Contemporary Dance at Bryant Park
Graham 2, Eryc Taylor Dance, AThomasProject, and Harlem School of the Arts
Graham 2 is a dance company drawn from the most advanced students of the Martha Graham School. Its mission is to bring the Graham tradition to a younger audience, smaller venues, and to cultural communities, and to be a spring board for young dancers to enter professional dance world. Dancers are selected from among the hundreds of students from around the world who study at the Martha Graham School. While in Graham 2, dancers are supported by a scholarship, receive stipends for performances and may be given the opportunity to perform with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Seventy percent of the current Company began as members of Graham 2. Under the direction of Virginie Mécène, Graham 2 performs Graham's repertory as well as works of guest choreographers such as Robert Battle, Pascal Rioult, Kun-Yang Lin, Robert Cohan, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Blanca Li, and Adam Barruch. Committed to its education outreach program, Graham 2 performs for more than 3,000 public school children each year.
Building community through movement, Eryc Taylor Dance (est. 2006) is a New York City-based not-for-profit organization with a mission to advance appreviation of movement through creating and presenting original peformances, conducting master classes, and curating movement-based community outreach.
Upon graduating from The University of the Arts BFA, Alrick Thomas (Harlem, NY) received "The Pennsylvania Ballet Choreographic Award." Set works on The Pennsylvania Ballet 2, Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts,CCPI Arts; and, other projects. AThomasProject was founded in 2015, curated by ITE, HarlemStage, and Sound Business INC.
Harlem School of the Arts Dance offers a range of dance classes in classical ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz, African and tap. Students have experienced the transformative power of dance by taking classes in the Dance Enrichment Program as an extracurricular activity and in the pre-professional programs which produce classically trained, versatile young dancers who then go on to other elite dance schools and programs. Led by Aubrey Lynch, Director of HSA Dance, the Harlem School of the Arts has become a dance education destination.
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