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Parsons Dance Summer Intensive Showcase


Parsons Dance


Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W. 60th Street


Friday, June 3, 2011 - 6:00pm



Parsons Dance


May 4, 2011


Contact:  Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773, michelle@michelletabnickcommunications.com


Parsons Dance’s 11th Annual


The culmination of a two-week intensive

for pre-professional and professional dancers

Friday, June 3, 2011 at 6pm

FREE Admission


Parsons Dance – praised around the world for its virtuosity, exceptional theatricality, athleticism, energy and accessibility – presents the culminating performance of its eleventh annual New York City Summer Intensive Workshop for pre-professional and professional dancers, the Summer Intensive Showcase, on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 6pm.  Audiences are welcome to the free performance at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W. 60th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.


Admission to the performance is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are strictly required.  To reserve seats, call (212) 869-9275 or email info@parsonsdance.org.


This year’s Summer Intensive Workshop, held from May 23 – June 4, 2011, will give participants the unique opportunity to study with Artistic Director David Parsons and members of Parsons Dance in the heart of the modern dance capital, New York City. Participants take classes in modern and ballet technique, the repertory of Parsons Dance, Pilates and yoga, and are offered special Professional Development seminars. 


David Parsons’ Master Choreography Workshop will take place from June 6 – 10, 2011.  Dancers will have the opportunity to be part of the development process for David Parsons’ next choreographic work.  David Parsonswill set new work on participants and involve them personally and directly in his creative process.


Both the Summer Intensive and the Master Choreography Workshop are presented in association with Marymount Manhattan College, the official education partner of Parsons Dance, and held at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W. 60th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. 


For more information about either program, call 212-869-9395 or visit www.parsonsdance.org.


Parsons Dance creates American works of extraordinary artistry that are engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world.  It is the goal of Parsons Dance to make contemporary dance accessible to the widest possible audiences.  In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance positively impacts children, students, and communities through student performances, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, post-show discussions and more.  Parsons Dance has a company of eleven full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 70 works choreographed by David Parsons, twenty of which feature originally commissioned scores by leading composers and musicians, including Dave Matthews, Michael Gordon and Milton Nascimento.  Parsons Dance has collaborated with many other leading artists, including Julie Taymor, William Ivey Long, Annie Leibovitz, Donna Karan and Alex Katz (to name a few).  The New York Times called David Parsons “one of the great movers of modern dance.” New York Magazine referred to him as “one of modern dance’s great living dance-makers.”



Parsons Dance is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. The company tours regionally, nationally and internationally.  Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured an average of 32 weeks per year, to a total more than 235 cities, 30 countries, six continents and millions of audience members.  Many others have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network, and the Discovery Channel. Millions watched Parsons Dance perform live in Times Square as part of the internationally broadcast, 24-hour Millennium New Year’s Eve celebration.  In New York City, Parsons Dance has been featured at The Joyce Theater, City Center, New Victory Theater, Central Park Summerstage, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and The World Trade Center.  For more information, visit parsonsdance.org.


Parsons Dance receives support from The Cowles Charitable Trust, Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Friars Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the New York Community Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Nina W. Werblow Charitable Trust, The Shubert Foundation.


For more information, visit www.parsonsdance.org.



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