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The New Victory Blog is a place to learn more about New York's theater for families and the shows we produce. Find out what we do and what we're passionate about—exploring the arts as a family.

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!
 
Posted by Beth Henderson

Previously, we've highlighted the fantastic companies of Victory Dance's Program A and illuminated just why we LOVE this program. Now it's time for another batch of phenomenal NYC dance companies. Límon Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Jiva Dance are bound to amaze you when they take the stage on July 21st in Program B. Discover the history, mission and #LoveOfDance behind each of them! 
 
Limón Dance Company

Who Are They?
Limón Dance Company has been at the forefront of American modern dance since José Limón and Doris Humphrey founded the company in 1946. After 70 years, the company welcomed its fifth artistic director, Colin Connor, in 2016. Their technical mastery and dramatic expression show the enduring timelessness of José Limón's works. The company has achieved many important milestones: it was the first group to tour under the American Cultural Exchange Program in 1954, the first dance company to grace the stage at Lincoln Center in 1963 and it performed twice at the White House first in 1967 and again in 1995. In 2008, the José Limón Dance Foundation earned a National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.
 
The Límon Dance Company
Photo: Beatriz Schiller
What Will You See?
Don't expect to see birds flying about the stage in Límon Dance Company's The Winged. Instead, prepare yourself for an exploration of how mankind dreams of taking to the skies.
 
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

Who Are They?
The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company was created in 1968 to realize the artistic vision of Lar Lubovitch, one of this country's foremost choreographers. Over the past 48 years, the company has gained a reputation as one of the world's top-ranked modern dance companies, performing in virtually every state of the U.S., as well more than 30 other countries. Lar Lubovitch was named by The New York Times as "one of the ten best choreographers in the world," and the company has been called a "national treasure" by Variety.

The company exists: to create new works by Lubovitch; to perform those works, in their home base of New York City and around the world; and to teach people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, in order to increase awareness and appreciation of dance.
Lar Lubovitch
Photo: Nan Melville
What Will You See?
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will perform Little Rhapsodies for Victory Dance. 

When Did Lar Lubovitch's and Company Member Dean Biosca's #LoveOfDance Start?
"My #LoveOfDance never had a beginning, nor did it rise from an 'a-ha' moment. It was my nature and expressed itself without prompting from cradle and will likely do so until the grave." — Lar Lubovitch

"My #LoveOfDance began when I was just a little kid. At my house, my parents used to play music in the family room. Whenever it would come on, I would dance around without a care. My #LoveOfDance continues as an outlet to express myself." — Dean Biosca
 
Jiva Dance 

Who Are They?
Formed in 2007 in New York City, Jiva Dance promotes and preserves the classical music and dance of India. Through innovative performances, classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and a strong arts-in-education base, they encourage the growth of the classical arts of India in the U.S. Their rich and engaging performances employ modern media, film, photography and spoken word in dialogue with other world music and dance genres, in order to increase the appreciation and accessibility of the timeless art forms they celebrate.
Jiva Dance
Photo: Mariliana Arvelo
What Will You See?
Jiva Dance will perform excerpts from Mayura: Blue Peacock, including Mayil VirruthamAndal, and RainMayura examines the use of peacocks in classical Indian literature, poetry and myth. 

When Did Jiva Dance's Sonali Skandan's #LoveOfDance Start?
"My #LoveOfDance began at a very young age watching Indian cinema with my parents. The movements and the costuming, though not classical, were so expressive and graceful. I later saw an Indian classical dance performance by a renowned dancer and was mesmerized, not only by her dance, but by her costume. Of course the colors are what's vibrant to a five-year-old! It was an elegant green silk sari with a pleated fan in the center. It was a typical Bharatanatyam costume. At that time, I was studying ballet and other Western dance forms, and did not have the fortune to find an Indian classical dance teacher until years later. But my passion for learning it was fueled by my memory of that performance."
 
 

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