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February 7-8, 2014
Silver Spring, Maryland

The evening’s centerpiece is the world premiere of PULVER (DUST) by celebrated Italian Choreographer Walter Matteini. Matteini, Director of Company E’s sister company, ImPerfect Dancers of Rome and Pisa, Italy.

When: February 7-8, 2014 @ 8:00pm
Where: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center

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February 22, 2014
Silver Spring, Maryland

Company E, a dynamic, internationally known contemporary repertory dance company, adds Baltimore County to its roster of performance locales. Recent performances and collaborations have taken place in Kazakhstan, Algeria, Italy and New York. The company brings selections from its NEXT series to the Gordon Center stage.

When: February 22, 2014 @ 8:00pm
Where: Gordon Center Stage
Admission: $24/person in advance, $28/person at the door
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Born in Manila, Philippines, Jason Garcia Ignacio began dancing at the age of 12 with Gigi Felix Velarde David, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater and Steps Dance Studio. He later moved to New York City where he studied at Ballet Hispanico of NY, The Ailey School and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Mr Ignacio debuted with Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company and shortly thereafter joined Graham II where he travelled around the United States performing in principal roles. He has performed as a principal dancer and soloist for companies such as Cortez'nCo., Connecticut Ballet, Verb Ballets and American Repertory Ballet. In 2007, Mr. Ignacio moved to Washington, DC to join CityDance Ensemble. He is a co-founder and former Associate Artistic Director of Company E.

Mr Ignacio has earned many awards throughout his career, including being named as one of the "Top 20 Showstopper Artists" by the Washingtonian Magazine in 2008, the 2009 Mayor's Arts Award for "Outstanding Emerging Artist", the 2009 MetroDC Dance Award for "Outstanding Individual Performance" and, for his choreography of The Mountain, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Local Dance Commissioning Project in 2009. He was granted the "PEARL Cultural Heritage Award" by the Embassy of The Philippines for his major contribution to the performing arts and "Champion In Diversity" by the United States Department of Agriculture.

He was featured in the USArts International Bulletin, Gazette, EDGE Magazine, ART 202 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and was on the cover of the National Endowment for the Arts Guide 2010.

Mr Ignacio's career includes significant international work, teaching workshops and master classes at dance companies, festivals and institutions around the world, including the Philippines, China, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Abu Dhabi, Finland, Spain and Germany. He has choreographed dances for CityDance Ensemble and Company E (US), Sarreyet Ramallah Contemporary Dance Troupe (Ramallah, West Bank) and Paddida Dance Company (Dushanbe, Tajikistan). In 2012, Mr. Ignacio co-choreographed the first ever American musical to be staged in Belarus "The West Side Story" for the Belarusian State Academic Musical Theater in partnership with the US State Department and Company E.

Awards and Grants
  • 24th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards 2009 — “Outstanding Emerging Artist”

  • The Kennedy Center of Performing Arts — “2009 Local Commissioning Dance Project”

  • The Embassy of The Philippines — “PEARL Cultural Heritage Award”

  • 2009 Annual MetroDC Dance Awards — “OutstandingIndividual Performance”

  • 2009 DAKILA Awards — “Cultural Achievement Award”

  • Department of Agriculture, 2010 Asian Celebration— “Champion in Diversity”

  • DC Commission of The Arts and Humanity — “2009 Choreography Grant”

  • 2010 INTERSECTIONS: RACE-ART-CULTURE — “2010 Choreography Grant”

  • National Theater: Helen Hayes Gallery— “2010 Choreography Grant”

  • Dance Bethesda Dance Concert — “2010 Choreography Grant”

  • Dance Place — “2010 Choreography Grant”

  • Dance Bethesda Dance Concert — “2013 Choreography Grant”

  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center — “30th Annual Choreographers‘ Showcase”

  • FAB! Festival 2013 — “The Golden Pigeon - FAB! Audience Choice Award”

Classes Offered

Teaching Experience

Mr. Ignacio served on the faculty of Ballet Hispanico of NY, CityDance Conservatory, and Maryland Youth Ballet. He conducted workshops and master classes for dance companies and dance institutions around the US, Philippines, China, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Abu Dhabi, Finland, Algeria, Spain and Germany. In 2011, Mr. Ignacio received invitations to conduct workshops for Guangdong Modern Dance Festival and Dans Storm in China and for Astana based dance company "Terra" at the Palace of Peace and Accord and the East Kazakhstani Specialized Ballet School for Gifted Children as part of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Kazakhstan. Following that year, Mr. Ignacio trained the actors of Belarusian State Academic Musical Theater and co-choreographed the first American musical ever staged in Belarus "The West Side Story" as part of the cultural diplomacy of US Emabssy in Minsk and Company E. Recently, he taught a 10 day workshop and choreographed for "2013 Festival Culturel International de la Danse Contemporaine" in Algiers, Algeria.

Class Description

Jason's contemporary dance technique is derived from his philosophy working with contemporary and modern companies across the US. His class will focus on articulation of the spine, body alignment, coordination, responsiveness and the importance of gravity as the dancers' ally. All throughout the class the dancers will learn to pace themselves by understanding proper breath control while executing full-body movements across the floor. Jason's technique is designed to help and motivate dancers reach their full potential as a strong performer.


The Washington Ballet @ The ARC
Company E
Towson University
Shenandoah University
CityDance Ensemble
CityDance Conservatory
Maryland Youth Ballet
Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance
Ballet Hispanico of NY


2013 Festival Culturel International de la Danse Contemporaine


IT Dansa-Barcelona
2013 Dancing Partners Festival-Barcelona
Fundación Psico Ballet Maite León-Madrid


Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts
Belarusian State Academic Musical Theater


Padida Dance Company


Company E-2013 Summer Intensive Karaganda
Folk Dance Company-Altynai
Seitek Youth Center For Children Dance Ensemble
Terra (Astana-Based Dance Company)
East Kazakhstani Specialized Ballet School For Gifted Children
Choreography Institute


Opera and Ballet Theater
Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University


American Community School

The West-Bank

Sarreyet Dance Company


City Contemporary Dance Company
Beijng Dance/LDTX
2011 Guangdong Modern Dance Festival
Shanghai Film Art Academy


Steps Dance Studio


Tansikuoulo Finland
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