Jazz Choreography Enterprises (JCE) presents jazz dance to New York audiences so they can see and appreciate this great American art form. JCE’s mission is to promote the creation of original jazz choreography in concert form. Its goal is to keep jazz dance thriving by presenting high-quality jazz choreography in a variety of styles on a concert stage. In this way choreographers and dancers gain experience working in jazz styles, and audiences have opportunities to see jazz dance as a stand-alone art form instead of a secondary contribution to a musical theater production or a television show.
In May 2007, Marian Hyun, Co-Artistic Director of JCE, produced the first performance of the NY Jazz Choreography Project (now known as the JCE Jazz Dance Project). The performance sold out and generated enthusiasm from the artists and audience. Realizing that choreographers need opportunities to develop their work and that audiences have fewer opportunities to see jazz dance than in years past, Marian Hyun, Co-Artistic Director Merete Muenter, and two other dance lovers founded JCE in July 2007. JCE has produced all subsequent performances of the Jazz Project.
JCE also offers educational opportunities for dancers and students, including workshops in significant jazz techniques; workshops for students at a nonprofit dance studio in East Harlem; and a mini-course in jazz dance and history for a university honors program.