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DDF's Virtual KindiDance Parties are a Huge Hit!

Sun, May 03 2020

Downtown Dance Factory's Virtual classes for preschool age kids were already a huge hit ... Somehow they just got a whole lot more fun with our weekly Virtual KindiDance Parties! Aimed at kids aged 18 months to 5 years, our themed KindiDance parties run every Wednesday morning at 11am. First we all dressed as our favorite princess, prince or member of the royal court and had a fabulous tea party! The following week we rocked it out with the Trolls, dancing to everyone's favorites, but always taking time for Trolls Hug Time! Led by the amazing Miss Vicki, with her dance space decked out with decorations and crafts to make all little ones feel fully immersed, so many DDF dancers have joined in the fun! Check out our Trolls party recap video here! You can also learn how to decorate with your little one with these craft videos made by Miss Vicki.  

Watercolor Butterflies
Trolls Hug Time Bracelet 

Said one happy parent: I have to tip my hat off to you guys - you’re doing amazing with this at home learning for dance. Just made the butterflies with my daughter and they are a hit. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Vicki is awesome, we love her.

 

Downtown Dance Factory Dancers "Together" Perform Let It Be

Wed, Apr 22 2020

Though Downtown Dance Factory dancers are physically apart, they managed to find a way to come together in dance! Using the poetic Beatles song "Let It Be", sung hauntingly and beautifully by the talented Missy Higgins, Artistic Director Hanne Larsen and DDF teacher and choreographer Kaitlynn Edgar created a work of art starring the Downtown Dance Factory dancers.  We invited all dancers to participate by learning a section of the dance choreographed by Kaitlynn and by improvising to other parts of the song. 180 dancers submitted videos of themselves dancing wherever they are, from their NYC apartments and rooftops to piers and balconies and beaches to which they'd escaped. Click here to see their performance!       


VirtualDDF's first Week was a Huge Success

Sun, Mar 29 2020

The launch of Downtown Dance Factory's VirtualDDF - our livestreamed dance classes - was a huge success!  With over 80 virtual classes a week to choose from, approximately 1,600 dancers logged into Zoom to dance with us in our first week!  VirtualDDF caters to all ages and all dance genres, and is taught by a cast of DDF's favorite teachers.  Our first week of virtual classes was met with enthusiastic and energetic dancers, as well as so many happy parents, relieved to see their kids enjoying their dance passion once again. 

The VirtualDDF schedule is attached here.  All dancers enrolled in the Winter/Spring Semester received an email with the Zoom Meeting ID codes and instructions regarding how to join a class. If you did not receive this email, please email and we will resend it. You will need the class Zoom IDs to join. 

New dancers interested in joining VirtualDDF are welcome! Just email us for information.


VirtualDDF is here and it's happening!

Wed, Mar 25 2020

VirtualDDF began this week and the buzz is amazing! With over 80 classes a week to choose from, DDF dancers are logging in to our Zoom sessions mutiple times a day to take classes in various genres and with various teachers. Over 800 dancers have joined us already this week!

What's different about VirtualDDF? Well, aside from dancing at home, dancers are able to take as many classes as they want! We've seen so many dancers showing up in Zoom classes in genres they've never done before. (And they're doing great, too! ;)

And the kids are so excited to be reunited with their dance friends and teachers. We've had such wonderful reunions, virtual hugs, and teachers reporting happy tears following their classes at how VirtualDDF is bringing joy to so many, including them! 

We may all have to stay home, but #dancingwhiledistancing is making that a whole lot more fun!  


Downtown Dance Factory Competes at Turn It Up

Mon, Mar 09 2020

We could not be prouder of our dancers after an absolutely amazing (and truly successful!) first competition! Every single DDF piece looked fantastic and in fact, not a single DDF dance received less than a prestigious "Platinum" Award. Downtown Dance Factory was also named "Studio of Excellence" for the competition, so well done to all involved! 

A huge thank you goes out to our fabulous team of choreographers and teachers, our amazing and supportive dance moms and dance dads, and to our fabulous dancers who do us proud each and every day!

Company Dancers from DDF dance Center Court at Barclays Center

Thu, Feb 13 2020

Last night, Downtown Dance Factory's Company Blue, Company Orange & Company Green hit center court at the Barclays Center to dance primetime before the Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors game. Dancing with style and grace to Lenny Kravitz's Are you Gonna Go My Way, this group - with 41 dancers ranging in age from 9 through 17 years - did us proud! Congratulations dancers, and thank you to our supportive and wonderful parents and biggest fans!

And here is a link to Downtown Dance Factory's primetime performance at the January 31st NBA game - an awesome night of dancing for Company Blue and Company Red. Enjoy!   


Downtown Dance Factory Dancers Return to Barclays Center

Sat, Feb 01 2020

Last night at Barclay's Center, two Downtown Dance Factory classes performed primetime center court at the NBA Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls game. Donning sushi hair pieces and fabulous gold and black costumes, Company Red dazzled the Brooklyn fans with their sassy Sushi dance. Next Company Blue performed their dance Beautiful People with absolute grace and sophistication. Well done dancers! and well done Nets, who defeated the Bulls in an exciting game that followed our performance :)


Downtown Dance Factory Supports WIRES

Thu, Jan 23 2020

Every year, Downtown Dance Factory Demonstration Classes have ended with the presentation to each dancer of a special ribbon to say: "Well Done, Dancers! While we still say "Well Done, Dancers!", this year, dancers did not receive ribbons. Instead, Downtown Dance Factory donated the money normally spent on those ribbons to WIRES - the Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service - which is looking after all the animals that have been injured and displaced by the horrible bushfires in Australia. In announcing this to the parents before each Demonstration class, we've been met by so many nods of agreement, telling us this was the right call. Parents have stopped us in the halls to express what a wonderful thing this is, and how important it is for the studio and the dancers to be doing something to help.  We thank you all for your support in this effort. And we say: Well Done Dancers!


Downtown Dance Factory Performs Center Court at Barclays Center

Wed, Jan 15 2020

Last night, dancers from Company Violet and Company Yellow wowed the crowd at the Brooklyn Nets vs Utah Jazz basketball game. Dancing first to Sweet Lovin' by Sigala, Company Violet was energetic and, well, sweet(!) as they danced their hearts out. Next, Company Yellow danced beautifully to Tom's Diner. Both Companies were professional and perfect as they represented Downtown Dance Factory at this amazing venue, dancing Center Court in front of a huge crowd. Congratulations dancers - you did us proud, as always!  


Demonstration Class Have Begun

Mon, Jan 06 2020

Downtown Dance Factory is abuzz with enthusiasm as parents, grandparents, caregivers, siblings and friends fill our Tribeca dance studios for Demos. Demonstration classes started today, and already our dancers are wowing the crowds! Demonstration classes in Street Hip Hop, Jazz/Hip Hop Fusion and Lyrical dance led the way. More demos follow every day for 3 straight weeks through to the end of January. Make sure to check out our Instagram feed @downtowndancefactory for more fun photos of our daily Demonstration Classes.    


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