2023 Projects, Initiatives + Performances

News 12 Features Accent Dance, Student Activism

New Rochelle High School students were featured in this segment on Accent Dance NYC and student activism:

WPIX 11 Features Bronx Educational Performance

We were honored to be featured in this news segment by Mr. G at our cherished partner school Community School 55 in an educational performance celebrating Black History Month:

2022 Projects, Initiatives + Performances

Accent Dance at PS 246 in The Bronx

Teaching artist Yasmar Cruz leads students in salsa dance at Public School 246 in The Bronx.

Black History Educational Film Part of Virtual In-School Presentation

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

Sing for Hope Interviews Andrea Ziegelman

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.

Overwhelming Media Attention for Regalo Hispánico Performance

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.

Sophisticated Lady, a rooftop performance, across the street from Lincoln Center, produced by I Heart Dance, and featuring the choreography of Accent Dance NYC’s Lucia Jackson, danced by Elisa Toro Franky and Fadi Khoury.

Ovation TV Awards Accent Dance NYC a Public Service Announcement!

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.

Project Access on Fox 5 News

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.

Steven Vilsaint performs at Summer Streets

2020 Projects, Initiatives + Performances

On Screen: Beyond Quarantine, Our Annual Fundraiser

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.

Accent Dance NYC Announces Arts Education Initiatives

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.


“An Evening of Advocacy” on BronxNet TV

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:

Accent Dance NYC in Bronx Rising!:
Los Cantantes: A Tribute to Héctor Lavoe & Rubén Blades

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:

Hechinger Report Features Accent Dance NYC

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.

Virtual Event Featured in Broadway World

…exploring the artistic, cultural, and humanistic connections among people through diverse dance styles

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Cultural Convergence on WPIX 11

2019 Projects, Initiatives + Performances

“Let’s Dance” Fundraiser Raised Money for Educational Programs


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.

Missed the event but would still like to help out? Click on the button below:


Accent Dance NYC Featured on ABC News 7

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WPIX Profile

Accent Dance Profiled by Dance Informa

“We bring art to everyone we can,” Ziegelman says. “We bring joy, spread multiculturalism, and we do all that we can for kids.”

Read the full article here.

Broadway World Showcases Tango Event

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. 

Accent Dance on Open TV

Our First Performances in the Bronx

Here are some moments from our first set of lecture demonstration performances last year in several schools in the Bronx. We are so excited to continue this kind of programming for school-aged children in New York City and neighboring areas.