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July 11, 2016

Victory Dance: The Companies of Program C


We're at the last stop on our spotlight series of Victory Dance's nine talented companies. The final three groups to perform on the New Victory stage this summer are an exciting combination of New York City dancers. Get ready for everything from tap to New Orleans jazz and...to soccer? They are the American Tap Foundation, Camille A. Brown and Dancers and the Nadine Bommer Dance Company. Check out the history, mission and #LoveOfDance of Program C below!
 
American Tap Foundation

Who Are They?
The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is a nonprofit organization committed to establishing and legitimizing tap dance as a vital component of American dance through creation, presentation, education and preservation.

From 1986 to 1999 the American Tap Dance Foundation was known as the American Tap Dance Orchestra. It was created, choreographed and directed by master tap dancer Brenda Bufalino and founded by Ms. Bufalino along with Tony Waag, and the late Charles ‘Honi’ Coles in 1986. During that time the Orchestra performed in hundreds of concert, stage and film projects and thrilled audiences around the world. From 1989 to 1995, the company also operated Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center in New York City and presented on-going classes, performances and related activities. In 2001, with a new generation of tap dancers and enthusiasts, the Orchestra was renamed under the artistic direction and leadership of Tony Waag.
American Tap Foundation
Photo: Lois Greenfield
What Will You See?
Prepare yourself for Tap Treasures, a contemporary musical review of classic and contemporary tap dance created by tap master Tony Waag. It will feature some of the brightest and boldest tap soloists working in the field today. 

When did your #LoveOfDance start?
“My #LoveOfDance began when I met the incredible dancer and choreographer Brenda Bufalino and the late tap masters Charles "Cookie" Cook and Leslie "Bubba" Gaines in 1977 at a tap dance workshop in my home town of Fort Collins, Colorado. They taught and performed with such generosity, humor and artistry that I simply fell in love with the art form, moved to New York City, became a professional tap dancer myself and the rest is history. To this day I enjoy sharing everything I've learned about tap dance with anyone who will listen, and I continue to be fascinated by its amazing history and its current evolution.”— Tony Waag
 
Camille A. Brown and Dancers

Who Are They?
Looking at history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective, Camille A. Brown leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional. The work is strongly character-based, expressing each choreographic topic by building from little moments to model a cinematic sensibility. Theater, poetry, visual art and music of all genres merge to inject each performance with energy and urgency.

The Company has performed in venues both nationally and internationally, including The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Yard, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, The Egg, The Kravis Center, White Bird and Belfast Festival at Queen’s (Belfast, Ireland).
Camille A. Brown and Dancers
Photo: Christopher Duggan
What Will You See?
Camille A. Brown and Dancers will present New Second Line. This work, inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina, is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans. The title comes from the second line, a traditional brass band parade for weddings, social events and, most notably, funerals.

When did your #LoveOfDance start?
"My mother loved and still loves musicals. She would share her favorites with me and I would learn all the dance breaks. I also watched Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson videos on repeat to get all the steps. I loved the theatricality and vision of musicals and their videos. I had a small voice, so speaking wasn't the easiest way for me to express myself. I always felt safe moving my body to communicate my feelings." — Camille A. Brown
 
Nadine Bommer Dance Company

Who Are They?
They are the U.S.-based company of Israeli choreographer Nadine Bommer, founder of the Nadine Animato Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel. Born in New York City, but raised in both NYC and Israel, Bommer established the Nadine Bommer Dance Company in 2015, allowing her to expand her company while returning to the city of her birth. Both companies perform locally and abroad. 
Nadine Bommer Dance Company
Photo: Oren Mentzura
What Will You See?
Soccer like you've never seen it before! You will see ten female dancers embody super-macho male soccer players and dance a match in Invisi'BALL.

When did you #LoveOfDance start?
"My #LoveOfDance began when I was very young. I was always pushed to dance by my parents, and my teachers told me from an early age that I was talented. Although I appreciated the attention, it wasn't until I was in the Israeli army (as all young men and women in Israel must do) that I realized I really needed to dance. I needed to dance like I needed to sleep, eat and breathe. Looking back, I suppose my parents saw this love for dance I possessed, and I'm grateful they chose it for me."— Nadine Bommer
 
 

 
New Victory Thumb Interested in inspiring a #LoveofDance in your family? Make sure to check out Victory Dance this summer!
 
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