Premiered July 25, 2020
Queens Theatre brings together the electrifying talents of D.C. based SOLE Defined and local dance companies from the Queensboro Dance Festival (QDF) for a sensational 60 minutes of a cultural dance experience! The program includes four integrated performances by QDF companies’ dancers choreographed by SOLE Defined artists, a live dance class for the public conducted by Crishon Jerome and a digital dance party for all by DJ RBI featuring dancers from QDF companies.
Summer Vibez premiered Saturday, July 25 at 1:00 PM on the Queens Theatre website, YouTube, and Facebook channels.
Special guests include Hamilton’s Tamar Greene & actress Lindsay Roberts, STOMP’s Krystal Renée, Rose Rabbit Lie’s Kenji Igus, and dance companies of Queensboro Dance Festival performing work by SOLE Defined, including Cole Collective (tap), Flamenco Latino (Flamenco), Mala's Odissi (Indian dance), Exquisite Chill (tap), FANIKE! African Dance Troupe (West African), and Gotham Dance Theater (street jazz). Each company was paired with a SOLE Defined company member to learn and rehearse a new work over the last 4-5 weeks while bringing their own distinct dance training to the process. Each dancer then self-taped the choreography based on specific guidelines. It was then edited to combine with others for the final performance. The premiere will also feature a LIVE dance class, led by Crishon Jerome followed by a digital dance party for all, featuring a set by DJ RBI and dancers from QDF companies.
Queensboro Dance Festival Companies
Cole Collective (Astoria)
Cole Collective is a professional tap dance company founded in 2014 by choreographer Nicole Ohr. They have performed throughout the tri-state area in different festivals and shows such as Dance Astoria, Queensboro Dance Festival, Choreographer’s Collective, Choreographer’s Canvas and Choreographer’s Forum.
FANIKE! African Dance Troupe (Springfield Gardens)
Patricia Ghizamboule Robinson is an Artistic Director, choreographer and teacher. Her artistic focus is grounded in the traditional and cultural arts of Africa, specifically West Africa. As a former dancer and sabar drummer with several NY premier African dance companies, she has decades of performance experience.
Flamenco Latino (Jackson Heights)
Aurora Reyes is a respected dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the Flamenco communities of Spain and New York. She is of Spanish descent, which inspired her inquiry into flamenco. Aurora’s collaboration with composer Basilio Georges produced Flamenco Latino, fusing Flamenco and Afro-Caribbean traditions.
Gotham Street Theater (Sunnyside)
Marc Nuñez is a Choreographer/Dancer and founder of Gotham Dance Theater. Credits include: Rihanna, Todrick Hall, BARE Dance Company (Mike Esperanza), Entity Contemporary, Peter Pan, Newsies, The Tank (Dance Curator), BFA in Dance with Excellence in Choreography (University of California, Irvine).
ExQuisite Chill (Jamaica)
A collective of professional musicians and vocalists rotated and paired with an ensemble of up and coming foot musicians called A-Tone-Meant conducted by Omar Edwards. The company was formed to promote tap as an American Folk art of sound and preserve and perpetuate its traditions.
Mala's Odissi (Forest Hills)
Mala Desai is an international dancer, teacher, choreographer. Inspired by life experiences, she creates productions synthesizing various dance techniques. Recipient NYFA Scholarship & Immigrant Artist Fellowship. Current Artistic Director, Mala’s School of Odissi Dance, Faculty, YICG, Guest, NYU World Dances, 2017 Art Producer, Artist Commission Project, QCA.