Benefit 2024

87th Benefit Benefit Concert

This year is Steffi Nossen School of Dance’s 87th Anniversary and we pride ourselves in the legacy, lineage and longevity of the school, foundation and community.

Our Benefit performance is to showcase our pre-professional dancers in our Master Class program and Steffi Nossen Dance Company. This year we are presenting choreography by alumnae Annie Doss and Artistic Director, Jessica DiMauro Marks along with pieces by esteemed choreographers Annmarie Mazzini, Sarah Kramer, Gabriella Mittenthal, and Cameron McKinney.

The School takes pride in focusing on the continuation of the legacy of our founder, her curriculum and passion for dance education, and the lineage and history of our school over the past 87 years. The heart and longevity of our mission lies within our faculty and students from the past, present and future that have danced and will dance their way through our doors.

It is our honor to present this demonstration of love, dedication and artistry in celebration of our 87th Anniversary.

87th Annual Benefit Concert
7pm
Saturday, March 23rd
White Plains Performing Arts Center

Tickets

A portion of all Angel, Benefactor and Patron tickets are a tax-free donation and ticket holder names will be listed in the program.

Angel - $150 ($90 donation) seated in yellow section.

Benefactor - $100 ($40 donation) seated in pink section.

Patron - $75 ($15 donation) seated in blue section.

Supporter - $60 seated in green section.

Friend - $25 (12 and under)

Steffi Nossen Dance Company – Choreography by:
-Jessica DiMauro Marks
-Annmaria Mazzini
-Cameron McKinney --- Repeiteur: Emmy Wildermuth
-Gabriella Mittenthal

Master Class II – Choreography by: Jessica DiMaura Marks

Master Class I – Choreography by Annie Doss

Junior Master Class – Choreography by Annie Doss

Dance Theater Group – Choreography by Sarah Kramer

About The Artists

Jessica DiMauro Marks, a Steffi Nossen alumna, is a modern dance choreographer invested in creating work that is rich in physicality and deeply communicative. Jessica holds an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University and a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. She has taught and choreographed works extensively for both pre-professional and professional dance companies throughout the United States. Her company, DiMauro Dance, has been selected to perform at numerous curated festivals including Dance Conversations at The Flea and WHITE WAVE’s WAVE RISING Series. She is on faculty at Marymount Manhattan College and Montclair State University. She is a frequent guest artist for workshops and intensives throughout the tri-state area including the Martha Graham School and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. In 2013, Ms. DiMauro Marks was proud to be among the first few students to be certified in May O’Donnell Technique. Jessica is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) and is a Certified Prenatal  and Postnatal Yoga Teacher. dimaurodance.org

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Annie Doss began teaching at Steffi Nossen in 2006. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently pursuing her MS in Movement Therapy at Pratt University.  A Steffi Nossen alumna with many performing credits, Ms. Doss has also presented her own choreography at the Theresa Lang and Red Room Theaters, Dance Theatre Workshop (DTW), SUNY Purchase, and Peridance Center. She is a founding member of DiMauro Dance and a Certified Pilates Instructor. In addition to her role as faculty member and choreographer at Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Ms. Doss is also a member of the Faculty at Trapeze School New York.  

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Sarah Kramer (New Jersey), received her BFA in Dance at Montclair State University in 2021 and an Advanced Studies Certificate in Composition from the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in 2023. She has received additional training at GagaLab NYC, Parsons Dance Choreography Workshop, and b12 Berlin Workshop Festival. As a performer, she has performed in works by Martha Graham, Ben Wright, Brandin Steffinsen, Maxine Steinman, Jessica Dimauro Marks, and others. Her own work has premiered in several venues and festivals in and around New York, notably 92nd Street Y’s Dance Up! Emerging Choreographers series, the 2022 Steffi Nossen Fall Choreography Showcase, and the KoDaFe International Dance Festival. Her most recent works, “Tylwyth Teg” and “Beginning” premiered in May 2023 at the Martha Graham Studio Theater in New York City.  

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Annmaria Mazzini is a New York City dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist. From Allentown, PA, she began her performing career in local summer stock productions before earning a BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University. A sixteen year tenure with the legendary choreographer Paul Taylor followed: first as a member of Taylor 2, then as a principal dancer of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, where she created roles in beloved pieces like Black Tuesday, Promethean Fire, and Changes. She remains on faculty at the Taylor School, serving as a teacher and répétiteur of works such as Esplanade and Cloven Kingdom. Her choreography has been presented by Steffi Nossen Dance Company, Moving Youth, and her own company, the Mazzini Dance Collective. She is currently performing with the Legacy Project, the Montreal based company of soloist Margie Gillis. An accomplished jewelry designer, her Dancing Amulets have been popular since 2006.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Cameron McKinney is a New York City-based choreographer and educator. As the Artistic Director of Kizuna Dance, he uses the performing arts to further connections between the American and Japanese cultures. In addition to being both a U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellow and an Asian Cultural Council Individual Fellow, he has been awarded choreography fellowships from The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Princeton University, and the Alvin Ailey Foundation. He has presented work and taught in twenty states and four countries, including in the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Tokyo. His commissions include The Ailey School, the Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival, and Marymount Manhattan College, among numerous others. His professorial credits include Princeton University, Montclair University, and NYU Tisch, among others. Each year, he organizes Kizuna Dance’s Open Intensive, a week of day-long intensives made entirely free for all participants.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Gabriella Mittenthal grew up in the Chicago Metropolitan area where she started training at the Academy of Dance Arts. Mittenthal graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2023, with a BFA in Dance concentrating in Choreography and Modern. While studying at Marymount she received the coveted Gold Key for Choreography, and performed works by Andrea Miller, Mary Ann Lamb, Caleb Teicher, Belinda McGuire, and many more. Mittenthal has shown her choreography at events including: American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2022 Gala, Earl Mosley’s Dancing Beyond 2023, and the 2023 NYSDEA/NDEO conference. Recently her work “LOLA” was featured at the 92Y virtual Future Dance Festival run by Harkness Dance Center.  

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Emmy Wildermuth is a New York City-based freelance performing artist and choreographer. Currently, Emmy is a member of companies including Kizuna Dance, NewBrese Dance, and rogue wave. Additionally, Emmy has presented work in New York City at Arts On Site, TADA! Theater, and Mark Morris Dance Center.  She is the artistic director of dance.WILD and has presented work at the Oklahoma International Dance Festival and the Atlanta Science Festival. Emmy and her artistic partner, Catherine Messina, founded the unKEMpT Dance Festival, with a mission to provide performance opportunities for artists, regardless of background or resources. She continues to choreograph, edit, and produce dance films and staged choreographic works that inspire others to view the world through a redefined lens.   

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________