From politics to Dance: Watch Berkowitz w/FDS artistic director, Miss Jana, on dancing w/love, cable and web

Last minute stocking stuffer at Foster Dance Studios- Together Unique tickets

Get the perfect stocking stuffer and joyful pre and post-Christmas present for your children and you: an intro to “Doing it with Love,” when you buy tickets to the Foster Dance Studios’ (847) 864-1877  winter show on January 13, 2017 (Together Unique, 2 pm and 7 pm, Music Institute at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston, Illinois 60201).

Buy tickets at the Foster Dance Studios, 915 Foster, Evanston, IL or 24/7 by clicking Brownpapertickets.com ( 2 pm performance)    

    or Brownpapertickets.com (7 pm performance)

or starting with the  FDS Facebook page.

See, below, for what Foster’s Artistic Director had to say about the FDS Companies’ and their winter show.

Below is a partial transcript from an episode of Public Affairs, featuring our interview on Thursday with the Foster Dance Studios’ interim Artistic Director, Jana Schneider, by show host Berkowitz. That episode with Schneider will be posted at the Public Affairs Youtube channel in a few days.

Jana Schneider, 26, dancer, choregrapher, TCU Roach Honors' Laureate who produced three dance films in her senior year and now Foster Dance Studios' interim Artistic Director and dancer at the Cocodaco Dance project (She dances seven days a week)

Jana Schneider, 26, dancer, choregrapher, TCU Roach Honors' Laureate who produced three dance films in her senior year at TCU and now is the  Foster Dance Studios' interim Artistic Director and dancer at the Cocodaco Dance Project (and LOVES dancing seven days a week at FDS)

Watching FDS Artistic Director Jana Schneider on Cable

The show featuring Schneider will also-

  • air twice daily in Evanston, for a week or so, starting [probably] this Wednesday, Dec. 27 (8:30 am and 8:30 pm, Cable Ch. 6);
  • air throughout the City of Chicago next Monday night, January 1 at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21.
  • air in Highland Park Wednesday night, January 3 and Monday night, January 8 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19
  • air in Wilmette, Niles, Lincolnwood, Northfield and Morton Grove Tuesday night, January 9 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19
  • air in Skokie, Northbrook, Glenview and Golf Tuesday night, January 9 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 35

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Partial transcript of Public Affairs TV show featuring FDS’ Artistic director Miss Jana

Jeff Berkowitz: You’re watching Public Affairs… politics is our game, well actually today, we’re going to be doing…the world of dance and you’re going to see how dance relates to politics [maybe]…because we have as our guest, Jana Schneider, she is the interim artistic director of the Foster Dance Studios in Evanston…[and] dances, as well, with Cocodaco, the professional dance company…it is all choreographed, the late Ronn Stewart did this masterfully, your mentor, Ronn Stewart…

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Berkowitz: So, in a sense, this show is about an entrepreneurial spirit, I said we would get to politics…  you ever hear the phrase- political entrepreneur- see, we have dance entrepreneurs…what do entrepreneurs do? In one word?

Jana Schneider: Entrepreneurs create!

Berkowitz: And what do you do as a dancer?

Schneider: I create.

Berkowitz: As a choreographer.

Schneider: And, as a dancer.

Berkowitz: But, to do this, before you could do that, somebody had to create the Foster Dance Studios, and the building that houses the studio- they had to create the idea that there would be classes in the studio, that there would be teaching and performing in those studios… so it was [now Executive Director] Kathryn Ebert, working with the artistic directors—Sarah Goldstone [You will love watching this video, Done with LOVE by choreographers Sarah, Ron and the dancers]  and Ronn Stewart—and Ronn brought so much of this that you have been talking about—because he was your [and so many others'] mentor.

The late Ronn Stewart, Co-Founder, Dancer, Choreographer and Faculty member of Foster Dance Studios and Co-founder, Dancer and Choreographer of Cocodaco with Kathryn Ebert, Co-founder, minority owner and Executive Director of Foster Dance Studios

The late Ronn Stewart, 42, Co-Founder, Dancer, Choreographer and Faculty member of Foster Dance Studios;  Co-founder, Dancer and Choreographer of Cocodaco and creator  of FDS' signature MoPeD, "More People Dancing,"  pictured, above, with Kathryn Ebert, 53, Co-founder, minority owner and Executive Director of Foster Dance Studios.

 

Schneider: Yes, he definitely was one of my mentors.

Berkowitz: You had mentors at Texas Christian University [TCU] …Ronn would then influence you —first as a student of his [2011] and then as a teacher at Foster—and you were learning all of this time—from Sarah, from Ronn and you were actually learning somewhat from Kathryn—she created this—those three created this building- Foster Dance Studios—and then it sort of grew from there—

Executive Director Kathryn Ebert as she greets parents, students and others at the Foster Dance Studios front desk

FDS Executive Director and long time Evanston resident Kathryn Ebert, most in her element when joyfully working the Foster front desk and talking with parents, students and FDS faculty, friends and others.

Schneider: Yes, it really took off!

Berkowitz: to become several hundred students now…and Foster has a few “Dance companies,” what are those companies?

Schneider: So, we have five main—we call them our studio companies, that are divided up by age, a little bit by level- so we have five company colors: pinks, oranges, blues, purples and red. The students are required to take a certain number of classes to acquire various technical skills, to develop their voice-- and we rehearse with them twice a week, and do a big show at the end of each semester.

Berkowitz: So, you have a show coming up.  We are taping this on December 21, you will have a show in the second week of January [January 13, Together Unique] …I haven’t mentioned this but sadly, Ronn Stewart passed away on Sep. 30, at the young age of 42 [Read about the October 29, 2017 Tribute to the life of Ronn Stewart] … and in that [January 13 show] you bring together performances by those five colors, five companies and [blend in the choreography of Ronn, who worked on the January 13 FDS Company show for two weeks before he passed away].

Schneider: as well as another two companies- intermediate pre-professional and advanced pre-professional, so these are our students who are 13 years old and older- who think “You know, I might want to be a professional dancer,” and then we have a phenomenal classical ballet program run by Graca Sales and some hip hop crews…

Berkowitz: So, sometime after Ronn passed away on September 30, 2017 you became the interim artistic director at Foster and David Maurice pitched in…

Schneider: We had a few different new faculty members—so one of the things we wanted to do after Ronn’s passing was to surround our studio with love and a diversity of light from different teachers and backgrounds and who brought a loving atmosphere through a bunch of different specialties. So, we sought and brought in as many people as we could to bring us that love.  So, one of the new faculty members we brought on was David Maurice, a former Ate9 Dance Company member, which is a major Los Angeles company, they do a very… Israeli type of dance form and he had also danced with Ronn at Cocodaco for a long time and is now the interim Artistic Director at Cocodaco…

Berkowitz: So, this is all growth … and Ronn saw this coming even if he had not passed away because he had these five principles that had become the principles of Foster and they had spread further… so when you dance, do you “Do it with love.”

Schneider: Oh, a 100 %.

Berkowitz: What does it mean to Do it with Love?

Schneider: “Do it with love,” reflects each dancer’s interpretation, but it is like “Going out, teaching, doing choreography, performing and just giving it your all, to not compare yourself to anyone else... but to be powerful within your own self…” There are a few rules...No. 1 is to keep going...our rule No. 2 is to... and then there is to remember and Do it with Love.

Berkowitz: ... Everybody watching this will want to keep in mind the enrollment for Foster Dance Studios' classes, which start up again on January 8, including two FREE (for the entire session) classes: BOYS Ballet and MoPeD (for boys and girls) [You can register here]  and keep in mind the summer program...

FDS students mingling with each other in their dance attire, as Ronn Stewart would have wanted, prior to his October 29, 2017 Memorial Service at Regina High School in Wilmette, IL

FDS students mingling with each other in their informal and comfortable dance attire, as Ronn Stewart would have wanted, prior to his October 29, 2017 Memorial Service at Regina High School in Wilmette, IL

Schneider: Super exciting summer program!

Berkowitz: Just keep that in mind and you politicians,whether you are Governor Rauner, his [Republican Party Primary] challenger, Jeannie Ives, whether you are [Democrats Gov Candidates] JB Pritzker, Chris Kennedy or Daniel Biss, all five major gubernatorial candidates, you just remember one thing, all of you, you come back next week and every week to Public Affairs and Do it, Do it, Do it-- Do it with Love.

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From an episode of Public Affairs, taped on Dec. 21, 2017 to air this coming week and next in Chicago, Evanston, 26 north and northwest Chicago Metro suburbs, Aurora and Rockford and to be posted soon on the Public Affairs you tube channel.  

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