Nimbus Dance Works, Jersey City’s premier dance company, focuses its work on the intersection between high-level dance and innovative ways of involving communities and audiences. Nimbus presents dance performances and programs to diverse audiences locally and on tour: serving present dance audiences and building future ones. Performers with Nimbus Dance Works are top-tier dance artists drawn from widely recognized companies including Ballet Hispanico, Ailey II and the Martha Graham Dance Company. In addition to presenting work by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, the company commissions dances by leading dance-makers with a special focus on international choreographers including Pedro Ruiz (Cuba/USA), Huang Yi (Taiwan), Korhan Başaran (Turkey), Xiao-Xiong Zhang (Australia/Taiwan), and Randy James (USA). Through critically acclaimed performances throughout New Jersey and the Northeast, programs for Jersey City youth and seniors, partnerships with institutions such as the Jersey City Board of Education, Rutgers University, and the Newark Museum, and collaborations with notable composers and visual artists, Nimbus weaves together artistic excellence and community impact.
Now in its ninth season, Nimbus Dance Works’ programs impact more than 9,000 people each year. The company’s JC Grooves dance program serves over 2,000 youth each year in the Jersey City public schools. A 501(c)3 not-for-profit, the company receives funding from multiple foundations including The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Provident Bank Foundation, as well as from The City of Jersey City, Hudson County and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and has been honored by an official proclamation of support by the Mayor and the City Council of Jersey City. Nimbus Dance Works presents biannual home seasons in Jersey City and recently opened the School of Nimbus Dance Works offering dance classes to diverse youth and adults from Jersey City and the surrounding region. Featured projects for Nimbus Dance Works’ 2012-13 season include a staging of Charles Weidman’s 1936 modern dance classic Lynchtown along with the creation of a new partner work, We Acquiesce, by Artistic Director Samuel Pott, featuring new music by composer Peter James Saleh; and a new work Shadow of Sound by Taiwanese choreographer Huang Yi to be performed by an international cast of American and Taiwanese dancers and sponsored by the Taipei Cultural Center (TPECC). These new works have been performed on tour in New Jersey and Vermont and will be performed throughout the spring including during the company’s Jersey City Spring Season, May 31-June 1, 2013.