Zoe Papaeracleous is a dance artist originally from Baltimore, MD. She has presented her work in NYC at THE PIT Loft and Movement Research as well as in Baltimore and Allentown. Zoe has attended numerous notable dance programs, including most recently Bates Dance Festival (Maine) and Impulstanz (Vienna, Austria). As a freelance dancer, she has performed works by Sarah Carlson, Deep Vision Dance Company, Lynne Price, Joya Powell, Melinda Ring and Ella Dawn W-S/dancews. She also had the pleasure of participating in a workshop manifestation at the MOMA as a part of Judson Dance Theatre: The Work is Never Done under the direction of Ishmael Houston-Jones. Zoe currently teaches dance for WR Arts at PS 31 and PS 110 in Brooklyn. She holds a BA in Dance and Sociology from Muhlenberg College.
"Through TAP I was able to intern for two classes at PS 85 in Astoria, Queens. Both were Creative Writing and Dance classes for 4th graders led by Teaching Artists Javier Baca and Libby Mislan. For my lesson, the kids had the opportunity to improvise movement to stanzas from their community poem. I was so impressed by their willingness to jump in and go for it! In addition, I was referred to the Center for Arts Education, where I was an assistant teacher to middle schoolers at IS 347 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In that class, they created a fiery Latin-fusion dance that was presented at their school talent show. I was blown away by their dynamism!"
Most Memorable TAP Moment:
"It is hard to choose my favorite “moment” because there were so many wonderful times throughout the whole experience. I will say that I am very grateful for the general environment of the seminars. There was an understanding that we could eat snacks or leave whenever we felt like we needed to. It was nice to be reminded that we are not forced to do anything, as so many other institutions in my past and present make me feel like. We were asked to talk about some uncomfortable topics, so feeling like you have agency in a situation I think is crucial. I could be honest about my needs and did not feel judged for them. It was also a great lesson for what I would like to cultivate in my own classes."