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ASBURY PARK DANCE FESTIVAL brings WORLD RENOWNED DANCERS AND COMPANIES to the Jersey Shore for performances and master classes to support ARTS ED NJ and their mission to make Arts Education available to Every Child, Every Day, Every School MORE INFO
A native of the Bronx, New York, Michelle Fleet began dancing at the age of four under the tutelage of Lee Aca Thompson, she continued her training at Ballet Hispánico, while attending Talent Unlimited H.S. Michelle Fleet earned her B.F.A from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase Collage. Ms. Fleet joined Taylor 2 in 1999 and made her debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2002. During her 18 year tenure with the Paul Taylor Dance Company Ms. Fleet performed in 72 works in over 90 various roles choreographed by Mr. Taylor. Described in the New York Times by Gia Kourlas as “Strong and musically sensitive, dances as if movement is melting off her body.” Ms. Fleet has been featured in commissioned works by Larry Keigwin, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone, Brian Arias, Margie Gillis, Pam Tanowitz and Kyle Abraham. She has also performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, Kevin Wynn and Corbin Dances. In 2019 Ms. Fleet was honored as a Bronx Dance Icon, she has been highlighted in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Self, Elle, TimeOut and other notable publications. In 2006 Ms. Fleet earned her M.B.A in Business administration from NYIT. As an entrepreneur Ms. Fleet is founder and CEO of Suri & Caya Fiber Art Designs. Michelle Fleet is also a co-founder of the Asbury Park Dance Festival.
Growing up in Suffield, Connecticut, Laura Halzack began her dance training at the age of four with Brenda Barna. She furthered her training at The School of the Hartford Ballet and studied at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in History from the University of New Hampshire in 2003. She then studied at the Hartt School and at The Taylor School before joining the Paul Taylor Dance Company 2006. During her 13 year tenure in the Paul Taylor Dance Company Mr. Taylor created 16 works on Ms. Halzack, and cast her in 67 of his other works, in over 80 different roles. Ms. Halzack has also performed with the Amy Marshall Dance Company, Syren Modern Dance, in Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels, and in the original works of Larry Keigwin, Doug Elkins, Lila York, Doug Varone, Bryan Arias, Margie Gillis, and Pam Tanowitz. Dance Magazine has highlighted Ms.Halzack in its “On the Rise” and “Behind the Curtain” series, and featured her on its February 2018 cover. Recently retired from PTDC, Ms. Halzack is now a freelance dancer, teacher at the Taylor School, a collaborating artist with @studiothreeny, and a co-founder of the Asbury Park Dance Festival.
Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the world’s most luminous dancers,” Michael Trusnovec grew up dancing on Long Island, graduated from the Long Island High School for the Performing Arts, and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. For over two decades, Michael was a Principal Dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, creating more than 25 roles with Mr. Taylor, and premiering new works by choreographers including Pam Tanowitz, Larry Keigwin, Margie Gillis and Doug Varone. Additionally, Mr. Trusnovec was Associate Rehearsal Director, and now serves as the Director of Worldwide Licensing and as a repetiteur of Mr. Taylor’s dances. Michael was honored with a 2018 Dance Magazine Award, a 2006 Bessie Award, and in 1992 he was a YoungArts awardee and Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He serves on the Board of Directors of Dance Films Association, and is a co-curator for the 2020 Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center. He is also a National Reviewer and Dance Mentor for YoungArts, and is a co-founder of the Asbury Park Dance Festival. Michael continues to teach and perform around the world, appearing most recently with New York City Ballet during their 2020 Lincoln Center winter season.
New Jersey native, Vj Carbone is a seasoned public relations executive with over 18 years experience working with film studios including Bleecker Street, Amazon, and Roadside Attractions. He is currently a Vice President of Publicity at Focus Features spearheading campaigns on award winning films including Brokeback Mountain, Darkest Hours, Moonrise Kingdom, Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Downton Abbey. In addition to his work in film publicity, he has worked extensively in the non-profit sector as Director of Special Events for organizations including Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Roundabout Theater Company, He co-founded Asbury Park Film initiative with Marilyn Schlossbach presenting free movies on the beach every summer since 2008.