FJK Dance Returns to New York, Today

FADI KHOURY'S FJK DANCE returns to New York on Thursday, November 17 for their Season 2017 preview performance, MUNDO, 7:30pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space Theatre. FJK's ten company dancers accompanied by live music will present three new choreographic works, highlighting the broadening development of FJK'S unique fusion dance blend.

The evening will include Latin-American ballroom champion Sophia Bogdanova, guest star in a new choreographic trio combining African rhythms, samba and Arabic percussion; company performances will feature Argentine tango en pointe plus Middle Eastern dance with Latin, flamenco and jazz influences. Video. *Program below.

"My life is inspired by music - one of the most exciting things is the process of finding the right connections and elements that form our dance experience. I allow myself to bring differences into harmony - human, artistic, visual, design, and aesthetic. Dance is freedom, and creating each moment on stage is like a dream." - Fadi Khoury, Artistic Director, FJK DANCE.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2016 AT 7:30pm

Peter Norton Symphony Space Theatre
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
(Broadway and West 95th Street)

Cocktail reception immediately following - Bar Thalia at Symphony Space


OBLIVION - Argentine Tango on pointe in a story inspired by the dramatic movement of tango and its sensuality in partnering.

  • Choreography - Fadi J. Khoury
  • Music - Astor Piazzolla in live cello quartet; Fuga y Misterio and Oblivion as well as Rachmaninov Prelude in G Minor Op 23 No. 5 with Jonathan Rondinelli on piano and cello quartet lead by Cellist Elad Kabilio).
  • Lighting Design by Calvin Anderson.
  • Costume Design by Herve Pierre, former creative director at Caroline Herrera.

MOVE - A trio inspired by African rhythms, samba and Arabic percussion, featuring guest artist Sophia Bogdanova, Latin-American ballroom champion.

  • Choreography - Fadi J. Khoury
  • Music - Said Mrad incorporating electronic beats with acoustic instruments.
  • Lighting Design by Calvin Anderson
  • Costume Design - Fadi J. Khoury

MUNDO - inspired by the story of Zyryab, Mundo is a special collaboration of music and dance. Middle Eastern, Spanish/Latin, flamenco and mambo come together in a jazz-fusion.

  • Choreography - Fadi J. Khoury
  • Music - featuring Frank Abenante, jazz pianist. Zyryab by Paco de Lucia, Comparrito by Diego Amador, and Mundo by Frank Abenante.
  • Lighting Design by Calvin Anderson
  • Costumes by Fadi J. Khoury


Fadi J. Khoury's innovative style - both as dancer and choreographer - showcases his life-long immersion in a world of dance forms. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to Beirut, Lebanon at age 13, where he started training in classical ballet and dances of Arab culture. He began his professional career at 17, and later joined the Caracalla Dance Theatre, touring the Middle East and North Africa. In 2009 he performed with Caracalla at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Khoury was then awarded a scholarship to further his ballet and modern dance training with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City. There he collaborated with distinguished choreographers such Gary Pierce, Elisa Monte and Earl Mosley and toured the US and Latin America performing Nejla Yatkin's dance pieces. Fadi's multi-cultural background and versatility allowed him to establish a career as lead instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Center in New York City. From 2009-2013, he placed first in the Top Teacher Awards from Arthur Murray International.In 2014, inspired by a successful collaboration with Sevin Ceviker, he created his own company, where he could continue to refine his distinct, personal style.

FJK Dance is grateful to Frank Abenante and Monica Rincon Abenante for their generous support of the SEASON 2017 PREVIEW performance. All proceeds from FJK Dance MUNDO to fund the FJK Dance 2017 annual New York Season.

All photos credit: Jaqlin Medlock

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