2021 QDF Dance Companies
2021 QDF Dance Companies
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Photos courtesy of the dance companies
Home Neighborhood: Astoria Queens tip: Ralph Demarco Park Photo credit: Tarek
Home Neighborhood: Astoria Fun Fact: Though I'm a tap dancer, I'm almost always forced to start creating in sneakers because inspiration hits when I'm in my apartment! Photo Credit: Jaqi Medlock
Home Neighborhood: Rosedale Queens tip: Flushing Meadows Corona Park Photo Credit: Eric Bandiero
Home Neighborhood: East Elmhurst Queens tip: Eat at Pink Nori in Astoria! Photo Credit: Lois Greenfield
Home Neighborhood: Astoria Queens tip: Visit Hermon A. Macneil Park Photo Credit: Rhien Recrds
Home Neighborhood: Astoria Fun Fact: I'm terrified of squirrels and they tend to surround me when I tap dance in Astoria Park! Photo credit: Eric Bandiero
Home Neighborhood: Jackson Heights My process: I turn my story into choreographies that illuminate the unjust stories that are systematic erasure of ancestral lands. Photo Credit: Josef Pinlac
Home Neighborhood: Woodside Fun Fact: As long as I eat well, I can create well. My inspiration comes from daily life. Photo credit: Hung Ju Kan
Home Neighborhood: Fun Fact: My dance work was created on Zoom before being brought into the studio. Photo credit: Mike Esperanza
Home Neighborhood: Astoria Fun Fact: Whenever we walk around in Astoria or other Greek areas in our traditional costume, it's great to get stopped by locals who tell us how proud they are to see their traditions.
Home Neighborhood: Forest Hills Fun Fact: I walk into rehearsal with an idea and never any movement. I believe in a full process with my dancers so we're all connected to the work from the ground up. Photo credit: Tobia St Germaine
Home Neighborhood: Forest Hills Fun Fact: We are the only hula group based in Queens!
Home Neighborhood: Flushing Queens tip: Visit Forest Park Photo Credit: Shunyao Harry Zhang
Home Neighborhood: Astoria Fun Fact: Sometimes I have a co-choreographer named Marmaly who sticks his claws into my veil! Photo credit: Neon
Neighborhood: Rosedale Choreographer fact: I lead this company as an individual challenged with Lupus. I have entered seasons in wheelchairs, leg braces, crutches and this festival has embraced me with open arms. Photo Credit: Josef Pinlac
Home Neighborhood: Forest Hills Fun Fact: Dancers mostly learned our piece virtually, and it was delight to finally rehearse together after 12 months! Photo credit: Josef Pinlac
Home Neighborhood: Long Island City Favorite pandemic activity: Walking over the RFK bridge or running along the river in Astoria Park Photo Credit: Richard Rothstein
Neighborhood: Woodside Fun Fact: This year's dance piece idea struck me when at my favorite bar, Solid State in Woodside. Photo Credit: Josef Pinlac
Home Neighborhood: Long Island City Fun Fact: Many of our dances have been self-taught using textbooks and Mexican University tutorials. Photo Credit: Devika Sati Ramdass
Home Neighborhood: Astoria Queens tip: Reeves Beach Photo Credit: Tiger White
Home Neighborhood: Long Island City Fun Fact: We have been able to do a performance season during the pandemic and are so thankful! Photo Credit: Josef Pinlac
Home Neighborhood: Jackson Heights Fun Fact: I spend all day in dance clothes no matter what I'm doing. Photo Credit: Eric Bandiero
Home Neighborhood: Astoria Queens tip: Take the ferry to Hunter's Point South Photo Credit: Sarah Knight
Amy Marshall Dance Company (East Elmhurst)
Choreographer Amy Marshall and Executive Director Chad Levy co-founded the Amy Marshall Dance Company in 2000 in order to realize a vision of dance theater as a visual metaphor for the human spirit. Ms. Marshall’s choreography pays tribute to both the beauty and tribulations of life’s experiences through dramatic movement.
Antara Saha (Astoria)
Antara Saha was born in Kolkata, India and raised in NYC since 1995. She has trained in Indian Classical dance from the age of four. She is trained in Bharatanatyam and Kathak. She has trained under Gurus Anil Kumar, Dabashis Das and Late Anup K. Das. She now teaches privately.
Chevalier Ballet (Astoria)
Clement Mensah draws from his African and Western cultural values to craft his own movement style, combining contemporary and traditional Ghanaian approaches to create grounded as well as athletic esthetics that weaves challenging movements with smooth transitions.
Chieh Hsiung (Woodside)
Graduated from Taiwan, moved to NYC 2014.She presented her choreography all across NYC& Taiwan. Such as concert tours, TV series. Performing on off Broadway, got invited to 92Y Asian Choreographer Festival, as part of the Asian World Tour at Lincoln Center, presented work at The Emerging Female Choreographers Project-audience favorite.
chrisbelldances (Long Island City)
Chris Bell (MFA/BS Dance, BS Geology) makes work with Raja Feather Kelly and Eryc Taylor Dance. @chrisbelldances has presented evening length works at Dixon Place, Gibney Dance Center & Green Space & was the first dance company in residence at Cherry Grove Community House America's oldest continuously operating LGBTQIA+ Theater.
Cole Collective (Astoria)
Nicole Ohr is a professional tap dancer/choreographer/teacher based in Astoria, Queens. She has worked as a freelance artist, and is a current member of Germaine Salsberg’s Les Femmes and Artistic Director of Cole Collective. Nicole is also the producer of Dance Astori
Demi Remick & Dancers (Astoria)
Demi Remick is a YoungArts Gold winner, Dance Magazine’s Top-25-To-Watch and a Capezio Athlete. Demi has performed with Postmodern Jukebox, Company XIV, ABT’s James Whiteside, Caleb Teicher, Dorrance Dance and Jason Samuels Smith. Demi earned her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance.
Drye/Marinaro Dance Company (Forest Hills)
Drye|Marinaro Dance Company was established in 2011 under the direction of Jamie Drye and Francesca Marinaro. DMDC has presented at various festivals along the east coast; Residencies at Winthrop University and Shenandoah University. Also, self-producing shows at Dixon Place, Playroom Theatre, Club Nublu, Caveat NYC, and New York Live Arts.
Flamenco Latino (Jackson Heights)
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.
Gotham Dance Theater (Woodside)
Marc Nuñez is a Filipinx-American choreographer and dancer. Credits: commercial dance (Rihanna, Todrick Hall), musical theatre (Peter Pan, Newsies), concert dance (BARE Dance Company, Entity Contemporary). Gotham Dance Theater credits: Queensboro Dance Festival (2015-2020), The Performance Project at The University Settlement (2016-17), Boundless in Brooklyn 48-Hour Film Contest Winner (2017).
Greek American Folklore Society (Astoria)
The Greek American Folklore Society serves as a resource to anyone interested in learning more about our heritage and folk traditions, in an inclusive, family oriented environment. You do not need to be Greek to attend workshops or celebrations. We welcome you into our dance circle.
Kinding Sindaw (Jackson Heights)
Kinding Sindaw is the only indigenous-led dance organization of its kind in NYC. "Kinding" comes from the Maranao word "movement," and "Sindaw" from the word "to light." Through dance, music, martial arts, or through oral traditions, we are able to shed light on the untold story of the Philippines.
Mala’s Odissi (Forest Hills)
Mala, an international dancer, teacher, choreographer, inspired by life experiences creates productions synthesizing various dance techniques. Recipient NYFA Scholarship & Immigrant Artist Fellowship. Current Artistic Director, Mala’s School of Odissi Dance, Faculty, YICG, Guest, NYU World Dances, 2017 Art Producer, Artist Commission Project, QCA. QDF participant since 2018.
Manhatitlan (Long Island City)
Manhatitlan was officially founded with it's name 2 years go in 2019 but has been serving the community for over 8 years. Manhatitlan is based in Long Island City, Queens and is dedicated to bringing quality dance and production programming to its residents.
Marlaina Garcia Riegelsberger Works in Progress (Flushing)
Marlaina (she/they), a queer freelance performance artist based in Queens, has performed at The Joyce, Battery Dance Festival, ArtsOnSite, 14thStreetY, Dance Gallery Festival, CPR, The Issue Project Room, GreenSpace and Baryshnikov Arts Center as part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial, and abroad in France, Barcelona, LA, and Berlin.
Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka (Long Island City)
Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka strives to perpetuate 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 to keep the history of Hawaii alive.
NK&D / a movement company (Astoria)
Nicole Kadar graduated from Skidmore College and holds an MA in Dance Education from Hunter College. Nicole freelances as a dancer, educator and choreographer. In 2018 she created NK&D / a movement company - a company that focuses on bringing accessible dance to diverse audiences. Learn more at nicolekadar.com
Noora Dance Theater (Astoria)
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 www.nooradance.com
Ramzi World Dance (Astoria)
Ramzi Edlibi is a dancer, choreographer, and musician who began his study of Arab dance and ballet at an early age in Lebanon. Ramzi traveled abroad to perform and teach, learning other dance traditions along the way and currently teaches them to audiences of all ages.
Robert Mark Dance (Astoria)
Robert Mark Burke is a dance artist whose choreographic accolades include the Dance on the Lawn Emerging Choreographer Grant, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Fellowship, the CoLab Arts Space Grant, the Eryc Taylor Emerging Choreography Grant, and a NJSCA Individual Artist Fellowship.
Sheep Meadow Dance Theater (Long Island City)
Billy started his career with Amy Marshall Dance Company before joining Ballets Grandiva. His credits include; Mobile Ballet, CoDa 21, Catherine Gallant Dance and others. Billy has taught at Peridance, Rioult Dance Center, the Jakarta Intercultural School, the National School in Tirana, Albania, Gibney Dance, Logrea Dance Academy, and others.
The Kingdom Dance Company (Rosedale)
Paige "Queen TuT" is a street/battle dancer & teacher at public, art & dance schools. Diagnosed with Lupus; she traverses oncoming challenges. She has performed in a wheelchair or crutches to prove anything is possible! Credits: Wyclef, Nick Cannon, DMC, Ariana Grande, Patty Labelle, BET, MTV & MSG Television.
Trevor Ricardo Spencer Jr. (Rosedale)
Trevor has presented work in Nachmo, Dance Astoria, and Fertile Ground. Trevor presented work in "Translate" by the JChen Project. He presented work for Sharedspace and Jennifer Muller and the Work Works-in-progress showing . Trevor was selected to process and present a piece for the Newsteps series with Chen Dance Center.
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