Tag: navarra novy-williams

"Ritual" Honors the Spiritual Power of Dancers' Daily Work

We’ve never seen anything quite like “Ritual,” an extraordinary short film by Stacey Menchel Kussell. It’s certainly striking visually: In a beautiful, meditative montage, six dancers—Navarra Novy-Williams, Doron Perk, Makeda Roney, Xavier Townsead, Isaies Santamaria Perez and Chisato Yanagisawa—warm up, take class and rehearse. We feel the comfort and happiness they get from these familiar […]

Cedar Lake's Choreographers

How many companies can brag that most of their dancers are choreographers, too? That’s one of the reasons we’re obsessed with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet: a significant percentage of its artists have experimented with choreography. (Some of them—like Billy Bell, one of our February cover stars—even have choreographic side projects of their own.) It makes […]

A Cedar Lake Announcement

When we met up with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet “new kids” Ida Saki, Billy Bell and Navarra Novy-Williams for our February cover shoot, the company was in a state of limbo. Artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer had resigned in May 2013, and both the dancers and long-time ballet master and rehearsal director Alexandra Damiani were anxiously […]

"Now We're Ready to Grow."

Here’s what you already know about Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet: It’s a company of unique, thoughtful, brilliant dancers. It has a beautiful home in NYC, but it also tours all over the world. Its repertoire, which has a European flair, is as stimulating intellectually as it is physically. Thanks to all that, Cedar Lake has […]

February Fun!

Happy first day of February! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than showing off our fabulous February issue. It features a few Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet dancers we adore: Ida Saki, Billy Bell and Navarra Novy-Williams. These three spent most of their day weaving in and out of a breathtaking improvisation. And […]

The Dirt: Navarra Novy-Williams

  You always read about those dancers who can do it all—and here’s another one: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s Navarra Novy-Williams. The beautiful blonde is a classy, elegant mover who still maintains an earthy, grounded vibe onstage. A native New Yorker, Novy-Williams trained at The Juilliard School and graduated with a BFA in 2006. She […]