Teaching artist Yasmar Cruz leads students in salsa dance at Public School 246 in The Bronx.
2022 Projects, Initiatives + Performances
As part of Black History Month, Accent Dance NYC created a virtual educational presentation focused on Black History and its connection to music and dance. The video below was researched and created by Fred Gates, with a voiceover by Elisa Toro Franky.
2021 Projects, Initiatives + Performances
Kimberly Giannelli sat down with Andrea Ziegelman, the founder and director of Accent Dance NYC, to discuss our mission and educational initiatives as part of Sing for Hope’s The Dance Dialogues.
We were thrilled to see that our September 17th performance, Regalo Hispánico, was covered by so many news outlets as an event to see to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in New York City!
Television news coverage included Eyewitness News (ABC 7) and WPIX 11 (shown above). In print/online news coverage the event was picked up by Yahoo! News, Hola!, New York Daily News, Dance Enthusiast and more!
Regalo Hispánico was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has selected 26 arts organizations across the country to be featured in public service announcements meant to bring attention to the arts industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The PSAs will run across Ovation’s cable and digital platforms.
Read the full article.
Our educational initiative Project Access was just featured on Fox 5 News.
Project Access is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
2020 Projects, Initiatives + Performances
Our virtual fundraiser and holiday event to support Accent Dance NYC’s educational programming and virtual educational performance went off without a hitch. We were pleased to greet over 60 guests and we raised a significant portion of our fundraising goal.
The entire event is posted below. Please take some time to watch it and consider making a donation. We are dedicated to bringing arts education programs to kids in the neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic. We need your help to continue this vital outreach.
Funds raised in connection with this event will support Accent Dance NYC’s ongoing educational initiatives, including a soon-to-be-filmed virtual educational performance featuring the work of NYT’s dance-videographer Angelo Vasta.
This fall, Accent Dance NYC is teaming up with some of the schools we’ve worked with to bring interactive, virtual dance programming to our students.
We’ve also partnered with BronxNet TV, creating culturally-responsive dance programming that will be streamed to school-age children and their families on a weekly basis.
Reina’s Accent Dance NYC Experience
Livestreaming Educational Video
Now more than ever we must advocate for arts education as a vehicle of hope, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and transcendence. But we need your financial help. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
We produced An Evening of Advocacy for BronxNet TV, showing the power of Arts Education to transform communities featuring Bronx principal and influencer Luis Torres.
Here is the program in its entirety. This is an important dialogue about the future of public education and the communities it serves:
Presented by the Bronx Music Heritage Center, Accent Dance NYC created a livestream event celebrating the life and legacy of the great salsa singer Héctor Lavoe. Watch the entire program below:
Getting children on their feet in schools where the arts are scarce — but needed more than ever in a pandemic.
“Do you feel like a family when you dance together?” asked one student in the Q&A session that followed the performance, perhaps coming from one of the many children who lived in shelters. The question crystallized the ability of dance to transform lives and unify people.
Read the full article here.
A short film by Don Solaris — choreographed by Dardo Galletto, performed by Elisa Toro Franky, with singer Lucia Jackson, accompanied on guitar by Ron Jackson. Presented as part of From NYC to NYC with Love: The Battery Dance Virtual Festival
…exploring the artistic, cultural, and humanistic connections among people through diverse dance styles
2019 Projects, Initiatives + Performances
It was a great evening on September 21, 2019 as Accent Dance showcased its educational work (and amazing dancing!) to an enthusiastic crowd, many of whom offered substantial help for our ongoing educational programs.
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“We bring art to everyone we can,” Ziegelman says. “We bring joy, spread multiculturalism, and we do all that we can for kids.”
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Our June 15th event was featured in Broadway World.
The evening will celebrate Army bandleader James Reese Europe, who is credited with introducing U.S audiences to tango during WWI. Accent Dance NYC will present a narrative that explores the evolution of Tango through, lecture, film and dance.