Since moving to the South Bronx in 2011, Dancing in the Streets is applying its 30-year legacy as a producer of innovative public performances to reclaim, revitalize, and promote natural, architectural, and cultural treasures of the Bronx; and contribute to the borough’s cultural renaissance through:
Free public performances of dance, interdisciplinary, and site-specific works that build bridges across generations, communities, and cultures.
Community and educational programs that deepen communal bonds, nurture emerging artists, and give voice to the strength, vitality, history, and aspirations of Bronx communities.
THE SOUTH BRONX: Since moving to the South Bronx in 2011, Dancing in the Streets has forged strategic partnerships with local organizations that have enabled us to develop long-term, sustainable initiatives—such as the South Bronx Culture Trail—that contribute to the cultural renaissance of the Bronx, and serve as catalysts for developing safe, vibrant, and economically sound communities that reflect and foster the borough’s distinct cultures and character.
In the context of these initiatives, Dancing in the Streets produces free, community-based public performances, site-specific productions, and festivals that embody the vibrant confluence of art, community and place that is the bedrock of the rich cultural life of the South Bronx. These events are developed through multi-tiered processes that integrate deep inquiry, artistic exploration, the nurturing of emerging artists, and community engagement.
RED HOOK, BROOKLYN: From 1993-2010, Dancing’s 18-year Red Hook Initiative served residents of the Red Hook Houses—one of the largest public housing projects in the country—with educational and community programs, youth festivals, and three large-scale community-based
site-specific productions. All of Dancing’s programs in Red Hook were produced in collaboration with Red Hook cultural, educational and community organizations.
Arthur Avilés in Paseo
Photo: Alan Watson
BEHIND THE SCENES
Erica Ruben, Executive and Artistic Director
Mai Le Ho, Program Director, It's Showtime NYC
Rhea Nance, Associate Administrative Director
Jared Fischer, Grant Writer
Chris Brathwaite, Production/Tourism Manager
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kevin Wolfe, President, Project Director, Center for NYC Neighborhoods
Ellen Gesmer, Secretary, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department
Victoria Rosenwald, Treasurer, Retired research nurse
Christina Hayes, Commercial Legal Counsel, Criteo
Geri Palast, Former Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor, Clinton-Gore Administration
Dr. Allan Lans, Psychiatrist, Former Psychiatrist for NY Mets
Samir Hall, Real Estate Sales, Burkesworks Properties
Erica Ruben, Executive Director, Dancing in the Streets
Elise Bernhardt, Founder, Executive Director, Foundation for Jewish Culture
The Bronx Times One of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Bronx 2014 to Dancing in the Streets’ Executive and Artistic Director, Aviva Davidson
Bessie Award To choreographer Joanna Haigood for Paseo “for an outstanding production of a work stretching the boundaries of a traditional form."
Arts and Business Council Encore Award
Municipal Art Society Certificate of Merit
The Doris C. Freedman Award from the City of New York for "greatly enriching the public environment.
Brooklyn Borough President Proclaimation: June 9, 2007 "Hip Hop Generation Next Day."
Sarah Calderon (Executive Director, Casita Maria), Joanna Haigood (Choreographer, Paseo), and Aviva Davidson (Executive & Artistic Director, Dancing in the Streets) accepting a Bessie Award for Paseo. Photo: Paul Benney
PRESENTING PARTNERS 2001-2019
Dancing in the Streets many presenting partners include:
American Museum of Natural History, Apollo Theater, Asia Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Abrons Art Center, HarlemStage, SummerStage, Jacob's Pillow, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance)*, Bronx Pro Group*, Brooklyn Borough President, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education*, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, CityParks Dance, City Parks Foundation’s Hook Productions, Dance Theater Etc., FIAF, 52 People for Progress*, Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Good Shepherd/The Beacon, Japan Society, The Kitchen, Langston Hughes Community Library& Cultural Center / Queens Library, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, The New York Public Library, Third Avenue BID* Openhousenewyork, Partnerships for Parks, Red Hook Community Justice Center, Red Hook Initiative, SoBRO*, Wave Hill*, Westchester Square BID*, World Financial Center Arts & Events
Photos: Alan Watson