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334 W. 17th Street #4E
New York, NY

646-279-6580

My name is Benny Simon, and I am a dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in New York city. My research interests involve the use of technology in intermedial dance works.

About Me & CV

Dance educator with 15 years of experience, capable of teaching anatomically aware contemporary/modern, and jazz dance technique classes, partnering, and choreographic skills in higher education or private studio settings. Can also lecture on the use of technology in intermedial dance works, methods of dance critique, and the administration and marketing of arts organizations.

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334 West 17th Street #4E
New York, NY 10011
646-279-6580
benny.simon@gmail.com


CAPABILTIES

Dance educator with 17 years of experience, capable of teaching anatomically aware contemporary, modern, and jazz dance technique classes, partnering, and choreographic skills in higher education or private studio settings. Can also lecture on the use of technology in intermedia dance works, methods of dance critique, and the administration and marketing of arts organizations.

EDUCATION

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Department of Dance
PhD Student, Dance Studies
  2015-Current
 
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
M.A., Dance Education
  2014
 
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
School of Information Studies
B.S., Information Studies
  1999

PROFESSIONAL
CERTIFICATIONS

SIMONSON TECHNIQUE OF TEACHER TRAINING
New York, NY
  2003

UNIVERSITY
TEACHING
EXPERIENCE

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Graduate Teaching Assistant; Columbus, OH
Instructor: Jazz Technique; Arts Administration
Teaching Assistant: Dance in Popular Culture
  2016-2017
 
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Guest Artist; New York, NY
Multiple classes for dance education graduate students and visiting students from Denmark
  2013
 
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
Guest Artist; Waltham, MA
Workshop for BIMA Students
  2012
 
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Student Teacher; Syracuse, NY
Full semester undergraduate jazz dance technique course
  1998-1999

STUDIO
TEACHING
EXPERIENCE

PROFESSIONAL
LEVEL

BALLETMET
Faculty
Columbus, OH
  2016-present
 
GIBNEY DANCE
Faculty
New York, NY
  2013-present
 
STEPS ON BROADWAY
Teaching Artist
New York, NY
  2014-2015
 
THE MARK MORRIS DANCE CENTER
Teaching Artist
New York, NY
  2013-2014
 
PERIDANCE CAPEZIO CENTER
Teaching Artist
New York, NY
  2013
 
DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM
Faculty
New York, NY
  2003-2013

STUDIO
TEACHING
EXPERIENCE

TEENS &
YOUNG ADULTS

DANCE CENTRE NORTH
Guest Artist
Syracuse, NY
  2012-2013
 
THE 92nd STREET Y
Teaching Artist
New York, NY
  2012 & 2014
 
THE BALLET & DANCE CENTER
Guest Artist
Syracuse, NY
  2012-2013
 
CENTER OF BALLET & DANCE ARTS
Guest Artist
Syracuse, NY
  2009-2010
 
ECOLE de DANSE de QUÉBEC
Guest Artist
Québec City, QC
  2010-2012

ADMINISTRATION
EXPERIENCE

THE SIMON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Director
Columbus, OH
  2016-present
 
GIBNEY DANCE
Director of Marketing
New York, NY
  2014-2015
 
DANCE ‘n TELL: A CURATED ONLINE GUIDE TO DANCE CLASS IN NEW YORK CITY
DANCEnTELL.com →
Co-Founder
New York, NY
  2013-present
 
NATIONAL DANCE EDUCATION ORGANIZATION
NYU Student Representative
New York, NY
  2012-2013
 
ALEXANDRA BELLER/DANCES
Board Member
New York, NY
  2009-present
 
DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM
Board Member
New York, NY
  2012-2013
 
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY DANCEWORKS
Co-Director
Syracuse, NY
  1997-1998

LECTURES &
PRESENTATIONS

EDWARD F. HAYES GRADUATE RESEARCH FORUM
Paper Presentation: Intermedial Play: A Pedagogy for Manipulating Meaning in Intermedia Works
Columbus, OH
  2016
 
NEW YORK STATE DANCE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
WINTER CONFERENCE

Lecture Demonstration on Use of Simonson Technique for Injury Prevention
New York, NY
  2014
 
NATIONAL DANCE EDUCATION ORGANIZATION
NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Poster Presentation on Simonson Technique Principles for Movement & Pedagogy; Panel Discussion on Men in Dance Education
Miami, FL
  2013

RESEARCH

ASSESSING AND MANIPULATING THE HIERARCHY OF DANCE IN INTERMEDIAL WORKS
Masters thesis in pursuit of M.A. degree
Awarded "Excellence in Graduate Dance Thesis"
  2014

PERFORMANCE

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THE 48th TIME'S THE CHARM
Lena Lauer
The Green Building; New York, NY
  2013
 
IT'S CONFUSING GETTING FROM POINT A TO POINT B
Kendra Portier
New York, NY
  2013
 
PAINTED LIVES
Diane McCarthy Dance
The Merce Cunningham Theater; New York, NY
Kumble Theater at Long Island Univeristy; New York, NY
Dance New Amsterdam Theater; New York, NY
  2009-2010
 
RECEIVING GRACE
Diane McCarthy Dance
The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater; New York, NY
Dance New Amsterdam Theater; New York, NY
  2006-2008
 
ALONE & TOGETHER
Diane McCarthy Dance
Dance New Amsterdam Theater; New York, NY
  2007
 
YOU AND YOU
Alexandra Beller
New York, NY
  2010
 
AUNT ROSE
Diane Mccarthy Dance
New York, NY
  2004

CHOREOGRAPHY

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CHELSEA PHRASES
BalletMet Performance Ensemble
Columbus, OH
  2016
 
ORBIT AND SUM
Agnes Varis Theater at Gibney Dance
New York, NY
  2014
 
THE COMPANY WE KEEP
Frederick Lowe Theater
New York, NY
  2013
 
BETWEEN MUSICAL INTERLUDES
Dance New Amsterdam Theater
New York, NY
  2012
 
FAST, AND SLOW, ASLEEP
Dance New Amsterdam Theater
New York, NY
  2012
 
LET'S TRY THIS
DNA Performance Project
New York, NY
  2011
 
DUET
RAW Material
New York, NY
  2011
 
SHORTER THAN YOU
Commissioned by Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company
Syracuse, NY
  2010
 
OVER
Syracuse University Faculty Concert
Syracuse, NY
  2009

ADDITIONAL
SKILLSETS

  • Arts administration, digital marketing, and social media
  • Video production
  • Digital performance technology
  • Website design and development
  • Fundraising and grant writing

  • REFERENCES

    Dr. Susan Koff
    Clinical Associate Professor of Dance Education
    Director, Dance Education
    New York University
    Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
    Contact at susan.koff@nyu.edu
    (212) 992-9384
     
    Lynn Simonson
    Creator of the Simonson Technique
    Contact at simonsondance@gmail.com
    (360) 202-5306
     
    Alexandra Beller
    Artistic Director, Alexandra Beller/Dances
    Former Company Member, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
    Contact at alexandra@alexandrabellerdances.org
    (917) 701-5534
     
    Kendra Portier
    Artistic Director, Band Portier
    Company Member, David Dorfman Dance
    Contact at kportier@mac.com
    (614) 404-9400