New Victory Dance Jams

New Victory Dance Jams

July 14 - August 19, 2021
Recommended Grades
K - 12
Free for Summer Partner Organizations
Community Site Your Outdoor Space

Select a Performance


Few Seats Left


Week of August 9 – 15

Aug 10

Tue, 11am

Aug 12

Thu, 11am

Week of August 16 – 22

Aug 16

Mon, 11am

Aug 17

Tue, 11am

Aug 18

Wed, 11am

Aug 19

Thu, 11am

About the Program

This program has concluded for Summer 2021. Information about upcoming opportunities for schools is available on the Education Partnership page.

Bring dance into your learning space with New Victory Dance Jams!

Transform your outdoor site into a dancer’s rehearsal studio! Book a New Victory Dance Jam and a professional dancer and two New Victory Teaching Artists will travel to you and lead the group in a Covid-safe interactive creativity session. Kids will watch a live performance, react, respond and create choreography for an experience that is part performance, part workshop and full of fun!

Dance Jams are one resource within New Victory’s free Education Summer Partnership.

During a Dance Jam, students in grades K – 12 will enjoy:

  • A short performance excerpt by artists from this year’s New Victory Dance video
  • Teaching Artist-led interactive activities where your students respond to the piece, create their own movement phrases, and the dancers respond to them
  • Q&A with the artists
  • Dance party!


All New Victory Dance Jams are based around an 11am start time and include about 45 minutes of active student engagement.


Your outdoor site! New Victory will arrive early to set up the Covid-safe open outdoor event area, performance space and audience seating.


Book as few as 10 tickets and as many as 40! New Victory Dance Jams can accommodate up to 40 people from your program. Have more than 40 kids? Partners can book multiple Dance Jams throughout the summer.

Dance Jams are staffed by a professional dancer, two New Victory Teaching Artists and an Education staff tour manager.

Think you want to Jam? Here’s what you need to know:

Space, Seating, Accessibility & Accommodations

Read on to see if your space has what it takes to accommodate New Victory Dance Jams.

Space Requirements

Although the New Victory will endeavor to adapt to as many locations and individual situations as possible, your space will need to fulfill some minimum requirements:

  • Site must be located in one of the five boroughs of New York City.
  • New Victory can only work on private property that is managed by your school or camp.
  • 70 feet by 70 feet of unobstructed, flat, outdoor space. This defined space will contain the performance area, Covid-19 Safety Zone, Floor or ground seating area, and offstage technical space.
  • The performance space must not include loose sand, tree roots, rocks and other similar obstacles for everyone’s safety, especially the dancer.
  • Performance space must be made available up to 2 hours before the scheduled start time for load in/setup and one hour after the end for load out.
  • Please provide restrooms for New Victory artists and staff to use.
Seating & Accessibility

As with all New Victory programs and performances, we do our best to accommodate audiences with a diverse spectrum of needs. Please review and gather pertinent information ahead of reserving New Victory Dance Jams.

  • New Victory asks for support in maintaining social distance throughout the program for the safety of the kids, professional dancers and New Victory staff.
  • Seating should be on the ground surrounding the performance area. This will allow for the most flexibility for our Teaching Artists to engage with students while maintaining social distance among attendees.
  • New Victory will provide small soft color dots to arrange on the floor as socially distant seating areas for the kids to sit on. These dots can be taken home by the kids after the performance.
    Accommodations can be made for individuals unable to sit on the floor or for accessibility purposes to ensure all can enjoy the program.
  • When requesting a Dance Jam, please indicate if your group requires ASL interpretation.
  • Additionally, our Teaching Artists are able to make accommodations within the overall agenda of the Dance Jam; please include information about students’ accommodation needs (physical, neurodiverse, sensory trigger, etc.).

Health & Safety

New Victory Education and Production have worked together to create a fun-filled, Covid-safe experience and want to ensure that everyone can enjoy New Victory Dance Jams. To ensure the health and safety of participating artists and your staff and students, please review.

Covid-19 Protocols

The New Victory is closely monitoring all CDC and New York State recommendations about Covid-safety protocols (PDF). We adhere to the following policies for our artists and staff:

  • Face Masks: All New Victory staff, performers and audience members are required to wear a face mask completely covering the nose and mouth at all times.
  • Social distancing: The stage and audience set up is designed to maintain 6 ft social distancing between the audience members to each other and the stage, as well as 6 ft distance between the performer and the New Victory Teaching Artists
  • Vaccines: All New Victory staff and performers will be vaccinated and undergo weekly Covid-19 testing and will need negative results in order to visit your site.

Each hosting organization should share its own site policies with New Victory staff so that we also meet your requirements.

Capacity, Permits & Insurance
  • Capacity: For the success of the event and in keeping with Covid-related guidelines, audience size must not exceed the capacity limit of 40 people per Dance Jam event. These events are meant for students, campers and support staff, and are not open to the public. Summer Partners will manage event access, including a method for preventing additional people from crossing the safety perimeter.
  • Permits: Every Dance Jam will include music and New Victory artists will have microphones.*

    *New Victory will provide battery-powered speakers for music and sound amplification. According to NYC guidelines, an amplified audio permit via the NYPD is required. New Victory will offer instructions for the permit application process upon Dance Jam confirmation.

  • Insurance: Both parties will be required to show proof of insurance.
  • Final Agreement: In order to confirm the Dance Jam event, New Victory Education will review a final agreement with each partner.

Ticketing Policies

Things change! Review our ticketing and cancellation policies and what to do when weather gets in the way.

Ticketing Adjustments
  • Take a look at our capacity requirements and indicate expected participant counts when submitting your request—you can adjust details as you confirm enrollment.
  • Increases or reductions to ticket orders should be directed  by email to New Victory Education.
  • If you need to reschedule, please do so at least one week in advance, if not more! Rescheduled performance dates are subject to availability.
  • If there is inclement weather on the day of a scheduled New Victory Dance Jam, we will work with your organization to reschedule, pending availability.
  • Day-of cancellations will be charged. If you need to cancel on the day of the event, it must be done between 7-8am ET as New Victory staff and artists will be traveling from across the five boroughs.
  • To avoid penalty fees, New Victory Dance Jam reservations must be canceled at least 2 weeks (10 business days) prior to the event date. Cancellations after this deadline will incur a fee of $1 per unused ticket.
  • If a student or program staff member has tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the scheduled Dance Jam, program leaders are required to inform New Victory Education and the scheduled New Victory Dance Jam will be canceled without rescheduling.
  • If New Victory must cancel a New Victory Dance Jam prior to the event date, your organization will not be invoiced a cancellation fee and we will work with your organization to reschedule your performance, pending availability.
Inclement Weather Policy
  • If there is inclement weather on the day of a scheduled New Victory Dance Jam, we will work with your organization to reschedule, pending availability.

New Victory Dance Supporters

New Victory Dance is supported, in part, by a generous grant from the Blavatnik Family Foundation in honor of Dawdie Appelson, a teacher, arts enthusiast and life-long supporter of the performing arts.

Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation | Howard Gilman Foundation | Harkness Foundation for Dance | public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council | New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature | The Jerome Robbins Foundation