New York Live Arts to Present Ellen Robbins' DANCES BY VERY YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS, 12/5

New York, NY - November 11, 2015: This showcase of young talent has become one of the New York Live Arts' most-loved community programs. Ellen Robbins has worked with young dancers, age 5-18, for over 3 decades training their bodies in technique, attuning their ears to great music and immersing them in special thrills of improvisation. Her students emerge as astonishingly sophisticated dance makers in the true sense of the word.

The works in Dances by Very Young Choreographers have conceptual heft, ambitious themes and musicality. These dances can be humorous, dramatic, lyrical or abstract. Children in the audience are always starry-eyed to see dances created and performed by their peers.





Ellen Robbins, Dances by Very Young Choreographers

Dances by Very Young Choreographers is a collection of works composed by artist ages 5-18, commissioned by Ellen Robbins. Tickets are Youth $1 & Adult $15.

New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

December 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM; December 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM
To review this performance and/or request press tickets, please contact Tyler Ashley at New York Live Arts at 212.691.6500 or

For all other press inquiries, please contact Rida Bint Fozi at The TASC Group at 212-337-8870 or

About New York Live Arts
New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is Bill T. Jones, Artistic Director, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer. We commission, produce and present performances in our 20,000 square foot home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square foot studios that can be combined into one large studio. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, provides an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and supports the continuing professional development of artists. For more information, please visit

Ellen Robbins has been teaching dance since 1966. She was the resident dance educator at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC for 34 years. Robbins is a recipient of the 1993 Arts in Education Roundtable Award and the 1986 "Bessie" (New York Dance and Performance Award) for her work with children. In May 2015, she was the honoree of the LaMama Moves Gala. She has taught Dance Education at Sarah Lawrence College and has guest-lectured around the country and abroad. She has been on the faculties of the 92nd St. Y, Bennington College July Program, and with ArtsConnection, a performance arts project for public school children. She has directed the Young Dancers School at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. In the summer of 2001, Dances by Very Young Choreographers was produced at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Doris Duke Theater. Robbins is known for her extensive repertoire of group dances choreographed in collaboration with children.

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