The Dance, Photography & Film classes, led by Yvette Luxenberg, James Worrell and Joey Yow, collaborated on an annual New York City adventure inspired by the work of photographer Jordan Matter. This year’s trip included a visit from Jordan Matter himself.
“After eight years of doing a collaborative NYC field trip with photography, film and dance students based on the work of photographer Jordan Matter, the man himself got wind of our trip and stopped by. He was super passionate and just as crazy as he is in his videos–he’ll do anything to get a great shot! His New York Times bestselling book, “Dancers Among Us,” is all about dancers interacting in the world, telling stories through amazing movements and feats of athleticism, flexibility, and artistry. He said he’d work with us for a few minutes, but ended up leading the dancers and photography students for over an hour!” ~ Yvette Luxenberg, Newark Academy Dance Director
“I loved the idea of this field trip so enthusiastically that I started getting the kids ready from day one. I researched Jordan Matter’s work and found it to be wonderful and full of energy, humor and technical mastery. I happen to know another amazing dance photographer, the husband and wife team of Ken Browar and Deborah Ory, the NYC Dance Project, and told them about the field trip. Apparently they are good friends with Jordan and before I knew it Jordan was calling to ask if he could work with the kids. I said yes of course, not sure he would show up, as this was literally the day before. He not only showed up, but generously workshopped three scenarios with the students. This experience gave them the opportunity to practice specific aspects of photography in a unique setting while collaborating with others. A win-win! I’m grateful to Jordan Matter for his time and to Yvette Luxenberg for masterminding the trip.” ~ James Worrell, Photography & Digital Arts Faculty