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  • Sonya Tayeh – The Root of Me, Carnival piece, 2012

    Sonya Tayeh – The Root of Me, Carnival piece, 2012

    Sit back and enjoy a segment from Sonya Tayeh’s The Root of Me, part of which debuted at Choreographers’ Carnival, an influential dance showcase. Tayeh’s “root” refers to her distinctive style regarding how she teaches and choreographs. And her “root?” One of force, aggression, and warrior-like which she calls “combat jazz.” This is what you’ll experience, in particular, starting at 1:20. Strong, powerful, and with an obvious edge, Tayeh’s choreographic and personal voice demand you hear not only her….but all […]

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  • Sonya Tayeh – Baggage

    Sonya Tayeh – Baggage

    Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh After graduating from Wayne State University, Sonya Tayeh moved to California to run a dance company where she developed her own style of jazz, combat jazz. She was later discovered by a talent agent and within three months signed as a jazz and contempororary choreographer with the television series So You Think You Can Dance. After watching this video, should it be a surprise to anyone that in 2013 Ms Tayeh was nominated for an Emmy Award […]

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  • Sonya Tayeh – The Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball

    Sonya Tayeh – The Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball

    An American dancer and choreographer, Sonya Tayeh calls her style combat jazz. She describes it as “…staccato, aggressive, and engaged, even when it’s slow…” In her own words, “I’m always ready for battle.” This piece, performed at The Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball, 2012, has a very futuristic feel to it though it’s occasionally “interrupted” with an almost classical nod. Tayeh’s choreography has an angularity and abruptness to it, but she puts it together in a way that makes it work. You […]

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