Ellis Wood: 2010 Challenge Winner
"Dancenow has basically given me a new beginning. Two years ago, I was inspired by your festival to perform a new solo for the first time after my third child. I spent the following year working on a solo show and presented a more developed version at your next festival where I was honored to win the first ever Challenge Award. This jump-started a series of events leading to the premiere of my first evening-length solo entitled “MOM.” I can honestly say I have never been so ecstatic about dancing and choreographing in my entire forty-six years in the field.
"I was given a space grant at a beautiful new studio in New York City four blocks from my home where I rehearse the work and meet other like-minded artists on a bi-weekly basis (and also was asked to do a showing of the work). I was given $1,000.00 which will help pay for props and costumes and music/video for the work. I was given a weeklong residency at in Pennsylvania where I honed the work and got specific and invaluable insight and feedback. Along with new reviews for my press kit, I also received the Dance Magazine: “Best Dancer/Choreographer Solo for 2010” award from Wendy Perron, (Editor of Dance Magazine), who saw the piece at your festival.
"Just one of these benefits would have been quite a gift, but to receive this much support from one festival – and the subsequent award – is pretty unheard of in the field of dance. This opportunity and backing has granted me much more than a fish, but rather a net to continue to feed my work in the long term. This past two years of aid from Dancenow(NYC) has opened new doors to my career and I am forever grateful." – Choreographer, Ellis Wood