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DANCE

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces Dancers For "The Bridge" March 1-5

(FORT LEE, NJ) -- In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has established a new dance institute through Zoom, The Bridge. The Institute's aim is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are embedded in the community and are focused on advancing the art of dance that transform the personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces.  


Grunin Center Presents Rhythm of the Dance Streaming Via On-Demand in March

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Join fans of these magical dancers and musicians from around the world when Rhythm of the Dance streams via On-Demand for the first time. This virtual event will be available March 10 through March 24. Tickets are $17.50 plus $3 fee online at Grunin Center's website. 


Hear How Martha Graham Dance Company Innovates in a Pandemic

(NEW YORK, NY) -- Art institutions worldwide are closed or partially closed because of COVID-19, but that isn't stopping dancers at the Martha Graham Dance Company from continuing to offer dance, fitness, stress relief, healing and connection for all. As the iconic Graham ballet Appalachian Spring (seen below) reminds us, life is not always easy. The ballet prompts us “to think about and believe in the power of optimism, of hard work, of determination and resistance against challenge,” says Artistic Director Janet Eilber on the new Planet Classroom podcast, in which leading Graham dancers talk about the transition from Live to Virtual during the COVID19 pandemic.


NJPAC Presents Screenings Of Dance Film by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater For Mother's Day

(NEWARK, NJ) --  Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater! For 21 seasons, Alvin Ailey has been a beloved tradition at NJPAC. Although we can’t gather in person this year, NJPAC has something special in store for you: a virtual screening of Alvin Ailey’s new dance film, “Revelations Reimagined.” Screenings will take place on Saturday, May 8th at 7:00pm and Sunday, May 9th at 3:00pm.


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to Receive $10K Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

(FORT LEE, NJ) -- Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the Company's  Year of the Golden Ox Celebration. This project will provide the necessary funding support to make this year's festival possible and allowing the Company to bring some of the leading Asian American Artists together virtually.  The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company project is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category. 

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FEATURES

A Very Jersey City Christmas — Nimbus Dance's "Jersey City Nutcracker: The Movie"

Some things are certain each holiday season: sugar cookies, last-minute shopping, Andy Williams’ Christmas songs, and countless performances of “The Nutcracker” ballet all over the globe. But, as far as we know, Nimbus Dance in Jersey City puts on the only “Nutcracker” set in New Jersey’s second largest city — complete with dozens of local children and Garden State-centric characters that include the Statue of Liberty, a corrupt politician, and a creature known as Mama Cannoli.


Alone/Together - A Virtual Collaboration From Across The Atlantic

Over the past two months, two choreographers and 15 dancers have reached across the Atlantic Ocean to create a short work, “Alone/Together,” which premiered online July 15. This virtual collaboration has come about because the coronavirus brought the world to a stop, battering the economy, forcing a time of isolation and physical distancing, and for many, a loss of work. 


Meet New Jersey’s Arts Leaders: A Conversation with Samuel Pott, Founding Artistic Director, Nimbus Dance

Through his company Nimbus Dance, Samuel Pott choreographs new work, such as the recent premiere of “Falling Sky” at NJPAC, and provides dance education to 4,000 students in Jersey City. As the founder and artistic director of Nimbus, Pott has also choreographed a bold new move: the creation of a permanent home for the company at The Lively in Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District. Located on the ground floors of a new luxury apartment complex, the Nimbus Arts Center at The Lively includes studio and rehearsal space, a 150-seat theater, and administrative offices. The center will also house new partnerships focusing on arts education and the visual arts with St. Peter’s University and Pro Arts Jersey City.


REVIEW: The Tap Pack at MPAC

Who knew, that back in my childhood days when my parents signed me up for tap dance lessons with Henry LeTang and Phil Black, that I would have a lifelong obsession with tap? So when I heard that Australia’s The Tap Pack was coming to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ, I knew I had to secure a seat – and only because they are tap dancers. I’ve never heard of them previous to seeing their sizzle reel on YouTube.


Rowan Presents "Groove" Dance Show

Paule Turner sees different sides of South Jersey when he looks out the window each morning on his way to work. For more than two decades, he’s taken a combination of trains and buses — and lately Lyfts — from his home in Philadelphia to the suburban borough of Glassboro, where he’s a dance professor at Rowan University. Along the way, he passes through the urban landscape of Camden.

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