"Finding such strong emotional connection along with such deep and spacious movement
is a rarity in dance today" -Stephanie Deere, Broadway World, March 19, 2013
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC) was founded by Artistic Director Igal Perry in 1984 and has since been a powerhouse of energetic and evocative dance. Mr. Perrys choreography, which is rooted in ballet, is known for being timelessly elegant and brilliantly musical. The company employs classically trained dancers from the US, Japan, Korea, Italy, The Philippines, Brazil, France, Spain, as well as several apprentices. Together with Executive Director Yarden Ronen-van Heerden, Perry has structured PCDC to explore movement and design with an emphasis on performing diverse repertory by notable choreographers. This repertory is featured in an annual New York Season, which serves as a launch pad for new works and touring programs both nationally and internationally. As a part of its non-profit identity, PCDC offers free classes and outdoor showcases to charitable organizations and schools throughout New York City. These offerings, in addition to residency work and commissions from colleges and conservatories, round out a full roster of creative and educational activities.
Located in the beautiful Union Square area in the heart of New York City, Peridance Capezio Center and its Salvatore Capezio Theater are the home of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. The unique arrangement of the Company situated within a school creates a harmonious blend of professionals and students, bringing artists from all walks of life together into a lively micro-community, and inspiring young dancers to reach great heights in their art.
Peridance Capezio Center
For over 30 years, Peridance has provided inspiration for the educator, enjoyment for the recreational dancer, development for the professional, and fertile ground for future Company dancers. Peridance Capezio Center offers over 250 weekly open adult classes taught by an exceptional faculty, multiple International Student Programs with students from over 30 countries, and a two-year Certificate Program designed for pre-professional dancers. It is also home to The School at Peridance with over 100 weekly classes for children ages 18 months to 18 years, and the Peridance Youth Ensemble, a non-profit performance and outreach troupe.
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company is committed to leadership and creative collaboration in both dance performance and dance education. The Company aspires to advance the performing arts by offering the public visionary choreography and strongly executed performances, nationally and internationally, and by fostering an intelligent appreciation of dance as an art form. The Company works to provide a creative and intellectually stimulating outlet for high-caliber dancers, choreographers, composers, musicians, and designers. Peridance Contemporary Dance Company is dedicated to providing an array of educational opportunities for pre-professional, aspiring students including those in at-risk communities and schools.