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Monday, November 09, 2009
Celebrating 75 Years Of Dance at the 92nd Street Y

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Photo: 92Y Afro-Caribbean Faculty Dancers and guests celebrate 75 years of dance on stage

For 75 years, the 92nd Street Y has supported, presented and taught dance, creating a home for everyone from Martha Graham to your own child. Our legendary past, starting with a commitment to modern dance in 1935, rubs shoulders with our future and our present, as avant-garde choreographers and high-school dance students create and show work in the same studio where Graham taught. That’s why the theme of Harkness Dance Center’s 75th anniversary year was Past-Future-Now. To celebrate, over 200 dancers and choreographers will perform over the next year.

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Photo: Foreground L-R: Emma King, Aneyn O’Grady. Background L-R: Sarah Botero, Kai Monroe in New York Export: Opus Jazz by Jerome Robbins

The Gala performance on Nov 5 featured work by Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Alvin Ailey, David Parsons, Monica Bill Barnes and Doug Varone and links our past to our present and future with our teen dance troupe performing excerpts from Jerome Robbins’ NY Export: Opus Jazz. Dance Educator Martie Barylick said of the performances: “...it was one of the most beautiful evenings of dance of my life!”

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Photo: Jody Gottfried Arnhold and Martin Rabinowitz

Renata Celichowska, the Director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, says: “What’s important is not just that dance has had a place at the 92nd Street Y for 75 years. It’s that we continue to embody the vision and meet the high standards we set for dance in the 1930s by being an unparalleled resource for everyone who cares about dance - from professionals to kids to teachers to audiences.” The Dance Center is part of the 92nd Street Y School of the Arts (Robert Gilson, director), which offers programs in visual arts (fine arts, jewelry, ceramics and more) and music (classical and popular; classes, lessons and ensembles) in addition to dance.

To view the full set of photos from the evening’s performances, please visit the photo album we uploaded at our Facebook page.

[92Y Harkness Dance Center]

All photos credit: Shahpar Nili

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