EMERGE125 (formerly Elisa Monte Dance) + Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet

EMERGE125 (formerly Elisa Monte Dance) + Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet

Founded in 1981, EMERGE125 (formerly Elisa Monte Dance), bridges cultural barriers through the universal language of dance. The company’s work emphasizes three main objectives: TRAIN and maintain a corps of professional dancers of multi-ethnic origin, capable of meeting the artistic and physical demands of the choreography; EDUCATE individuals in the art of movement and in appreciation of live dance performance; and COLLABORATE with distinguished artists across other disciplines.

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Jamal Jackson Dance Company + Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company + Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Jamal Jackson Dance Company + Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company + Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Jamal Jackson Dance Company (JJDC) was founded with the purpose of fusing various traditional African dance styles with Modern techniques and diverse contemporary music styles in order to create a new, unique technique that is relevant to a multifarious community. The movement and storylines of JJDC choreography focus on redefining ideas of community and blurring divisive lines, while still celebrating the beauty of individual cultures.

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McKoy Dance Project II MDP + Jacqui M. Dugal + Frankie Martinez + Alicia C. Dellimore + Navatman Dance

McKoy Dance Project II MDP + Jacqui M. Dugal + Frankie Martinez + Alicia C. Dellimore + Navatman Dance

McKoy Dance Project || MDP was founded in 2019 by Founder & Executive Artistic Director, Derick McKoy, Jr. In order to mirror the experiences we live through today, MDP’s mission is to empower one another and marginalized communities by blending together authentic stories, arts programming, and accessible events to strengthen community relationships and support systems. It is important to us that we foster connection and healing by diving head-first into works that are sensitive and conscious of the inequities and trauma built into our society.

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Matthew Westerby Company + Kizuna Dance + Battery Dance

Matthew Westerby Company + Kizuna Dance + Battery Dance

Matthew Westerby Company was formed in 2009 and has since been presented around the tri-state area, at Dixon Place, the DUMBO Dance Festival, the Wave Rising Series, Dancewave, the College of Mount St. Vincent, Greenspace Blooms, Movement Research, Staten Island Modern Festival, the Great Friends Dance Festival (Rhode Island), Westfest, the Hudson Guild Theatre and at DNA.

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  • Rufus King Park is the Exclusive Home of The Jamaica Dance Festival.

  • 150-29 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11435

Accessibility: The park is fully accessible to those using wheelchairs, scooters, crutches and walkers. For additional accommodations, an accessibility coordinator is available via thejamaicadancefestival@abetterjamaica.org.