December 6, 2018 / 7pm

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Yaaas! Fest / Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

One month into this whole stand up thing and I signed up for a competition… (deep sigh). I’m pretty gay and pretty funny though so call the reservation line for tickets. If you went as far as to read this, than you must like me a little. And, everyone likes a laugh so see you there.

Tickets: $25

September 22, 2018  /  8pm

The Straight Man / People's Improv Theater,  Striker stage, 123 E 24th St, New York, NY 10010

The “straight man” is overused in comedy, from the archetype to actual performers. Our show is different- each performer is completely ridiculous, and every one is female-identifying, non-binary, and/or queer. All folks are welcome to come, and enjoy!

Tickets: $10

June 10, 2018  /  3pm

The Let Go / Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065

The Park Avenue Armory has invited Shakedown to dance in The Let Go by Nick Cave, one of the most popular contemporary artists of our time. And, you're invited (no experience necessary). Cave is turning the Armory's 37,000 square foot space into a dance hall. There'll be a 100ft long, 40ft tall rainbow colored mylar curtain on a winding track, games of Twister; music by NYC's best DJ’s; a Soul Train platform, and more.

Tickets: $15

May 15, 2018  /  10pm

 Image by Meghann Street Photography

Image by Meghann Street Photography

Gay Stuff / People's Improv Theater,  Striker stage, 123 E 24th St, New York, NY 10010

An isle of misfit comedy nerds descend upon the PIT to exploit their personal damage for cheap laughs. This new comedy team originates from the DC political scene, modern dance landscape, evangelical christian world, and more.

“Gay Stuff” will dissect internalized homophobia, oppressive bro prerogative, and marginalizing gay cliches, but like, with dick jokes. It shouldn’t (and it may not) work, but you’ll have a lot to talk about either way, so win.

Tickets: $8.

March 7,2018  /  7pm

  Jersey City Bootcamp (April 2017)

Jersey City Bootcamp (April 2017)

Social Advertising Bootcamp / NJCU School of Business, Harborside 2 - 200 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ 07311

Dive into an intensive, hand-on workshop on effectively using social media, geared specifically towards individual artists and small arts organizations.

In this actioned-oriented lab, a tough love approach will be mitigated by a relentless sense of humor, with the aim to abolish self-destructive habits & inspire a fun-first “big picture” outlook about creative ventures.

February 25, 2018  /  3:30pm

  Dance NYC Symposium (February 2017)

Dance NYC Symposium (February 2017)

Social Advertising for the Misinformation Age / Dance NYC Symposium / Gibney Dance Center, Studio E / 280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

How, in this cluttered and confusing political climate, can we successfully write marketing copy for our work? How can we wield that writing via social advertising to authentically build varied but relevant communities around advocacy and art-making?

In this action-oriented lab, we’ll playfully peel back dense layers of human psychology and data-driven social media advertising to reveal humans that can be empowered or manipulated. Together, we’ll innovate new systems for creative audience engagement that resist misinformation and establish meaningful relationships with fans and collaborators.

The workshop will include quick-and-dirty tutorials, brainstorming exercises, and on-the-spot community building. Expect to walk away with a flood of new ideas, a small army of allies, and take-home tactics to activate your audience.

February 18, 2018  /  10am

Creatives MX Mavericks invitational / Ramada Inn, Route 300, Newburgh, NY 12550

The Mavericks Invitational is a 36-Hour immersive development and entrepreneurship hackcamp for creative careerists. Mavericks will leave the Invitational with Cash, Commissioned Work and Prizes plus skills in innovation, production, entrepreneurship, product development.

The final event on Sunday afternoon, February 18th is our Pitch Session. Maverick teams will pitch their breakthrough innovations to a panel of established entrepreneurs and industry leaders for seed cash and the medium to bring their idea to reality.

April 21,2017  /  6pm

Raising Dollars & Social Media Presence / NJCU Arts Center, 201 Montgomery Street, 2nd Floor, Jersey City

Dive into an intensive evening focused on grant writing and social media, specifically for individual artists and small arts organizations.

Panelists:
Jamie Benson, Marketing & Development Professional / Social Media Manager for the CUNY Dance Initiative
Doris Cacoilo, Founder of Gaia, women artist collective
Maria Gatewood, Director of Development and Marketing, Newark Arts Council

March 5, 2017  /  10:30am & 3:30pm

Igniting Public Passions and Participation in the 21st Century / Dance NYC Symposium / Gibney Dance Center, 280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

This is not your Mama’s audience engagement workshop. Shake off static modes of arts outreach in an interactive, action-oriented lab, led by rebel-clown choreographer and marketing consultant Jamie Benson. The event will include quick-and-dirty presentations, brainstorming exercises, and on-the-spot community building. Expect to walk away with a flood of new ideas, a small army of allies, and take-home tactics to activate your audience in mutually beneficial ways. Dare the public to dance with you and wield the power of immaterial labor in this “Web 2.0” world.

January 4 - 8, 2017

BASTARD / La Mama
66 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Shakedown Dance Collective participated in the revival of the award-winning production Bastard of the Painted Bird by Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Dance Company. Bastard is a work about difference, otherness, belonging and human nature and is more urgent today than when they premiered it in 2010.

September 20, 2016  /  9:30am

FIRST THING / Salamanca Arts Center
77 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Salamanca Moves has selected my short, First Thing, for a screening. First Thing follows a guy's morning ritual upon first glance at his face in the bathroom mirror.

Get Tickets Now

August 4 - 5, 2016

Creativity Marathon / CreativesMX
Hudson River Valley, NY

In this CreativesMX professional development marathon for artists and entrepreneurs, I lead deep, interactive, hands-on trainings that help you wield the power of Public Relations and Social Media to build a more avid following.

Register Here

February 28, 2016  /  11am

Dance NYC Symposium / Gibney Dance Center
280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Join CUNY Dance Initiative in a discussion on how to find non-traditional audiences and get them to attend your programs. Hear from the CDI management about their efforts to connect dance artists with CUNY communities, and dive into an interactive, hands-on training with social media manager Jamie Benson, who will share how CDI's online strategies can help you harness the power of social media to build an avid following.

$125 / $50 (Artist)

January 29, 2016  /  8pm

HECKLE / Dixon Place Lounge
161 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

In Heckle, the Shakedown Dance Collective and I will be dancing to a brutal stand-up comedy soundtrack, complete with heckling. This brand, brand new work will reflect upon similarities between seemingly adversarial parties, bullying, internet trolls, gossip and the performance that is daily life. 

FREE EVENT

November 6-8, 2015

FIRST THING / Bucharest International Dance Film Festival
Bucharest, Romania

My short film First Thing, where a guy wrestles with his face first thing in the morning, and loses, will screen as an official selection of the festival.

 

November 6, 2015  /  7:30pm

IN WAIT / So You Think You Can Choreograph / Proctors Theatre
432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

I'm a finalist for "So You Think You Can Choreograph". They debut original works from a selection of the nation's best up and coming choreographers (like me). Audience member votes will determine who becomes the Nacre Dance 2016 Guest Choreographer! (hopefully me).

Get $20 Tickets

August 24, 2015  /  7pm

MASTER CLASS / Zoomtopia
810 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

The good citizens of Portland have requested my special, once-a-year dance class / rehearsal- so it's happening. The first hour will be a formal dance class with combination. In the second hour we'll play with the combo to innovate a mini performance piece. This is a #FunFirst event. ALL experience levels are dared to dance.

$10 cash (suggested donation)

June 28, 2015  /  7pm

  Photo by Stacey Adams

Photo by Stacey Adams

FOMO / WAXworks / Triskelion Arts
106 Cayler Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

FOMO, or “Fear Of Missing Out”, will roll around in the modern compulsion to “keep busy”. 21st century self-involvement will be explored through a relatively amusing solo, in a post-modern dance style, conceptually mirroring the experience of being inundated with mental focal points, opportunities and places to be, both physical and digital.

Tickets: $10
Reservations: 718.599.7997

 

June 20, 2015  /  7pm

THE ONE HUNDREDS / Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Rockefeller Park, New York, NY

I'll be helping facilitate and performing in The One Hundreds by Twyla Tharp, presented by LMCC and The Joyce Theater on June 20th as part of the River To River Festival. Inspired by legendary baseball player Sandy Koufax, Tharp noticed that each baseball play took approximately 11 seconds. She crafted her own 11-second phrases, culminating with her creation of The One Hundreds.

FREE

June 19, 2015  /  7pm

3 DAY WEEKEND / Long Legs, Short Films / DCTV
87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013

My film 3 Day Weekend was accepted into DCTV and DFA's Long Legs, Short Films, a screening of short films of various genres that explores dance through a different lens.

Get $10 Tickets Now

June 16, 2015  /  7pm

  Photo by Stacey Adams

Photo by Stacey Adams

FOMO / Movement Research / Eden's Expressway
537 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

I'll unveil my new solo FOMO, as part of Movement Research's OPEN PERFORMANCE series. Since it's a free, work-in-progress thing, you'll have the opportunity to give the artists (all 3 of us) constructive feedback. Meaning, you can tell me I suck to my face. Go ahead. I dare you.

FREE

June 4, 2015  /  8pm

FIRST THING / Dance Film Lab / Triskelion Arts
106 Cayler Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Triskelion Arts has selected my short, First Thing, for a screening. First Thing follows a guy's morning ritual upon first glance at his face in the bathroom mirror.

Get $10 Tickets Now

May 3, 2015  /  3pm & 8:30pm

LE GRAND CONTINENTAL / Ansan Street Arts Festival
Ansan, South Korea

I'm heading to Ansan, South Korea to finish directing 140 community volunteers in Le Grand Continental, a touring 30 minute line dance by Montreal-based Choreographer Sylvain Emard.

April 1, 2015  /  6:30pm

  Photo by Marc A Hermann

Photo by Marc A Hermann

THIRD RAIL / PLATFORM / New York Transit Museum
Boerum Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

In Third Rail, people of all shapes, ages and experience levels will perform choreography adapted from real life transit stories collected from the general public, performing on the Museum's platform and inside the historic subway cars. The work will touch base on man-spreading, public drunkenness, mobile tech, gross things on the floor and more.

Get $10 Tickets Now. Use Code CREATE10 at checkout.

Made possible in part by Brooklyn Arts Council.

March 19, 2015  /  8pm

  Photo by Stacey Adams

Photo by Stacey Adams

FOMO / Triskelion Arts
106 Cayler Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

FOMO, or “Fear Of Missing Out”, will roll around in the modern compulsion to “keep busy”. 21st century self-involvement will be explored through a relatively amusing solo, in a post-modern dance style, conceptually mirroring the experience of being inundated with mental focal points, opportunities and places to be, both physical and digital.

Get $16 Tickets Now

 

January 25, 2015  /  7pm

Dance Parade Kick Off Party
Taj Lounge, 48 West 21st Street, NY

The Shakedown Dance Collective gets the party that is the New York Dance Parade started with a special performance.

January 16, 2015  /  8pm

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REFRACT / Ecstatic Music Festival
Winter Garden Atrium, New York, NY

Choreographer Deborah Lohse will present her work Refract in a joint performance with Mantra Percussion and the Shakedown Dance Collective for the Ecstatic Music Festival.

December  9, 2014  /  7pm

DANCE FILM LAB Holiday Party / DCTV
87 Lafayette St, New York, NY

Dance Films Association has selected my short, First Thing, for a screening at their annual holiday party. First Thing follows a guy's morning ritual upon first glance at his face in the bathroom mirror.

 

April 10, 2014   /   6:30pm

  Photo By Maggie West

Photo By Maggie West

PARTY TO-GO / NY Transit Museum
Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn

In Party To-Go, a service industry professional encounters a glimmer of hope while serving up his usual dish of despair.

April 3 - 4, 2014   /   8pm

BABS' FAVORITE SOUND / Triskelion Arts
118 N. 11th St. 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Babs' Favorite Sound, is a live dance meditation on the human orgasm & a delicious addition to Triskelion Arts' 5th Annual Comedy in Dance Festival.

November 7, 2013   /   8pm

WILD ART BOOK LAUNCH / Phaidon Press
Smyth Tribeca Hotel, 85 West Broadway, NYC

Wild Art, by David Carrier & Joachim Pissarro, is an incredibly brash collection of over 300 extraordinary artworks that are too offbeat, outrageous, kitschy, quirky, or funky for the formal art world. My dance satire Bowel Movement is featured on page 215. Buy it!

September 26 - 28, 2013   /   8pm

HOME/MADE / Triskelion Arts
118 N. 11th St. 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249

RedWall Dance Theatre's humor-drenched production of Home/made is a playful, cynical romp exploring gender, sex & relationships.

May 19 - June 2, 2013   /   7pm

BURROW / Appearing in public parks all over NYC

Architecture & dance converge in Burrow, a new performance happening from choreographer Cynthia Anne Stanley & architect Maria Sieira. Witness 12 women (& me) emerge from a mirage of World War II era styles & sounds.

April 28, 2013   /   7pm

AIN'T NO THING  /  Dixon Place

The Shakedown Dance Collective will debut their new dance piece, Ain't No Thing, described as an exercise in effortless, groovy joy, for New York Dance Parade's International Dance Day Gala.

September 30, 2012   /   2pm  &  4pm

LE GRAND CONTINENTAL / Pioneer Square
701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

White Bird will present the West Coast Premiere of Le Grand Continental by Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Emard. 160 dancers of all creeds, shapes & ages will take over Portland's Pioneer Square to perform an ambitious, wildly creative, 30 minute line dance.

June 22 - 24, 2012   /   7pm

LE GRAND CONTINENTAL / South Street Sea Port
89 South Street, New York, NY

The River To River Festival & Joyce Theater join forces to present the U.S. Premiere of Montréal choreographer Sylvain Émard’s Le Grand Continental. 150 New Yorkers of all ages & backgrounds will perform this ecstatic contemporary line dance.

April 12 - 13, 2012   /   8pm

BOWEL MOVEMENT / Triskelion Arts
118 N. 11th St. 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Bowel Movement is a satirical ballet designed to confront one of the last taboos of man, shit. In this nightmarish dreamscape, we follow a very refined lady as she battles her darkest fear, her own excrement. With horror, humor, wild theatrics, and silent movie era kitsch, you do not want to miss this.

October 21 - 22, 2011   /   7:30pm

  Photo by Andrae Gonzalo

Photo by Andrae Gonzalo

MIXED MARRIAGES / Highways
1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

In Mixed Marriages, lovers & collaborators of 8 years, Project Runway Designer Andrae Gonzalo & Choreographer Jamie Benson use juxtaposition to exploit the arc of their relationship, dramatizing everything from their servant origins (rich/poor) to their long distance relationship (NY/LA).

March 6, 2011   /   8pm

MASS TRANSIT / Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Mass Transit is a wildly theatrical, 30 minute performance installation directly inspired by real life Metro happenings. Through overlapping vignettes of dance, gesture, noise & movement, Benson's hybrid-brand of choreography infuses classic & barbaric dance techniques with a vaudevillian performance shtick to create a bastardized Broadway experience.

January 22 - 23, 2010   /   7:30pm

  Photo by Stacey Adams

Photo by Stacey Adams

PEREZIAN GEOMETRY / Highways
1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

In a frenzied exercise of physical & emotional stamina, Jamie Benson introduces a new infectious dance solo called Point B. Inspired by Rudy Perez’s choreographic process of incorporating the use of space, focus, energy along with the bare experience of movement, Benson adds a linear emotional context in order to further dissect jazz & modern dance forms.

January 10, 2010   /   4pm

WOOSH
LA Improv Dance Festival / Electric Lodge / Venice, CA


DANCE IN LA REVIEW - By Anna Reid
(2nd Paragraph / psst- she didn't love the Perez work but liked my solo!)

June 6, 2009   /   8pm

 Photo by Jeannette Vidalia

Photo by Jeannette Vidalia

SURRENDER DOROTHY / Luckman Arts Complex
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Surrender Dorothy, the new work by famed post-modern choreographer Rudy Perez, is a collaboration between Liquid Skin Ensemble and members of the Rudy Perez Ensemble. One of the co-founders of New York's experimental Judson Dance Theatre, a coterie of artists who would define boundary-breaking "downtown" aesthetics in 1962, Perez continues to chart an unwavering course where pedestrian moves transcend the mundane to reveal bold, deep ideas.