Livestream Performances from Astoria – September 16
*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, Franco
This dance number is choreographed to a contemporary Arabic song that evokes a playful beat and style reminiscent of the 1960's pop music in both Arabic and American culture.
Company: Noora Dance Theater
Choreographed and performed by Noora Aphrodite
Music: Natcha Atlas
About Noora Dance Theater (Astoria)
Accomplished and passionate Noora Aphrodite has been in the New York and worldwide dance scene for over 30 years. She has produced several shows, is a regular at various venues and dance festivals and has appeared on Good Day New York. Noora coaches privately & teaches weekly classes @nooraaphrodite
Vox, with music by Geminiano Giacomelli and performed by Cecilia Bartoli, was inspired by the women's suffrage and the emotion of being misunderstood. Four women weave an elegant story of feminine power and strength through dance and gesture.
Company: Amy Marshall Dance Company
Choreography by Amy Marshall
Dancers: Torrey McAnena, Julia Neto, Caitlin Sheppard, and Alyssa Wiedman
Music: Geminian Giacomelli; Performed by Cecilia Bartoli
Costume: Aileen Roehl
About Amy Marshall Dance Company (East Elmhurst)
Amy Marshall spent her career in the companies of Paul Taylor and David Parsons, H. T. Chen and Dancers, Cortez and Company and many more. Ms. Marshall established the Amy Marshall Dance Company in 2000. The company has toured the USA, China, Poland and Mexico. @amymarshalldanceco
Summer Suite 2.0*
Summer Suite is a fun, upbeat street jazz and hip-hop dance medley set to global pop music.
Company: Gotham Dance Theater
Choreography by Marc Nuñez, Emily Hart-Lopez, and Nadia Khayrallah
Dancers: Davonna Batt, Victoria Beale, Lyndsay Dru Corbett, Maria Cwiklinski, Zoë Davidson,
Harumi Elders, Emily Hart-Lopez, Nicole Johnson, Nadia Khayrallah, Whitley Locks,
Marc Nuñez, and Lia-Shea Tillett
Music: Anitta, Major Lazer, Zahed Sultan, Shakira, Black Eyed Peas, BLACKPINK, MRSHLL
About Gotham Dance Theater (Sunnyside)
Marc Nuñez is a Queens-based Choreographer/Dancer. Credits include: Gotham Dance Theater (Founder/Director), Rihanna, Todrick Hall, BARE Dance Company (Mike Esperanza), Entity Contemporary, Peter Pan, Newsies, The Tank (Dance Curator), BFA in Dance with Excellence in Choreography (University of California, Irvine). Member of Actors Equity. Represented by CESD Talent Agency. @GothamDanceTheater
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 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
This dance is a call to celebration the strength of men. Was traditionally done to solve conflict between groups. It is now a dance that the whole community comes out to celebrate. Women now also join in this celebratory dance of strength.
Company: FANIKE! African Dance Troupe
Choreography by Patricia Ghizamboule Robinson
Dancers: Lenea Stevens, LaNiece McKeller, Patrice Ricks, Jordyn Pigott
Music: Kirov Briggs, Atiba Morales, Eddie Jones
About FANIKE! African Dance Troupe (Springfield Gardens)
Patricia Ghizamboule Robinson is an Artistic Director, choreographer and teacher. Her artistic focus is grounded in the traditional and cultural arts of Africa, specifically West Africa. As a former dancer and sabar drummer with several NY premier African dance companies, she has decades of performance experience. @fanike_dance_troupe
Performances followed by a Danceback with FANIKE! African Dance Troupe — get up and join us in a mini dance class!
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.
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!
The Queensboro Dance Festival 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
Final Live Show SEPT 26!
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