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Jay-Son Tisa Dance Company (JTDC) "Resurface " February 11, 2017
Hoover-Leppen Theatre
Chicago, IL
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Jay-Son Tisa Dance Company (JTDC) "Resurface " February 11, 2017
Jay-Son Tisa Dance Company premiere new works choreographed by Derek Jay-Son Rusch and Mary Tisa.  The concert focuses on issues of adoption and identity, gay identity and biracial love.

Principal Dancers include: Monica Carrow, Jimmy Hibbard, Courtney Martin, Tayne Murphy, Maggie Priore, Amanda Ramirez and Dalton Rhodes.  Guest dancers include: Quincie Bean, Molly McMillan and Shailey Rodriquez.

Jay-Son Tisa Dance Company was founded by Derek Jayson Rusch. The companys name came from the middle name of the founder. The name originated from his orphaned period during the Vietnam War in 1974. Van Ngoc Son was the name given to him by a nun that cared for the orphans at the New Haven Nursery in Vietnam. During that time, the U.S. Government launched a program called U.S. Operation Babylift.  Jayson was part of the program and was brought to the US in 1975 to be adopted by his loving family in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Derek Jay-Son formed the company in Washington, DC in 2000 and received great response from the Washington Post and DC community. The company became his diary of trials and tribulations of his unique life.

In 2002, Mary Tisa and Derek Jay-Son merged their artistic backgrounds to form Jay-Son Tisa Dance Company.  Both artists are Asian American and adopted focusing on their actual conflicts of growing up in America with their choreography.

Jay-Son Tisa Dance Company (JTDC) is contemporary/modern dance company dedicated to making art universally appealing with choreography as an outlet of emotions and stories. JTDC reflects on the diversity of Chicago with each dancer bringing their own experiences of trials and tribulation to the company. Their experiences will be imported and expressed with choreography and performance. A primary goal for the company is to create compelling choreography that is provocative, intimate and universal for the audience. The company will also focus on community-based residencies and outreach activities in the community.


Hoover-Leppen Theatre (View)
3656 N. Halsted Street, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60613
United States



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