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“MOVING THROUGH IT” Engaging dance to confront disaster.

Our full video segment demonstrates the actions and emotions in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a catastrophic event. This marks the first time New York City Emergency Management has used dance to raise awareness and educate on the importance of emergency preparedness.

  • David Fernandez
    Objects In The Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS, Icarus (APR).
  • David Fernandez, James McConnell and Craig Hyland
  • Shannon Maynor
    Key Cast
    "Mother Nature"
    (Eglevsky Ballet)
  • Morgan Stinnett
    Key Cast
    Cello Pointe
  • Dona Wiley
    Key Cast
    Cello Pointe
  • Julian Wanderer
    Key Cast
    School of American Ballet
  • Charlotte Barrato
    Key Cast
    "Ready Girl"
    Westport’s Academy of Dance
  • Christopher Grant
    Key Cast
    "The Event"
    New York City Ballet
  • Traci Finch
    Key Cast
    The Suzanne Farrell Ballet
  • Paunika Jones
    Key Cast
    Brooklyn Ballet
  • Miku Kawamura
    Key Cast
    Brooklyn Ballet
  • New York City Emergency Management Department and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
    Funded by
  • David Schiliro
    Director of Photography and Editor
  • Dance Film Association
    Fiscal Sponsor
  • Zachary Rockenstyre
    Camara Operator
  • Danny Vera
    Camera Assistant and Grip
  • Radian Antarikso
  • Emily Benedek
    Literary Advisor
  • Max Richter, Ludovico Eunadi, Johan Johansson
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  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 28, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - David Fernandez

David Fernandez Choreographer/DIrector based in New York.
His most acclaimed choreography, entitled “Five Variations on a Theme,” was created for New York City Ballet's principal dancer Joaquin De Luz. The work was performed as part of the "Kings of the Dance" program, premiering in the Ukraine in November 2008. David's other choreographies have been created for leading dancers from the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet.
Other commissions include Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Youth America Grand Prix, Opera North, Staten Island Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet-ChoreoPlan ,
National Choreographers Initiative, E-moves at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and the Vassar Repertoire Dance Theatre.

During David’s dance career, he performed with Chicago’s Boitsov Classical Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ballet Theatre of Chicago, and in Indiana University’s production of "Don Quixote,” directed by Susan Jones of the American Ballet Theatre. David also had the honor of performing alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov in “The Doctor and The Patient” at the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival.

Dance Films
In 2011, David directed and choreographed the short film “White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS," which premiered at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2012. His previous dance films include “Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear” (2007) and “Icarus APR” (2009).

His choreography "Under and Around" for Florrie Geller helped her win the first "Gillian Murphy Endowed Scholarship" at the Youth America Grand Prix in 2014. “Bach Cantatas”, Music Live Chorus and Organ at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan is premiered in 2014.

Some Dance Company - Encore! David Fernandez, choreographer, and New York City Ballet principal dancer Ask La Cour, team together to produce this event in benefit to Career Transition for Dancers.
Cello Pointe project commissioned choreography for two dancers to be premier in Phoenix, Arizona in 2015
In April 2015 Liam Boswell wins the gold medal at the Youth America Grand Prix 2015 with David's choreography "La Primavera"

In recent news David will be choreographing Lloyd Knight, principal dancer of Martha Graham Dance Company, and Ask La Cour, principal dancer at New York City Ballet, for his original series "New York Duets". He did a residence as a choreographer at Hamilton college in Clinton New York and in Seattle will be creating a new work for ARC Dance Company

When David isn’t choreographing or searching for new music and sources of inspiration, he teaches and experiments with new movements at the Central Park Dance studios, the Long Island Ballet Theatre School at the Huntington Center for the Arts, at Westport's Academy of Ballet in Connecticut. He is happy to create new works at the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance to the Pre-Professional Repertory class, and to be the Ballet Master at Brooklyn Ballet. David spends his summers teaching intensives at several ballet and contemporary companies in the United States, Mexico, Italy and New Zealand.

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The Producers, Cast and Crew of “Moving Through It” are proud
to be part of this initiative with the New York City Emergency
Management Department - to help raise awareness and educate
on the importance of emergency preparedness leveraging dance
and the performing arts as part of the fabric that makes up our
cherished City.