Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) and Jean Appolon can be booked to perform and/or teach at public or private events at a variety of locations including colleges/universities, schools, gala and community events, and festivals. JAE can tailor its programming to accommodate the specific needs of an event or venue. Jean Appolon can also be commissioned to create choreography to be performed by JAE or other dance companies or student groups. Either send an email to JAExpressions@gmail.com or fill out the form below.
Learn about our evening-length performances, Angaje and Vwayaj (formerly: Lakou Ayiti). Either can be performed in their entirety (about 1 hour), or we can present excerpts of a length that suits your event.
- Angaje: tells the story of living in a Haiti amongst traditional practices and international pressures
- Vwayaj: tells the story of immigrating and making a new home while maintaining a connection to the home country
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Additional Performance Info
Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) offers a dynamic and engaging 60 minute performance that can be designed for any audience. This performance features signature JAE repertoire performed by JAE Company dancers. The performance inspires audiences with the beauty and excitement of live theater, including dance, music, spoken word and vivid costumes. The performance is also designed to educate audiences about Haiti–and its folkloric dances, culture, history and people–through an engaging and contemporary format. The performance can be followed by a Q & A with Jean Appolon and Company dancers and musicians, as desired.
Requirements for Performance
- Marley dance floor preferred, wooden floor acceptable, with a minimum area of 20’ by 20’
- Sound system and microphone
Additional Class Info
Classes and residencies are designed for a maximum of 50 students (over the age of 18) at a time. For students under age 18, classes are designed for a maximum of 25 students at a time. For larger groups, JAE Company dancers are available as additional support.
Classes can be tailored to beginning or advanced students of any age or ability. Classes can focus on Afro-Haitian folkloric dance, Horton (Modern) technique, ballet, or any combination of the above. Jean Appolon’s approach, combined with live drumming, makes the class an irresistible, fun and a great workout. Classes and residencies are also designed to be educational. Whether the class focuses on Haitian folkloric dances, Horton technique or ballet, students will be enriched with new knowledge in body, mind and spirit. Jean is also a skilled choreographer and can set choreography on any group, as desired.
Requirements for Classes:
- A dance studio with a marley or wooden floor is preferred but a large, open space, clear of furniture with a clean floor (such as a gym), is acceptable.