Modern contemporary dance- Berkowitz w/Foster Dance Studios' artistic director Jana Schneider- and Company winter show, Cable & Web

Jana 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 be powerful within your own self…” Five Foster Dance Studios / Ronn Stewart guiding principles:  No. 1-- Keep going...and then-- Remember why you are here and Do it with Love.

“Do it with Love,” by buying tickets to the Foster Dance Studios’   winter show, Saturday, Jan. 13  (Together Unique, 2 pm and 7 pm, Music Institute at Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston, IL).

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Evanston edition of Public Affairs featuring Jana Schneider and Foster Dance Studios:

The Evanston edition of Public Affairs features Jana Schneider, Foster Dance Studios' ("FDS") Interim Artistic Director.  The program is now airing daily in Evanston thru Jan. 15 at 8:30 am and 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 6 [Evanston Access TV]. [See, below, for upcoming additional airings of this show in other geographic areas]

You can also watch the Schneider show 24/7 at the Public Affairs' youtube channel.  

The show featuring Schneider and Foster Dance Studios gives viewers a sense of  modern contemporary dance, especially as it relates to (a) dance instruction for children and young adults, (b) dance concerts and performances and (c) life lessons.

Foster Dance Studios  is located just north of downtown Evanston and just west of the Northwestern University Campus at 915 Foster St., about 100 yards west of the Foster stop on the purple line (AKA the Linden L) in Evanston.

We start tonight's show by asking Miss Jana, as many of her young students call her, if dancers have to deal, from time to time, with the equivalent of  missed blocks and broken plays, as do football players.

Ms. Schneider, a playmaker in her own right, grasped the analogy instantly, picked up the ball and scored quickly.

Spirit and vision of Foster Dance Studios:

No doubt, the late, great choreographer, dancer and leader of the improvisational or interpretative approach to dance, Ronn Stewart, who passed away at 42 on September 30, 2017 would tell us that when you dance and do choreography with love-- you feel the dance and music-- and communicate the message of dance with a visual and philosophical clarity.

But, what was unique about Stewart is that when he danced he combined a classical training and mastery of dance technique with his personal, improvisational and interpretative feelings and emotions. It is that combination-- that legacy of Stewart- that is now uniquely the spirit and vision of Foster.

Indeed, this is what Schneider tells us, in essence, during tonight's show. The muscles, tone, style, mastered techniques and visuals may be on the outside. But, the power, feeling and emotion come from within. [Watch dances performed by junior, intermediate and advanced crew choreographed by Marchello Lee and Jana Schneider for the Foster Dance Studios' Company Spring, 2016 show]

So, now it is up to Schneider and many of her colleagues on the Foster faculty, including (but not limited to) Graca Sales- Joffrey classical ballet master and principal coach; Sarah Goldstone- Foster Dance Studios' co-founder, majority owner and Associate Artistic Director, David Maurice-Interim Artistic Director at the Cocodaco Dance Project and Kathryn Ebert- Foster Executive Director, co-founder and minority owner to carry on the Stewart tradition, as they lead instruction and performance at FDS and the Foster Companies.

You can also watch the show at the Public Affairs youtube channel.  

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 and  Foster Dance Studios' interim Artistic Director and dancer at the Cocodaco Dance Project.

The Public Affairs show featuring Schneider will also-

  • air in Highland Park, next week, Monday and  Wednesday, January 8 and 10 at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19
  • air in Wilmette, Niles, Lincolnwood, Northfield, Morton Grove and in other N and NW suburbs  on Tuesday night, January 9 at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19
  • air in Skokie, Northbrook, Glenview, Golf and in other NW suburbs on Tuesday night, January 9 at 8:30 pm onComcast Cable Ch. 35

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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, 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, Executive Director of Foster Dance Studios.

 

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

Kathryn Jones Ebert, long time Evanston resident, in her element-- working the Foster front desk and talking with FDS parents, students and faculty, while resting her eyelids and dealing with the bright lights of Evanston and the photographer's flash.

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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... 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] … 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, 2018 show] you bring together performances by those five colors, five companies which [blend in the choreography of Ronn, who worked on the January 13 FDS Company show for two weeks before he passed away].

FDS Executive Director Kathryn Ebert and Sam Watson, Artist in residence at University of Arizona and long time collaborator with Ron Stewart, both of whom gave key speeches at the Oct. 29, 2017 Ronn Stewart Memorial Service, chat after the service.

FDS Executive Director Kathryn Ebert and Sam Watson, Artist in residence at University of Arizona and long time collaborator with Ronn Stewart, chat after the Oct. 29, 2017 Ronn Stewart Memorial Service at Regina High School in Wilmette, IL.  Both Watson and Ebert gave key speeches at the Service.

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Berkowitz: ... Everybody watching this TV show [with Schneider] will want to keep in mind the enrollment for Foster Dance Studios' classes, which starts 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.

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A post- Christmas present?  Foster  Dance Company Together Unique tickets

Get the perfect  post- Christmas present for your children and you: an intro to “Do it with Love,” when you buy tickets to the Foster Dance Studios’ (847) 864-1877  winter show on Saturday, January 13, 2018 (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 St., 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.

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