$15 Seniors, Students and Military
$5 Children under 12
Behind the Counter and Membership discounts apply
This presentation of DanceTheYard is part of A.R.T on the VINE: Artists Rising Together on the Vineyard.
DanceTheYard is The Yard’s resident dance collective, and each member from Martha’s Vineyard and NYC has become a part of The Yard’s greater service mission: working together to present performances for the public, participating in educational residencies and dance making programs for children and adults, along with other community based events around Martha’s Vineyard.
Alison Manning, Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer
Alison Manning is the Executive Director and Co-Producer of The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, and has worked with the organization for eleven years to provide meaningful residency opportunities for national and international performing artists and bring the performing arts to the local Vineyard community. She is founding Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of DanceTheYard, The Yard’s year-round professional dance company with creative/choreographic partner and company Co-Artistic Director Jesse Keller. Alison discovered her love of the Horton Techinique as a scholarship student at Jacob’s Pillow, working with the great Milton Myers, and has continued studying for the past 7 years with mentors Mr. Myers, Kristina Berger, Karen Gayle and other master Horton Teachers, and teaches the technique on faculty at The Yard each summer and as a guest teaching artist at NYU Steinhardt School, Wesleyan Univeristy, Peridance Capezio Center, and STEPS on Broadway. In addition to teaching, Alison dances and performs with The Bang Group and has worked for The Peggy Spina Tap Company, Xodus Dance Collective, The Next Stage Project, Kindodance Company and Naomi Goldberg Haas’, Dances for a Variable Population. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Modern Dance and Minor in Art History.
Jesse Keller Jason, Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer
Jesse Keller Jason graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Performance and Choreography. She started performing professionally with StefanieBatten Bland (SBB) in Paris, France and remains a part of the troupe. With SBB, she has performed internationally at Festival Onze Bouge, Ris Orangis, Les Petites Scenes Ouvertes, and Cornell University’s Cultural Residency, along with nationally at The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Symphony Space, The Brooklyn Museum, Saratoga ArtsFest, Dogtown Dance Theater, Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out, and Ringling International Arts Festival. She is a year-round island resident on Martha’s Vineyard where she serves as Director of Island Programs and Education and Co-Producer at The Yard, as well as Co-Artistic Director of DanceTheYard (DTY), The Yard’s resident dance collective. Since forming, DTY has presented work at The Yard, MV Hebrew Center, The MV Film Festival, NACHMO Boston, ACDFA East Central, Ohio University, Triskelion Arts, and the Women in Motion Festival. At The Yard she has played an instrumental role in developing and implementing MAKING IT, a creative dance-making curriculum and creativity initiative now active in all Martha’s Vineyard Public and Charter schools, as well as at the YMCA, in afterschool programs, libraries, senior centers, and elsewhere around island. In 2014 she was named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Women Empowered for her work in dance education.