Passion Fruit Dance Company

Tatiana Desardouin, Mai Lê Hô and Lauriane Ogay

New York, NY

Tatiana is a haitian – swiss artist with a Adult Educator Master degree and a Bachelor in Psychology (University of Geneva). She often gets to travel, judge competitions, compete and teach around the world. In 2016, Tatiana moved to the US and founded Passion Fruit Dance Company, which performs in USA and abroad (Canada and Switzerland). She currently is an adjunct professor at Springfield and Mount Holyoke colleges and faculty member of 92Y. Tatiana was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 2020 “25 to Watch” , featured in the New Yorker and Harper’s Bazaar magazine. She was awarded by the Vilcek Foundation Prizes for Creative Promise in Dance 2022.

Passion Fruit is a street/club dance and educational company, founded in 2016 by Tatiana Desardouin, composed of three core members: Mai Lê Hô, Lauriane Ogay and Tatiana (Choreographer/Art.director). Through educational programs and dance works, the mission is to: promote street/clubbing dance styles and cultures; highlight its black heritage and contribution to society; explore and address social issues; inspire young artists to share their voices. They performed in USA “Dance Within Your Dance” and “Trapped” in theaters such as BAAD!Theater, Summerstage, Jacob’s Pillow, the New Victory, LOHH festival, 92Y, MASS MoCA, Dance Place, the Guggenheim, BRIC! and abroad (Switzerland and Canada).

Workshop: Technique Within Your Groove

This class will include introduction to house dance culture, drills, foundations, and incorporate some variations and freestyle exercises using those foundations as a basis. We will learn how to connect movements with music, tools for creativity and individuality. We will also learn through Tatiana’s teaching method called “Technique Within Your Groove”. This method allows for more freedom in one’s musicality and freestyle without losing their essence. The idea is to incorporate technical tools without losing your groove. This method pushes the dancers to develop their coordination and rhythm help them go more in dept with personal development.

The second part of the class will include a conversation/Q&A. The students will be introduced to “An Introspective Seed”, which is a series of question for an introspective anti-racist work. “An Introspective Seed” is part of their educational program called “Passion Fruit Seeds”.

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