Family Dance Jam is an inter-generational movement workshop for families. Part open play, part directed experience, families move in a playful environment across the dance floor, making deeper connections with each other and their bodies. Facilitators guide families at the jams but each participant adds to the direction of the experience by their own explorations and interests. It is a wonderfully creative way to spend time together as a family

Family Dance Jam evolved when choreographer Ilaan Egeland Mazzini's son was three years old.  She wanted to dance more with him and to also reconnect with her Modern Dance community. She invited friends with children over for an evening of dancing and potluck dinner.  The invigorating success of the event sparked Ilaan’s realization that people craved sharing this kind of physical outlet with their children. Family Dance Jams now happen with diverse community all over Los Angeles and Orange County.  FDJ's public dance events serve families looking for a fun and dynamic place to play, move and co-create a sense of community.

FACILITATORS

Ilaan Egeland Mazzini is a performing artist, educator, curator and founder of Family Dance Jam. Her eclectic past includes Cal Arts, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures, NYC, dance companies, grants, commissions, films and music videos. As a modern dancer she worked for David Rousseve, Victoria Marks, Lionel Popkin, Carol McDowell, Heidi Duckler and Susan Rose.  In Los Angeles her dances have been presented at Highways Performance Space, Skirball Cultural Center, LACE, UCLA’s Hammer Museum and Japan American Theater. She has taught in Universities, High Schools, Elementary Schools, and Preschools. Ilaan has been the Head of Family Programs at the Skirball Cultural Center and the Community Initiatives Program Manager for the Ford Theatres/LA County Arts Commission. Ilaan developed Family Dance Jam to merge her interests in dance, families, community, education and public art making. She is currently is the Director of Education at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

Ally Voye grew up dancing in Utah and graduated from the World Arts and Cultures department at UCLA where she studied contemporary dance, world dance, dance filmmaking and dance education. Ally is co-founder and co-artistic director of IN/EX Dance Project, a Los Angeles-based collaborative dance company dedicated to the creation of unconventional performances. In addition to being a lead facilitator for Family Dance Jam, Ally is currently, a dance-teaching artist at The Growing Place, First Pres Nursery School and the Crossroads School.

Carol McDowell is an interdisciplinary dance artist and educator. Born in California and raised in Hawai’i, she fell in love with modern dance while studying with Betty Jones and teaching creative movement at KCAA Preschools. McDowell creates movement scores and performance events concerned with the curiosity, presence, compassion, and difference. Her work has been presented at the Skirball Cultural Center, Sweeney Art Gallery, Highways, The Kitchen, DTW, PS122, and abroad. Currently she teaches at several local colleges and universities and takes great delight in working as a facilitator for Family Dance Jam.

Maisha Morris-Reyes hails from Texas where she danced since the age of 5.  She moved to Los Angeles at seventeen to train at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. She also pursued her Early Childhood credential and taught at the Reggio Emilia inspired preschool New School West for three years. Maisha currently is a visiting artist with Contra-Tiempo dance company and works with Family Dance Jam.

Gloria Tinajero is a Los Angeles Native, mother, dancer and certified Pilates instructor. She works as a food activist with EngAGE, a non-profit organization, to facilitate nutrition and health workshops for low-income seniors. Gloria dances for choreographer Keith Glassman in his site specific, concert and community dances. In her spare time Gloria coaches Pop-Warner Cheer in Bell, bikes in L.A., and dances, professionally & just for the fun of it. She holds her BA in Dance from CSULB.

Christine Suarez is a Santa Monica-based choreographer, performer and dance educator.  She is presently working on an evening-length dance-theater work about her experience of motherhood. She is also currently co-creating a dance program for The School for Better Living, a psycho-social research initiative a the West Los Angeles VA Hospital and is a teaching artist for the HeArt Project. She received an MFA from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures Department and BA from Emory University.

DJ's

SADUBAS - Robin Jukhadia & Ameet Mehta
mix table, classical drums of North India, turntables, jazz and electronic music tools to create their unique lush atmosphere and sound.

PHIL - Phil Darovic
spins a wide, wide variety of music; new, old, famous and obscure. His taste for world beats, hip-hop, 80s and modern indie dance always influences his sets. His mantra is dance, dance, DANCE.

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