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Community engagement through dance and dance education form an essential part of Nimbus Dance Works’s programs. Nimbus offers a comprehensive range of programs that engage communities, especially youth, as participants and as learners in the arts. As both world-class performing artists and as teachers, our dancers impact young people, not just with their exceptional dancing, but also as role models for the youth whose lives they impact directly in educational settings.
Nimbus Dance Works focuses its work on the intersection between high-level dance and innovative ways of involving communities and audiences. In addition to work by Artistic Director Samuel Pott, the company commissions dances by leading international dancemakers, including Pedro Ruiz (Cuba/USA), Huang Yi (Taiwan), Korhan Basaran (Turkey), and Xiao-Xiong Zhang (Australia/Taiwan). The company has received acclaim for its program Dance Speaks Out, in which the company presents significant, historic, and sociopolitical modern dance works—including Pearl Primus’ Strange Fruit (1942) and Charles Weidman’s Lynchtown (1936)—and leads community members in the creation of dance works that respond to sociopolitical subjects of significance in their community. Through company performances, programs for youth and seniors, partnerships with institutions such as the Jersey City Board of Education and Rutgers University, and collaborations with notable composers and visual artists, Nimbus weaves together artistic excellence and community impact.
Nimbus’s programs impact more than 12,000 people each year. Nimbus’s educational programs serve over 1,100 annually in the Jersey City public schools. The School of Nimbus Dance Works offers training in ballet and modern dance for over 130 youth ages 2 to 18, including a pre-professional program. Nimbus presents semi-annual seasons in Jersey City, annual New York City seasons, and tours regionally to many of the most prestigious venues in the region, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NJPAC, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater.