10 Sep Valenisa Frye
Ms. Gracy-Frye attended Jersey City Dance Academy from 2000-2013. She was accepted into County Prep’s Dance Program. She completed her Minor in dance from Montclair State University – which is is ranked in the top 10 in the country. While attending Montclair State University, she studied vigorously in the Dance Company’s Repertory Program. She trained and performed a variety of works by her skilled instructors, that have been in professional dance companies such The May O’Donnell and Paul Taylor Company. Her training experience included many forms of modern dance, such as techniques inspired by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon and her personal favorite, Alvin Ailey. In addition to her core classes, she enrolled in an African dance, course where she learned to incorporate diversity and mobility in her dance practice. The highlight of her training was performing “Footage,” by Lori Katterhenry, the director of the Montclair State Dance Company. Nevertheless, the most memorable part of her training, was performing Fredrick Earl Mosley’s piece, “Young and Free.” Ms. Gracy-Frye’s teaching experience includes working with children in a kinder gym/ creative movement class for Kinderdance Co., at the World of ABC Daycare. In her college training course, “Dance for Children” she instructed children at The Bradford Elementary School. She looks forward to teaching Modern Dance at The Jersey City Dance Academy, where her love for dance began.