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Accent Dance NYC is a non-profit organization dedicated to arts education and concert dance performance. We celebrate and promote multiculturalism, social justice, and community through our dance education programming and professional performances. We partner with community organizations and perform throughout New York City, Westchester County, and the greater Northeast, including as part of NYC’s Summer Streets Festival, the Battery Park Dance Festival, and iHeart Dance NYC, and contribute to celebrations of Hispanic and Black History, Juneteenth, and LGBTQ Pride.

Our vision is a world where everyone has access to dance and sees themself reflected in the art we create.

Dance Education Programming

Since our inception, Accent Dance NYC has served over 11,000 pre-K and school-age children in New York City, Westchester County, and the greater Northeast through its three signature education programs: Dance Education Residencies, Educational Dance Performances, and Family Engagement Workshops. Programming includes a wide range of dance forms, including, among others, African dance, step, salsa, tango, creative movement, Hip Hop dance, and ballet. Students learn about each dance form’s history and cultural roots, while discovering the joy of movement and developing their artistic voice. This often incorporates activism on topical issues, such as climate change and social justice, empowering students to advocate for themselves and others. Our inspiring and uplifting programs boost self-esteem, cognitive skills, and creativity while reminding students that their heritage, experiences, and identity matter.

Accent Dance NYC Company

The Accent Dance NYC company is a multidisciplinary concert dance company committed to exploring the artistic, cultural, and humanistic connections among people of all backgrounds. Accent Dance NYC commissions and performs new work by emerging and established choreographers that celebrate the rich diversity of the company and its audiences. The company is composed of artists from Colombia, Haiti, Japan, Europe, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and the greater US who have mastered a dynamic array of dance styles, including ballet, Hip Hop, tango, salsa, tap, African dance, modern, and flamenco, among others.

Mission Statement

Accent Dance NYC’s mission is to:

Expand access to, and the appreciation of, dance
Enhance youth engagement, creativity, confidence, and joy through inclusive and culturally-responsive dance education programs
Showcase a dance company performing works that amplify diverse cultures, perspectives, and identities while highlighting important social issues
Identify, develop, and support the next generation of dancemakers; and
Empower communities through outreach and engagement

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Accent Dance NYC would like to thank the generous support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, ArtsWestchester and individual donors for making our educational and performance programming possible.

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a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization

Erwin and Isabelle Ziegelman Foundation
318 West 52nd Street, No. 4H
New York, NY 10019