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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
Written by Erica Reinsch, Education and Programs Manager

 

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Erica Reinsch and Penelope McCourty teach kids dance moves from the pieces they've seen!
Victory Dance introduces kids to contemporary dance in NYC:

When I was a kid, my aunts bought me a subscription to the local contemporary dance series in my hometown of Colorado Springs. Before that, I had seen the occasional holiday performance of The Nutcracker. I loved it, but seeing contemporary and modern dance made me fall in love with the art form and inspired me to take my first dance class! Seeing such a diversity of movement and forms made dance seem like something I could be a part of - but unfortunately, I was always one of the very few kids in that audience. To give more kids a chance to experience contemporary dance, Victory Dance has 3 performances each week exclusively for kids at New York City summer schools and camps. Each week of Victory Dance introduces these kids to a diverse cross-section of contemporary dance. Many of the kids who attend with their school or camp, will get to see all three programs of Victory Dance! This means they will see nine (9!) different dance companies in just a 3-week span. Hopefully those kids will walk away from Victory Dance with not only a broader understanding of dance, but also a feeling of belonging within the community of dance in New York City. 

    

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Kids learning dance moves and asking questions at Victory Dance!
Victory Dance gives kids a chance to immediately react to each piece:

At each day-time performance of Victory Dance, there are two hosts (New Vic Teaching Artist Penelope McCourty and an Education staff member). These hosts introduce each dance piece and give kids specific prompts about what to look for while watching. However, the real fun in being a Victory Dance host is asking questions about what the students just saw and getting real-time reactions! We've heard everything from "I think that dance was telling the story of someone who is very sorrowful" to "the costumes in that piece make me want to design costumes for the dances I do with my friends" to "What did I even just see?! Was that dancer flying?!" The kids also get a chance to learn a few dance moves from their seat - everything from vogueing to tap rhythms to ballet positions. At the end of each performance, the choreographers join us on stage for a talk back and the kids get to perform the dance moves they learned for some of New York City's top choreographers (who have never failed to be wowed by the performance). 

Victory Dance inspires kids to create:

In addition to seeing some of New York City's top dance companies on stage, the kids who attend Victory Dance get to experience the joy of dance in their classrooms with New Victory teaching artists. Every camp and school that attends Victory Dance is eligible for free pre and post show workshops. New Victory teaching artists facilitate an exploration of movement inspired by the dances seen on the New Vic stage and lead students to act as dancers and choreographers to create their own dance pieces. 

 

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The choreographers take part in a talk back with the kids!
Victory Dance gives NYC's top dance companies the gift of performing for the smartest audience, kids:

The dance companies of Victory Dance have never failed to be astonished and delighted by the kid’s reactions to their performances. Whether it's a laugh at a moment they've never gotten a laugh before, the energy of an audience of kids clapping along to the music or a kid with a highly sophisticated interpretation of a choreographer's intentions - the dance companies of Victory Dance leave the New Vic knowing what we've always known - kids are the smartest and most honest audience in New York City!


 
 
Erica Reinsch Erica Reinsch is the Education Programs Manager at The New Victory Theater where she manages the Education Partnership Program, providing over 30,000 students from 160+ New York City schools access to live performances and classroom workshops each year.  Erica is also a Supporting Artist and consultant for CO/LAB Theatre Group, an organization that provides arts opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to Erica's work in arts education, she has performed for young audiences in productions at Adventure Theatre and Imagination Stage in Washington, DC and the New Plays for Young Audiences Series at New York University. Erica holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre from New York University.
 
 
Posted by Beth Henderson
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