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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Through May 6, 2018

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Dorrance Dance Announces 2017-2018 Season
Through April 13-14,2018

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New York Theatre Ballet 
Announces 2017-18 Season
Through April 29, 2018

Ballet Hispánico's 
2018 New York Season
Featuring Two World Premieres
Tue-Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm & 8pm
Sun 2pm
April 10-15, 2018
The Joyce Theater

World Premiere by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
World Premiere of Wait
ing for Pepe by Carlos Pons Guerra
Línea Recta 
by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to the Joyce Theater with two World Premieres from April 10-15, 2018. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now at

Both Ballet Hispánico World Premieres were inspired by Spanish literary icon Federico Garcia Lorca. In his fourth piece with the Company, acclaimed choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, who recently premiered a new work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, delves into the life of the celebrated playwright during his time in New York City in 1929. In Waiting for Pepe, Carlos Pons Guerra, a Spanish-born choreographer whose works have been performed in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe, reimagines Lorca's 1936 play, The House of Bernanda Alba, infusing the tale of family intrigue with the theatricality of Spanish language films and telenovelas.

The Joyce program will also include the critically praised Línea Recta (2016) by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, one of today's most sought-after choreographers. A powerful and resonant work, Línea Recta explores an intriguing aspect of flamenco dance: the conspicuous absence of physical contact between dancers. While maintaining the integrity and hallmark passion of the genre, Lopez Ochoa imagines an original and explosive movement language premised upon the theme of communication between the sexes and performed to an original guitar composition by Eric Vaarzon Morel. Línea Recta was commissioned in part by the Apollo Theater and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

All three works in the program came to fruition through Ballet Hispánico's Instituto Coreográfico, an innovative choreography lab for Latino dance makers launched in 2010 by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro. Mr. Vilaro created Instituto to foster a dialogue about the Latino experience and to express the complexity of the diaspora through dance. This innovative learning laboratory provides both emerging choreographers and dance filmmakers with a professional and supportive environment to explore their heritage and to develop their craft.

Tickets start at $10 and are available for purchase in person at the Joyce Theater Box Office, by phone at (212) 242-0800, or online at Ticket prices are subject to change.

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC 


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Lunar New Year Celebration:
Year of the Dog
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3pm
Kumble Theater

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts continues is 2017-18 Kumble Theater season with the acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for its fifth annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3pm. Celebrating the oncoming arrival of spring, the performance will include both traditional dances and new contemporary works created by Artistic Director Nai-Ni Chen, as well as live music performed by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York and a special performance by internationally-acclaimed acrobat Lina Liu. Tickets for this family-friendly holiday event are $25 (with « price tickets available for children 12 and under) and can be purchased in advance at BrooklynCenter.orgÿor by calling the Brooklyn Center box office at 718-951-4500. Day-of-show tickets should be purchased at Kumble Theater on the downtown Brooklyn campus of LIU, located at 1 University Plaza, or by calling the Kumble Theater box office at 718-488-1624.

The performance will open with the a new and fantasticÿDouble Lion Dance, where a dancer, dressed as a young child, plays with two ferocious golden lions in stylized, coordinated acrobatic maneuvers. The dance offers a prayer for peace and harmony, and welcomes the coming of spring. As a tribute to the diverse folk cultures of China, the Company will offer aÿCoin Stick Dance based on the cultural traditions of the Han people of the Hubei province.

Tickets: $25 adults, $12.50 children 12 and under
Online orders:
Box Office: 718-951-4500
Groups of 10 or more: 718-951-4600

Kumble Theater at LIU-Brooklyn | 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn

CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College
in collaboration with
Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre
The World Premiere of Anna
February 16 & 17, 2018 at 7:30pm
Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College

CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College, in collaboration with Dusan Týnek Dance Theatre, present the World Premiere of Anna at the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th Street, NYC on February 16 & 17, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 ($20 for students and seniors) and are available at

Anna is an evening-length contemporary dance-theater performance by choreographer Dusan Týnek inspired by Tolstoy's classic Russian novel, Anna Karenina. An exploration of love and infidelity within the structures of stifling social mores, Anna side steps a conventional re-telling of the novel, focusing instead on the essence of its characters and their situations.
Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College | 524 W. 59th Street, NYC


Dance With MMDG
Saturday January 20TH, 3PM - 4PM
Mark Morris Dance Center

Fun for the whole family, this free class is taught by Mark Morris Dance Group company members and accompanied by live music. All ages and levels are welcome.

Featured repertory: Mosaic and United (1993)

Taught by:
Lesley Garrison
Dallas McMurray
Ai Isshiki (piano)

FREE. For more information visit

Mark Morris Dance Center |3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(and Spring)


By Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Freespace Dance, and LaneCo Arts
Sunday, January 21 at 2pm 
White Eagle Hall | Jersey City Theater Center

GRACE by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Freespace Dance, and LaneCo Arts will be presented at White Eagle Hall - Jersey City Theater Center, 337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 on Sunday, January 21 at 2pm.

GRACE is an afternoon of dance that celebrates femininity by three women choreographers. The show features Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, one of the few professional Asian American touring dance companies led by a woman, Nai-Ni Chen, in the United States; her pieces draw inspiration from Taiwan, Chinese Kuaiban music, and the ancient Chinese cycles of creation and destruction. Freespace Dance, headed by Donna Scro Samori, will present excerpts from their evening length work of "A Women's Movement," a piece about the essence of femininity, the strength of being a woman in today's world, and the universal connection of women throughout. Finally, LaneCo Arts, led by Lane Gifford, will offer their unique blend of dance, theater, and visual arts as they perform. Their work, "And Now There are None" explores the significance of The Constitution of the United States in our complex current environment and then translates that to a broader global landscape in this dance theater work.

Tickets are $15-$20 and are available at

White Eagle Hall | Jersey City Theater Center | 337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet
February 16 & 17 at 8PM
City Center Studio 5

Miro Magloire presents his New Chamber Ballet in two premieres, one to music by J.S. Bach and the second created in collaboration with the Ekmeles vocal ensemble, who will perform live vocal music by composers Karin Rehnqvist and Kaija Saariaho, whose opera "L'amour de loin" was recently performed by the Metropolitan Opera.   Dancers are Sarah Atkins, Elizabeth Brown, Kristine Butler, Traci Finch, and Amber Neff.   The Ekmeles vocal ensemble (Charlotte Mundy, Mary Elizabeth MacKenzie and Elisa Sutherland) will be joined by resident musicians Melody Fader, pianist, and Doori Na, violinist.

Tickets: $29; $16 for students/seniors
Reservations: 212.868.4444 or

City Center Studio 5 | 130 West 56th St., 5th floor (between 6th & 7th Avenues)

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to Celebrate 
A Joyful the Year of the Dog
February 11th, 2018 at 3pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company proudly announces the Company's upcoming production for the Celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Dog at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on February 11th, 2018 at 3pm.  In addition, this fantastic production will also be presented by  Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts in Queens on February 28 and March 1, 2018 at 10:30am, at the College of Staten Island on February 27th, 2018 at 10am, and at Lehman College in the Bronx on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10am and 11:30am, as well as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on February 8 and 9, 2018 at 10am and 12:30pm and February 10, 2018 at 2pm and 7pm.  These performances will include festive traditional dances, new work, music, visual art and crafts, showcasing the diverse talents of Asian American artists from the NY/NJ area, and that of the Company, whose mission is to foster cross-cultural understanding and developing new works that bring together the dynamic freedom of American spirit with the grace and splendor of Asian art.

For this celebration, in which many New York and New Jersey audience have made it an annual tradition, Nai-Ni Chen produced a program aiming to introduce the beauty, creativity, and diversity of Chinese and Chinese American arts in New York and New Jersey through high quality performance and activities.  As a tradition, the Company will begin the celebration with the a new and fantastic Double Lion Dance, where a dancer, dressed as a child, plays with two golden lions in stylized, coordinated acrobatic maneuvers.  The dance symbolizing the coming of the spring and a prayer for peace as a small child can be in harmony with the ferocious lions. 

To celebrate the diverse Chinese folk cultures, the Company will offer coin stick dance based on the Han people's culture in Hubei China.

Tickets: $25 adults, $12.50 children

Brooklyn, NY

Soaking WET Dance Series
Feb. 1, 2 & 3 at 7 PM & 8:30 PM
Feb. 4 at 2 PM)
West End Theater

The Soaking WET dance series continues with performances Feb. 1-4, presenting two different one-hour programs of all new dances by five choreographers.   Program A (Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7 PM) will be shared by Aviva Geismar and Katy Orthwein;  Program B (Thurs/Fri/Sat at 8:30 & Sun. at 2 PM) will show dances by Angharad Davies, Victor Lozano and Jody Sperling.  Curated and produced by David Parker and Jeff Kazin, with associate producer Dylan Baker.

Tickets $20; reservations at

West End Theater | 263 West 86th St.
2nd floor theater in the Church on the corner of 86th St. & West End
Sstairway in the front of the church, elevator at the back of the lobby


The 14th Street Y and Bryn Cohn + Artists
The Art of Loss
Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3pm.
February 16 - 18, 2018
The Theater at the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y and Bryn Cohn + Artists (BC+A) present The Art of Loss at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC, from February 16-18, 2018. Performances: Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3pm.

Bryn Cohn + Artists presents their first evening of repertory, The Art of Loss,ÿa collection of notable works from 2012-2017 that expose the rebellion, hope and despair that root in otherness.ÿRenowned for their ferocious physicality, theatrical worlds and intimate performances, BC + A navigates an unforgettable cultural, emotional and kinetic adventure.

Tickets are $25 ($20 for students, $15 for children ages 12 and under) and are available at

The 14th Street Y | 344 E 14th St


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