RED RADIO: An Evening of Modern Dance & Tap

Thursday, July 15, 7:30PM ET

Queens Theatre is proud to present works from two dynamic dance companies, reflecting both cutting edge modern work and a dynamic blast of nostalgia.
2nd Best Dance Company presents an excerpt of "Better" and "RED", a blend of dance and narrative play, that loosely uses the lens of Little Red Riding Hood to examine how we confront the many "big bads" that lurk on our personal wooded paths. Choreographer and performer Hannah Garner is one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," and she brings her trademark warmth and humor to every piece.
And Demi Remick and Dancers present "Radio Days," a joyful embrace of tap, jazz, and improvisation that takes you from the Roaring 20's to the 2020s. Demi is one of the most outstanding tap dancers in the country and you'll be amazed at the footwork on display
The free dance performances will start at 7:30pm ET on our new outdoor summer stage just yards away from our facilities in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Tickets are free but reservations are required.



Piece 1:

Better (in some ways)

Written/directed/choreographed by Hannah Garner (2nd Best Dance Company)

Performed by Emily Dean

Costume by Emily Dean

Music: C'est Si Bon composed by Henri Betti, lyrics by André Hornez, performed by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra

Piece 2:

Radio Days

Choreographed: Demi Remick with improvisations by the dancers

Performers: Demi Remick, Funmi Sofola, Taytum Buford, Phoenix Goodman, Dario Natarelli

Music: "Honeysuckle Rose" by Ella Fitzgerald, "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" by Eileen Barton, "Take a Chance on Love" by Eileen Barton, "Comes Love" by Scott Bradlee ft. Hannah Gill, "I'm Gonna Live Until I Die" by Eileen Barton, "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered" by Doris Day, "The Trolley Song" by Judy Garland, "Medley: Almost Like Being in Love" Judy Garland, "Do It Again" Judy Garland, "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" by Frank Sinatra


Piece 1:

RED (excerpt)

Written, directed, choreographed by Hannah Garner (2nd Best Dance Company)

Performed by 2nd Best Dance Company: Courtney Barth, Hannah Garner, Will Noling, Ryan Yamauchi

Costumes by Ariel Noltimier- Strauss

Music: Le chevalier du guet (The Night Watch Officer) performed by André Claveau, Mathé Altéry, Christian Borel & Claire Vallin, Nocturne Op.9 No.2 In e Flat Major composed by Frederic Chopin and performed by Brigitte Engerer, Parlez-moi d'amour by Lucienne Boyer, Messe a 3 voix (Panis angelicus) composed by César Franck and performed by Debrecen Kodaly Choir, Dezso Karasszon, and Salamon Kamp, O Waly, Waly performed by Chanticleer

About the Performers

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2nd Best Dance Company

2nd Best Dance Company creates, performs, and teaches physically rigorous, sometimes virtuosic, almost always slapstick dance-plays. We connect to audiences, students, and professionals to share emotionally accessible work that is relatable, honest, and resonant. We play very seriously and invite audiences into our play to ask: what does it mean to be alive?

Led by Hannah Garner (one of Dance Magazine's ‘25 to Watch’ 2020), 2nd Best Dance Company “tackles topics like death and queer identity through rigorous, inventive movement and wit” (Dance Magazine). Pursuing these interests, our work moves past the traditional dance proscenium to include collaborations in sculpture, animation, theater, film, and site-specific works. We seek beauty in failure, explore limits of the body, and find solace in the humor of being human.

2nd Best has been commissioned by GroundWorks DanceTheater (2021, OH), SMUSH Gallery (2021, NJ), Gibney’s dance-mobile series (2019), Kizuna Dance (2019), GALLIM x CreateArt (2018), A-Y/Dancers (2018), Frankie Cosmos (2017), Half Waif (2018, 2020) and SUNY Purchase (2018) where Hannah was also taught (2016-2019). 2nd Best was Resident Artist of Triskelion Arts (2019) in addition to hosting a weekly technique class (2019-2020). Hannah's choreography has been presented at Brooklyn Bridge Park, The Wild Project, The Ace Hotel, Mark Morris Dance Center, Dixon Place, New York International Fringe Festival, The Wassaic Project, among others. Hannah is a new faculty member at Gibney and currently teaches NYC, Connecticut, and on Zoom. 2nd Best works in person in NYC and lives online at

Demi Remick & Dancers

Demi Remick & Dancers is a New York City based tap dance company founded by dancer and choreographer, Demi Remick. The company explores the infinite possibilities of music, movement, and nostalgia in united conversation. By embracing tap dance, jazz dance, improvisation, and the unique personalities of the dancers, each piece will invite you to step back into the past through the lens of tap dance. 

In her own right, Demi Remick is the tap dance soloist with Postmodern Jukebox, a featured performer in Company XIV an Off-Broadway production in Brooklyn, one of Dance Magazine’s Top-25-To Watch (2014), a YoungArts Gold Awardee, a Capezio Athlete and an international tap dance instructor. Demi's work has been presented worldwide as she recently choreographed and performed a duet for American Ballet Theatre's principal dancer James Whiteside.

Demi Remick & Dancers has been commissioned and presented work for ARTS ALIVE at Arts on Site, the Aldrich Museum, Hamptons Dance Project with the American Ballet Theatre, Battery Dance Festival, and Queensboro Dance Festival to name a few.

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