Concieved, founded, and launched in 2002, the mission of
Jump on the DanceWagon is to empower dance artists financially and creatively through their participation of the design and structure of the program.
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"[Jump on the] DanceWagon was an ideal experience...the entire process was well-organized and a pleasure! Ellen is very generous to offer this rare shared evening experience..." -
Adele Myers, Artistic Director
"Ellen was a total professional and very organized-making the show run smoothly...In addition....it was Ellen's warmth and commitment to the show that made it a true pleasure to work with her."
- Ariel Grossman, Artistic Director
"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Ellen... Her commitment to quality artistic dance is an asset in our vast, and diverse industry. She is among the most organized, honest, professional women in the field"
~ Amiti Perry, Artistic Director
J/DW 2002, 2004
"J/DW...was so well-organized and handled with professionalism. All of the stressful elements - finding a venue, making payments, hiring technical crew - were handled for us, which gave the choreographers time to focus mainly on our individual works and creations...It was an honor to be part of this festival ...that upheld great professionalism and respect."
Alyson Laury, Artistic Director
~ Nicole Buggé, Artistic Director
"Jump on the DanceWagon was an invaluable opportunity...It allowed us to create a longer piece for the company [and] present it...in a reputable theater in NYC...The planning process was smooth and [Ellen was] in communication and honest with us every step of the way. "
Jump on the DanceWagon truly helped kick start my career as a choreographer. This festival offers a level of production security that allows the choreographers involved to take risks within their work and focus on process. There is a sense of trust and personal connection between choreographer and curator that is very valuable but very rare among the opportunities to show work in New York City.
J/DW is unofficially on hiatus as I assume my position to serve Hedwig Dances.
Regardless as to if or when circumstances support resuming J/DW's activities,
J/DW will always serve through whatever means is available to inform and advocate
for the needs, efforts and contributions
of professional choreographers everywhere.