2016 AcroBAX I & II Showcase program

AcroBAX I + II showcase

AcroBAX I presents: “Ebb & Flow”

AcroBAX II presents: “Of More Than Ordinary Significance “

Saturday JUNE 4 @ 8:00pm
Sunday JUNE 5 @ 3:00pm

Tickets: $5 at the door

This culminating performance features student and director choreography from BAX’s AcroBAX I and AcroBAX II classes, both of which draw on contemporary circus traditions and theatrical techniques in a way that combines tumbling, modern dance, partner acrobatics, performance, and choreography skills for motivated young people.

AcroBAX I is directed by Diane Tomasi

AcroBAX II is directed by Helen Tocci

Click here to learn more about these classes.



We are Here (AcroBAX I)

Choreographed by: Diane Tomasi & AcroBAX I
Performed by: Bebe Currie, Hannah Ford, Juno Cox, Naomi Melamede, Poppy Ward, Leila Bea Swan Kleiman and
Walker Brown
Music: “Infra 8” by Max Richter

A huge thank you to the amazingly talented AcroBAX cast this year! You all have worked so hard and have come so far. You amaze and inspire me. Thanks to BAX for this opportunity and the support throughout the years. 

Towards the Sun (AcroBAX I)

Choreographed by: Naomi Melamede
Performed by: Bebe Currie
Music: “Towards the Sun” by Rihanna

I want to give a special thanks to Diane Tomasi for helping me with my piece.

Red Poison (AcroBAX I)

Choreographed by: Walker Brown
Performed by: Poppy Ward, Juno Cox and Walker Brown
Music: “My Brightest Diamond” by Pressure

My piece is about angels and devils. I’d like to thank the people who helped me.

The Friendship Line (AcroBAX I)

Choreographed by: Hannah Ford
Performed by: Leila Bea Swan Kleiman
Music: “Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde

I would like to thank Leila for being with me in this piece. I would like to thank Diane for helping me and also my parents for everything.

Odd 1 Out (AcroBAX I)

Choreographed by: Leila Bea Swan Kleiman
Performed by: Juno Cox and Walker Brown
Music: “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King

I would like to thank Diane, our wonderful teacher, and the other artists, Juno and Walker, in my piece.

All Year Long (AcroBAX I)

Choreographed by: Bebe Currie
Performed by: Hannah Ford, Naomi Melamede, Poppy Ward, and Bebe Currie
Music: “Cool for the summer,” by Demi Lovato

I want to thank Diane for all of her wonderful teaching and choreographing. You are my role model. I want to thank all of my amazing AcroBAX-mates who teach me.

Stay With Me (AcroBAX I)

Choreographed by: Poppy Ward
Performed by: Hannah Ford, Walker Brown and Poppy Ward
Music: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

I would like to thank Diane Tomasi, Hannah Ford and Walker Brown.

Breaking apart (AcroBAX I)

Choreographed by: Juno Cox
Performed by: Bebe Currie, Juno Cox, Naomi Melamede and Leila Bea Swan Kleiman
Music: “Hello” by Adele

Thanks to Diane Tomasi for teaching us.

Canon Ball (AcroBAX I)

Choreographed by: Diane Tomasi & AcroBAX I
Performed by: Bebe Currie, Hannah Ford, Juno Cox, Naomi Melamede, Poppy Ward, Leila Bea Swan Kleiman and Walker Brown
Music: “Smooth Criminal” by the European Ensemble





Choreographed and Performed by: AcroBAX II in collaboration with director Helen Styring Tocci
Music: “Could” by Elderbrook
Inspired by: the sculpture of Alexander Calder

Special thanks to the extraordinary artists of AcroBAX for their strength and beauty, for their thoughtful and boundary-pushing artistry, for their playfulness and willingness to say YES, and for their incredible ability to trust in each other and in the magic that happens when they come together to create. I simply could not ask for better artists to share and learn with!

Hold (AcroBAX II)

Choreographed and Performed by: Eleanor Crawford and Carla Crawford
Music: “Life is Hard” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (Teen Daze Remix)
Inspired by: “Untitled Film Still #48” by Cindy Sherman

Flip (AcroBAX II)

Choreographed and Performed by: Lissa Sangree-Calabrese, Julie Klass and Maxine Azcona-Miller
Music: “Marshrat” by Psapp
Inspired by: “The Acrobat” by Picasso.

Special thanks to Helen Tocci.

Windowpane (AcroBAX II)

Choreographed and Performed by: Sienna Lane, Teddy Winters, Dhara Gebo and Elena Goluboff
Music: “These Days” by Nico and “Sometimes” by Goldmund
Inspired by: The art of Amedeo Modigliani

Special thanks to Helen, for helping us create, and to BAX for giving us the time and place for our creativity.

She was looking up (AcroBAX II)

Choreographed and Performed by: Carla Crawford
Music: “No Ordinary Man” by Salt Cathedral
Inspired by: “Alla Toeletta” (In the bath) by Giovanni Boldini

Nature’s Friends (AcroBAX II)

Choreographed and Performed by: Dhara Gebo and Julie Klass
Music: “You Don’t Know Me” by Ben Folds
Inspired by: “Keep off, It’s Mine” by Deidre Wicks

Thank you, Helen Tocci, for teaching and guiding us.

Ripples (AcroBAX II)

Choreographed and Performed by: Sienna Curran-Lane and Maxine Azcona-Miller
Music: “Little Bird” by Lisa Hanagan
Inspired by: “Series 1-No. 3” by Georgia O’Keeffe

Special Thanks to Helen for pushing us past our boundaries.

Two one (AcroBAX II)

Choreographed and Performed by: Eleanor Crawford and Teddy Winters
Music: “Tessellate” by alt-J and “Knee 5” by Philip Glass
Inspired by “La Décalcomanie” by René Magritte

When Red Swirls Blue (AcroBAX II)

Choreographed and Performed by: Lissa Sangree-Calabrese and Elena Goluboff
Music: “Lost Hope” by Brian D’oliveira
Inspired by the Artwork of Brian Andreas.

Thank you to Helen.

Finale (AcroBAX I & II)

Performed by: AcroBAX I & II
Music: “Trampoline” by Mother Feather

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AcroBAX II Inspirations


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Artist Bios


Bebe Currie’s real name is Beatrice Colleen Currie. She plays water polo and basketball. She loves all arts. Bebe has been at BAX since 2013.

Hannah Ford has spent 8th years at BAX. This is her first year in AcroBAX.

Juno Cox has been at BAX for seven years and loves it. She also has been doing AcroBAX for two years.

Leila Bea Swan Kleiman loves gymnastics, singing, acting and dancing. She also LOVES to perform. She’s been in AcroBAX for one year, this is her first year.

Naomi Melamede loves BAX. This is her first year in AcroBAX. She loves it, and hopes you enjoy the show.

Poppy Ward has been at BAX since 2013 and is still here in 2016. She loves to tumble in AcroBAX.

Walker Brown was born on March 17th, 2006. He went to P.S. 321 for 3 years and then was homeschooled for two years. Now, he is in fourth grade at P.S. 39.



Carla Crawford has been at BAX for 12 years and loves to dance, listen to music, and sleep. Carla has performed at the BAX Theater, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Gowanus Center and 146 Theater. She attends ICE for middle school and is in the 7th grade.

Dhara Gebo is enjoying 7th grade at M.S. 51. She loves AcroBAX and reading.

Eleanor Crawford is a junior at the Institute for Collaborative Education and has been dancing at BAX for 12 years. She has performed at the Joyce Theater, Livestream Public, GREEN SPACE and at Judson Church. Eleanor is in her fifth year in AcroBAX and is also a member of DPW III at BAX.

Elena Goluboff has been dancing at BAX since she was two years old. She goes to the Institute for Collaborative Education and is in 8th grade.

Julianne Klass loves gymnastics, dance, and playing soccer. She has been tumbling since a very young age. This is her 4th year in AcroBAX. She is very happy and loves creating dances.

Lissa Sangree-Calabrese has been dancing at BAX for 8 years. This is her second year in DPW III and  her first year in AcroBAX. She is a junior at NYC iSchool and is extremely grateful for the incredible community and creative environment provided at BAX. She loves to create and watch creation.

Maxine Azcona-Miller has been tumbling for 5 years. She enjoys it very much and is excited to do more performing. She is in 5th grade at Berkeley Carroll and loves to sing, dance, and tumble.

Sienna Curran-Lane has been taking gymnastics since she was 1 and she has been going to BAX since she was 2. She enjoys singing, gymnastics and dancing.

Teddy Winters – Teddy is 12 years old and has been doing BAX for five years (since he was 7!). In his free time, he reads, sings, acts, and dances.



Diane Tomasi (AcroBAX I) holds a BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Dance), from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, aka the “Paul McCartney Fame School.”  She then moved to NYC in 2006, and received Thai Massage certifications in Basic Levels I & II, Advanced Studies: Sen Theory and Application as well as a dance teaching certification in the Simonson Method of Teacher Training. Diane currently teaches and performs on the ground and in the air, as a dancer and an aerialist. She has been teaching at BAX since 2009 and has loved every minute of it. www.dianetomasi.com

Helen Styring Tocci (DPW III & AcroBAX II Director) is passionate about creating space for people of all ages to explore their unique creativity and discover the innate strength and wisdom that lives in every body. With over 15 years of experience as a professional dancer, vocalist and movement teacher in NYC, Helen is the co-founder of Varoom Group Dance Collective and her multi-disciplinary performance works with collaborator Calia Marshall have been presented at venues throughout the city and beyond including BAX, Joyce Soho, Judson Church and DTW. Helen was the recipient of a BAX space grant in 2008. Helen is a certified yoga instructor and teaches privately throughout the city. She is also trained in CircusYoga and travels nationally teaching workshops and sharing this innovative and playful new practice, most recently presenting at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She is a dynamic facilitator and is well-loved for her joyful approach to community building and art-making. Helen is a founding member of the Mantra Music band, Kirtan Soul Revival and leads group singing experiences internationally (www.kirtansoulrevival.com). She has been on the dance faculty of the Brooklyn Friend’s School since 2001, and it has been one of the great joys of her life to create and explore with the BAX community for the past 15 years.

Special Thanks:
A huge thank you to Lucia, Casey and the education crew for all of their support this year. Thanks to Emma for giving us light and to Teri for giving us order, time and props. Thanks to Fernando and Melanie and all of their helpers in Marketing that make us look so good. To Vanessa, Sara and all of the front desk folks under whose care BAX runs smoothly — we are grateful for your tireless work. Finally, Marya, thank you for your vision, which holds space for all of the magic that is BAX!



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