New Victory Kicks Off VICTORY DANCE Initiative Today

New Victory Kicks Off VICTORY DANCE Initiative Today

The New Victory Theater, New York's premier performing arts venue for kids and families, announces Victory Dance, a pilot initiative to provide FREE dance performances to New York City kids this summer. A three-week series serving New York City day camps and school programs from today, July 16 to August 1, 2014, Victory Dance will feature a cross-section of New York choreographers and companies in more than a dozen pieces specifically curated for young audiences. Through Victory Dance, New York City kids will have the opportunity to meet with choreographers and dancers, as well as see these incredible artists and companies present their very best work.

Consistent with their mission to present world-class performing arts to kids and families, The New Victory Theater has selected highly-accomplished New York-based artists who perform a range of contemporary dance styles and share in the theater's goal of inspiring young people to embrace the art form. Victory Dance consists of three unique programs and will feature performances by Ballet Hispanico; Ballet Tech's Kids Dance; doug elkins choreography, etc.; Full Circle Souljahs; Gallim Dance; KEIGWIN + COMPANY; LAVA; Monica Bill Barnes & Company; and Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, in addition to solo performances by Lil Buck and Michelle Dorrance. Every performance will feature a one-hour program of three or more pieces immediately followed by a moderated panel discussion and Q&A with the audience.

"Season after season, we put good stuff on The New Victory Theater stage and this summer, for the first time, we're providing free access to good dance on the New Vic stage so that New York kids will have a chance to see the broad range of dance works created and performed by New York artists," says Cora Cahan, President of The New 42nd Street and The New Victory Theater. "Victory Dance is unparalleled for providing dance of this caliber on a mixed bill for young audiences with tremendous curricular support from the New Victory education programs."

"When we approached these artists, we discovered that they have a real desire to perform for this notoriously honest audience," adds Mary Rose Lloyd, Director of Artistic Programming at The New Victory Theater. "New York is home to so many extraordinary dancers, choreographers and companies who are thrilled to perform for young people from within their community."

Victory Dance will serve New York City students enrolled in NYC Department of Education summer school enrichment programs, such as Summer Arts Institute, and subsidized/City-run summer day camps. Students of Victory Dance Summer Education Partnership will attend daytime performances of Victory Dance free of charge and will also receive free dance-related workshops led by professional dance teaching artists before their visit to the theater. New Victory SCHOOL TOOL Resource Guides will also be provided for the summer school and day camp instructors to further incorporate the art form into the students' day-to-day curriculum. Through Victory Dance, The New Victory Theater looks forward to sharing live performances on stage, exploring the art form in classrooms and building relationships that will have an impact on NYC kids from summer to summer.

Each week, Victory Dance will feature three daytime performances free of charge for Victory Dance Summer Education Partnership students. Additionally, one evening performance will be made available for the general public at $10 per ticket.

Program A: July 16-18

School/Day Camp Performances: July 16-18 at 11am
Public Performance: July 17 at 7pm

Program B: July 23-25