Urban Bush Women

Urban Bush Women (UBW) burst onto the dance scene in 1984, with bold, innovative, demanding and exciting works that bring under-told stories to life through the art and vision of its award-winning founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. The company weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora. Read More

Under Zollar’s direction, Urban Bush Women performs regularly in New York City and tours nationally and internationally. The Company has been commissioned by presenters nationwide, and includes among its honors a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”); the Capezio Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance; and two 2004 Doris Duke Awards for New Work from the American Dance Festival. In March 2010, UBW toured South America as part of DanceMotion USAsm, a cultural diplomacy initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Off the concert stage, Urban Bush Women has developed an extensive community engagement program called BOLD (Builders, Organizers, & Leaders through Dance). UBW’s BOLD program has a network of over 29 facilitators that travel nationally and internationally to conduct workshops that bring the histories of local communities forward through performance.

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Gabrielle Lamb

Gabrielle Lamb, a native of Savannah, GA, was a longtime soloist at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and in 2009, she was invited by Christopher Wheeldon to join his company Morphoses in New York City. Read More

In addition to her choreography, Ms. Lamb is a self-taught animator. Her dance works for stage and screen have been presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Theatre of Harlem, SUNY Purchase Conservatory, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, the American Dance Festival, and the ARTV and BRAVO networks. She has also won choreographic competitions at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, and Western Michigan University, as well as, in 2014, the Banff Centre’s Clifford E. Lee Award and a New York City Center Choreography Fellowship. In October 2014 she received a Princess Grace Award for Choreography.

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Azul Dance Theatre

Azul Dance Theatre is a collective of diverse contemporary dance artists led since 2004 by artistic director and choreographer Yuki Hasegawa. Utilizing contemporary dance movement and influenced by Eastern culture and philosophy, Azul creates dance works that convey passion, courage, conflicts, and beliefs deriving from the reality of dance artists living in NYC. Read More

Azul Dance Theatre’s newest work, Vision, (in part supported by New Work Grant by Queens Council on the Arts) expresses the psychological tangle and emotional conflicts generated by personal fears and insecurities.

Works include Born Within presented in shared performances at the Ailey Citigroup Center, Salvatore Capezio Theater, El Museo Del Barrio, and Gelsey Kirkland Performing Arts Center. Ame-no-Uzume (original music score by Yui Kitamura) was co-commissioned with Multicultural Sonic Evolution and premiered at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Mugen, a work synthesizing contemporary dance and Japanese sword fighting, was voted as the Best Choreography in NYC 10 Dance Initiative at Dixon Place. Most recently, Night Rainbow, a work inspired by Hawaiian myth, premiered at Wave Rising Series in Brooklyn in 2014.

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Dance Heginbotham

Founded in 2011 by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner John Heginbotham, Dance Heginbotham (DH) had its world premiere in January of 2012 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Read More

In only four years, DH quickly established itself as one of the most adventurous and exciting new companies on the American contemporary dance scene, with presentations by and commissions from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, among others. In the spring of 2016, the company will tour to Indonesia, Laos, and the Philippines as cultural ambassadors of the United States with the DanceMotion USA program, a project of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), produced by BAM

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Makeda Thomas

Makeda Thomas is an artistic director, choreographer, dancer, writer and curator. Described as belonging to that new breed of contemporary artists, ‘the postmodern African Diasporan dancer-scholar whose work goes beyond stereotype and the market appetite for clichés regarding the black dancing body’, Thomas has created several works through cross-disciplinary collaboration with artists around the world. Read More

Her choreography, films and site-specific work has been presented internationally at HARLEM Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Teatro Africa (Mozambique), The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Live Arts, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, CCA7 (Trinidad & Tobago) and Teatro de la Ciudad (Mexico), with awards and commissions from Creative Capital, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation,and 651 ARTS Black Dance: Tradition & Transformation; among others. Thomas is the Founding Director of the Trinidad-based Dance & Performance Institute. As a dancer, Makeda Thomas performed internationally in the companies of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, URBAN BUSH WOMEN, and Rennie Harris/ Puremovement. She holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University and continues to create and perform internationally, while living in New York City and Port of Spain.

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Jeremy McQueen / The Black Iris Project

Founded in 2016 by award-winning emerging choreographer Jeremy McQueen, The Black Iris Project highlights the accomplishments of Black professional ballet dancers, jazz and classical composers, and other creative artists through educational outreach efforts and the public presentation of new works inspired by Black heritage. Read More

Black artistry has changed lives and has demonstrated its potential to spark social change through its cultural pervasiveness, from the Harlem Renaissance to modern day hip hop. The Black Iris Project’s mission is to harness the Black community’s inherent creative spirit to encourage and inspire youth of color to pursue art, movement and music as an expressive outlet and a means for collective healing

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Apartment 33

Founded by critically acclaimed tap dancer and choreographer, Chloe Arnold, Apartment 33 is an eclectic group of tap dancers who moved to NYC from all over the world to pursue their dreams. Read More

Home to professional dancers (and sisters) Chloe and Maud Arnold, Apartment 33 has literally been a shared roof and creative hub for these artists, where the natural dynamic at play has led to the mentoring and development of diverse talents with a common passion. From Broadway to touring and even national television, these success stories are joining forces to celebrate the art that has brought them together: TAP!

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luciana achugar

luciana achugar is a Brooklyn-based choreographer from Uruguay who grew as an artist in close dialogue with the NY and Montevideo contemporary dance communities. She began making work collaboratively with Levi Gonzalez in 1999, and she has been making dance in NYC and Uruguay independently since 2002. Her work is concerned with the post-colonial world, searching for an undoing of current power structures from the inside out. Read More

She is a two-time “Bessie” Award recipient, a Guggenheim Fellow, Creative Capital Grantee and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grantee, amongst other accolades. Her ongoing project The Pleasure Project, a public space intervention project, has been seen in NYC as guerrilla performance and through LMCC’s Paths to Pier 42 Program, at Le Mouvement-Performing in the City in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Her previous work, OTRO TEATRO, premiered in 2014 at the Walker Art Center and NYLA and toured to Uruguay and Fusebox Festival for which she received the Austin Critic’s Award for Best Touring work. Her latest work, An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love, premiered at Gibney Dance in December 2015 and will be part of the River to River Festival in June 2016.

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Melissa West

Melissa West is an independent mover/choreographer/poet and activist based in Staten Island, NY. Originally a student of the Staten Island Ballet, Melissa holds dual degrees in Dance and English from Hunter College. She holds a Masters in Performance Studies from New York University. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Premier Grant in Choreography and the Excellence in the Arts Award, both funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs through Staten Island Arts. Read More

Since 2008, her work has been presented throughout NYC at venues including the Atlantic Salt Factory, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, The Living Theater, Triskelion Arts, Queens Museum, The Brick Theater, The Greenbelt Nature Center, and the Bowery Poetry Club. West has held residencies at the Curiosity Project/Staten Island Arts, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and the Greenbelt Conservancy. In 2014, she received the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship. Her work investigates the body’s relationship to spatial and sonic environments. This includes works for stage and film, as well as alternative landscapes and underutilized public spaces.

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Bennyroyce Dance

Bennyroyce Dance is a contemporary dance company based in Brooklyn, NY that cultivates multidisciplinary collaboration and inspires collective innovation under the artistic leadership of Filipino-American dancer and choreographer Bennyroyce Royon. Founded in 2010, Bennyroyce Dance delivers fresh, energetic, and inventive works that engage diverse audiences in imagining unknown possibilities, in seeking boundless connections and meaning, and in embracing the dynamic movements of life through performances, classes, and workshops. Read More

Bennyroyce Dance has appeared in New York City at The Ailey Studios, The Joyce Theater, The Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, and Baruch Performing Arts Center. Outside of New York City, BENNYROYCE DANCE has appeared in Washington State at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, and the Roxy Theater in Morton; the New Orleans Fringe Festival’s Café Istanbul; and in Oberlin, Ohio’s Hall Auditorium. Bennyroyce Dance has been awarded a CUNY Dance Initiative residency at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture for the second consecutive year, and has additionally received residencies from Brooklyn Music School in Brooklyn, NY, Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA, Armitage Gone! Dance at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ, and The Art Mill in Jeffersonville, NY.

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MAWU

Founded in 2007, MAWU is an all-female dance company born out of New York’s underground house scene, whose mission is to embody strong, positive images of women in the urban dance community, and to create fierce and creative works that both educate and inspire new audiences. More than just a unique group of house dancers, MAWU’s strength lies in the diversity of its members, all of whom represent different backgrounds, ethnicities and performance genres including house, hip hop, modern, ballet, African, Afro-Brazilian, and jazz. Read More

The group has presented original work at Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Dixon Place, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, SummerStage and Red Hook Fest, and performance credits include Buddha Stretch’s Step Ya Game Up, Mop Top’s Anniversary Reunion, Ladies of Hip Hop, BAAD!Ass Women and the Boogie Down Dance Series at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and Hip Hop Generation Next in partnership with Dancing in the Streets, to name a few. The ladies of MAWU perform, judge competitions, host sessions, and teach workshops all around the world and continue to take this scene by storm one dance floor at a time. The ladies of MAWU are Chriz, Ephrat, Jimbo, Linda, Rhodesia, Secada, Tara, and Tine.

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Dzul Dance

Dzul Dance fuses multiple dance forms with circus arts to communicate pre-Hispanic, Mexican and Latin culture and create bridges between contemporary art and historical heritage. By transforming bodies into earthbound and airborne forces of nature, Dzul breaks physical, cultural and artistic boundaries. Read More

Artistic Director Javier Dzul grew up in the jungles of southern Mexico, performing Maya ritual dance and studying ancient Maya teachings under the direction of his parents. Formal dance training began at the Universidad de Veracruz, followed by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Javier performed as a principal dancer with Ballet Nacional de Mexico and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, and in New York with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Pearl Lang Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and American Indian Dance Theatre.

Javier created Dzul Dance in 2003. He and his diverse company of performers have been presented throughout the world, garnering reviews that hail Dzul’s “acrobatic wizardry” (Attitude: The Dancers’ Magazine) and his ability to turn his dancers of “remarkable elasticity into creatures of the air as well as of the earth.” (The New York Times).

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Kinesis Project Dance Theatre

Kinesis Project Dance Theatre is a collaborative dance organization directed by choreographer Melissa Riker. The innovative, six-dancer, New York City based dance company creates large scale, space-changing, breath-taking experiences. Read More

Riker is a New York City dancer and choreographer who emerged as a strong performance and creative voice as the NYC dance and circus worlds combined during the 90’s. Her dances and aesthetic layer her training as a classical dancer, martial artist, theatre choreographer and aerial performer.

Via physical and interdisciplinary collaboration, Kinesis Project unravels idiosyncratic moments of life and pushes boundaries of what changes space, and people, by placing movement and stillness in unusual and inspiring places. Called a “moveable feast in more ways than one…” by Eva Yaa Asantewaa and “comically acrobatic, gracefully classical, visually arresting.” by Laurie Graeber of The New York Times, Kinesis Project invites audiences to explore the possibility of high-art in public spaces. The company has performed in many indoor and outdoor venues in NYC and their work has been seen in Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Vermont, Colorado and Florida. Kinesis Project is a 2015 recipient of LMCC’s Manhattan Creative Communities Grant and a 2016 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Artist.

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Carlos dos Santos, Jr.

Carlos dos Santos, Jr. is a noted Brazilian performer and choreographer, who performed as a principal dancer with major Brazilian dance companies such as, Bale Folclorico da Bahia, Bale Teatro Castro Alves and DanceBrazil. In the U.S., Mr. Dos Santos has performed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, where he also served as a company teacher. Read More

His choreographic credits include works for Colorado Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, American Dance Festival, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, DanceBrazil, Cape town dance company (South Africa), Alvin Ailey 2, Joffrey Ballet 2, Houston ballet 2, CUNY residency choreographer, WKY University Residency choreographer. He has created many projects with Dance Brasil, including his latest collaboration with award-winning composer, Tania Leon. Mr. Dos Santos has taught at dance schools, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad and has served as a jury member and resident choreographer of Youth America Grand Prix international student ballet competition since its inception.

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Ja’ Malik

Ja’ Malik, a former member of Cleveland Ballet, Oakland Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, City Dance Ensemble, Ballet Hispanico and Ballet X, is a freelance choreographer and teacher based in Harlem, New York. He has created works for North Carolina Dance Theater 2, Oakland Ballet, and CityDance Ensemble of Washington D.C. for which his work “Broken Prayers” earned him the citation as “a choreographer who shows a fine eye” by Pamela Squires of The Washington Post. Read More

In 2010 Ja’ Malik was invited to present his work in Ballet Builders 20th anniversary and final presentation, Harlme E-Moves 11, the 92nd Street Y Dance at Noon Series and The Young Choreographers Showcase, where he was named a “Choreographer to Watch” by Rosalyn Sulcas of The New York Times for his ballet “The Hour Before”. In 2012 Ja’ Malik’s solo “A Love Sonnet” *Farewell* was chosen as a Division 1 Finalist in the 15th annual Choreography Festival presented by the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, CA.

In 2014, he choreographed August Strindberg’s play “Miss Julie” for the August Strindberg Repertory Co. He has created two new works for Craig Salstein’s Intermezzo Dance Company: “Variations On A Grosso” (2014) and “Journey to Pandora” (2015).

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Lauren Cox / Humans Collective

Humans Collective is an ensemble of performers who come together to create art that is reflective and supportive of the diverse human condition. In their opening year, the company produced a sold-out benefit concert, made its television debut for NBC’s Red Nose Day and was featured at the MassBliss Mindfulness Festival in The Berkshires. A portion of the entire year’s proceeds was dedicated to the education of a child from Rock Orphanage in Hyderabad, India. Read More

The director of Humans Collective, Lauren Cox, offers her roots in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Hip Hop, Contemporary Jazz, Modern, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Haitian and Improvisation. She has danced for artists such as Alicia Keys, Pharrell, LL Cool J and Hong Kong pop sensation, Joey Yung. She has been a guest performer for Rhapsody En Dance, Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug and made her debut at Edmonton Fringe in 2013. This year, Lauren is presenting her choreographic work at Dixon Place as well as the Five Myles Art Gallery in Brooklyn. Additionally, alongside Jeremy McQueen, she is co-choreographing the story of her interracial grandparents in a post-World War II Germany.

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Miki Orihar

Miki Orihara is best known for her work as a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, which she joined in 1987 and earned a Bessie Award in 2010. She has performed on Broadway and with Elisa Monte, Martha Clarke, SITI Company, PierGroupDance, Lotuslotus and in productions by Twyla Tharp and Robert Wilson. Read More

Orihara has presented her choreography in New York, Amsterdam and Tokyo/Nagoya. She is a sought after teacher and coach working with the Kirov Ballet, Nakamura/Shuto Project(Japan), Japan’s New National Theater Ballet School, the Ailey School, New York University, The Hartt School, L’ete de la Danse(Paris) , Henny Jurien Stitching( Amsterdam) and is Dance Director for Mishmash*Miki Orihara.

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jill sigman/thinkdance

Founded in 1998 by choreographer Jill Sigman, jill sigman/thinkdance presents performance that asks pressing questions through the movement of bodies and materials. Trained in classical ballet, contemporary dance, art history, and analytic philosophy, Sigman’s dances and performance installations mix disciplines and modes of making. In recent years her work has focused on waste, sustainability, climate, and permaculture. She is currently investigating urban weeds. Read More

The work of jill sigman/thinkdance has been produced by NYC venues Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, The 92 St Y, Dancing in the Streets P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and Dixon Place, and has been seen internationally in 13 countries. The company has received support from such notable cultural funders as NYFA, NYSCA, the Jerome Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Bay and Paul Foundations. Sigman has been a Choreographic Fellow at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at FSU, a Movement Research Artist in Residence, an Artist in Residence at the Guapamacátaro Interdisciplinary Residency in Art and Ecology (Mexico) and the Kri Foundation (India), a Fellow of the Center for Creative Research at NYU, and a Creative Campus Fellow at Wesleyan University. The New York Times calls Sigman a choreographer of “prodigious imagination and intelligence.”

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Khaled Barghouthi + Zoe Rabinowitz

Khaled Barghouthi + Zoe Rabinowitz come together with MarchIN, a collaborative project that asks questions about space, identity, and events. What new perspectives can we bring to the space through movement? What spaces give rise to particular movements and how does space and movement record the physical force of people’s identity? What dominates the space: its archeology or the events that happen in there? Read More

Zoe Rabinowitz is a dancer based in Brooklyn, with a BFA in Dance from the Fordham/Ailey BFA program. Zoe was selected as a resident artist for the Dance Omi International Dance Center in 2014, and awarded a 2015 Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant. Zoe is the Associate Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, a multimedia performance company based between New York and Palestine, with whom she has taught and performed throughout the U.S, Arab world, and most recently in South Korea and Japan. Khaled Barghouthi, born in Ramallah Palestine, studied contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory in Belgium, and worked with international choreographers in Palestine and Europe. As choreographer and dance teacher, he is focused on embodying social and political realities in overseas creations and collaborations.

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Marjani Fortè-Saunders

Marjani Fortè-Saunders is a Pasadena, CA native and Harlem resident. She performed with Urban Bush Women (UBW) for five years, and is now co-founder with Nia Love of LOVE|FORTÉ A COLLECTIVE. Saunders has taught master classes and workshops across the U.S. and beyond including the American Dance Festival and ADF China, South America, and Germany. She is a member of UBW’s BOLD Teaching Network, offering UBW’s unique approach to dance training and community engagement. Read More

She is a recent recipient of the LMCC MCA Fund for her project being Here… /this time, which examines the intersections of mental illness, addiction, and systemic poverty, and a New Music USA grant for her collaboration with husband and composer Everett Saunders. Saunders has held choreographic and teaching residencies across the country, has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and Foundation of Contemporary Arts. Saunders served as Adjunct Lecturer, teaching Modern Contemporary Technique at Hunter College City University of New York and Visiting Artist at Princeton University. With deep gratitude, she moves onward in her work honoring that it stems from being born in and having engaged with culturally rich, vibrant, historic, and politically charged communities.

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Sydnie L. Mosley Dances

Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) is an all-women, New York City-based contemporary dance company that works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice through experiential dance performance. Through dimensional compositions, specific, textured movement, humor and character development, choreographed works appeal to a sense of humanity. Read More

SLMDances has shown work at Harlem Stage’s The Takeover, The Chen Dance Center newsteps program, FIGMENT Festival on Govenor’s Island, RoofTopDance, Actors Fund Arts Center, the Harlem Arts Alliance Artz, Rootz, Rhythm Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Triskelion Arts, The Red Carpet Theater at Taino Towers, Joyce SoHo, The Performance Project at University Settlement, The New School for Hollaback!’s HOLLA:Revolution, Barnard College, Cornell University, Penn State, Duke University, the Exponential Finance Conference, in addition to the NYC anti-street harassment rally annually, and many outdoor performances. Artistic Director Sydnie L. Mosley is currently a 2015-2016 Dancing While Black Artist Fellow and a part of the inaugural cohort of The Field Leadership Fund.

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Caleb Teicher & Company

Caleb Teicher & Company presents new work that blends traditional American dance forms in a modern context. Taking inspirations from his background in concert dance, musical theater, and social dance, Caleb’s Teicher’s work addresses questions of how and why we dance in the 21st century. Read More

A 2011 Bessie Award Winner for Outstanding Individual Performance and one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch”, Caleb Teicher has garnered acclaim for his work as a performer, most notably as a member of Dorrance Dance and The Chase Brock Experience. Founded in 2012, his company explores a wide range of American dance forms (tap dance, lindy hop, and vernacular jazz), creating work full of rhythm, humor, and a uniquely American physicality. Caleb Teicher & Company is also currently an Artist in Residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation, and past work has been presented at the 14th Street Y, The Duke on 42nd Street, 92Y’s Fridays at Noon, Symphony Space, and the New Jersey Tap Festival.

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Vim Vigor Dance Company

Named among New York’s top 20 artists by Brooklyn Magazine in 2013, and recently championed as ‘vastly gifted’ by Deborah Jowitt, Shannon Gillen is the artistic director of Vim Vigor Dance Company, which recently debuted in NYC to sold-out audiences at GK Arts Center. Shannon has had an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer in NYC and Europe. Read More

She was a member of the Johannes Wieland Company based at Staatstheater Kassel in Germany; won commissions from Mainfranken Theater Würzburg and the TIF Theater in Kassel; and was selected as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover. Recent projects since Gillen returned from Europe include commissions from Springboard Danse Festival in Montreal, Hubbard Street 2, and BEACH SESSIONS in NYC; notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include New York Live Arts, Judson Church, PULSE Fair at Art Basel, Bryant Park Presents, NYC’s River to River Festival, the Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Gillen is also dedicated to contemporary dance education and is on faculty at SUNY Purchase College and guest teaches at NYU/Tisch, the Juilliard School, and the Hartt School. Vim Vigor has a summer intensive workshop planned for August 2016.

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