Season Finale OCT 3-5, 6:00 PM ET YouTube Broadcast
Season Finale Night 3 – Monday, October 5th, 2020
*Denotes Queens Premieres
Our body communicates with the outside world through gestures and movements that are sometimes involuntary. Concerns, thoughts and sometimes frustrations occupy our mind that never rests. Our mind and our experiences inevitably condition our body to find a balance when you let go and begin to simply dance.
Company: Elisabetta Minutoli
Choreography by Elisabetta Minutoli
Dancers: Zoe Alexandra Thomas, Sara Pizzi, Molly Gray, Kaori Akazawa, Aika Takeshima
Music: Domenico Scarlatti, Faraualla
About Elisabetta Minutoli (Sunnyside)
Elisabetta Minutoli is originally from Italy. She is the Associate Artistic Director of Vivo Ballet Dance Company based in New York and of Vivo Professional Programs in Rome, Italy.
As a dancer she collaborated with Nathan Trice, Molissa Fenley, Anabella Lenzu, Luc Bouy, Gloria Pomardi, and Franco.
Beauty of Bengal
Beauty of Bengal showcases Kathak and contemporary dance styles of Bengal. It’s a composition about falling in love during the rainy season.
Company: Antara Saha, Anup Das Dance Academy
Choreography by Late Guru Anup K. Das
Dancer: Antara Saha
Music: Timir Aboguntone composer Rabindranath Tagore, singer Indrani Sen
About Antara Saha (Astoria)
Antara Saha is a Queens based dancer and choreographer. She began to learn dance at the age of 4 and has since mastered various Indian Classical dances and Bangladeshi folk. She is the disciple (graduate) of Guru Anup Das. Antara is currently the dance instructor and choreographer for SJP's Bollywood team in Astoria. @imperfectlygreat
Little Female Generals*(excerpt)
This dance symbolizes a group of female generals and is based on Chinese Peking Opera. It draws on the forms and techniques of traditional martial arts. Costumes and music are based on classical Chinese art, incorporating modern elements to make them vibrant and glorious.
Company: Mae Mae Dance Studio
Choreography by Mae Mae Niu
Dancers: Ziling Ting, Nicole Chen, Ivy Ou Yang, Siqi Zheng, Kasey Carchi, Shirley Chen,
and Angela Chen
Spear Advisor: Michelle Yang
Mae Mae Dance Studio (Flushing)
Mae Mae Dance Studio in New York is a professional dance education institution that integrates dance training, literary performances and competition exchanges. Dance enthusiasts are connected with the world dance art. The main dance courses of the center include Chinese dance, modern dance, contemporary dance, street dance, ballet, jazz dance. @maemaedance
Cumbia a Cereté*
Cumbia is traditionally from the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. When it is interpreted in the original form of a Circle dance, it could work to communicate and harmonize relationships.
Company: Karla Flórez School of Dance
Choreography by Valeria Olaya-Flórez
Dancers: Valeria Olaya-Flórez, Bryan Alvarez, Enrique Olaya and Karla Flórez
Music: Carlos Molina Hernández, Grupo Aires de mi pueblo
About Karla Flórez School of Dance (Middle Village)
Karla Flórez is a dancer, choreographer, educator, writer and researcher. She produces cultural programs incorporating Colombian folk roots and contemporary dance techniques. Karla has a class program at KFSDNY and is a member of CID UNESCO. She has performed at different events around the world and has worked in collaborative projects with artists form different cultures – especially Caribbean. @karlaflorezsd
A lively performance featuring the dance styles of performers and ballroom studio owners Paul and Lulu.
Company: RuDanceNY Ballroom Dance
Choreography by Bao Ru
Dancers: Paul Ru and Lulu Tan
Music: Pussycat Dolls
About Rudanceny Ballroom Dance School (Flushing)
Mr. Ru Bao graduated from Beijing Dance Academy University. Mr. Ru won the highest Chinese Government Prize, the Chinese National Professional Latin Dance Championship First China Lotus Gold Award, Professional Latin Dance Champion, and the Professional Latin Dance Champion in 2004 in Seattle. @pajlru
Compilation of Chants and Hula
Compilation of Hawaiian chants, kahiko (ancient-style), and 'auana (modern-style) hula.
Company: Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka
Choreography by Kale Pawai Kimo Alama & Traditional
Dancers & Chanters: Arlise Ganaway-Ellis, Christopher Chung, Doris Rodríguez, Harmony Pilobello, Kelly Nalani, Monica Ng, Kimo Barrus, Maria Ycasiano,
Nuni Sawyer Walsh, Tristan Vizconde
About Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka (Forest Hills)
Although Kumu Kale passed away in 2016, Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka continues to perpetuate his legacy. The group is lead by NYC alaka'i Chris Chung and Tristan Vizconde, who both enjoy the spirituality of hula and a cultural practice with a rich history that continues to grow. @napuanuioka
DTM is a celebration of life, healing and community.
Company: Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre
Choreography by Billy Blanken
Dancers: Kenny Corrigan and Kara Walsh
Music: ‘DTM (Instrumental)’ PRIMA PRIMO
Costume: Christopher McIntyre (masks)
About Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre (Long Island City)
Billy Blanken started his career as a principal with the Amy Marshall Dance Company before joining Ballets Grandiva. His credits include; Mobile Ballet, CoDa 21, Catherine Gallant Dance, Atlantic City Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet, Northeastern Ballet Theatre, isadoraNOW, Ballet Mink Colbert, and others. He currently teaches ballet in NYC @birryb
a - TONE - meant: "That's What It Is"
This project is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Company: Omar Edwards ll ExQuisite Chill
Performed by Omar Edwards & ExQuisite Chill
Hosted by Council Member I. Daneek Miller (CD27)
Omar Edwards, taps
Julius Chen, keys
Camille Gainer, drums
Anthony Corley, bass
Bayo Fayemi, guitar
Mac Gollehan, trumpet
Jai Lawrence, vocals
About Omar Edwards ll ExQuisite Chill (Jamaica)
A collective of professional musicians and vocalists rotated and paired with an ensemble of up and coming foot musicians called A-Tone-Meant conducted by Omar Edwards. The company was formed to promote tap as an American Folk art of sound and preserve and perpetuate its traditions. @a.tone.ment @omaredwardsandcompany
Please join us for a live interactive Q&A with the choreographers after the show!
Link to join Q&A provided at show!
The Queensboro Dance Festival (QDF) was launched in 2014 with the mission to strengthen the dance community in Queens, and garner a greater appreciation for Queens dance. Presenting Queens-based dance companies of diverse cultures and styles, QDF tours performances & classes every summer throughout Queens theaters, parks, plazas, libraries, and street events to bring local dance to Queens neighborhoods.
Karesia Batan, Executive Director
Queens Theatre, Presenting Partner
Kristina Voznick: QDF 2020 Stage Manager
Mateo Tarolli, Marc Nuñez, Andy Rodriguez: QDF 2020 Video crew
Nicole Cordero-Callahan: QDF Content Manager
And to all our dancers and audiences!
SEASON FINALE: Oct 3-5!
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