Teresa Perez Ceccon is a professional dance artist, educator and choreographer. Over 20 years ago, she began teaching in New York City at Dance Space, later renamed Dance New Amsterdam. Presently, she is on the Simonson faculty at Gibney Dance. Teresa works closely with Lynn Simonson conducting the Simonson Method of Teacher Training (SMTT) in NYC and Rockport, MA. Nationally and internationally, she leads Simonson pedagogy, technique workshops as well as private and group SMTT courses. A native New Yorker, Teresa earned a BA in Theater/Dance from Queens College. She recently obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Dance at Montclair State University with a thesis on Latin Jazz Dance. As an adjunct professor, she has taught and choreographed in various university dance departments. Invited as guest faculty, Teresa is presently teaching Simonson Jazz at Centenary University. Teresa has a long list of choreographic achievements with diverse dance companies and students of all ages. As a performer, she has danced works by a variety of highly regarded choreographers in many NYC venues. In 2019, her choreography was presented in the Jazz Choreography Enterprises Project (read a review) as well as at St. Mark’s Church as part of Vissi Dance Theater’s Suite Sunday.
Simonson Jazz/Latin Jazz
With an emphasis on Latin Jazz music and movement, this class will follow the Simonson Jazz format. It begins with the signature 10 minute warm-up developed by Master teacher Lynn Simonson, followed by Teresa’s exercises and dance combinations designed to explore rhythms, isolations and body part coordination. Students will be given the opportunity to expand their movement vocabulary, to open up facility in their bodies and to find a deeper sense of musicality.