Donna Sternberg & Dancers is an interdiscipinary dance company founded in 1985 that has premiered over 70 works, including 7 full evening-length performances. We use science as a framework to give shape and structure to our artistic explorations and interpretations, drawing parallels and metaphors between science and human behavior. Our work is not a representation of science (not a science lesson) but rather examines the interplay between science and the human condition. We intentionally seek partnerships with artists, cultural organizations, scientists and science institutions to find innovative ways to probe the science/human connection through dance in collaboration with other art forms.
The Company blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.
Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. It reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theatres and performs globally as a cultural ambassador.
Founded in 2010 and based out of Los Angeles, MashUp Contemporary Dance is an all-female touring dance company which showcases its dancer's athleticism, stylized movement, and passion for concert dance performance. MashUp promotes multi-media collaboration and integrates dance with other forms of artistic expression such as film, painting, and live music. MashUp's movement style provides its audience access to and an understanding of contemporary dance through its unique fusion of jazz, modern, and hip-hop which values a strong foundation in ballet technique. MashUp views dance as an inherent form of human expression that reflects today's culture and social issues through movement.
Founded in 2008, our mission is to create dance that inspires critical thought and reasoned discussion, increase access to and appreciation of dance in Queens and throughout the country while working to improve society through performance, community partnerships, and service.
In-Sight Dance Company envisions a world where the creation, utilization and experience of dance is available to all people as a tool for discussion, service, and enlightenment. We envision a world where diversity, in art and beyond, is encouraged, where inspiration abounds, and where respect for human dignity is demonstrated throughout the community.
RIOULT was founded in 1994 and fast became an established name in modern dance presenting the works of Pascal Rioult. Born into the American modern dance tradition, RIOULT is creating its own legacy of contemporary dance that speaks to the mind and heart. The company of nine dancers is based in New York City and presents an annual New York season, tours nationally and internationally and conducts community engagement activities in the tri-state area and while on tour.
RIOULT prides itself on its commitment to its dancers. Among the primary goals of the organization is to provide steady employment, health care, and foster the artistic development of its performers by offering training classes, teaching opportunities, challenging repertory and extended rehearsal and performance schedules.
Education and community outreach have been integral to RIOULT since its inception. RIOULT's arts-in-education program DanceREACH offers an interactive approach that introduces students to the world of modern dance. It has impacted thousands of students and community members in New York City and around the world.
Founded in 2007 by Melissa Gendreau, the main goal of Perceptions Dance is to create fresh, exciting contemporary dance of the highest quality that is accesssible and exciting to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Perceptions absorbs audiences in compelling stories – aiming to challenge existing perceptions of life through athletic and theatrical movement. The Company aspires to create unique works that clearly and vibrantly speak to the human soul using iconoclastic ideas and strong story lines, while focusing on engaging audiences in tales that inspire through choreography that demonstrates a physical language for human emotion and thought.
Perception’s unique and creative works scale a broad range of styles, from challenging social issues in classical dance techniques, to creating imaginative plots with theatrical dance, and provoking inquisitive minds through abstract work. In addition to classic concert dance Perception’s versatile styles also include work in music videos, off-Broadway musicals, and live performances with pop music groups like hip hop orchestra Lifted. Perceptions uses the term “contemporary” to create a boundless container of endless possibilities.
Perceptions Dance has expanded from the Northeast to a cross-country exploration. In 2009 Perceptions Dance migrated to New York City from the Boston, MA area, while continuing to set work at colleges and universities. In 2011, Assistant Director Molly Fletcher Lynch branched out to San Francisco, where she is currently the West Coast Director, building new repertoire works specifically for the western area, including works designed for the Wineries of Northern California. Perceptions Dance explores their national presence through social media, tools like Skype, and other media methods. The choreographers of Perceptions Dance work closely to create stories built on the Perceptions Dance mission of creating accessibility in dance.
Perceptions Dance is also committed to creating art that contributes to the community in meaningful way through service and performance. The company has a strong focus on outreach, using performance, education and more to assist charities and non-profit organizations. Perceptions has teamed up with organizations like FrockOn.com, HauteNYC, Lisa Gabrielle and Bridgewater State College in addition to running solo events to help raise funds for charities like Park Slope Safe Homes Project, Medical Angels, Massachusetts Eating Disorder Association, Community Systems Inc., The Julia Foundation, Curry Without Worry and more.
ClancyWorks Dance Company, founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Adrienne Clancy, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals in various communities using the arts as a vehicle to develop understanding and to advance positive social action – we aim to shift perceptions through performance.
Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, a modern dance company of drama, wit, joy and invention capable of moving everyone in their audience, presented their first performance in 1986. The company has performed on a continual basis for the last twenty five years.
Nannette Brodie is the artistic director and principal choreographer for the company. According to Nannette, “Dance should be a celebration, an exploration of ourselves and our environment, of our culture and our world.” NBDT has given performances for over 275,000 people both within the Southern California area and by touring nationally and internationally, averaging 15 to 25 performances a year.
They have received support from the Arts Council for Long Beach, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, L.A. County Board of Supervisors, California Council for the Humanities, Kaiser Permanente, Pacific Life Foundation, Kiewit Corporation, the Boeing Company, Orange County Community Foundation, Josephine Gumbiner Foundation, Dwight Stuart Foundation, and James A. Doolittle Foundation. The William Gillespie Foundation has awarded two grants to NBDT to develop international touring and to support their concerts in Southern California. The Arts Council for Long Beach has given continual support since 1989 for concert seasons, administrative development, marketing and school residencies. Support for the current year is from the Arts Council for Long Beach, L.A. County Arts Commission, L.A. County Board of Supervisors, James A. Doolittle Foundation, Dwight Stuart Foundation, the Long Beach Community Foundation and private donors.
NBDT is a member and frequently showcases for presenters at the Western Arts Alliance Conferences and for the Association for Performing Arts Presenters in New York.
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers is a not-for-profit professional company by and for the region of Simcoe County that exists to encourage and showcase the development of local professional contemporary dance. We come together to raise the visibility of contemporary dance, create awareness, build educational opportunities, and reach out to our public to share our love of our art form.
BalaSole Dance Company, founded in 2010 by Roberto Villanueva, is a multi-genre and all-inclusive dance company. Since its official incorporation in July 2010 as an educational non-profit dance organization, the company has presented informational sessions and performances for the general public at prominent New York City dance venues such as the Baryshnikov Arts Center's Jerome Robbins Theater, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center. In June 2012, BalaSole Dance Company officially became the resident dance company of the College of Mount Saint Vincent.