Stepping, Standing and Swinging with Lucille and Louis Armstrong
A lusciously surreal dance and music film by Dah'Vielle Lucas, that swirls through the garden and exquisitely decorated rooms of the historic Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, New York. The film features signature jazz tunes made famous by Louis Armstrong and performed by the Queens College Jazz Repertoire Ensemble under the direction of Professor Antonio Hart; and original choreography by Yin Mei Critchell, nia love, and Edisa Weeks performed by Queens College Dance Program students.
Images from the filming at the Louis Armstrong House in Corona, Queens, NY
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Stepping, Standing, and Swinging with Lucille and Louis Armstrong
Director &Concept: Edisa Weeks Film Director & DP: Dah'Vielle Lucas Assistant Director: Shellique Vallee Editor: Dah'Vielle Lucas Choreography: Yin Mei Critchell, nia love, Edisa Weeks
Dancers Victoria Avellino, Isabella Bower, Honey Faña, Daniella Hernandez, Mariana Kosmetatos, Briana Shiwcharran, Shang Sun, Kyleigh Stelle, Xinyi Li
Queens College Jazz Ensembe Director Antonio Hart
Queens College Jazz Ensemble Antonio Hart (Saxophone), Robin Grasso (Vocals), Eunhye Grace Na (Piano), Naoya Ogura (Trumpet), Opeyemi Omotayo (Piano), Daniel Persaud (Drums), Ryan Polakoff (Trombone), Teresa Sanchez (Bass)
Film Assistant: Faith Eliscopides Costume Design: Amanda Shaffran Costume Assistants: Eric Lundy, Leah Weintraub Production Manager: Ralph Carhart Production Assistant: Hadassah Fertig Make-Up Artist: Shellique Vallee Make-Up Assistant: Nova Sayed
Special Thanks to Regina Bain and the staff at the Louis Armstrong House Musuem for making the filming possible; William McClure Dean of Arts and Humanities at Queens College, CUNY, Michael Lipsey, Chair of the Aaron Copland School of Music; Dancers Elizabeth Geiorgiu and Kailani Estrada who contributed to the rehearsal process.