2000. Litigating civil matters as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey in the Civil Insurance Fraud Division, while still teaching and choreographing, Sonia began her dance entrepreneur journey. In 2003, she co-founded National Dance Showcase, a talent competition that produces showcases along the East Coast with its main objective of encouraging the growth of young talent by providing performance opportunities in a competitive environment with constructive feedback and professional critiques. For 15 years, Sonia has had the pleasure of being a part of the artistic journey of so many extraordinary your artists. Sonia is also the co-owner of Artists In Motion Performing Arts Center, wherein she has had the opportunity to share her love and passion for dance to dancers ranging in ages 2-18 since 2008. Sonia has proven to be a talented professional entrepreneur by the longevity and success of National Dance Showcase and Artists In Motion. Because of her dedication to working with young artists and creating innovative, cutting edge, and unique opportunities in the arts, Sonia was recognized by Channel 6ABC Community Advisory Board, the City Council for the City of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for her outstanding mentorship and for empowering today’s youth through the arts.
Sonia James Pennington, Esquire is also the Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Introspective Movement Project, which is a contemporary jazz dance company in its fifth touring season, whose sole purpose is defying limitations and restrictions placed on movement, while inspiring soul inspired self-exploration. Sonia Pennington's organic choreography, routed in contemporary jazz, has been recognized for its strength, athleticism and emotional connection. Such works are a result of a culmination of many diverse life experiences. Introspective Movement Project’s most notable works are “Phenomenally Rising: The Fruits of the Dreams of Men” and “That Which Connects. “Phenomenally Rising: The Fruits of the Dreams of Men” is a dedication to the life work of Maya Angelou whose personal journey demonstrated the undeniable strength of the human spirit to overcome the mental, physical, and spiritual hold of “isms”, by declaring the power of resilience, by defining one’s self, by learning one’s history, and by having the courage to be noticed despite these limiting forces, which was performed at the 2014 Koresh Come Together Festival. “That Which Connects” is an eight minute contemporary jazz dance piece that embodied the invisible spirit that connects and moves every aspect of every person that is so blessed to take a breath each and every day, and has been performed extensively during the companies 2015 touring season, such as Ryder University’s Emerging Choreographers Showcase and the Brooklyn Dance Festival.
“That Which Connects” is the inspiration for That Which Connects, Camden’s Festival of Dance, which is Sonia James Pennington’s newest endeavor to create an opportunity for established and emerging choreographers to come together to present works that further bolster the strong arts community in and surrounding the City of Camden. That Which Connects, Camden’s Festival of Dance debuted in December of 2015 with two stellar performances, over 8 companies performing, and hundreds of art enthusiasts in attendance. This past August, the festival presented its second performance at the Walter K. Gordon Theatre on Rutgers University, Camden Campus. Under the direction and vision of Sonia, it expanded its partnership with various Camden based businesses and institutions, expanded its audience, and presented over 15 local and national companies and independent choreographers. The festival achieved its purpose of speaking volumes to the powerful spirit of all artistic forms to be the bridge and lessen gaps between diverse individuals and communities. Sonia James Pennington, Esquire designed this festival to expand, educate and evaluate the artistic experience, which inexplicably and unequivocally spills over into day-to-day life. With the announcement of the influx of billions of dollars into Camden through a multifaceted redevelopment plan, through That Which Connects, Sonia is invested in being part of the integral root system that embeds and intertwines the arts with rebuilding and revitalizing Camden's community.
This annual festival is just the tip of the iceberg of Sonia’s commitment to investing in the arts long term. By representing the arts in its entirety, the festival hopes to be one of the critical components in empowering businesses, citizens and local organizations to invest in breathing new life and strength to the pulse of Camden. That Which Connects is committed to investing in people “capital” and emphasizing the value of supporting the growth of arts organizations. The mission of that Which Connects and Sonia’s passion for the continued expansion of this not-for-profit annual event is to contribute to the revitalization of the city by making the festival an annual event that attracts hundreds of dance enthusiasts from the Tri-State area. Its mission is twofold and designed to present a signature event that builds upon and strengthens Camden’s cultural community while celebrating Camden’s significant dance legacy through educational and collaborative opportunities.
As a dance educator, Sonia realizes the critical importance of investing in the next generation of artists, not simply in words but in deeds. Experiential learning is foremost in arts education, integrating what is learned within the confines of a dance studio with the wealth of experience only derived from being on stage. The opportunity for a young dancer to be inspired, encouraged, nurtured and groomed by professionals that do not want to just share their art but want to encourage another’s journey, Sonia understands how it is sure to be life changing. Therefore, Sonia implemented a three day teaching intensive as a part of That Which Connects that provided advanced training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, musical theatre, and hip hop as well as take the necessary departure to encourage self reflection, goal setting, and introspective discovery. Sonia is committed to developing performance driven events but also intrinsically combining youth artists and arts education. The goal of the intensive is to be 100% scholarship based.
As a choreographer, Sonia’s original pieces have performance highlights that include: The Koresh Come Together Dance Festival, Kun-Yang Lin In-Hale Performance Series, The Brooklyn Dance Festival, Emerging Choreographers Performance Series, WaWa Welcome America!, Prince Music Theater, The Performance Garage, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Koresh Artist Showcases, Fringe Arts, The 6abc Thanksgiving parade, The American Heart Association annual Go Red for Women Campaign, The Mayor of Philadelphia's Christmas Tree Lighting, the State of New Jersey Amistad Commission’s Teacher Summit, and other performances for charitable groups such as Jack & Jill of America.