100Grand Dance is a downtown manhattan space where the New York City dance community gathers for intimate and affordable classes taught by highly regarded artists-teachers in the field. Following founder Bill Young’s vision, 100Grand provides a classic SoHo non-institutional atmosphere in which students can pursue rigorous investigations in dance.
Bill Young – Colleen Thomas & Co….reach toward the outermost extremes of physical dance – the movements topple over each other with the intensity and urgency of a white-water rapid – while forging a choreographic world full of emotional range and power. At once abstract and intensely felt, the dancing springs from an investigation of the immediacy of human interactions on stage, and a fascination with the inherent character and expressive power of the purely physical impulse.
The Hundred Grand Dance Foundation is an organization that supports the activities of the dance company Bill Young and Dancers and the SoHo space Hundred Grand Dance Studio. Guest artists teach modern dance classes Monday through Friday, and performances are occasionally held in the studio.
Bill Young-Colleen Thomas & Co. revive Young’s 30 year-old Interleaving, a piece combining four separate dances. This unusual choreographic concept uses these four dances that have traditional beginnings, middles, and ends, but instead of a linear presentation of those sections, Young has grouped them together: all four beginnings are performed sequentially, then all four middles and, finally, all four ends.
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In 1988 he established his own company, which has been presented in N.Y.C. at the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, the Kitchen, Danspace Project, PS 122, Movement Research, Symphony Space, and the 92nd Street Y, among others, and on international tours, including performances in Austria, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Canada, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Russia, China, Finland, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela.
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Bill Young-Colleen Thomas & Company opened the annual Harkness Dance Festival with a mixed evening titled “LITup,” a potpourri of pieces by Young, Thomas, and four guest artists. Dancer Luke Miller turned the Y’s Buttenweiser Hall into a cabaret with casually arranged chairs, couches, carpets, and pillows for audience members, who were encouraged by a program note to “feel free to move around, change your seat or visit the bar anytime during the performance.” The informal setting and the drinks helped dampen our expectations for artistic epiphany.
This page collects in one place information on all the ongoing New York City contact improvisation jams and classes, especially for out-of-town visitors who may only have a few days in town. My hope is that it is accurate, reliable, and recent — your first and only reference when you wonder, “is there a jam tonight in New York”?
Triskelion Arts Presents… Matthew Westerby Company and Bill Young-Colleen Thomas
Bill Young – Colleen Thomas are designing an personal evening of smaller works, all created separately – some by Bill and some by Colleen – which are not usually shown in the context of their company performances. The show will include brand-new material they are researching now, and perhaps some work still in progress.