Chronicles of Carols in Color
About the Book
Pursuing a dance career on your own is the very personal story painted in this historical document. From a 2nd Grader's dream to J. P. Turner Middle School, dancing in the big musical 'Dreamland Cafe' to a friend teaching her ballet in the basement. The story begins here, where opportunity and being prepared crossed artistic paths. There was so much catching up to do! She auditioned and made a place in the brand-new performing arts magnet high school to begin serious training. Jaye met her dancing soul mate Leon and together found some local notoriety producing and directing a dance company since turning eighteen. This relationship led to creating a Philadelphia area annual Christmas holiday tradition and was 17 years in the making. It is the author's sincere hope that sharing part of her testimony can encourage youths of all ages through this Do-It-Yourself guide told in storybook form.
About the Author
Jaye Allison, MFA, is a Philadelphia native, daughter, independent dance artist, producer, and educator who has devoted her life to the field of dance arts and legacy building and its future. Founder: New LEJA Dances the co., Philly TAP Challenge Tap Festival, JADA DanceTap Ensemble, continues 30+ years as an independent dance artist. Original musical /choreographic credits include: Leslye Headland’s ‘ASSISTANCE’, Theresa Rebeck’s ‘The Understudy’ by The Wilma Theater, LEJA’s Holiday offerings ‘I AM’ and ‘Carols In Color’. Performing credits include: directorial debut of Stephanie Mills The Gate Called Straight, USA’s series Political Animals. Companies: member of the 2nd Generation Silver Belles, Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company (also Program Dir.), TapTeam II & Co., Dancefusion, Marc/Charles Dancers, Power 99FM Dancers. Education: Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), UofArts, Arts Management Certificate -University of MA Amhearst via PA Council on the Arts Internship Fellow. Grants: PA Dept. of Community Development, Dance Advance – Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Leeway Foundation. Earned recognition: Philadelphia City Council Citation of Honor, Phillyist and Rocky Awardee