Meet Against the Odds Artist, Eva Dean!

Eva Dean founded Eva Dean Dance (EDD) in 1985. Throughout the years her choreography has received critical acclaim and accolades from audiences, presenters and students. Dean is recognized as a consummate professional who creates work that uses multiple elements to bring her choreographic vision to life. Choreographic intent that embraces intuition is the spring- board for Dean's creative process, and her unique movement is honed and crafted while working with her dance company. The dancers’ artistry and improvisational skills are an integral part of the work. Boots, balls, recycled materials and architectural design are specifically selected to enhance Dean's artistic vision. Dean works closely with guest artists such as musicians, puppet masters, lighting, set and costume designers to create a visually rich body of work. As a result her lifetime body of work is diverse in scope, giving its audiences enduring memories.

Locally grown in Brooklyn, Ms. Dean’s company has performed in many of New York City's finest venues including City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Fringe/NYC, and the Brooklyn Museum. EDD has also performed nationally and internationally in such venues as Carol Autorino Center, Harford, CT, First Night Boston, and in Dubai United Arab Emeritus. Known for its innovation and vibrancy, EDD thrives in unusual settings and working with varied props. Atypical dance elements such as stilts, balls, and rollerblades are used to explore new movement possibilities.

Dean has set EDD repertoire on college and conservatory students, created new dances for Brooklyn Public school students, and taught master choreography workshops as a guest artist at many schools, including Hampshire College in Massachusetts, Bennington College in Vermont, Hartford Conservatory Dance in Connecticut, Brooklyn Public schools I.S. 259 (Bensonhurst) and P. S. 56 (Forte Green) and Alice Teirstein's "Young Dancemakers" in New York City.

Dean is the Director and founder of Union Street Dance located in Park Slope Brooklyn. Union Street Dance provides subsidized rehearsal space rental to over 120 dance companies annually and serves as the company's home. USD also provides a Work-Study program, and a Guest Artist USD LAB, and BOUNCE Dance Technique classes.

Dean is a dance advocate and has served on numerous dance panels. In past years, Dean was a member of the Dance Committee of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and The Brooklyn Dance Consortium. Currently, Ms. Dean is advocating that the New York City dance community and City-wide presenters become more aware of what the needs are in family audiences dance programming. Dean is an Hampshire College Alum and her choreographic approach still embodies the experimental approach instilled in her formative years.

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