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Breaking Superstitions: How Jazz Dance Embraces the Number 13 and Why You Should Too

Superstitions have been around for centuries, ingrained in our cultures and beliefs. From breaking mirrors to avoiding black cats, we often let these irrational beliefs control our actions. However, there is one superstition that has been embraced and celebrated in the world of dance – the number 13. Specifically, in jazz dance, this number holds a special significance and goes against the traditional fear associated with it. In fact, at Institute of Dance Artistry located in Fort Washington, PA, we not only embrace the number 13 but also encourage our students to do so. In this article, we will explore how jazz dance breaks this superstition and why you should too.

Jazz dance has its roots in African American communities during the late 19th century. It draws inspiration from African tribal dances and blends it with European influences to create a unique style of dance that is energetic and rhythmic. Jazz music played an integral role in this form of dance as well, with its syncopated beats and improvisational nature.

The number 13 symbolizes bad luck or evil omens for many people across different cultures. It’s often associated with death or misfortune, leading people to avoid it at all costs. But for jazz dancers, the number 13 holds a different meaning – it represents creativity and freedom.

In jazz music theory, there are twelve basic notes in an octave which repeat themselves every seven octaves – totaling thirteen times twelve notes or thirteen octaves altogether. This repetition allows for endless possibilities of musical arrangements and improvisation within those notes. Similarly, jazz dancers use this concept of repetition to create fluid movements that flow seamlessly together while also allowing for individual expression through improvisation.

Moreover, many famous dancers have incorporated the number 13 into their performances as well. For instance, legendary choreographer Bob Fosse was known for his iconic signature move called “the Fosse walk,” where he would take 13 steps in a specific pattern. This move became synonymous with his style and was often imitated by other dancers.

At Institute of Dance Artistry, we embrace the number 13 in our jazz dance classes. We encourage our students to let go of any fear associated with it and instead use it as a source of inspiration for their movements. Our jazz dance instructors incorporate elements of improvisation and repetition into their choreography, allowing our students to fully embody the essence of jazz dance.

But why should you embrace the number 13 in your own dancing? First and foremost, it’s about breaking away from superstitions and not letting them control your actions. By embracing the number 13, you are defying traditional beliefs and taking control of your own destiny – something that is essential in both dance and life.

Secondly, incorporating elements of repetition into your dancing can help improve muscle memory, coordination, and overall performance. As mentioned before, jazz dancers use this technique to create fluid movements that flow effortlessly together. By embracing the number 13, you are also opening yourself up to new possibilities and challenging yourself to think outside the box.

Lastly, jazz dance is all about self-expression and individuality. By embracing the number 13, you are celebrating your uniqueness as a dancer and allowing yourself to fully let go and express yourself through movement. It’s about breaking free from any limitations or fears that may hold you back from reaching your full potential.

In conclusion (as per critical parameters), superstitions have no place in the world of jazz dance – especially when it comes to the number 13. At Institute of Dance Artistry located in Fort Washington, PA, we encourage our students to break free from these irrational beliefs and embrace this powerful number instead. So why not join us for a jazz dance class today? Let go of any fears or doubts you may have and allow yourself to fully immerse in this vibrant form of dance. Who knows, you may just discover a new level of creativity and freedom within yourself.

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Dominick Boyd was raised in the Bronx, New York where he started his professional dance career at the age of 17. He has performed with artists such as Alicia Keys, Bad Boy recording artist 112, Omarion, and others.

Now Dominick Boyd resides in the state of Pennsylvania where he created his own dance company and training program Born Into the Arts (B.I.A.). In its nine years of establishment, B.I.A. has received many awards and performed at many prestigious places and events such as World of Dance, Prelude, and Dance Craze. Just recently B.I.A. was accepted onto the legendary Showtime at the Apollo.

Dominick's artistic motto is "dance is the image of sound and movement is the window to your soul." Dominick has been a hip-hop teacher and company choreographer at IDA for ten years.

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Kelli Moshen, Founder and Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s premier dance company Project Moshen, is also a dance instructor at Koresh School of Dance and a Barre instructor at The Sporting Club at the Bellevue. Since receiving her BFA in jazz dance from the University of the Arts, she has choreographed and performed along with her company in various Philly Fringe Festivals, The Philadelphia Flower show, Corporate Events for Genos Steaks, Morris Animal Refuge’s Furball, Koresh Showcases, Steps on Broadway showcase, and the Come Together Dance Festival. Kelli has worked with acclaimed choreographers such as Rennie Harris, Ronen Koresh, Melissa Rector, Scott Jovovich, Crystal Fraizer and Samuel Reyes.

Besides running her own company, Kelli works for Events Beyond Expectations (EBE) as a Master of Ceremonies performing at Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events, galas and more. Kelli is also involved in the business aspects of dance. She has worked for McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA) a prominent Dance Agency in New York City and Los Angeles and Broadway Dance Center where her experience has taught her how to operate her own company and teach in the professional dance world.

Kelli’s love for performing has not only inspired her students, but her colleagues as well. Kelli continues to broaden her dance technique by traveling to New York and Los Angeles to train.

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Rebecca Inman. has been a full-time instructor at IDA for 11 years. She is a graduate from University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Jazz Dance Performance. She has performed with several different dance companies in Philadelphia including Junto Society Dance Collective, Venus Dance and Flow.

Rebecca has also performed professionally with New Jersey's Surflight Theater in musical theater productions. Some of her leading roles include Belle in "Beauty and the Beast", Wendy in "Peter Pan", Cinderella in "Cinderella", and Glinda in "Wizard of Oz." 

She has been a featured dancer in "Damn Yankees," "La Cage Aux Folles," "Cabaret," and "Fiddler on the Roof."  Rebecca was also a principle dancer in Cygnus Contemporary Dance Company where she performed in the corps de ballet in "Coppelia," "Cinderella," and "Faust" with memebrs of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

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400 Commerce Drive
Fort Washington, PA 19034
215.628.0600
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Day 2: Hip-Hop & Jazz
Wed, Sept 2nd @ 6:00 – 7:30pm
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Sarah Dziomba is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator in the Philadelphia area. Originally from southeastern Connecticut, she grew up performing and competing across the country while staying involved in local musical theater productions. Sarah moved to Philadelphia where she earned her BFA in dance choreography and performance from Temple University. She also studied dance/movement therapy at Drexel University and worked with various populations including pediatric cancer patients, children with cerebral palsy, mental healthcare recipients, and breast cancer survivors.

Sarah has performed with Philadelphia dance companies Project Moshen and Blind Faith Project. She has also worked with independent choreographers including Tara Madsen Robbins, Alicia Sehn, and Tracy Kelsey. Sarah has trained and performed as an aerialist and was on staff at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts as a summer intensive dance instructor for teen aerialists in training. As a dance educator, Sarah believes that a passion and respect for dance as an athletic craft should be cultivated and supported.

Interested in taking her passion of movement, strength, and helping people even further, Sarah is training and studying as a new strength coach under the guidance of John Bair of Bair Knuckle Strength. She is a certified Functional Movement Specialist (FMS) and is excited to begin this new venture that will help others increase the vibrancy of their lives through building strength.

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625 West Ridge Pike, Building C
Conshohocken, PA 19428
215.628.0600
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Open House at Plymouth Meeting
Wed, August 26th @ 5:00 – 7:00pm
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Amy Smith graduated with a BFA in dance from Temple University with concentrations in modern, jazz and ballet. She was a modern dance scholarship student at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and was asked back for several years to assist. Amy continues to train and take class at Broadway Dance Center, NYC and throughout Philadelphia.

Amy has performed at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre as part of Koresh Dance Company’s Come Together Festival, the Koresh Artist Showcase, at The Producer’s Club in NYC, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC, at the Kraine Theatre in NYC, at the Teatro Centro Civico Eloy Alfaro in Guayaquil, Ecuador and has opened for BalletX in Philadelphia, to name a few.

As a choreographer, Amy has directed her own dance company, The AccoMpanY Dancers, which performed at Temple University, in Atlantic City, and throughout New Jersey. Her choreography was presented at the Capitol Fringe in Washington D.C., at the Koresh Artist Showcase, Koresh’s Come Together Festival, in many theaters in NYC and throughout Philadelphia.

As a teacher, Amy pushes her students rhythmically and artistically while focusing on dance as a performance art, not a competition. amysmithdance.com.

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Jamie Lipskin
is the founder and director of Institute of Dance Artistry. She has a B.F.A. in dance from Temple University with concentrations in modern and ballet. She is also the director of the IDA Repertory Companies and has worked to form a strong relationship between Institute of Dance Artistry and the Philadelphia professional dance community.

Jamie produces the Generations Dance Concert series featuring student and professional dancers helping raise money for various charities. Her choreography has been selected and performed at the Koresh Artists Showcase, Inhale Performance Series, and Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival. She also is a musical theater choreographer and has staged many great dance shows including West Side Story, Cabaret, Spring Awakening, and A Chorus Line. Jamie has performed with various dance companies and independent choreographers in the Philadelphia area in many venues including the Arts Bank, Drake Theatre, International House, Meetinghouse Theatre, Conwell Dance Theatre, Merriam Theater and Society Hill Playhouse as well as in several Philadelphia Fringe Festivals.

Jamie’s number one passion is teaching dance. She believes in creating a lively, energetic environment where students work hard to achieve their absolute best while generating an excitement and enthusiasm for the art of dance.

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Wendi Fisch began dance training at the age of three and still continues to study her art form. She became a serious student at the Tidewater Ballet Association in Norfolk, VA. under the direction of Gene Hammett. She was an invitational student at the School of American Ballet in New York City, The Royal Ballet in London, Melissa Hayden Ballet School and a scholarship recipient at the Joffrey Ballet. She performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov and New York City Ballet at Kennedy Center and the White House. Wendi was one of two dancers chosen to dance Balanchine’s Union Jack at Kennedy Center.

She has worked or studied with renowned choreographers and teachers ,including Alexandra Danilova, Edward Villella , Meredith Baylis, Francesca Corkle, Suki Schorer, Patricia Sorrell and many more. Wendi has been a guest artist for many companies including the Richmond Ballet,Washington Ballet and a member of the San Antonio Ballet Company and American Festival Ballet Company. She received a Bachelor of Science in Ballet/Music and Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Jacques Cesbron. While at Indiana, she originated roles in Carmina Burana for Jaques Cesbron and works for the opera with noted choreographer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.

She has performed lead roles in Gisele, Swan Lake, Paquita, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Balanchine works. She has been teaching for over twenty-five years throughout the country and the Philadelphia area and enthusiastically continues to teach and choreograph. Wendi has been involved in the preparation of her students participating in the Youth America Grand Prix competition and dancing at Regional Dance America. She has started numerous non-profit dance programs throughout the country that are still thriving today. Wendi uses her current pilates training to focus on proper alignment and body awareness while concentrating on a strong technical foundation. She believes in inspiring her students to follow their dreams with a solid work ethic, confidence, artistry and passion.

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400 Commerce Drive
Fort Washington, PA 19034
215.628.0600
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Day 3: Modern & Lyrical
Thurs, Sept 3rd @ 6:00 – 7:30pm
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