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Every summer, The New Victory Theater celebrates our #LoveofDance with Victory Dance, an exploration of movement, art and learning. New York City-based choreographers come together to perform for the public as well as for New York City summer camps, schools and youth programs.

Get to know the companies of Program B before they perform on July 27 and August 3. 

Contributed by Ruthie Ostrow, Summer 2017 Communications Apprentice. 

Preeti Vasudevan's Thresh is a performing arts collaborative founded in 2004 by choreographer Preeti Vasudevan. The company specializes in Bharatanatyam, the classical dance-theater of South India. In developing a contemporary movement language, Thresh explores a dialogue between traditional Indian dance and Western storytelling in a globalized, modern society. Thresh seeks to encourage a cross-cultural exchange of dance forms through their performances and arts education initiatives. 
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE is a Brooklyn-based dance company founded by artistic director Ronald K. Brown in 1985. EVIDENCE works to integrate traditional African dance with contemporary choreography. Their mission is to expand the African American dance community by using music, movement and spoken word as a storytelling vehicle to express history and tradition.
Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) is a modern dance company founded in 2001 by artistic director Heidi Latsky. HLD seeks to redefine notions of beauty and virtuosity by using performers with unique attributes to bring provocative, passionate dance to diverse audiences. The company openly advocates for disability rights. HLD partners with social service and humanitarian organizations, like the United Nations and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.
Program B Preeti Vasudevan's Thresh, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Heidi Latsky Dance
Photos: Pavlos Mavridis, Ayodele Casel, Yi-Chun Wu  
Ruthie Ostrow Ruthie Ostrow is a junior studying arts administration and journalism at Baruch College. She is a director, stage manager and children's arts teacher, and is now enjoying her time as a communications apprentice with The New Victory Theater. The only thing that mirrors Ruthie's #LoveOfTheater is her enthusiasm for a good crafting project.
Posted by Beth Henderson

Every summer, The New Victory Theater celebrates our #LoveofDance with Victory Dance, an exploration of movement, art and learning. New York City-based choreographers come together to perform for the public as well as for New York City summer camps, schools and youth programs. 

Get to know the companies of Program A before they perform on July 13 and 20. 

Contributed by Caroline Dowden, Summer 2017 Communications Apprentice. 

Founded 30 years ago, ​Doug Varone and Dancers is known for the emotional range, kinetic breadth and diversity of genres present in its work. The company connect​s​ with audiences beyond the proscenium arch​ through its summer intensive workshops​ and​ multi-disciplin​e​ residency programs ​that highlight the company's concepts, imagery and techniques. One of the​​ most respected dance companies working today, ​its​ legacy encompasses dance, theatre, opera and even film. 

Buglisi Dance Theatre (BDT) was founded by artistic director Jacqulyn Buglisi with three other members of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Their impressive repetoire is influenced by everything from literature to history to heroic archetypes. BDT has created over 100 original works and performed with companies as varied as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Richmond Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Ice Theatre of New York.
Bill Shannon has a unique approach to creating art. Since he was diagnosed with Perthes disease as a boy, Shannon has used crutches every day of his life. Despite his disability, his love of hip-hop and skateboarding continued to grow, inspiring him to create his own style of performance art, dance and mobility. For over ten years, Shannon has toured his unique and inspiring work around the world. 
Decadancetheatre wants to change the way audiences think of hip-hop. The company has helped develop New York City hip hop culture with performances, workshops and creative commissions. Decadancetheatre is led by artistic director Jennifer Weber, and it features artists from countries around the world such as France, Germany, Norway, Japan and Nigeria.
Program A Doug Varone and Dancers, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Bill Shannon and Decadancetheatre
Photos: Erin Baiano, Darial Sneed, Jim Carmody

Caroline Dowden Caroline Dowden is a rising senior at American University where she is working towards a degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communication. Caroline has always been passionate about the theater arts, and she is thrilled to be working as a Communications Apprentice this summer. Previously, Caroline has interned at The American Alliance for Theatre and Education and Ford's Theatre Society, both in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she worked at Sharing the Arts, a nonprofit program for children with developmental disabilities, where she taught weekly vocal classes. In her free time, Caroline enjoys cooking, running and traveling.
Posted by Beth Henderson
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