THE COMPANY

J CHEN PROJECT, formed in 2008, is a modern dance company based in New York City that explores identity within the human experience through experimental dance performance works and community engagement initiatives. The Company provides high-caliber dance education and professional career advancement workshops to pre-professional dancers, as part of its Mentorship Program, and hosts an annual choreography festival, ‘TRANSLATE (voices of dance),’ in partnership with Dixon Place, to present emerging and established dance makers in NYC.  

Within the past nine years, the Company has been fortunate to receive generous funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, Jerome Foundation, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in NY. J CHEN PROJECT’s work has been commissioned by Rutgers University, Desales University, Orange County School of the Arts, Yangtze Repertory Theater, and Women in Dance, with press featured in The Huffington Post, Broadway World and Dance Magazine.

DANCERS

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Jessica Aronoff

 is a graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her BFA in dance.  She has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and modern.  She has had the privilege to perform works by Deborah Jowitt, Gus Solomons Jr., Naomi Goldberg, Darcy Naganuma, Patricia Hoffbauer, and Brook Notary.  She has performed at Danspace at St. Marks Church, The La MaMa Moves Dance Festival, Past/Forward at the Skirball Center, the Sybarite Showcase at Highline Ballroom, Dixon Place, Alvin Ailey, The Cutting Room, and Symphony Space.  Commercially, Jessica has performed at Disney World, Disney Land, Six Flags Great Adventures, and Knott’s Berry Farms, and can be seen as a featured dancer in Faren and the French Fries music video for “Dirty Animal”.  She is currently a freelance dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer.  She is a company member of 49th Parallel Dance Company and Beyond Lines Contemporary Dance, teaches and choreographs at studios throughout the east coast, and is represented by McDonald Selznick Associates Agency.  Jessica joined J CHEN PROJECT in 2011.

Sandy Shelton

is a native of New Jersey, Sandy is a life-long dancer and proud member of Actors’ Equity.  He holds a BA from the University of Tennessee’s prestigious College Scholars Program and recently worked with Sonya Tayeh on the development of a new NYC show titled “Fighting Gravity.”  www.SandyShelton.com

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Rafael Sanchez

is honored to be a part of J CHEN PROJECT. A transplant from Miami, Florida, he has had the opportunity to work and train with a multitude of dance artists and studios while completing his BFA in Dance Performance from Florida International University. Alongside this great opportunity with the jchen project, Rafael works closely with the JamFam, a tight-knit artist collective including recording artist Mila Jam. was born and raised in Northern California. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she earned her BFA in Dance and BA in Psychology. During her senior year at UCSB she was selected to dance in the UCSB Dance Company. The Company travelled to the Czech Republic and Italy, where they performed choreographic works by José Limón, Jerry Pearson and Nancy Colahan.  Upon moving to New York, she had the opportunity to work alongside Jessica and the lovely dancers of J CHEN PROJECT. Elizabeth is looking forward to continuing her collaboration with these talented artists. 

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Elizabeth Cowperthwaite

was born and raised in Northern California.  She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she earned her BFA in Dance and BA in Psychology.  During her senior year at UCSB she was selected to dance in the UCSB Dance Company.  The Company traveled to Czech Republic nd Italy, where they performed choreographic works by Jose Limon, Jerry Pearson and Nancy Colahan.  Upon moving to New York, she had the opportunity to work alongside Jessica and the lovely dancers of J CHEN PROJECT.  Elizabeth is looking forward to continuing her collaboration with these talented artists.  

COLLABORATORS

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VANESSA BUNSTER

recently graduated Marymount Manhattan College where she majored in photography.  She has studied under renowned photographers such as Lois Greenfield, Matthew Karas, Udo Spreizenbarth, Millie Falcaro, David Arky, Bill Armstrong, Linda Cummings and Amy Arbus.  Drawing from many interests and studies, her photography blends the visual art with performing art, literature, philosophy, and the cultural world around her. Vanessa has worked with Naganuma Dance, J CHEN PROJECT, Earl Mosley’s Institute for the Arts, Mer-Wear dance wear, Pana! a Latin rock band, and Collyer Catering.  www.vgbphotography.tumblr.com