Matthew Westerby Dance
Matthew Westerby Company was formed in 2009 and became a non-profit organization in 2017 dedicated to building community through the arts. The Company has been presented in New York City by Triskelion Arts, the Jamaica Dance Festival, York College, Greenspace, Westfest, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research and the Staten Island Modern Festival, and further afield at the College of Mount St. Vincent’s (NY), the Newport Dance Festival (RI), the Theatre of the Performing Arts (CT) & Naugatuck Valley Community College (CT). The Company works extensively in dance education and outreach — the Company started The Harlem Project in 2016, bringing together young people from Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx to perform alongside professional artists each summer.
The Company has also worked with the Hudson Guild Theatre Company since 2012, creating works in the realms of dance, theatre and opera for casts of community and professional performers of all ages. The Company has received support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, the O’Donnell Green Foundation, a Better Jamaica, CUNY Dance Initiative, Dance NYC & the Cultural Immigrant Initiative. The Company is currently developing The Piers Project, a site specific work in collaboration with composers Bryan Senti & Rick Smith exploring the history of the gay sub-culture of the west side piers in the 1970’s & 80’s, set to premiere in 2022.
Kizuna Dance is an international repertory ensemble has performed nationally and internationally at prestigious institutions and festivals such as The Japan Society, the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Tokyo, Performatica, the Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival, Middlebury Institute for International Studies, and Gibney Dance, among many others. During the pandemic, the company has continued its commitment to outreach, creating work virtually and leading masterclasses, residencies, lecture demonstrations for colleges and organizations across the country.
Kizuna Dance has performed, led workshops and held residencies in fifteen states and internationally in Japan, Mexico, France, and the UK. Kizuna Dance was founded by Artistic Director Cameron McKinney, whose work has been recognized through fellowships from The School at Jacob’s Pillow, the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, the Alvin Ailey Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and through commissions from numerous institutions across the country and abroad, including Princeton University, the Joffrey Ballet School, Serendipity UK, The Dance Gallery Festival, and more.
Battery Dance was founded in 1976 in New York City’s Financial District by choreographer Jonathan Hollander, a Fulbright Lecturer and former professional dancer. The Company has since earned critical accolades for its exquisite choreography and virtuosic dancers, while becoming a leader in social activism at home and abroad. Battery Dance developed ‘Dancing to Connect’ in 2006, an arts education program that puts the tools of choreography into the hands of young people with or without prior dance training. Since then, 300,000 students in NYC public high schools and students in 60 countries around the world have benefited from this training.