New York Live Arts presents Lobby Talks: Dancing Parents – April 17

Lobby Talks
Dancing Parents
April 17 at 7:30pm

New York, NY, March 27, 2012 – New York Live Arts’ Lobby Talks series presents “Dancing Parents,” a conversation about creative families with panelists Anna Azrieli, Wendy Blum, Marin Sander-Holzman and Margaret Paek on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30pm, co-coordinated and co-moderated by Chase Granoff and Marya Warshaw. This Lobby Talks conversation will address the expected and unexpected challenges of being a creative parent and provide insight into the possibilities of maintaining a creative practice while having a family. The discussion will also explore the unique role that creative families occupy in the contemporary dance and performance landscape.

Originally created by Dance Theater Workshop, Lobby Talks creates a forum for open and in-depth discourse on contemporary issues in dance and performance.Conceptual themes are investigated, challenged and considered by an invited group of artists, critics and theorists, and discussions are open to all.

Lobby Talks take place in New York Live Arts’ lobby. Admission is FREE; reservations are not required. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) in New York City. Following the live discussion, Lobby Talks are available for download on iTunes and audio is available on the New York Live Arts blog.


Anna Azrieli is a dance artist born in the former Soviet Union, raised in New York City and residing in Brooklyn. She holds a BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a founding member of Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. As a performer she has worked with Wendy Perron, Fred Darsow, Freefall, Maya Ciarrocchi, Donna Uchizono, Luciana Achugar, Sam Kim, Levi Gonzalez, among others. Her collaborative work with Samuael Topiary and Abby Crain was shown through Movement Research at the Judson Church. Her collaboration with Pascale Wettstein was presented by Dixon Place. Her own work has been shown at Danspace Project, Dixon Place, CATCH,Ulla’s Salon, AUNTS, Open Source Gallery, Roulette, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. Anna is a 2010-2012 Movement Research Artist in Residence.

Wendy Blum is a dance educator, choreographer and performer ( Since she became a parent in 2007, she has spent more and more time working with a range of populations in New York City (ages 4-94) on how to create, view,write and speak about dance (and all art) while using as much non-valuativelanguage as possible. She works as a teaching artist, coach and facilitatorthrough Lincoln Center Institute, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Literacy Support,Center for Arts in Education, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE)’s Arts Achieve Grant.

Marin Sander-Holzman is a dance and video artist living in Brooklyn, NY. His editorial department feature film credits include “The Laramie Project,” “The Woodsman,” “Lackawanna Blues,” “Off the Black,” “Shadowboxer,” “Shortbus,” and “Staten Island,” as well as long and short form documentaries including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The Line, Dateline, The Today Show, and “Frontline: The Jesus Factor.” He was the editor and contributing writer for the eight episode television series “ARTSTAR,” a collaboration with Deitch Projects following emerging artists in the New York contemporary art world. Marin has collaborated on video works for contemporary performance with choreographers Yasuko Yokoshi, AnnaAzrieli, Kim Epifano and Miguel Gutierrez. Marin teaches Prenatal Partner Yoga with his wife Anna Azrieli. Check them out at

Margaret Paek is a dance artist engaged in a continual process of collaboration and integration. She has been deeply influenced by her relationships with gymnastics, contact improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Barbara Dilley, Deborah Hay, Loren Kiyoshi Dempster and their daughter, Eleanor. Endlessly inspired by collective process, she collaborates extensively withLower Left ( and has enjoyed creating with projectLIMB, Stochasatic Ensemble, WonderWomen, Keith Hennessy, Lionel Popkin, Mary Overlie, and BodyCartography. Her cooperative and individual work has been presented in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Margaret is on faculty at Movement Research, Marymount Manhattan, and Manhattanville Colleges and has previously taught at the International Contact Festival Freiburg, the Swedish Dance Alliance, and various universities. She received her MFA from Hollins University/ADF in 2011. As part of the Whitney Museum biennial with Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, she will direct an amazing ensemble of six parent-dancers and their children on May 11th, 2012.

Marya Warshaw (Co-coordinator) has been the Executive/Artistic Director of BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange (formerly The Gowanus Arts Exchange) since 1991. In 1998 BAX, under Ms. Warshaw’s direction, received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for its innovative work creating a house and a home for the arts in Brooklyn. She serves on the current Bessie Committee as well as numerous other state and city arts panels.

Ms. Warshaw received a fellowship to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Italy in November 2010 to write about her work with Resident Artists and the value of the BAX urban residency program.

She has been honored to work with so many talented, innovative artists, many of whom she now counts as friends including George Emilio Sanchez, Dean Moss, Martha Bowers, Christalyn Wright, Jose Garcia, Yasuko Yokoshi, Judith Sloan, Imani Henry, Nami Yamamoto, Faye Driscoll, and Shannon Hummel.

Warshaw danced as a child at the Center for Modern Dance Education, in New Jersey, studied at The Cunningham School and with June Finch and developed her first performing space Chichicastenango with dear friend Susan Bodine. Ms. Warshaw attended Bard College on a full Performing Arts Scholarship in theater & dance and has done graduate work in Arts Management at New York University, Gallatin Division. She lives with her wife Jane-Cole Raftery, dog and cat in Park Slope where she is a long time resident and raised her two sons.

Chase Granoff (Coordinator) is a Brooklyn based dance artist.He has worked as a dancer with many choreographers including RoseAnne Spradlin, Jeremy Wade, Martita Goshen, Beth Gill and Daria Faïn. His choreography hasbeen presented throughout New York City and has toured to Limerick, Berlin and Prague. He has collaborated extensively with Jon Moniaci. Chase co-curated Live Sh– at The Chocolate Factory with Chris Peck from 2005 to 2008. He is a member of heart the band with Eleanor Bauer, Gill, Moniaci and Peck. He initiated and curates Lobby Talks at New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop). Chase published and co-edited a publication with Jenn Joy in conjunction with his performance, The Art of Making Dances, at The Kitchen. Other projects include teaching and curating the event ROLLING at Daghdha in Limerick, Ireland, teaching as part of CLASSCLASSCLASS in NYC and teaching a workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay at Espacio Jexe! Chase was one of the curators of Movement Research 2011 Spring Festival: FESTIVAL!*. He recently premiered his new solo work intuition is preceding over my understanding. at The Chocolate Factory.


New York Live Arts strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting and educating. In addition to our deep commitment to individual artists at all stages of their careers, we strive to create rich, meaningful experiences for our audiences by engaging them in ways that are intimate and thought-provoking. With our audience, we seek to become a place for dance that is vital to thefabric of social and cultural life in New York, the United States and beyond.

Formed in February 2011 by a merger of Dance Theater Workshop and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, New York Live Arts is a re-imagining of the legacies of these two extraordinary organizations. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street in New York City and is led by Bill T. Jones as Executive Artistic Director, Carla Peterson as Artistic Director, and Jean Davidson as Executive Director and CEO.


Lead support for New York Live Arts is provided, in part, by Ford Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Open Society Foundations and the Fund for the City of New York, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and EmcArts Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Rockefeller Foundation, BoothFerris Foundation, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, SeaChange Capital Partners, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation and The Scherman Foundation.