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Dance With Bach

May 20 (7:30pm) & May 21 (2pm & 7:30pm), 2022

JOIN US for an evening of glorious Bach, performed live by the Sebastians orchestra and Christopher Caines Dance!

Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church. 152 W 66th St, New York.

Tickets and information here.

See the announcement in Arts In The City and an article in "This week in New York".

Spring Musicale

March 10 at 7 pm, 2022.

A Fusion of Music, Poetry and Dance. Organized by DAHA (Dvorak American Heritage Association).

In a DAHA first, choreographer Pedro Ruiz presents a new dance, completing this creative rite of spring. Organized by Laura Jean Goldberg, violinist and DAHA music advisor. Dancers: Elisa Toro and Leonel Linares.

Bohemian National Hall. 321 East 73rd St, 3rd Fl, New York.

More information here.

Westchester Ballet Company's Nutcracker season

December 17, 18 and 19, 2021.

Over 60 years of classical tradition.

Elisa is guest artist in the roles of Snow Queen and Arabian.

Lehman Center for the performing arts, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West Bronx, New York.

Let’s Dance! Accent Dance NYC’s performance and fundraiser

November 6 at 7:30 pm, 2021.

Inviting YOU to Accent Dance NYC 's annual gala fundraiser. See unique works by David Fernandez, Lucia Jackson , Dardo Galletto, and more! All funds will go toward Access Quality Arts Education in underserved communities.

Pelham Picture House, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, New York 10803

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FJK Dance Season 2021

October 7, 8 and 9, 2021.

Following seven years of extraordinary creative output, Fadi Khoury, New York based founder, Artistic Director, and the visionary engine behind the FJK Dance Company, has come through the pandemic with all his energies dedicated to a full Reset—hence the title of our newest production. Celebrating seven years of dance, RESET is a full evening program dedicated to all those lost during this pandemic. “Reset” will honor the memory of Genevieve Young (1930-2020), a beloved founding Board member and guiding light. Her legacy, her love of dance, and commitment to the mission of FJK Dance in creating positive change, continues to inspire our professional artistry and engagement with the world-at-large.

New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York, NY.

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See article "FJK Dance: Midnight at the Oasis" by Jerry Hochman.

Accent Dance NYC presents Regalo Hispanico

September 17 at 7:30pm, 2021.

Regalo Hispanico is a World Premiere performance event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month that you will not want to miss!. The evening of dance at the iconic Latinx theater features internationally-recognized Mexican choreographer David Fernandez’s new work highlighting a boy’s journey through the pandemic, Mexican folk art, mythical creatures, and the importance of family, as well as a works of tango, salsa, and contemporary ballet of award-winning choreographers and composers. Elisa Toro plays one of the mystical characters that comes to life.

Teatro LATEA, 107 Suffolk Street, 2nd floor, NY.

Special thanks to ABC7 and PIX 11 for these TV interviews and broadcast to help amplify @accentdancenyc 's message of diversity through dance, equality of access to the arts, and definitely pride in this Hispanic Heritage Month!

Watch the full segments: ABC7 and PIX 11 .

Sancocho LIVE from #RestartStages at Lincoln Center

September 16, 2021.

Celebrate the power of ancestry and food in "Sancocho," a musical theater work performed at #RestartStages. Conceived & co-written by Rhina Valentin, Sancocho features Valentin, JENN JADE Music, Andre Veloz, Michela Marino Lerman, and Elisa Toro Franky.

#LatinxHeritageMonth.

Lincoln Center Damrosch Park, New York.

Accent Dance NYC honors Hector Lavoe (with a choreography of Elisa Toro Franky)

September 12, 2021.

September 12th’s free outdoor event to honor the 75th birthday of salsero legend Hector Lavoe featured Accent Dance NYC. We are proud to be involved in arts education and community outreach in The Bronx and excited that the Bronx Music Heritage Center chose us again for an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.

Bronx Music Hall Plaza, New York.

Accent Dance NYC, Ninja Ballet & Friends

July 23, 2021.

Presentation of dancers or Accent Dance NYC and Ninja Ballet in Boricua College.

Boricua College, 3755 Broadway, New York.

Articles in New York Times

May 9, 2021.

Presentations of the New York Philharmonic in a shipping container. Elisa and the songwritter Juana Luna, associated with El Puente, made a performance accompanied by a quartet of Philharmonic string musicians.

Domino Park, Brooklyn, New York.

See New York Times articles: article 1 and article 2

El Puente Presente

March 20 at 6pm, 2021.

Celebration of Women's History Month. Presentation of Elisa in "Naranjo en Flor" (choreography of Dardo Galleto)

211 S 4th St, Brooklyn, New York.

Site of El Puente Presente here

On Screen Beyond Quarantine

December 3rd at 7pm EST, 2020.

Fundraiser and holiday event to support Accent Dance NYC’s educational programming and virtual educational performance. With a special guest speaker and current member of the New York City Ballet; footage from Accent Dance NYC’s latest dance initiatives in the South Bronx and Mt. Vernon, New York. Accent Dance NYC artists present the dance premieres created during the pandemic.

To donate: get tickets here.

Live Zoom event with the artists.

Gifts for My Mother - お母さんの贈り物

New York: November 22, 2020, at 8pm; Tokyo: November 23, 2020 at 10 am

Performance by Shoko Tamai (Artistic Director of Ninja Ballet Dance Company that fuses Classical Ballet and Martial Arts) and Elisa Toro Franky (Joint program director of Accent Dance NYC). This performance is done from New York City's Upper West Side .

$10 to Venmo. Join Zoom Meeting.

From NYC to NYC with Love: The Battery Dance Virtual Festival presents Accent Dance NYC

August 22, 2020, at 7 pm

Tune in for the world premiere of Naranjo en Flor, a beautifully-shot dance film choreographed by Dardo Galletto, performed by Elisa Toro Franky, with singer Lucia Jackson, and accompanied on guitar by Ron Jackson. This event is streamed on the Battery Dance Festival’s YouTube channel on the day of the event.

Battery Dance Festival has been held in New York annually since 1981. This year the festival was held virtually and there were selected dance groups from 19 countries which performed 52 performances over 9 days.

Accent Dance NYC in Bronx Rising!

Los Cantantes: A Tribute to Héctor Lavoe & Rubén Blades

August 15, 2020, at 8 pm

Presented by the Bronx Music Heritage Center, a livestream event celebrating the life and legacy of the great salsa singer Héctor Lavoe. The program combines dance segments with interviews of three remarkable musicians who worked with Héctor: Eddie Montalvo, Gilberto Colón, and Mike Amadeo.

An Evening of Advocacy, BronxNet TV

August 10, 2020, at 7 pm

Featuring a 10-minute “call-to-educational-action” by Bronx Principal + Influencer LUIS TORRES, then WATCH artists of Accent Dance NYC channel the power and beauty of dance, LISTEN to the voices of children nurtured and empowered by music and dance programs, ADVOCATE for widespread access to the arts for all children, and JOIN the Q&A discussion with a distinguished panel of educators.

On BronxNet TV, Channel 70 Optimum and 2136 FIOS in the Bronx and BronxNet.tv worldwide.

A Time of Cultural Convergence

July 25, 2020, at 7pm

Jefferson Historical Society Presents Accent Dance NYC in Virtual Evening of Dance to celebrate culture, diversity, and unity in uncertain times.

Join us for a watch party on Facebook, streaming LIVE at Jefferson Historical Society followed by a Q+A with the artists!.

See more information in Broadway world article and Critical Dance article.

Let's Dance! The 2019 Accent Dance Fundraiser & Performance

September 21, 2019.

Accent Dance NYC presents an evening of live dance performance, during which we will share how our unique educational initiatives are empowering youth in underserved schools in New York City and lower Westchester.

The Picture House, 175 Wolfs Ln, Pelham, NY 10803.

See more information in Broadway world article and Pelham Examiner article.

Project Connect: Dances to Unify. Accent Dance NYC presents new works at Summer Streets Dance Festival

August 17, 2019.

Free outdoor performance. Astor Place, New York, NY 10003.

See more information here and Broadway world article

Article in Dance Informa magazine

June 25, 2019.

Accent Dance: Bringing culture, dance and community to New York City schools

See full article here

Article in Broadway World about Accent Dance NYC’s performance at Bronx Rising!

June 6, 2019.

"Accent Dance NYC, an education and performance initiative that champions learning and communication through dance, will celebrate the history of Tango at Bronx Rising! Tribute to James Reese Europe & His Latin Connection at the Bronx Music Heritage Center on June 15, 2019."

See full article here

Christopher Caines Dance presents: Listen out loud / move to keep things whole

May 18 & 23, & June 1, 2019.

With special guest artists The Bang Group. Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street, New York, NY 10023.

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Poe Center Performance of Accent Dance

April 12, 2019.

Accent Dance, an educational initiative and performance ensemble, comprised of an international, multi-disciplinary group of dancers and musicians, presents a dynamic hour of ballet, tango, hip-hop, and jazz. Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, N.Y. 10458.

Article in Broadway World about Accent Dance NYC

April 8, 2019.

"Accent Dance NYC brings quality multicultural dance education and performance programs to underserved schools and communities, advocating for widespread access to the arts and dance education while highlighting the power of dance to showcase diversity, unify cultures and communities, and transform lives."

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WBC’s The Nutcracker

December 14-16, 2018.

Presented by the Westchester Ballet Company.

Over 60 years of classical tradition in our community.

Westchester County Center. 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

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MCD's 2018 Nutcracker

December 7, 8 and 9, 2018.

Presented by MCD- mooney/cooley dance. Our talented company of young dancers come from NYC & Westchester County and are honored to perform with our international cast of professional dancers. Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Avenue , NY, 10027.

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FJK Dance's 2018 soiree holiday celebration, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, New York City

December 6, 2018.

A dance party with a special performance. Bring your dance shoes and dance with us! Celebrating the holiday season with wine and tasty hors d'oeuvres at the beautiful German Evangelical Lutheran St. Pauls Church.

315 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011.

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FJK presents: Season 2018 at Gerald W. Lynch Theater of John Jay College in New York City

September 13 &15, 2018.

From classical ballet to ballroom and Middle Eastern to jazz. Join us for the world premiere of UnTold, a multimedia dance installation by Fadi J Khoury featuring Middle Eastern culture as well as works by guest choreographers Gary Pierce (ballroom) and Debbie Roshe (jazz).

524 West 59th Street. New York NY 10019.

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Creative Cauldron presents: Dialogues of the Body, at Uniandinos Auditorium, Bogotá - Colombia

June 27, 2018.

Dialogues of the Body integrates and contrasts languages that -without words- translate human essences into dance. Through ballet, contemporary dance and tango, an aesthetic and expressive resonance is created between bodies. Bodies that in their traces reveal anthologies of experiences, fusions, complements, and passions that alternate between happiness and disagreement. Elisa Toro Franky, creator and director of the initiative "El Caldero Creativo", joins in this production with three colombian outstanding figures: Carolina Ramírez in contemporary dance, John Freddy Galindo in tango, and Luisa Fernanda Hoyos in contemporary dance and tango.

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Elisa Toro Franky with Dardo Galletto Dance presents: Gala Performance

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017.

For Elisa's Green Card Campaign.

Dardo Galletto Studios, 151 W 46th St. 11th floor, New York, NY 10036.

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Dardo Galletto Dance presents: Myself

September 22-23, 2017.

Galletto Dance is a New York-based company of ten international dancers that is led by choreographer and director Dardo Galletto. Galletto fuses elements of Argentine tango, classical ballet and contemporary dance to capture an amalgam of European and Latin elements.

New York Arts Life , NY, United States.

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FJK presents: Season 2017 at New York Live Arts

September 14-15, 2017.

The company's fourth annual season in New York City presenting a contemporary fusion of culture and dance.

219 West 19th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States.

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Photo credits: Darial Sneed

FJK presents Echoes in 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival

August 14, 2017, at 7 pm.

New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival.

At Battery Place New York City USA.

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FJK presents: Fusion of Culture and Dance

June 13, 2017, at 7:30 pm.

This program is an opportunity to communicate peace, diversity, tolerance, and harmony. We aim to celebrate the Middle Eastern heritage and raise awareness to the positive and artistic influence of this culture.

At the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on 68th street between Lexington and Park Avenues, New York City.

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The eight-week multi-city tour present three FJK DANCE repertory works, Take Two, Echoes and Dum Tak, in 31 Chinese cities including Wuhan, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wenzhou, introducing FJK's unique blend of ballroom, ballet, jazz and Middle Eastern dance to new international audiences.

FJK Dance 31 City Tour to China

February 28 to April 30, 2017.

Fadi Khoury's FJK DANCE brings 10 company dancers to China, kicking off the company's first extended international tour to the Far East, February 28 to April 30.

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In an intensely immersive experience, the ballet features chamber music by Ernst Toch, Paul Hindemith and Mozart, performed by Contemporaneous, one of New York’s hottest young classical bands. Guest artists Sean Stewart (ABT) and Maya Oguri (NYTB) join Christopher Caines Dance company members .

Four — ONE: Christopher Caines Dance

November 18, 19, and 20, 2016.

New two-act ballet fusing bold spatial and musical experiments inspired by the architecture of Buttenwieser Hall.

Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, New York, NY.

FJK presents: Mundo

November 17, 2016, at 7:30 pm.

Presenting new collaborations and previews of the 2017 season program. Featuring live music and guest artists, Middle Eastern and Spanish/Latin dance come together in a unique jazz fusion with flamenco and mambo.

92Y: Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway New York, NY.

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FJK presents: Two World premieres: Reflections & Take Two

April 6 to 9, 2016, at 7:30 pm.

The mission of FJK Dance embodies a fundamental idea – to fuse the vocabularies of various dance forms into a language expressive of our shared capacity to create.

New York Live Arts, at 219 West 19TH Street, New York, NY. 10011.

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FJK presents: A Fusion of Culture and Dance

February 26, 2016, at 7:30 pm.

Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, New York City, 395 Park Avenue, NY 10019.

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Shall We Tango NYC festival

November 21, 2015, at 8 pm.

Elisa participates in this event as Dancer of New Generation Dance Company.

Flamboyan Theater, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, 107 Suffolk St. (lower level), Manhattan, New York.

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From classical ballet to ballroom, from Middle Eastern to jazz - new and exciting collaborations and a unique fusion of culture and dance. The Works in Progress performance is dedicated to highlight the creative process in FJK Dance, and the progression of the fusion in all aspects .

FJK Dance 2015 Works in Progress

November 8, 2015, at 7 pm .

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center,

248 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023.

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Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2015

July 15, 2015.

Elisa participates in this event as Dancer of New Generation Dance Company.

Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts in the town of Becket.

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FJK Season 2015: A contemporary fusion of culture and dance. Ballet to Ballroom, Middle Eastern to Jazz – an international blend. Presenting four world premieres and a special guest choreographer collaboration

FJK Dance Season 2015

July 8 to 11, 2015.

New York Live Arts. 219 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011.

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The Kitchen Revue

March 31, 2015.

92y Center for Educational Outreach Musical Introduction Series, New York .


Shall We Tango NYC festival

October 11th 2014.

Elisa participates in this event as Dancer of New Generation Dance Company.

92Y Harness Dance Center, New York.

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Opera "The Fairy Queen"

August 8, 9, 10, 16, 18, and 23, 2014.

(Henry Purcell's baroque masterwork) for New York's Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, under the direction and choreography of Christopher Caines.

Elisa performs in this Opera as Actress.

Classic Stage Company Theater, NYC.

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Excellent review in The New York Times