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QDF Dance Companies

2022  QDF   Dance Companies

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Belamovado
Belamovado

Home neighborhood: Long Island City Photo credit: Yoojin Jeon

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Kofago Dance Ensemble
Kofago Dance Ensemble

Home neighborhood: Jamaica Photo credit: Kevin Mcewen

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Robert Mark Dance
Robert Mark Dance

Home Neighborhood: Astoria Photo credit: David Rauch

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RUDanceNY
RUDanceNY

Home neighborhood: Flushing

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sarAika movement collective
sarAika movement collective

Home neighborhood: Ridgewood Photo credit: Becca Vision

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Wendy Kamal and David Ali Dance Academy
Wendy Kamal and David Ali Dance Academy

Home neighborhood: South Ozone Park

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Cole Collective
Cole Collective

Home Neighborhood: Astoria Photo Credit: Josef Pinlac

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Flamenco Latino
Flamenco Latino

Home Neighborhood: Jackson Heights Photo credit: Hector Vazquez

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Kinding Sindaw
Kinding Sindaw

Home Neighborhood: Jackson Heights Photo Credit: Josef Pinlac

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Barbara Mahler's Dances
Barbara Mahler's Dances

Home neighborhood: Jackson Heights Photo credit: Julie Lemberger

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Karla Florez School of Dance
Karla Florez School of Dance

Home neighborhood: Middle Village Photo credit: Sophia Bonet

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NK&D/ a movement company
NK&D/ a movement company

Home Neighborhood: Astoria Photo credit: Dylan Baker

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Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka
Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka

Home Neighborhood: Forest Hills Photo credit: Josef Pinlac

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Chieh & Yoyo
Chieh & Yoyo

Home Neighborhood: Woodside & Astoria Photo Credit: Renfang Ke

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Greek American Folklore Society
Greek American Folklore Society

Home Neighborhood: Astoria Photo credit: Stephanie Lemesianou

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Drye|Marinaro Dance Company
Drye|Marinaro Dance Company

Home Neighborhood: Forest Hills Photo Credit: Steven Pisano

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The Kingdom Dance Company
The Kingdom Dance Company

Home Neighborhood: Rosedale Photo credit: Josef Pinlac

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chrisbelldances
chrisbelldances

Home Neighborhood: Long Island City Photo credit: Jeremiah Cumberbatch

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Gotham Dance Theater
Gotham Dance Theater

Neighborhood: Woodside Photo credit: Mike Esperanza

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Manhatitlan
Manhatitlan

Home Neighborhood: Long Island City Photo credit: Karla Perez

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Noora Aprhodite
Noora Aprhodite

Home Neighborhood: Astoria Photo credit: Neon

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Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre
Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre

Home Neighborhood: Long Island City

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Urvashie Kissoon
Urvashie Kissoon

Home neighborhood: Forest Hills Photo credit: Josef Pinlac

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Umami Playground
Umami Playground

Home neighborhood: Long Island City Photo credit: Gua

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FANIKE! African Dance Troupe
FANIKE! African Dance Troupe

Home neighborhood: Springfield Gardens Photo credit: Sean Jamar

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Fruto Ancestral
Fruto Ancestral

Home neighborhood: Woodside Photo credit: Gabriele Holtermann

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Choreographer/Company Bios

Alphabetical order

 

Barbara Mahler's Dances

I, Barbara Mahler, began dancing at a late age, when in college. The mysteries of movement and performance were introduced to me and graduated from Hunter College. I hold an MFA -2007, and have taught and performed internationally since the early 90's, sharing a body of work -Klein Technique.

 

Belamovado

Dahyun Kim is a dancer from Seoul, Republic of Korea. She performed with Unique Factor, a Jazz Dance Company based in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and is currently studying for her Masters Degrees at Tisch & Steinhardt, NYU. Her movement is ever flowing and changing, and her growth is never-ending.

 

Chieh & Yoyo

Chieh Hsiung graduated from Taiwan and moved to NYC in 2014. She presented her choreography all across NYC & Taiwan including concert tours and TV series. She has performed off-Broadway, got invited to the 92Y Asian Choreographer Festival, was part of the Asian World Tour at Lincoln Center, and presented work at The Emerging Female Choreographers Project where she won audience favorite.

 

chrisbelldances

chrisbelldances has presented work in 6 states and 4 out of 5 boroughs including evening length works presented at Green Space Dixon Place and Gibney Dance Center. chrisbelldances was the first dance company in residence at the Cherry Grove Community House and Theater, America’s oldest continuously operating LGBTQIA+ theater.

Cole Collective

Nicole Ohr is a professional tap dancer based in NYC. She was the tap dance captain of Undertoe Dance Project and a member of Germaine Salsberg’s Les Femmes. Currently, Nicole is the Artistic Director of Cole Collective, an Astoria-based tap dance company, and is co-producer of Dance Astoria.

 

Drye|Marinaro Dance Company

Drye|Marinaro Dance Company was established in 2011 by Jamie Drye and Francesca Marinaro. DMDC has presented at Fresh Series, Jennifer Muller’s Hatch & Hatched,Winthrop University, QDF, and Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Also self-produced many shows at NYC venues, including Dixon Place, Playroom Theatre, Club Nublu, Caveat , Abrons Arts Center, and NYLA.

FANIKE! African Dance Troupe

Pat Ghizamboule Robinson is the Artistic Director of FANIKE! African Dance Troupe, choreographer and arts leader. Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, her artistic focus is grounded in the traditional and cultural arts of Africa. As a former African dancer and drummer, Ghizamboule has over three decades of performance experience.

 

Flamenco Latino
A. REYES is a respected flamenco dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the Flamenco communities of Spain and New York. She is of Spanish descent, which inspired her inquiry into flamenco. Aurora’s collaboration with composer Basilio Georges produced Flamenco Latino, a NY-based Flamenco dance company, fusing Flamenco and Afro-Caribbean traditions.

Fruto Ancestral

Manuela Agudelo has choreographed, directed and produced her own show Legado Dorado, which included six original dance numbers. She received two grants to produce this work as well as thousands of dollars in community fundraising. Manuela has also choreographed, directed and produced her own dance film Mar y Tierra.

Gotham Dance Theater 

Marc Nuñez is Filipinx-American founder/director of Gotham Dance Theater (GDT). Credits: Rihanna, Todrick Hall, Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble, Mike Esperanza’s BARE Dance Company. GDT Credits: Queens Council on the Arts Grantee (2021), Queensboro Dance Festival (2015-2021), City Artist Corps Grantee (2021), Boundless in Brooklyn 48-Hour Film Contest Winner (2017).

Greek American Folklore Society

The Greek American Folklore Society is dedicated to the study, preservation and instruction of the history and traditions of Hellenic folk culture. We share our work with the public through stage re-enactments of traditional Greek customs, songs and dances, as well as through lectures, exhibits and workshops. Dance with us!

Karla Florez School of Dance

Karla Florez School of dance, choreographies, education, writings and researchers. Produce cultural programs based in Colombian folk roots and contemporary dance techniques. Brings iItinerant class programs to communities. KFSD has performed at different events around the world and work in collaborative dance projects with artist form different cultures.

Kinding Sindaw

In 1992, Potri Ranka Manis–an immigrant nurse and veritable Maranao princess–founded Kinding Sindaw to assert, reclaim, preserve, and re-create the Indigenous living traditions of Mindanao, Southern Philippines: including, the epics, legends, and oral histories transmitted from generation to generation through chants, rituals, and dance.

Kofago Dance Ensemble

Founded in 2015, Kofago was a social justice project, highlighting police brutality against Black men in Washington, DC. Our founder, Kevin McEwen, would relocate to New York in 2016. After his father's death in 2018, Kevin brought Kofago back focusing on social justice issues & healing through the performing arts.

Manhatitlan

Manhatitlan has consistently worked with the community of Sunnyside and neighboring parts of Long Island City for over 6 years bringing Mexican Folklore into its streets. Most recently the organization has been largely responsible for 'Día de Los Muertos in Queens', that brings programming to Sunnyside, Diversity and Corona Plaza.

Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka

Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka strives to perpetuate the practice of hula, Hawaiian culture, and aloha in NYC. Unique to the islands of Hawaii, hula is steeped in tradition and is used to tell stories and keep the history of Hawaii alive.

NK&D / a movement company

NK&D (Nicole Kadar and Dancers) has shown work in Jennifer Muller’s Hatch Series, the Kaye Theater, Triskelion’s WAX works, The Ailey Studios, Queensborough Dance Festival’s 2018-2021 Tours and Culture Lab LIC. Our newest work "between the balance" won Best Experimental Film 2022 (cinematographer - Steven Speliotis, score - William Catanzaro).

Noora Dance Theater

Passionate and accomplished with over 30 years’ experience, Noora has performed nationwide as well as internationally. She has produced several shows including the acclaimed Divas of the Golden Age shows as seen in Good Day New York and Supplemented Silence in Fla. Noora teaches in Queens and Manhattan.

Robert Mark Dance

Robert Mark Burke is a New York City- based dance artist who has worked for Lucinda Childs, 10 Hairy Legs, Megan Williams, Matthew Westerby, Doug Elkins, and Meagan Woods. He has been a guest artist at numerous colleges and universities and his dances have been seen throughout the United States.

RUDanceNY

RuDanceNY inherits the spirit of “art, health and value” as our school motto and “dancing refines your soul; dancing exercises your body; dancing builds your life” as our philosophy. We have two dance schools, one in Queens132-01 Roosevelt Ave 2FL Flushing, and the other in Long Island 284 Main ST Port Washington.

sarAika movement collective

sarAika is a movement collective based in New York since 2021, founded by Aika Takeshima and Sara Pizzi, immigrants, multidisciplinary artists, activist and lgbtqa+ supporters and representers. We make art about and for humans. Our goal is to create awareness and reflection on actual global social issues creating interactive experiences.

Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre

Billy Blanken is a choreographer, teacher and dancer whose career ranges from dance theatre, ballet, site- specific projects and multimedia works. He founded Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre in 2016. @billyblanken

The Kingdom Dance Company

Kingdom Dance Company, created by Queen TuT. Credits include BET, MTV, Wyclef Jean, Ariana Grande, DMC, Patty Labelle and Lupe Fiasco. She teaches dance students, emotionally challenged/autistic children and mentally disabled adults while surviving the battle with Lupus. She dances standing, on crutches or in a wheelchair to prove her resilience!

Umami Playground

Umami Playground is a team dedicated to creating a safe space for people to play, explore, make mistakes, and grow together. Members are from all over the world and gather in this magical NYC-NJ area. We love Dance and want to proceed with it the way we love the most.

Uvashie Kissoon

Urvashie Kissoon is trained in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak. She has performed at notable venues such as the City Hall of New York and Metropolitan Museum of Art, amongst others. Urvashie has performed across the U.S., including Kolkata, India, and Seville, Spain. Urvashie completed her Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak Rangmanch Pravesh.

The Wendy Kamal and David Ali Dance Academy

The Wendy Kamal and David Ali Dance Academy specialize and are experienced in teaching exponents of Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Folk, Bollywood, and Indo-Caribbean Dancing. Our dance style mainly consists of semi-classical movements.

Choreographer Testimonials

I was truly impressed with the wealth of cultures and forms of dance showcased in this event. It broadened my scope of possibilities. ~anonymous

QDF allowed me to share my work with my community directly. As a choreographer, building a loyal fan base is difficult and QDF provided access to dance in a way few festivals do. Thank you! ~Billy Blanken, Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre

I am proud to be a dancer and choreographer in the Queensboro Dance Festival...It is exciting to have an amazing community at home! The festival spreads love, art, and awareness in the Queens community in more ways than one! ~anonymous

 

QDF gives a voice to the cultural and artistic fluency in Queens. ~anonymous

QDF has been a platform for me to share my work with more people and gather more opportunities from the folks who came to see QDF. I am forever thankful. ~Jacqui Dugal, Dugal Dance Projects 

Performing at QDF is becoming somewhat of a tradition for #Taplife Company. We look forward to it every year. ~Staci,#Taplife Company

I am grateful for the opportunity to share my work with a diverse audience,and performers who have varied dance backgrounds. QDF is a melting pot of styles that reflects the cultures of our beautiful Queens borough. ~anonymous