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July 6, 2016

Victory Dance: The Companies of Program B

Previously, we've highlighted the fantastic companies of Victory Dance's Program A and illuminated just why we LOVE this program. Now it's time for another batch of phenomenal NYC dance companies. Límon Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Jiva Dance are bound to amaze you when they take the stage on July 21st in Program B. Discover the history, mission and #LoveOfDance behind each of them! 
Limón Dance Company

Who Are They?
Limón Dance Company has been at the forefront of American modern dance since José Limón and Doris Humphrey founded the company in 1946. After 70 years, the company welcomed its fifth artistic director, Colin Connor, in 2016. Their technical mastery and dramatic expression show the enduring timelessness of José Limón's works. The company has achieved many important milestones: it was the first group to tour under the American Cultural Exchange Program in 1954, the first dance company to grace the stage at Lincoln Center in 1963 and it performed twice at the White House first in 1967 and again in 1995. In 2008, the José Limón Dance Foundation earned a National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.
The Límon Dance Company
Photo: Beatriz Schiller
What Will You See?
Don't expect to see birds flying about the stage in Límon Dance Company's The Winged. Instead, prepare yourself for an exploration of how mankind dreams of taking to the skies.
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

Who Are They?
The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company was created in 1968 to realize the artistic vision of Lar Lubovitch, one of this country's foremost choreographers. Over the past 48 years, the company has gained a reputation as one of the world's top-ranked modern dance companies, performing in virtually every state of the U.S., as well more than 30 other countries. Lar Lubovitch was named by The New York Times as "one of the ten best choreographers in the world," and the company has been called a "national treasure" by Variety.

The company exists: to create new works by Lubovitch; to perform those works, in their home base of New York City and around the world; and to teach people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, in order to increase awareness and appreciation of dance.
Lar Lubovitch
Photo: Nan Melville
What Will You See?
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will perform Little Rhapsodies for Victory Dance. 

When Did Lar Lubovitch's and Company Member Dean Biosca's #LoveOfDance Start?
"My #LoveOfDance never had a beginning, nor did it rise from an 'a-ha' moment. It was my nature and expressed itself without prompting from cradle and will likely do so until the grave." — Lar Lubovitch

"My #LoveOfDance began when I was just a little kid. At my house, my parents used to play music in the family room. Whenever it would come on, I would dance around without a care. My #LoveOfDance continues as an outlet to express myself." — Dean Biosca
Jiva Dance 

Who Are They?
Formed in 2007 in New York City, Jiva Dance promotes and preserves the classical music and dance of India. Through innovative performances, classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and a strong arts-in-education base, they encourage the growth of the classical arts of India in the U.S. Their rich and engaging performances employ modern media, film, photography and spoken word in dialogue with other world music and dance genres, in order to increase the appreciation and accessibility of the timeless art forms they celebrate.
Jiva Dance
Photo: Mariliana Arvelo
What Will You See?
Jiva Dance will perform excerpts from Mayura: Blue Peacock, including Mayil VirruthamAndal, and RainMayura examines the use of peacocks in classical Indian literature, poetry and myth. 

When Did Jiva Dance's Sonali Skandan's #LoveOfDance Start?
"My #LoveOfDance began at a very young age watching Indian cinema with my parents. The movements and the costuming, though not classical, were so expressive and graceful. I later saw an Indian classical dance performance by a renowned dancer and was mesmerized, not only by her dance, but by her costume. Of course the colors are what's vibrant to a five-year-old! It was an elegant green silk sari with a pleated fan in the center. It was a typical Bharatanatyam costume. At that time, I was studying ballet and other Western dance forms, and did not have the fortune to find an Indian classical dance teacher until years later. But my passion for learning it was fueled by my memory of that performance."

New Victory Thumb Interested in inspiring a #LoveofDance in your family? Make sure to check out Victory Dance this summer!
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