New York, June 17,2019
NYC Dance Week, the annual 10-day dance festival, is proud to present FUNKAR - The Artist Within, a unique performance experience where 10 emerging dance companies/groups/troupes are given up to 10 minutes to showcase their new work to an audience that rates and comments on their work. Dance professionals also provide each company feedback on their choreography and performance. Presented as part of NYC Dance Week, taking place June 13-22, 2019, Funkar will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Dixon Place, located at 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002. More info and tickets are available at: http://dixonplace.org/performances/funkar-nyc10-06-19-2019/
Pooja Uberoi, a professional dancer and dance teacher from Mumbai, India, founded Funkar - as part of NYC10 Dance Initiative, the sister project of NYC Dance Week under the nonprofit, Tendu Inc. Her vision was to help discover and support emerging dance companies from all over the world and bring them to NYC to expand their audiences. Pooja is trying to highlight the diversity of dance in New York City through Funkar.
Participating dance companies are:
ANNE DIETRICH http://www.anne-dietrich.de
AMERICAN SWISS BALLET COMPANY https://www.asbcompany.com
DANIELLE DINIZ https://daniellediniz.weebly.com
EMILY VARTANIAN http://www.GeneralMischief.com
KEITH THOMPSON http://www.dancetactics.org
JULIA BENGTSSON http://www.juliabengtsson.com/
VICTOR – PMX ENTERTAINMENT DANCE COMPANY https://bit.ly/2IeU7fy
BENJAMIN BRIONES BALLET
Funkar is the only ticketed event of NYC Dance Week, with tickets available for $18 in advance, and $22 at the door. Tickets are available at:
About NYC Dance Week
Founded by Tasha Norman in 2005, NYC Dance Week is a project by Tendu Inc. that collaborates with noted studios in New York City to celebrate the diversity of dance with an exhilarating 10-day festival of FREE dance, fitness and wellness classes. Created with the underlying belief that dance contributes to the well-being of individuals, the festival inspires the NYC community to experience dance, live active and healthy lifestyles, and celebrate life. Nearly 50 local studios partner with the organization each year. For more info: NYCDanceWeek.org
About Tendu Inc.
TENDU Inc is a 501c(3) organization exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, with a mission to promote diversity of dance in the City of New York. The organization runs projects that provide free dance and fitness lessons to the community by partnering with local dance and fitness studios and offers a free platform for performance /showcase opportunities for emerging dance entities, helping them gain exposure in the community.
For more info, visit http://www.nycdanceweek.org/our-affiliates/tendu/
Pooja Uberoi, Founder of Funkar - a NYC10 initiative
Pooja is a Producer for NYC Dance Week, the sister arts project of NYC10. In 2019, she founded Funkar in order to give emerging dance companies an opportunity to get feedback from dance professionals. She has more than 13 years of experience as a dancer and teacher in jazz schools, the Bollywood industry in Mumbai, India and New York City. She was a Board member and head of a national dance school in India before moving to NYC. Pooja has performed her choreographies and taught at the prestigious CBS This Morning, Dance USA Dance and in schools in India, New York City, California, Canada and Puerto Rico, Israel and Mexico. Pooja also owns the dance company in New York, IkIGAI - USA. She is the Brand Ambassador for Dance USA Dance, NYC and Hotstar, USA. She is also a consultant for a music school and runs an international artist management company called Artists East West.
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New York, June 17,2019