2021 QDF Dance Companies

2021 QDF   Dance Companies

Click on a photo to expand and see their Home Neighborhood and Choreographer facts!  

Check out Events to catch them on tour this season.

Photos courtesy of the dance companies

Ramzi World Dance
Ramzi World Dance

Home Neighborhood: Astoria Queens tip: Ralph Demarco Park Photo credit: Tarek

Demi Remick & Dancers
Demi Remick & Dancers

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

Trevor Ricardo Spencer Jr.
Trevor Ricardo Spencer Jr.

Home Neighborhood: Rosedale Queens tip: Flushing Meadows Corona Park Photo Credit: Eric Bandiero

Amy Marshall Dance Company
Amy Marshall Dance Company

Home Neighborhood: East Elmhurst Queens tip: Eat at Pink Nori in Astoria! Photo Credit: Lois Greenfield

Antara Saha
Antara Saha

Home Neighborhood: Astoria Queens tip: Visit Hermon A. Macneil Park Photo Credit: Rhien Recrds

Cole Collective
Cole Collective

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

Kinding Sindaw
Kinding Sindaw

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

Chieh Hsiung
Chieh Hsiung

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

Robert Mark Dance
Robert Mark Dance

Home Neighborhood: Fun Fact: My dance work was created on Zoom before being brought into the studio. Photo credit: Mike Esperanza

Greek American Folklore Society
Greek American Folklore Society

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.

Drye/Marinaro Dance Company
Drye/Marinaro Dance Company

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

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

Home Neighborhood: Forest Hills Fun Fact: We are the only hula group based in Queens!

Marlaina Garcia Riegelsberger
Marlaina Garcia Riegelsberger

Home Neighborhood: Flushing Queens tip: Visit Forest Park Photo Credit: Shunyao Harry Zhang

Noora Aphrodite
Noora Aphrodite

Home Neighborhood: Astoria Fun Fact: Sometimes I have a co-choreographer named Marmaly who sticks his claws into my veil! Photo credit: Neon

The Kingdom Dance Company
The Kingdom Dance Company

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

Mala's Odissi
Mala's Odissi

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

chrisbelldances
chrisbelldances

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

Gotham Dance Theater
Gotham Dance Theater

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

Manhatitlan
Manhatitlan

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

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

Home Neighborhood: Astoria Queens tip: Reeves Beach Photo Credit: Tiger White

Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre
Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre

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

Flamenco Latino
Flamenco Latino

Home Neighborhood: Jackson Heights Fun Fact: I spend all day in dance clothes no matter what I'm doing. Photo Credit: Eric Bandiero

Chevalier Ballet
Chevalier Ballet

Home Neighborhood: Astoria Queens tip: Take the ferry to Hunter's Point South Photo Credit: Sarah Knight

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