About Us

 

New York Dance Project is a nonprofit professional/preprofessional dance company founded in New York City by Davis Robertson and Nicole Duffy to bridge the gap between training and becoming a professional dancer. Our professionals are emerging artists beginning their careers, and our apprentices pay tuition to train full-time as junior members of the company. All dancers participate in performances and national and international tours, and learn our diverse repertory, including traditional ballets, neoclassical works, modern and contemporary works.

New York Dance project is also committed to honoring and promoting the legacy of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, through teaching and performing their choreography. In addition, our dancers have the formative experience of working with established choreographers on new work.

Our Summer Intensives are dance laboratories where dancers will train intensively with our experienced faculty and learn our repertory. Dancers that attend the summer intensives will automatically be considered for our year-round company.

The New York Dance Project Company is dedicated to dance performance of a wide-ranging repertory that ranges from ballet and modern classics, to new contemporary works that defy categorization. NY Dance Project promotes new choreography and collaboration between genres, bringing fresh ideas to the concert dance stage.

Founders

DAVIS ROBERTSON

DAVIS ROBERTSON
is a co-founder and co-artistic director of New York Dance Project. He works with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow as an International Program Director, and he is a repetiteur for the Gerald Arpino Foundation. He is the former Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, the pre-professional company founded by Robert Joffrey in 1981.

Robertson has mentored hundreds of aspiring dance students into the professional dance world and supported emerging and established contemporary choreographers such as Africa Guzman, Gabrielle Lamb, Roger C. Jeffrey, Brian McSween, and Dwight Rhoden. A sought-after teacher both nationally and internationally, his teaching credits include the Juilliard School, New York Theater Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Steps on Broadway, Purchase Conservatory, and the Florida Ballet. His article on contemporary dance pedagogy was presented and published by the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in the proceedings of the 2012 conference on contemporary dance in Moscow.

A former Joffrey Ballet principal dancer, his roles included the Cavalier in Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker, Death in Kurt Jooss' The Green Table, Petruchio in John Cranko's Taming of the Shrew, the title role in Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun, and David Parson's Caught. He was also a member of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance, and performed in Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out on Broadway. Film credits include Robert Altman's The Company, Mavericks of American Dance, and Paramount's Save the Last Dance.

As a choreographer, Robertson has created works for the Joffrey Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Mikhail Baryshnikov, the Milwaukee Ballet, and many others. Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Tribune has described Robertson's choreography as "a genuine stunner -- a thrilling, elegant, vibrantly sensual abstract work that demands bravura dancing" and in Dance View, Marina Harss recounted how his choreography "sustain[ed] a high level of complexity… while at the same time maintaining clarity and momentum… revealing its [musical] layers and textures in surprising and illuminating ways." His latest commission is his fourth work for Gus Giordano Dance in Chicago.

NICOLE DUFFY ROBERTSON

NICOLE DUFFY ROBERTSON
is a co-founder and co-artistic director of the New York Dance Project. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet for over a decade, based both in New York and Chicago. She is a répétiteur for the Gerald Arpino Foundation, most recently staging Arpino's Suite St. Saens and Light Rain. She currently teaches the Ballet Hispanico company in New York and serves as classical ballet advisor for the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance.

During her time at the Joffrey, she danced in works by Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, DeMille, Jooss, Limon, Massine, Nijinska, Page, and many others, touring worldwide and performing in theaters such as the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris and the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. Her roles included Clara in Robert Joffrey's Nutcracker and featured roles in the Diaghilev revivals and Arpino repertory. She also performed the classical repertory as a principal guest artist in productions of Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and others.

Ms. Duffy was a ballet master for the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group and on the faculty of the Joffrey Ballet School, where she taught ballet, pointe, variations, Joffrey/Arpino repertory, and designed and implemented the curriculum for dance history. She has taught nationally and internationally, including workshops in Florence, Italy and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many of her students have gone on to professional careers in companies such as Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Complexions, Charlotte Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, to name a few.

She was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she began her training with Ana Garcia and Maria Carrera at Ballets de San Juan. She has a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and is a master's candidate at New York University's Gallatin School. She has been a guest panelist at the Juilliard School and Barnard College, and her writing has been published in The Massachussetts Review, Eye on Dance and the Arts, and the NYU journal Esferas.

PROGRAM INFORMATION AND TUITION

NEW YORK DANCE PROJECT COMPANY

For the 2017-2018 season, New York Dance Project has performances scheduled in New York City and on tour in the USA and Italy. The repertory will include the works of Marius Petipa, Gerald Arpino, and Dwight Rhoden, as well as new work by Africa Guzman and Gabrielle Lamb. The NYDP artistic staff will be Davis Robertson, Nicole Duffy and Tyler Gilstrap. In addition to these staff members there will be numbers choreographers, directors and guest teachers coming throughout the year to work with New York Dance Project. Each dancer will receive individual career guidance including resume prep, video reel assistance and guidance of those in our strong network within the dance community. For tuition info and scholarships, please email newyorkdanceproject@gmail.com

2018 SUMMER INTENSIVES IN NEW YORK CITY AND FLORENCE ITALY

OUR 2018 SUMMER INTENSIVE IN NYC OFFERS TWO CONCENTRATIONS: BALLET AND CONTEMPORARY - all dancers will train in both forms, without pointe for the contemporary track. Both concentrations will have daily technique classes followed by working with choreographers on repertory and new work. Intermediate through professional levels, ages: 10-25. Participation in workshops will also be an audition for the New York Dance Project Company.

WAYS TO AUDITION

1. Come to one of our auditions - locations coming soon
2. Send us completed Audition Form and a short Video (no longer than 5 minutes) showing ballet center work, pointe work, a contemporary excerpt, and classical variation (optional) to newyorkdanceproject@gmail.com.
3. Attend one of our MASTER CLASSES

NYDP MASTER CLASSES

Jacksonville FL: September 30 2017
The Florida Ballet
Chicago IL: October 21 2017
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Blue Ash, OH: November 4, 2017
Le Jeune Dance

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

ALL DANCERS PARTICIPATING IN OUR 2018 SUMMER INTENSIVES WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR NEW YORK DANCE PROJECT'S YEAR-ROUND PROFESSIONAL AND PREPROFESSIONAL DANCE COMPANY

FACULTY

Davis Robertson, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, New York Dance Project
Nicole Duffy Robertson, Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director, New York Dance Project

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

SAMPLE SUMMER DAILY SCHEDULE

10:00 - 11:30 - Ballet technique
11:30 - 12:30 - Pointe, and/or partnering (ballet and contemporary)
12:30 - 1:30  - Lunch
1:30 - 2:45   - Contemporary technique and/or ballet
2:45 - 4:00  - Ballet and/or Contemporary repertory and/or new choreography

Our summer may also includes workshops in dance history, stretch and conditioning, nutrition, and career planning.

TUITION

Tuition for the 2018 Summer Intensives is $750 per week. Scholarships are available.

HOUSING

We do not offer housing at this time. Our housing coordinator will help you find the right accommodations. For more information please email newyorkdanceproject@gmail.com. You can also view our NYC Housing Recommendations list.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Ballet & Contemporary
* Pointe Required
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Contemporary
* No Pointe
FLORENCE, ITALY

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