Summer 2020 Dance Residency


Residency I: May 26 - June 12, 2020
Residency II: June 15 - July 3, 2020

This dance program is based on strong technical training, achieved by concentrating on the healthy and efficient use of the body to realize each person’s physical potential, and the development of the imaginative and creative elements of each individual. To this end, we integrate the instruction from Tisch’s permanent faculty of master teachers with that of major guest artists and company members.

Each residency is for the intermediate-to-advanced NYU and visiting dance student.

Residency I
DANC-UT 1400 (4 units)
NCRD-UT 5004 (Noncredit tuition is $4,180)

Residency II

DANC-UT 1401 (4 units)
NCRD-UT 5005 (Noncredit tuition is $4,180)


Each visiting company presents a lecture/demonstration on the first day of its residency and teaches a week of contemporary technique and, in the afternoons, repertory. Students also have the opportunity to observe open rehearsals, showings of works-in-progress, and public performances. Together, the companies provide a multileveled, kinetic, and aesthetic experience. Students are expected to arrive at 9:00 a.m. the first day of each residency.

The director will discuss program policies/procedures and placement class.  Students will also receive a packet which includes information about Summer Residency performances. Each three-week workshop meets Monday through Friday, typically from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. The day begins with a one-and-three-quarter-hour ballet class focused on alignment, strength, balance, line, and coordination and continues with a one-and-a-half-hour class in contemporary dance.

Rehearsal space is available to students who wish to pursue their own personal choreographic interests, and informal showings of these works can also be held.

All instruction is held at the Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Dance, 111 Second Avenue.

Residency I
May 26 - 29 - Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
June 1 - 5 - Third Rail Productions
June 8 - 12 - Tiffany Mills Dance Company

Residency II
June 15 - 19 - Christal Brown/INSPIRIT Dance Company
June 22 - 26 - David Dorfman Dance
June 29 - July 3 - Gina Gibney Dance Company


Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
May 26 - 29, 2020

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was born in 1982 out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.

The repertory of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is widely varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach to movement, voice and stagecraft and includes musically-driven works as well as works using a variety of texts. The Company has been acknowledged for its intensely collaborative method of creation that has included artists as diverse as Keith Haring, Cassandra Wilson, The Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, Fred Hersch, Jenny Holzer, Robert Longo, Julius Hemphill and Daniel Bernard Roumain, among others. The collaborations of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with visual artists were the subject of Art Performs Life (1998), a groundbreaking exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Some of its most celebrated creations are evening length works including Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land (1990, Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music); Still/Here (1994, Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France); We Set Out Early… Visibility Was Poor (1996, Hancher Auditorium,Iowa City, IA); You Walk? (2000, European Capital of Culture 2000, Bolgna, Italy); Blind Date (2006, Peak Performances at Montclair State University); Chapel/Chapter (2006, Harlem Stage Gatehouse); and Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray (2009, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL). The ongoing, site-specific, Another Evening was last performed in its seventh incarnation as Another Evening: Venice/Arsenale (2010, La Biennale di Venezia).

The Company has also produced two evenings centered on Bill T. Jones’s solo performance: The Breathing Show (1999, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA) and As I Was Saying… (2005, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN).

The Company has been featured in many publications and one of the most in-depth examinations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane’s collaborations can be found in Body Against Body: The Dance and Other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1989 – Station Hill Press) edited by Elizabeth Zimmer.

The Company has received numerous awards, including New York Dance and Performance Awards (“Bessie”) for Chapel/Chapter at Harlem Stage (2006), The Table Project (2001), D-Man in the Waters (1989 and 2001), musical scoring and costume design for Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land (1990) and for the groundbreaking Joyce Theater season (1986). The Company was nominated for the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Dance and Best New Dance Production” for We Set Out Early… Visibility was Poor.

The Company celebrated its landmark 20th anniversary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with 37 guest artists including Susan Sarandon, Cassandra Wilson and Vernon Reid. The Phantom Project: The 20th Season presented a diverse repertoire of over 15 revivals and new works.

During the Company’s 25th anniversary season in 2007, Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL offered the Company its most significant commission to date: to create a work to honor the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The Company created three new productions in response:100 Migrations (2008), a site-specific community performance project; Serenade/The Proposition(2008), examining the nature of history; and Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray (2009), the making of which is the subject of a feature-length documentary by Kartemquin Films entitled A Good Man, broadcast on PBS American Masters in 2011.

The Company has distinguished itself through extensive community outreach and educational programs, including partnerships with Bard College, where company members teach an innovative curriculum rooted in the Company’s creative model and highly collaborative methods; and with Lincoln Center Institute, which uses Company works in its educator-training and in-school repertory programs. University and college dance programs throughout the U.S. work with the Company to reconstruct significant works for their students. The Company conducts intensive workshops for professional and pre-professional dancers and produces a broad range of discussion events at home and on the road, all born from the strong desire to “participate in the world of ideas.”

GERMAUL BARNES (Teaching Artist) is honored to have had a dance career that expands more than thirty years. He recently choreographed the world premiere of Marley - A Musical based on the life and music of reggae superstar Bob Marley. 

He is a former dancer and current répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company received a 2003 BESSIE Award. Barnes has also worked with Pilobolus, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Joseph Tmim’s - Tolada dance company, Joan Miller Players, Group Motions Dance Company, Philadanco, Katherine Dunham, Eleo Pomare, and guest artist for numerous ballet and contemporary companies. 

Forming Viewsic Dance - a project by project dance company, the mission is to present multilayered dance performances. Barnes has created over 50 works for Viewsic Dance, many invested in anthropology, culture, blackness, musicality, and social justice. Choreography credits include the Central Park Summer Stage, Lincoln Center Outdoors, Kumble Theatre, Dixon Place, HarlemStages, Judson Church Movement Research, Billie Holiday Theater, Errol Mosley’s Hearts of Men, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Collegium for African Diasporan Dance Conference, Cyrus Arts Productions, 92nd Street Y, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Alvin Ailey-Fordham School, Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensives, University of Illinois-Urbana, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of Illinois-Urbana; internationally - State of Emergency Festival, Belarus International Modern Dance Festival, Boroditsky Denis Dance Company, Ghana National Dance Company, and the Lublin International Dance Festival, Friends of Tafo in London, England, Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, IDT-Poland, Kulturhuset-Sweden, and Dance Immersion. 

He is currently RestorationArts Artist-in-Residency, resident choreographer at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, curator for Contemporary Improvisation for Black Men, choreographers adviser for One Dance-UK and Next Generation Committee member for the International Association of Black in Dance, INC.

This year Barnes received a Proclamation from Senator Jesse E. Hamilton and a Citation from the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams honoring his dedication as an artist in Brooklyn, New York for over 20 years.  For more achievements visit:

ANTONIO BROWN (Teaching Artist) is a native Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts and received his BFA from The Juilliard School. While there, he had the opportunity to perform works by Jose Limon, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton, Jessica Lang, SusanMarshall, Larry Keigwin, among others. Mr. Brown has also worked with many companies and artist throughout New York City including Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure and Sidra Bell Dance New York, among others. After performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company for 10 years, Antonio continues to grace the stage with The DASH Ensemble and his own company “AntonioBrownDance” formed in 2013. Antonio is also a founding member of “Elephant Room” a newly created performance ensemble founded by six national African American hybrid artists. Mr. Brown has choreographed works for Verb Ballets, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, MOVE(NYC), August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, Jacksonville University, Cleveland State University, Hunter College, Cleveland School of the Arts, Stivers School for the Arts, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange "LVDE", Theatre Askew and most recently The Arden Theater Company’s production of “The Bluest Eye”. Antonio teaches regularly in New York City and various other schools and intensives across the country and is always so grateful to be sharing his gifts and talents around the world.

JENNA RIEGEL (Teaching Artist) a native of Fairfield, IA, has been a New York-based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007. Ms. Riegel holds an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Maharishi University of Management. She has performed and toured nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra/Beller Dances, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Dancers, johannes weiland and Tania Isaac Dance. Ms. Riegel was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2010-2019.

Third Rail Productions
June 1 - 5, 2020

Bio coming soon.

Tiffany Mills Dance Company
June 8 - 12, 2020

Bio coming soon.

Christal Brown/INSPIRIT Dance Company
June 15 - 19, 2020

Bio coming soon.

David Dorfman Dance
June 22 - 26, 2020
Artistic Director: David Dorfman

Since its founding in 1987, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe, and Central Asia. DDD has regularly performed in New York City at major venues including The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, La Mama Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street, The Met Breuer, and the 92nd St. “Y”/Harkness Dance Festival. David Dorfman, the company’s dancers, and DDD’s artistic collaborators have also been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards. Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally by sustaining a vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic.

DDD’s creative projects include: Aroundtown (2017); Come, and Back Again (2013); Prophets of Funk (set to the music of Sly and the Family Stone); Disavowal (inspired by radical abolitionist John Brown); underground (inspired by The Weather Underground); Older Testaments (2005, set to music by composer/trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics); Lightbulb Theory (2004, original commissioned score by Michael Wall); Impending Joy (2004, original commissioned score by Chris Peck); and See Level (2003, original commissioned score by Chris Peck and visual design by Samuel Topiary).

DDD is company-in-residence at Connecticut College, has its own summer intensive at the college, a winter intensive in Manhattan, New York, and appears annually at the Tisch School of the Arts Summer Dance Residency Program at NYU.

For thirty years, DDD has effectively engaged audiences worldwide, with community-based projects playing an important role, particularly in the 1990’s. In Out of Season (The Athletes Project) and Familiar Movements (The Family Project), the members of the company rehearsed and performed with groups of volunteer athletes or family members selected in the communities to which the company toured.  In No Roles Barred, DDD examined the personal roles assumed, formed, and interwoven in our modern social construct, engaging groups ranging from corporate executives and “at-risk” youths to college administrators, doctors, carpenters, and social dance enthusiasts. The company’s three community projects have been presented over 30 times in 18 states and two foreign countries.

In March 2016, DDD performed at the opening day of the Met Breuer Museum in New York City, dancing to an original live score by Ken Thomson throughout the day in the Sunken Garden. The company embarked on a landmark tour to Athens, Greece in the summer of 2016, working with community athletes, dancers, and mixed ability movers to animate the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for their Metamorphosis Festival. DDD’s newest evening-length work, Aroundtown had its World Premiere at Bates Dance Festival in July 2017, and its NY Premiere at BAM’s Next Wave Festival in November 2017. In May 2018 DDD partnered with USAID El Salvador to bring dance to youth in El Salvador. Together they pledged to use their bodies for peace rather than gang warfare. All of these efforts help DDD promote its mission of Kinetic Diplomacy: the idea that if you’re dancing, you’re probably not hurting another human being.

David Dorfman

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of David Dorfman Dance since 1987, has been Professor of Dance and was the Department Chair at Connecticut College from 2004-2017. Dorfman is the 2007 recipient of The Martha Hill Fund for Dance’s Mid-Career Award and a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship to continue his research and choreography in the topics of power and powerlessness, including activism, dissidence, and underground movements. This research culminated in underground, performed by David Dorfman Dance and 25-50 additional dancers around the world. He appeared on several episodes of A Chance to Dance, a reality show on OvationTV starring Dorfman’s pals, the BalletBoyz who invited David Dorfman Dance to make a three minute video for RandomAct/Channel 4UK. We Don’t Own a Dog came out of that invitation.

Dorfman has been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer's Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a New York Dance & Performance Award ("Bessie") for David Dorfman Dance's community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). Dorfman's choreography has been produced in New York City at venues ranging from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, The Duke on 42nd Street, Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church, P.S. 122, and Dancing in the Streets. His work has been commissioned widely in the U.S. and in Europe by Bedlam Dance Company (London), d9 Dance Collective (Seattle), Eisenhower Dance Theatre (Detroit), and the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia for the musical Green Violin, for which he won a 2003 Barrymore Award for best choreography. Dorfman toured an evening of solos and duets, Live Sax Acts, with friend and collaborator Dan Froot, most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and a half-evening duet, Menne Awn Frauen, created with Stuart Pimsler.

Dorfman has been a guest artist at numerous institutions across the country and abroad. As a performer, he toured internationally with Kei Takei's Moving Earth and Susan Marshall & Co. Dorfman holds a BS in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA from Connecticut College ('81). With love, David thanks long-time mentors Martha Myers and the late Daniel Nagrin, his late folks Jeanette and Oscar, and his in-house family project Lisa Race and Samson Race Dorfman.

Gibney Dance Company
June 29 - July 3, 2020

Artistic Director: Gina Gibney
Co-Directors: Amy Miller and Nigel Campbell
Artistic Associates: Zui Gomez and Leal Zielińska

Gibney Dance Company (GDC) is a creation-based repertory company based in NYC that performs the work of Founder Gina Gibney as well as internationally renowned guest choreographers. With an unrelenting focus on artistic excellence and social integrity, GDC co-creates an environment where dancers are activated towards their full artistic, entrepreneurial, and socially-minded selves. GDC's full-time dancers, known as Artistic Associates, perform in New York City and around the world; facilitate hundreds of movement workshops each year for survivors of intimate partner violence; offer healthy relationship dance assemblies to students throughout New York City; and develop programming that addresses pressing issues in the dance field.

GDC's vision is to not only cultivate the next leaders of the field, but to also provide a concrete example of the wide-reaching relevancy of artists in our society. GDC supports our Artistic Associates with 52-week contracts, health insurance and paid vacations.