Mentor – Zoe Rappaport

Zoe Rappaport is a dance-artist based in Los Angeles and New York City. Grounded in the belief that movement was born to bring people together and communicate beyond words, Zoe makes dances to honor and share a forgotten language in the world, to tell truths, to be authentic in her expression, to engage in what feels most natural and at the same time the most wondrous magic of the body in motion. Dancing since before she was born, Zoe’s versatile background spans hip hop, modern, jazz, house, contemporary, African, ballet, improvisation and New Style Hustle. She has performed the works of noted choreographers Adrienne Hawkins, Jimmy Locust, Kathryn Posin, Sarah Elgart, Billy Siegenfeld, Thelma Goldberg and Kim Elliott. In 2014, she worked on the world-famous dance/cardiology piece, “Heartbeat,” created by Christopher Janney and choreographed by Sara Rudner.

This past year, Zoe was awarded grants from Brooklyn and Queens Arts Councils to create and perform multidisciplinary work involving dance, poetry, music and visual elements.  Her choreography has been shown at The Alchemical Theatre Lab, Figment Arts Festival, Bushwick Open Studios and New York University.A strong advocate for dance & arts education, Zoe received her B.A. in Community-Based Arts Education from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and has been teaching dance/arts workshops for the past 10 years in New York City, California, New Hampshire, and internationally.

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