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Battery Dance Festival 2018| FREE DANCE WORKSHOPS

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Battery Dance

380 Broadway

5th floor

New York, New York 10013

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August 12 • Battery Dance | USA - 1:30pm-3pm

August 13 • Iker Karrera Dance Company | Spain - 10:30am-12pm

August 14 • Paranoyak Crew | Gabon - 10:30am-12pm

August 14 • Sandip Mallick | India - 12:30pm-2pm

August 15 • Citadel + Compagnie | Canada - 10:30am-12pm

August 16 Mophato Dance Theatre | Botswana - 10:30am-12pm

August 17Skopje Dance Theater | Macedonia - 10:30am-12pm

please arrive at least 15 minutes before


Battery Dance, host of the Battery Dance Festival and workshop series, has been based in Lower Manhattan for 42 years. Its founder and artistic director Jonathan Hollander has produced nearly 100 original dance works in collaboration with a diverse array of composers, designers, and a cast of outstanding dancers. Together, company dancers and workshop leaders, Mira Cook, Bethany Mitchell, and Sean Scantlebury, have led Dancing to Connect Workshops and performed in over 64 countries.


Iker Karrera Dance Company was founded by Iker Karrera, Fernando Lazaro, and Amaya Galeote and is currently directed by Iker Karrera and Fernando Lazaro. The company began in 2013 and was born out of a need for change. With a comprehensive background as teachers as well as performers and choreographers, they have a common philosophy of life and have dedicated more than half of their lives to dance. Commitment, dedication, and a positive attitude are the three fundamental pillars on which their work is based. With their image being on the cutting edge and fused with quality, they are placing their bets on a new way to carry forward different artistic projects, all of them under one banner.


Founded by Horry Taylor Ngoungou, who goes by stage name Basko, the Paranoyak Crew is a group of young talented Gabonese urban dancers specialized in performing Zyeute dance since 2016. This influential Libreville-based dance organization creates, produces, and presents works on local, national, and international scales. Under the leadership of group founder and choreographer Basko, creator of Zyeute dance and first place winner of Miami’s Got Talent in 2015, the Paranoyak Crew has fostered cultural participation and creative excellence throughout its artistic work. The dance company has also been powered by collaborations with well-known and well-respected artists in the spheres of dance and music, particularly on social media collaborations displayed on YouTube and Facebook. Since the foundation of the group two years ago, the Paranoyak Crew has increased audience and public recognition dramatically and refined its culturally specific Gabonese style of urban dance. Achievements of Paranoyak Crew include Basko’s first place at the prestigious Miami’s Got Talent competition in 2015 for performing a number of dance styles including urban, Gabonese, and Zyeute.


Sandip Mallick, an internationally acclaimed Kathak exponent, started training under Guru Smt. Sreelekha Mukherjee at the tender age of four. Continuing the talim under her, he also has worked with Pt. Birju Maharaj ji, Pt. Chitreash Das, Guru Bela Arnab, Guru Bandana Sen, Pt. Ram mohan Maharaj, Pt. Vijay Shankar, Smt. Saswati Sen. He has undergone his rewaz (practice) with Pt. Kumar Bose on tabla since 1997. An MA from Rabindra Bharati University, Sandip is an auditioned artist of Doordarshan and empanelled artist of ICCR. He is a Junior fellowship holder of the Government of India. He is a regular performer in various prestigious festivals like Khajuraho, Chidambarahm, Konark, Kathak Mahotsav, SNA Swarna Samaraho, Udayshankar, and many more in India and in USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Singapore, and Bangladesh. Sandip is the founder and director of Nadam. The students of Nadam are working across the globe with a remarkable reputation.


Citadel + Compagnie is an award-winning Toronto-based professional dance organization that creates, produces, and presents works on local, national, and international scales from its home base in a former Salvation Army Citadel in Regent Park. Since 2007, C+C has renovated, revamped, and transformed The Citadel into a place where artists rehearse, create, and perform and where the community learns, explores, and shares.


Founded in 2009 by Andrew Letso Kola, Mophato Dance Theatre (MDT) is Botswana's first Afro Fusion and Contemporary dance company. MDT was created with the vision of blending contemporary dance with traditional African dance, and the realization of this vision has brought with it impressive results. In 2011, MDT won My African Dream Battle of the Finalists. The very next year, MDT went on to perform at the Stepping Stones Program, Dance Umbrella 2012 where they were chosen by the dance forum in Johannesburg as the winners of the Pick of the Stepping Stones Award. Under a decade since their inception, Mophato Dance Theatre has already performed in Botswana, Nambia, the United Kingdom, China, Nigeria, South Africa, and Belgium.


Skopje Dance Theater (SDT), lead by one of the most popular Macedonian choreographers, Risima Risimkin, is the first professional contemporary dance company in Macedonia, supported by the Ministry of culture. The theater is based in Skopje, capitol of Macedonia and it’s founded in 2011. SDT is producing 4 premieres per year and has guest tours throughout Macedonia, the region and Europe. From the very beginning the aesthetic of the theater has been modern, fresh, and looking for new challenges, developing their own philosophy, based on the research of the connection between body and mind. Skopje Dance Theater not only has guest choreographers from abroad, but also promotes young emerging artist and new choreographers. Skopje Dance Theater has a strong connection with Skopje Dance Academy, the first academy on university level for contemporary dance in the whole region. SDA is working in partnership with the prestigious Rotterdam Dance Academy from Netherlands. SDA students are participating in the program of Skopje Dance Theater, where they can work with high level choreographers and perform in Skopje, Macedonia and abroad.

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