Videos 2020 & 2019

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Why We Dance

December 23, 2020.  Westchester, NY.

WHY WE DANCE tells the story of the making of Westchester Ballet Company's 2020 Nutcracker under the constraints of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The film showcases the WBC dancers’ talent and courage, which have been tested by the challenges of the 2020 global pandemic.

Elisa has been WBC Guest Artist and former teacher. She appears in the video from minute 8 to 15:15 (section about resilience).

Please support WBC by making a donation at

The Nutcracker

Produced by Ballet Arts - The Performing Arts Center of Southern Westchester 

December 15, 2020.  

Directors: Sheran & Chris Danielle

Music: P. Tchaikovsky 

Guest artists: Elisa Toro Franky and Dannys Gonzales

Head Videographer and Editor: Lucia Jackson. Photography and Videography: John Ansorge. Filmed at The Picture House at Pelham, NY.

Support Accent Dance NYC 

November 20, 2020.  

This video showcases Accent Dance NYC educational programming, in person and virtual, for public schools in the Bronx and Mt. Vernon East in lower Westchester. Accent Dance NYC brings access to the arts to students in communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

Please consider donating to Accent Dance NYC by learning more about it here.

El Beso 

October 7, 2020.  

This work is a testament to the vulnerability and resilience of the human condition. May it be a statement of the indispensable value of the arts in times of a pandemic, especially in New York City as a global cultural capital.

Dardo Galletto Dance

Music: 'Spiegel Im Spiegel' by Arvo Pärt

Choreographed and conceived by Dardo Galletto , performed by Alonso J. Guzman Rodriguez and Elisa Toro Franky.

Videography: Zoe Taylor & Julio D. A Alvarez

The Day She Began to Fly 

September 9, 2020.  

Dancer: Elisa Toro Franky

Music:  Benny Oyama

Battery Dance presents the 39th Annual Battery Dance Festival 

Free Online Performances. August 14 to 22 & October 16, 2020.  

The Battery Dance Festival is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Each year, the Festival draws a combined audience of over 12,000 people.

Accent Dance NYC in Bronx Rising! 

Los Cantantes: A Tribute to Héctor Lavoe & Rubén Blades 

August 15, 2020.  

Presented by the Bronx Music Heritage Center, a livestream event celebrating the life and legacy of the great salsa singer Héctor Lavoe.

An Evening of Advocacy

August 10, 2020.  

Featuring Bronx Principal + Influencer LUIS TORRES

WATCH the 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. JOIN the discussion.

Shown on  Bronxnet TV

A Time of Cultural Convergence - Accent Dance performance

July 25, 2020.  

Jefferson Historical Society presents Accent Dance NYC in a virtual evening of dance to celebrate culture, diversity, and unity in uncertain times. This program shows the versatile talents of the Accent Dance NYC ensemble through movement and music, purposefully juxtaposing elements of ballet, contemporary dance, salsa, tango, martial arts, hip hop and more.

Gitana: One scene, two souls

May 15, 2020.  

This work was developed in New York City during the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine, and performed on a Washington Heights roof.

Music: "Gitana" - Willie Colón

Dance and Videography: Elisa Toro Franky & Christian Figueroa .

Mad World - I Will Survive (Piano & Dance)

May 4, 2020.  

This piece was created during the coronavirus pandemic that has impacted so many of us around the globe. Times are uncertain but we must not despair. Never has there been a more important time to create art than right now.

Music: "Mad World" by Tears for Fears (excerpt), featuring few lines from Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Frederic Chopin's "Revolutionary Etude."

Stefan Paolini - Piano, Arrangement. 

Elisa Toro Franky - Dance, Choreography. 

Christian Figueroa - Videography.

Accent Dance NYC during quarantine

April 9, 2020.  

Video created  together by some of the professional dancers of Accent Dance NYC, albeit physically apart, during quarantine.

The stages and movie houses may be empty, but the desire to create and explore new avenues of self expression continue.

Video editing: Christian Figueroa De la Ossa

Music: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: II. Allegro scherzando. Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax, by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Performers: Lucía Jackson, Dannys Gonzalez, José Losada, Mara Driscoll, Elisa Toro Franky, Steven Vilsaint, Shoko Tamai, Josh Johnson.

In the Studio with Accent Dance NYC 

February 29, 2020.  At Dardo Galletto Studios, New York.

The public is invited for an intimate look into the creative process with performance excerpts of works rooted in elements of ballet, contemporary dance, salsa, jazz music, tango, hip hop, and more.

Company Dancers: Lucia Jackson, Agostina Mocibob, Elisa Toro Franky, Mara Driscoll, Zoe Warshaw, Dannys Gonzalez, Matt Villanueva, Alonso Guzman, Dayron Parra, Steven Vilsaint

Dardo Galletto Studios: Celebrate 10 Años Aniversario Milonga

February 15, 2020.  At Dardo Galletto Studios, New York.

Celebration as the oldest Argentine Tango studio in NY!!

Don't Cry for me Argentina: Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber; Choreography: Dardo Galleto. Dancers: Elisa Toro Franky & Dardo Galleto.

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

September 21, 2019.  At The Picture House, 175 Wolfs Ln, Pelham, NY 10803.

Having served more than 1,000 school-aged children in our inaugural year, this evening’s benefit performance seeks to raise funds to bring dance education to underserved communities in Westchester, Manhattan, the Bronx, and beyond. By combining elements of ballet, hip hop, salsa, jazz, and tango, our programming connects each dance style to themes of history, multiculturalism, literacy, self-discipline, creativity, local pride, and mutual respect.

Times Square Dance Festival

August 31, 2019.  

Invierno Porteño. Music: Astor Piazzolla. 

Choreography: Dardo Galletto. Performed by Elisa Toro Franky, José Rojas and Rodolfo Santamarina.

Accent Dance NYC’performance at New York Summer Street's Dance Festival

August 17, 2019.  

With the theme of freedom during this year's Summer Streets, the mission of Accent Dance NYC is closely aligned-- 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.

Experiments in Choreography and Film by Jacob and Zoe Taylor

August 15, 2019.  

Choreography: Jacob Taylor

Cinematography: Zoe Taylor and Jacob Taylor

Dancers: Betsy McBride and Elisa Toro Franky

Music: 4 Pluviose An 2 by Circus Marcus.

Naranjo en flor

August 4, 2019.  

Directed by Daniel “Don Solaris” Melguizo. Produced by Elisa Toro Franky and Don Solaris - IMP Digital Studios - Adam Ritchie.

Original music by the Expósito Brothers. 

Choreography by Dardo Galletto. Dancer: Elisa Toro Franky. 

Singer: Lucia Jackson. Guitarist: Ron Jackson. 

Cinematography by Don Solaris. Camera: Dave Hirschberg. Sound Engineer: Mike "Metal" Goldberg. Production Assistants: Christian Medrano and Larry Introna.

Accent Dance NYC’s performance at Bronx Rising!

June 15, 2019.  

Accent Dance Celebrates The History Of Tango At Bronx Rising!  Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC). New York.

Music: Zum of Astor Piazzolla. Choreography: Dardo Galletto. Dancers: Dardo Galleto and Elisa Toro Franky.

Sincere Gifts & Brittany Anjou Trio feat. Chudzik & Reeves. Art event in New York

June 14, 2019.  At Grace & St. Paul's Church. 123 W 71st St, New York 10023. 

Music: Given, Composition: Ben Wigler, Arrangement and pianist: Stefan Paolini. 

Choreography: Elisa Toro Franky. Performance by: Elisa Toro Franky and Mara Driscroll.

Listen out loud / move to keep things whole, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

May 18 & 23, & June 1, 2019.  

Christopher Caines Dance. Choreography: Christopher Caines.

Accent Dance on ABC News 7 TV

April 21, 2019.  

Interview to Andrea Ziegelman and Elisa Toro Franky by Joe Torres (part 1 and part 2).

Poe Center Performance of Accent Dance

April 12, 2019.  

Dancers: Elisa Toro Franky, Mara Driscoll and Lucia Jackson. 

Original dance and music of jazz singer Lucia Jackson, accompanied by her world-class jazz band.

Accent Dance on BronxNet - Open TV

April 12, 2019.  

Interview to Andrea Ziegelman (from minute 45) by Rhina Valentin and dance presentation by Elisa Toro Franky and Steven Vilsaint (from minute 54).

Event in CoSM - Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

January 26, 2019.  At Wappinger, New York.

Music: Tears for Fears - Mad World, Pianist: Stefan Paolini. 

Choreography & Performance by: Elisa Toro Franky.