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Re: Spring Term Classes at Nimbus - Upcoming Open House Events
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Reminder about upcoming Open House events at Nimbus Dance Works:

Wednesday, January 18th: 5:30 - 8:15pm
Sunday, February 5th: 10:00am-2:30pm
(see below for FREE trial class schedule)

The School of Nimbus Dance Works offers:
? Top-tier dance training for ages 2-18 + adult classes. Classes taught by professional dancers from Nimbus Dance Works
? Classes in Ballet, Modern & Hip Hop + Performance Opportunities including Spring Recital, Jersey City Nutcracker, Repertory classes and others.
? Youth Dance Ensembles: Nimbus Youth Ensemble (ages 13-18), Junior Youth Ensemble (ages 9-12)
? Pre-professional Program - including college prep, self-development workshop series: "Opportunity Knocks"
? 501c3 Non-Profit
? Scholarships available

For more info including class schedules, registration - please go to:

Posted on: 2017/1/16 22:20

Nimbus named one of "best performances of 2016" - Huff Post
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Jersey City's Nimbus Dance Works was named one of the "Best Dance Performances of 2016" by the Huffington Post.

Article HERE

Posted on: 2017/1/4 23:36

Spring Term Classes at Nimbus - Upcoming Open House Events
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2017 Spring Classes Now Open for Registration at the School of Nimbus Dance Works

16 Week Term Runs 2/13 - 6/10; Spring Recital 6/10 (all fees included in tuition)

Info, schedule, class descriptions available at

Open House Events with Free Trial Classes Scheduled for Wednesday, January 18th and Saturday, February 4th.

Also: February 4th: Scholarship Auditions (9yrs+), Junior Youth Ensemble Auditions (9-12yrs), Nimbus Youth Ensemble/Pre-Professional Program Auditions (13-18yrs)

Open House, - Wednesday, January 18th: 5:30 - 8:15pm
Trial Class Schedule:

5:40 - 5:55pm Ballet I (4-5yrs)
6:00 - 6:15pm Ballet II (6-8yrs)
6:20 - 6:40pm Hip Hop II/Modern II (6-8yrs)
6:45 - 7:00pm Ballet III (9-12yrs)
7:05 - 7:25pm Hip Hop III/Modern III (9-12yrs)
7:30 ? 7:45pm Ballet IV (13-18yrs)
7:50- 8:10pm Hip Hop IV/Modern IV (13-18yrs)

Open House - Sunday, February 5th: 10:00am-2:30pm
Trial Class Schedule:

Mama, Papa & Me (2-3yrs) - 10:30-10:55
Ballet I (4-5yrs) - 11:00-11:20
Ballet II (6-8yrs) - 11:25-11:45
Hip Hop II / Modern II (6-8yrs) - 11:50-12:15
Ballet III (9-12yrs) - 12:20-12:40
Hip Hop III / Modern III (9-12yrs) - 12:45-1:10
Ballet IV (12-18yrs) - 1:15-1:35
Hip Hop IV / Modern IV (12-18yrs) - 1:40 - 2:15

Youth Auditions - Sunday, February 5th

Ages 9-12 - Scholarship & Junior Youth Ensemble Audition - 3:00-4pm
Ages 13+ - Scholarship, Pre-Professional Program and Nimbus Youth Ensemble Audition - 4:00 - 5:30
Interviews with Prospective Pre-Pro Students - 5:30-6:00

Posted on: 2016/12/20 22:09

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Re: Jersey City Nutcracker 2017 Tickets Now on Sale!
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Final Performances of Jersey City Nutcracker 2016!
Today Sunday 1pm & 5pm.

Good Seats Still Available at the Door!
107 Bright Street

Tchaikovsky's classic ballet re-imagined with Jersey City flavor!

Posted on: 2016/12/18 15:27

Re: Jersey City Nutcracker 2017 Tickets Now on Sale!
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Complimentary Parking for Jersey City Nutcracker at Old Colony Square (formerly Pathmark Plaza): 420 Grand Street, 1/2 Block west of venue.

Special thanks to National Realty & Investment Corporation!

Posted on: 2016/12/16 18:00

Re: Jersey City Nutcracker 2017 Tickets Now on Sale!
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Jersey City Nutcracker 2016 Opens this Weekend!

Tchaikovsky's classic ballet re-imagined with Jersey City flavor!

Friday 12/16 7pm
Saturday 12/17 1pm & 5pm
Sunday 12/18 1pm & 5pm

Good seats still available:

Posted on: 2016/12/16 1:24

Re: Jersey City Nutcracker 2017 Tickets Now on Sale!
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We Are Excited to Announce Guest Cameo Performers for Jersey City Nutcracker 2017!

Come Out and Support These Notable Jersey City Community Members As They Grace Our Stage This Year!

Jersey City Nutcracker Opens this Firday 12/16-12/18
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? Candice Osborne (Councilwoman, Jersey City Ward E, Community/Arts Advocate) performs as Mama Cannoli Sunday 12/18 5pm

? Wendy Paul (Community Engagement/Relations, New Jersey City University, & President, Rotary Club of Jersey City) performs as Mayor Hague Saturday 12/17 5pm & Sunday 12/18 1pm

? Brittani Bunney (Director of Retail Leasing and Programming, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation/Harborside JC) performs as Mama Cannoli Saturday 12/17 5pm

? Tony Sandkamp (former President Van Vorst Park Association, Commissioner Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission) performs as Mayor Hague Friday 12/16 7pm

? EIleen Markenstein (President, The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery) performs as Mama Cannoli Friday 12/16 7pm

? Stephanie Beauchamp Teaching Artist (Independent Dancer, Choreographer Teacher) performs as Mama Cannoli Saturday 12/17 1pm & Sunday 12/18 1pm

Posted on: 2016/12/11 22:43

Re: Jersey City Nutcracker 2017 Tickets Now on Sale!
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Just Announced: Special Black Friday Discount on Jersey City Nutcracker Tickets!
Take %15 Off Early Bird Prices!
Performances: December 13-18
Use promo code: "blackfriday"

Tchaikovsky's Classic Ballet Re-Imagined with Jersey City Flavor!

Posted on: 2016/11/25 19:43

Re: Jersey City Nutcracker 2017 Tickets Now on Sale!
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Whoops... Should be Jersey City Nutcracker 2016! Getting ahead of ourselves...

Posted on: 2016/11/21 2:33

Jersey City Nutcracker 2017 Tickets Now on Sale!
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Tchaikovsky's classic ballet re-imagined with Jersey City flavor
Join us December 13th-18th for Jersey City's favorite holiday event!

Tickets Now Available HERE
Friday, December 16th, 7:00 PM:
Saturday, December 17th, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Sunday, December 18th, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
(December 13-15 matinee performances by reservation only)
Venue: Frank R. Conwell MS4 Auditorium, 107 Bright Street, Jersey City, NJ
Tickets: $11 - $40 (early bird prices through 12/4; group discounts available)
Tickets Available at:
Information: (201) 377-0718 or
Running Length: Approximately 1.5 hours
Appropriate for all ages; barrier-free event

Join Nimbus Dance Works, Jersey City?s acclaimed professional dance company, for the 7th year of the company?s annual holiday tradition: Jersey City Nutcracker. Jersey City Nutcracker tells the story of two children?s urban holiday adventure leading them through fantasy, adversity and celebration and teaching them lessons about friendship and community along the way. Choreographed and directed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, this adaption of Tchaikovsky?s holiday classic is performed by a stand-out cast of professional dancers from Nimbus Dance Works joined by youth and adults from the community as they portray familiar characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, the Arabian Princess and Drosselmeyer ? all with a Jersey City twist! Amidst colorful sets, costumes, a brightly adorned tree, youth and adults alike are touched by this tale of holiday spirit.

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs, Jersey City Nutcracker is one of the largest annual performing arts events in the region. Performances involve youth performers drawn from the School of Nimbus Dance Works and the dance programs of the Jersey City Public Schools. Over 2,000 school children attend special school-time matinee performances. Jersey City public school students perform important roles in the production and gain real-world experience assisting with backstage and front-of-house work.
?Goldman Sachs is pleased to continue serving as lead sponsor of Nimbus Dance Works' Jersey City Nutcracker 2016. Now in its 7th season, we are proud to support this traditional wintertime performance, which brings the Jersey City community together around this fantastic production.? ? Anthony Cammarata Jr., Managing Director, Corporate Services and Real Estate at Goldman Sachs.

?During a time of uncertainty when our community needs to unite, we are proud to present Jersey City Nutcracker which brings together professional dancers, youth from throughout the region, and families from all backgrounds to celebrate the holidays and our shared sense of community.? ? Samuel Pott, Artistic Director Nimbus Dance Works

In addition to the acclaimed professional dancers of Nimbus Dance Works and Nimbus 2, each year top youth performers from throughout the region audition for lead youth roles in Jersey City Nutcracker. This year lead youth performers in the roles of Maria and Christina are: Angel Browne, Snyder High School; Krystal Andrade, High Tech High School; Lucy Rieder, Learning Community Charter School; Sommer Gomez, Union City High School; Quincy Willingham, Waterfront Montessori School; and Diana Boscha, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

For last minute holiday shoppers: a pop-up gift boutique in the lobby of the performance features unique, handmade items and gifts for sale made by local artists and craftspeople.

Posted on: 2016/11/18 18:23

JCBOE candidates respond to arts ed-related questions
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Arts Education Questions for 2016 JCBOE Candidates:
Questions Presented by:
Nimbus Dance Works, Art House Productions, Jersey City Theater Center,
Rising Tide Capital, & Independent Jersey City artists

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Question 1:

NJ State Student Learning Standards in the Arts require that every student receive education and programming in the arts pertaining to the creative process, history of the arts and culture, performing and aesthetic response and critical methodologies. Many Jersey City schools are out of compliance with these standards, and cutting arts program or not offering the required education and programming at all to meet minimum state standards. What are strategies/best practices for the JCBOE to ensure that Jersey City students have access to arts education as directed by the NJ State Learning Standards?

Responses to Question 1:

Mark Rowan: As a potential Board member, the only person I could officially question would be the Superintendent. I believe in accountability and if the District is out of compliance, I want to know why and what is being done to address this short coming. I am an advocate for the Arts and want to see programs expanded. As a former staff member at Lincoln High School, I know the importance of the Arts and how it positively impacts our students.

Natalia Ioffe: The greatest obstacle I encountered when trying to collectively (parent council, principal & teachers) infuse more arts and music into the school curriculum is general lack of available student time. The school program is centered around testing and quantifiable student progress and leaves very little room for creative learning and/or movement. Thus it becomes a prerogative of the school?s principal and teachers to find that balance and allocate the time for extracurricular creativity in between the scheduled lessons. Even the art and music (voice, instrumental, drama) teachers on school staff have difficulty completing a comprehensive arts curriculum in a course of a single school year, because they have to work around the ever-evolving academic rigor.
My hope for change in this area stems from an Act that was passed by the Senate in July of 2015: ... as-core-subjects-in-tact/ (Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposal, the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177))
This Act establishes Art & Music as core subjects, which was not the case before. I hope that our School Board can rely on this proposal to continue promoting the importance of the arts in our schools, both by empowering school teachers and by facilitating more extracurricular arts programs in every school.

Jersey City United: Mathew Schapiro, Luis Felipe Fernandez, and Asmaa Abdalla: It is crucial that the JCBOE makes arts education a priority. As board members, it is our job to make sure we do that. Two members of Jersey City United, Luis Fernandez and Matthew Schapiro, are musicians. And Matthew Schapiro has participated in over thirty productions off and off-off Broadway as a writer and actor.
We recommend a school-by-school audit, examining the arts programs made available during the school day as well as the availability of extracurricular arts programs. That way we can ensure that students in each school are receiving ? at least - the mandated arts programs. But that?s not good enough.
Curriculum requirements are fairly rigid in terms of how much time is allocated to each subject. The Board does, however, have leeway in the programs we invite into our schools on behalf of students. We need to make sure the students are getting the best with the time they have: during and after school.

Education Matters: Sudhan Thomas, Angel Valentin, Gina Verdibello: Fostering creativity and a love of learning through the arts should be a vital component of every student?s education. The cost of implementing mandated programs for the arts in the Jersey City Public Schools shouldn?t be viewed as a line item on a budget sheet, but rather an investment in the future of our city. A city that is rich in culture and programs in the arts must educate students who can contribute and appreciate the arts to sustain that culture. Although members of the current administration have denied any cuts in arts programming and access to the arts to our students we have spoken to parents, students and teachers and understand the cuts that have been made. It is the responsibility of every board member to hold the district accountable for not only the requirements of the NJ State Learning Standards, but also to figure out ways to go above and beyond to develop every child to their full capabilities. For example, the citywide drama production was eliminated from this year?s budget. While this may not be a priority to the administration since it doesn?t pertain directly to test scores, the experience of building a production from the ground up and the lessons learned from being a part of something that is bigger than yourself cannot me measured on a pie chart or data sheet. It is a complete disservice to our students and staff.

Kimberly Goycochea: No Response

Mussab Ali: No Response

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Question 2:

From experience, the JCBOE, an organization with over $600 million annual budget, appears not to have a dedicated grantwriter to seek available grant funds from government or foundation sources. As a longtime non-profit vendor and partner to the JC public schools, Nimbus Dance Works has been told by the district to find individual schools to write/apply for grantfunding - but the principals and staff have too much on the their plate and aren't able to take this on. As a result, grant funding goes to other districts and Jersey City students miss out ? to say nothing of local non-profits whose sustainability could be buttressed by funding to pay for partnerships. How will you ensure that the JC Public Schools support partnerships and have centralized administrative capacity to take advantage of outside funding and partnership opportunities?

Responses to Question 2:

Education Matters: Sudhan Thomas, Angel Valentin, Gina Verdibello: One of the main issues that the members of the Education Matters team has proposed from the start of this campaign is the need for the JCBOE to have a full time dedicated grant writer. In a district with so many students and so much talent it is incomprehensible that there is not currently a grant writer on staff. Many of our teachers have received dollars to fund individual projects through small grants and they accomplish this on their own time, with no help from the district. If it?s possible to be successful on a small scale, with limited time and resources, imagine what we could accomplish and, in turn the programs we could implement, if the proper time and resources were dedicated to this task. The grant writer, or ultimately grant writing department, would seek sources of outside funding to supplement existing programs as well as offer assistance to teachers, PTAs and students who were seeking guidance writing their own grant applications.

Jersey City United: Mathew Schapiro, Luis Felipe Fernandez, and Asmaa Abdalla:We must hire a grant writer; it?s crazy that we don?t have one already. An effective grant writer pays for his or herself many times over, so it wouldn?t even require removing monies from other priorities.

Natalia Ioffe: I would recommend creating a Committee on the Arts which would work with JCPS Division Directors (who in turn work with Principals of different schools) to cover several areas:
? Research & Grant writing / Fundraising for Arts projects
? Building Bridges & partnerships with local arts groups
? Finding a unique optimal formula for every school to help balance the students time to include a healthy portion of the arts, both in-house and extra-curricular.

Mark Rowan:
a) I want to see a District grant writer.
b) For years I have co-chaired the JCHS Art Expo at the Loew's. As a member of the Jersey City Kiwanis Club who co-sponsors this expo yearly, I was able to get in funding through partnerships with Provident Bank and/or the Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union.
c) Partnerships are key. You need someone who is motivated and creative to secure partnerships. This can be on a District or individual school level with cooperation from administration. This will be a priority of mine.

Kimberly Goycochea: No Response

Mussab Ali: No Response

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Question 3:

Currently JCBOE contracts for arts education appear to be evaluated on a "lowest bidder" basis. Purchasing for arts education is done in the same way that it's done for purchasing light bulbs or toilet paper. How can there be thorough evaluation built into the bidding process so that the purchasing department is doing analysis of quality, relevance, etc.?

Responses to Question 3:

Jersey City United: Mathew Schapiro, Luis Felipe Fernandez, and Asmaa Abdalla: Arts programs are different from toilet paper or cans of soup (unless they?re made by Andy Warhol). The questions we?d like to ask are, how much of the quantitative evaluative stipulations on bids are required by statute? It mustn?t be the case that arts programs are unable to be evaluated qualitatively. So as board members, we need to discover where the disconnect is, and remedy it; make sure students are getting access to the most-stimulating arts programs, not the cheapest arts programs.

Education Matters: Sudhan Thomas, Angel Valentin, Gina Verdibello: While fiscal responsibility should always be a factor, quality arts programs are not something that should be awarded to the lowest bidder simply because it will cost the district the least amount of money. The level of expertise from the facilitators, the organic experience the students receive from the program and the overall life-lessons learned from having the opportunity to work alongside artists who are passionate and professionals in their field is truly invaluable. A rubric needs to be created that factors in cost to a logical extent, but also gives heavy credit to programs that will be most beneficial to our arts programs. A big box store mentality serves no purpose and at some point common sense must play a major role in decisions that serve the needs of educating the whole child.

Mark Rowan: I would expect the Supervisor of Art working with the Art teachers to be aware of this issue and expect them to make recommendations to administration.

Natalia Ioffe: Currently there is a purchasing system in place which requires various levels of supervisor approval on a purchase requisition. Requisition orders are made within the limited lists of approved vendors which sell products to schools at marked-up/mainstream prices, but do not allow any flexibility for discounted options. This becomes a time-consuming and costly process. Funds from the $673 million budget are bleeding out through the unnecessarily marked up items.
I hope that JCBOE can open up new purchasing avenues, using free market resources. At the same time I understand that the present cumbersome process was created to ensure accountability and prevent embezzlement. To help keep the process honest and save schools money at the same time, diligent oversight and regular forensic audits would be vital.

Kimberly Goycochea: No Response

Mussab Ali: No Response
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To what extent can/should the JCBOE give priority to local arts organizations for arts education contracts? Significant sums go to orgs outside Jersey City (NJPAC, Newark Museum, etc.) -- another important structural factor in keeping local arts groups small and boosting other groups outside JC.
Responses to Question 4:

Natalia Ioffe: Knowing exactly how rich Jersey City is in local creative resources, I would make it a priority to concentrate on the arts groups close to home. It costs thousands of dollars on school buses alone to organize a student trip to the Met or NYC Philarmonic. While it is important to broaden our students? horizons and take them to venues beyond JC, we can save a great deal of time and money by building bridges with our local arts groups who have so much to offer. Partnerships with local groups create much greater and plausible opportunities for our students, because if they chose to continue learning via the local groups they can do so close to home.
In the school where I head the parent council group we have made it a priority to invest (raise funds specifically for) a local partnership with Nimbus Dance Works. The ?Dance-to-Learn? workshop developed by the Geraldine Dodge Foundation provides a perfect balance of academic and physical. Kids are invited to incorporate their academic studies into interpretive dance, transforming precise knowledge into creative expression. As children attempt to translate an intellectual concept, such as ?electricity? or ?cultural diversity?, into physical movement it simultaneously deepens their understanding of the topic, supplies a welcome physical exercise and builds their confidence in self-expression.
In addition to that, the after school classes taught by local dance instructors at our school serve as great springboards for students. The after school class lights a spark of interest or uncovers a hidden potential, which can then be deepened and nurtured further by attending the local dance studio.

Mark Rowan: I feel that we should utilize local art organizations. I am aware of successful programs that have occurred in the schools and would like to see them expanded. Early experiences in the arts can lead to creative expression,motivation, positive self image and fuller lives. Funding will always be an issue but can be solved with effort.

Education Matters: Sudhan Thomas, Angel Valentin, Gina Verdibello: What better place to seek out effective and successful arts programs than our own backyard? Priority should be given to existing arts programs that are located within Jersey City. Obviously, a screening process should be put in place to make sure every program meets safety standards in terms of their hiring processes and the quality of their offerings, but beyond that we should be encouraging the local arts community, not looking beyond it. Our students make connections with local artists and can aspire to contribute to those programs, either as an artist or as a patron. By making local art programs a priority and supporting those programs that chose to invest in Jersey City we are only making the Jersey City arts and culture community that much more vibrant.

Jersey City United: Mathew Schapiro, Luis Felipe Fernandez, and Asmaa Abdalla: Nimbus is an internationally recognized dance program. But other local orgs need not be world-renowned in order to participate in the Jersey City Public Schools. So we would refer back to the qualitative analyses discussed in Question #3 but make certain there is an effective system in place to make sure all arts orgs in Jersey City are aware of the potential education programs to be solicited. Many arts orgs don?t have access to information on school programs or their requirements and that needs to change.

Kimberly Goycochea: No Response

Mussab Ali: No Response

Posted on: 2016/11/8 1:22

Re: NimbusPRESENTS: Dance for Young Audiences - Honor Among Thieves & Other Dances for the Young & Old
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Performances Open Tomorrow, Sunday 1pm & 4pm

Great concert dance experience for youth ages 2 years +

Folk tales from around the world told through dance by Jersey City's acclaimed Nimbus Dance Works

Don't Miss It!

209 3rd Street
Tickets: $16 advance / $18 at the door

Posted on: 2016/10/16 1:12

NimbusPRESENTS: Dance for Young Audiences - Honor Among Thieves & Other Dances for the Young & Old
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Honor Among Thieves and Other Dances for the Young & Old

Sunday October 16 & 23, 1pm & 4pm
209 3rd Street, Jersey City

Folk tales from around the world performed by the incredible professional dancers of Nimbus Dance Works. Complete with narration, colorful costumes, full lighting, these performces provide a wonderful introduction to dance for young audience members!

Tickets: $16/online; $18/door (group discounts available)
Available at:
Recommended for ages 2-12 years
Approximate running time: 1 hour

Choreography by Madeline Cantor & Samuel Pott

Posted on: 2016/10/11 2:43

Re: Audition for lead youth roles in Nimbus' Jersey City Nutcracker
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Reminder: Audition for lead roles in Nimbus' Jersey City Nutcracker: this Sunday 1-3pm.

Hope to see aspiring dancers 9 years + there!

Posted on: 2016/9/30 21:59

Audition for lead youth roles in Nimbus' Jersey City Nutcracker
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Audition for Lead Youth Roles: Jersey City Nutcracker 2016

Sunday October 2nd, 1-3pm
School of Nimbus Dance Works
209 3rd Street, Jersey City, NJ

? Audition for Lead Youth Roles (ages 9+): Maria, Christopher,
Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish, Chinese, B-boys/B-girls, Rats/Bullies
? Ages 4-8: No Audition Necessary: Cookies (4-6yrs), Angels (6-8yrs)

Nimbus Dance Works? Jersey City Nutcracker reinvisions Tchaikovsky?s timeless holiday classic with local Jersey City flavor! Youth performers learn choreography and share the stage with the pros in Jersey City?s largest annual professional performing arts event.

Tuition: $150 (Nimbus students); $200 (non-Nimbus students) (includes rehearsals, performance, costume rental)
Rehearsals Begin October 12 ? Performances: December 13-18
Info and Registration: or (201) 377-0718

Goldman Sachs is the Lead Sponsor of Jersey City Nutcracker

Posted on: 2016/9/13 23:35

Re: Fall Term at Nimbus Starts 9/19 - Open House Sat 9/10
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Join Us At Our Open House Event, Saturday, 9/10, 10-2:30pm:

Trial Classes ? Meet our Teaching Staff ? View our Facility
Learn About our Curriculum ? Jersey City Nutcracker & Spring Recital
Location: 209 3rd Street, Jersey City, NJ

FREE Trial Class Schedule:
Mama, Papa & Me (2-3yrs): 10:30 ? 10:50am
Ballet I (4-5yrs): 10:50 - 11:10am
Jersey City Nutcracker Information (all ages) 11:10 ? 11:45am
Ballet II (6-8yrs): 11:45am - 12pm
Hip Hop II (6-8yrs): 12-12:15pm
Modern II (6-8yrs): 12:15 ? 12:30pm
Ballet III (9-12yrs): 12:30 ? 12:45pm
Modern III (9-12yrs): 12:45 ? 1pm
Hip Hop III (9-12yrs): 1 ? 1:15pm
Ballet IV (13-18yrs): 1:15 ? 1:30pm
Modern IV (13-18yrs): 1:30 ? 1:45pm
Hip Hop IV (13-18yrs): 1:45 ? 2pm
NOTE: experience required for placement in level IV classes

Scholarship Audition (ages 9+):
2:30-4:00pm (12 and under released at 3:30pm)
NOTE: if under 9yrs, no scholarship audition, required. Please see office staff for scholarship application
Pre-Professional Program and Nimbus Youth Ensemble Audition (ages 13-18): 4:00pm-5:00pm
16 Week Fall Term Starts September 19th; Jersey City Nutcracker rehearsals begin October 16th
Registration is Now Open ? visit for class schedules, class descriptions, faculty bios and other information.

Posted on: 2016/9/8 21:32

Fall Term at Nimbus Starts 9/19 - Open House Sat 9/10
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School of Nimbus Dance Works Fall Term Starts September 19th - Registration Now Open!
? Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Pointe
? Performance Opportunities: Jersey City Nutcracker, Nimbus Youth Ensemble (13-18yrs), Junior Youth Ensemble (9-12yrs)
NEW for Fall 2016:
? Classes Now Also Offered at Maximum Motion Fitness
? Friday Men's/Boy's Class

For Class Schedule:

Class Descriptions:

To Register:
More Info: or Call: (201) 377-0718

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Join Us At Our Open House Event, Saturday, 9/10, 10-2:30pm:
209 3rd Street, Jersey City, NJ

FREE Trial Class Schedule:
Mama, Papa & Me (2-3yrs): 10:30 ? 10:50am
Ballet I (4-5yrs): 10:50 - 11:10am
Jersey City Nutcracker Information (all ages) 11:10 ? 11:45am
Ballet II (6-8yrs): 11:45am - 12pm
Hip Hop II (6-8yrs): 12-12:15pm
Modern II (6-8yrs): 12:15 ? 12:30pm
Ballet III (9-12yrs): 12:30 ? 12:45pm
Modern III (9-12yrs): 12:45 ? 1pm
Hip Hop III (9-12yrs): 1 ? 1:15pm
Ballet IV (13-18yrs): 1:15 ? 1:30pm
Modern IV (13-18yrs): 1:30 ? 1:45pm
Hip Hop IV (13-18yrs): 1:45 ? 2pm

NOTE: experience required for placement in level IV classes

Posted on: 2016/9/1 23:33

Nimbus Dance Works company audition 8/4 + workshops
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Nimbus Dance Works Company Audition
Thursday, August 4th, 2-6pm
Callbacks: Friday, August 5th, 2-6pm

Pre-Audition Repertory Workshops:
Monday-Wednesday 8/1-8/3, 2-6pm

At Gibney Dance Choreographic Center, 890 Broadway, NYC
(Pre-registration Required - See Below)

Nimbus Dance Works seeks male and female company and apprentice dancers for the company?s 2016-17 Season. Dancers should have professional experience and excellent modern and ballet technique. Nimbus seeks professional dancers who are: committed to working at a high technical level; adventurous collaborators; responsible group members; interested in community impact through the arts.

30 Week Contract - All rehearsals & performances paid at competitive rates

Nimbus' repertory includes work by Artistic Director Samuel Pott and by guest choreographers including Pedro Ruiz, Francesca Harper, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Huang Yi, Charles Weidman, Pearl Primus, and Korhan Basaran. With its home studio in Jersey City, the company performs two annual seasons in Jersey City, annually in New York City and on tour. The company also does extensive community and educational work weaving together high level concert dance and community involvement. Company contracts consist of 30 weeks of work including rehearsal and performance periods, touring and teaching. All rehearsals, performances and teaching are paid at competitive rates. Contract begins early September.

To Register for Audition: Send your resume, current headshot and performance reel (if available) to AND to to reserve your spot. You will receive an email with audition time slot.
Audition Fee: $10 (waived if registered for 2 or more repertory workshops)

Pre-Audition Repertory Workshops: $40
For info and to Register for Pre-Audition Repertory Workshops go to

All Repertory Workshops at Gibney Dance Choreographic Center, 890 Broadway, NYC
(note: this is the Union Square Gibney Dance Facility not Chambers Street!)

Posted on: 2016/7/27 1:31

Re: Nimbus Dance Works Presents New York City Season: June 2-4
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Re: Nimbus Dance Works Presents New York City Season: June 2-4
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Nimbus Dance Works performs this weeked in NYC! June 2-4, 8pm.

Support Jersey City's critically-acclaimed professional dance company as we present a program of energetic, athletic, poetic and downright beautiful dances by choreographers from 4 different countries. Tickets only $15 advance, $20 at door.

Support Jersey City arts!

Posted on: 2016/5/31 23:54

Nimbus Youth Ensemble & Junior Youth Ensemble at Groove on Grove tonight!
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Check out the Nimbus Youth Ensemble (14-18yrs) and Junior Youth Ensemble (10-13yrs) tonight, Wednesday 5/18, at Groove on Grove! These two ensembles are made up of some of Jersey City's top youth performers - come out and show your support!

Nimbus Dance Works youth performers go on at 6pm.

Special thanks to Anthony Vito Susco, Rachel Sieg & Downtown Sid!

For more info on youth programs at the School of Nimbus Dance Works, go to:

Posted on: 2016/5/18 13:43

Re: Nimbus Announces 2016 Summer Programs
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Nimbus Summer Programs Open House: Sunday, May 1st
SPECIAL OPEN HOUSE DISCOUNT! $70 off summer tuition if you register at or before May 1 Open House! Use discout code: Earlybird1

Information and trial classes offered for JC SummerArts (full day camp for ages 6-10), and Teen & Pre-Teen Intensives.

Trial Classes on May 1:
1-1:30pm - Teen Intensive (Ages 13-18) - Contemporary Ballet and Modern
1:30-2:00pm - Pre-Teen Intensive (Ages 9-12 ) - Contemporary Ballet and Modern
2:00-2:30pm - JC SummerArts (Ages 6-10) - Hip Hop, Fun

For more information on Nimbus Dance Works summer programs: visit: / or contact our office: (201) 377-0718 or

Posted on: 2016/4/26 21:13

Nimbus Dance Works Presents New York City Season: June 2-4
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Nimbus Dance Works Presents New York City Season: GEOLOCATE
- Works by International Choreographers
June 2-4, at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Perfoming Arts Center.
Featuring Works By: Darshan Singh Bhuller, Korhan Basaran, Huang Yi, Samuel Pott

Performance Information:
Tickets: $15/advance, $20/door
Available at:
Location: Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
280 Broadway (Entrance at 53A Chambers St.), NYC
Questions? Email or call (201) 377-0718

Nimbus Dance Works celebrates 11 Seasons at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, June 2-4, with a collection of works by leading international voices in contemporary dance. In an increasingly fractured geopolitical world climate, choreographers become agents of communication between artists, audiences and communities, expressing ideas that fly between the framework of politics, border and language. Geolocate features: the North American Premier of "Mapping" by Darshan Singh Bhuller (UK), "Untitled" by Korhan Basaran (Turkey), "Shadow of Sound" by Huang Yi (Taiwan), and "Surface Tension" by Artistic Director Samuel Pott (USA).

Says Artistic Director Samuel Pott, ?So much of what colors our view of communication across borders, language and cultural difference, is delivered in the context of deeply troubling current world events. In Nimbus? upcoming New York season, we hope to reveal a sense of connection across difference that emerges through the physical communication that is the essence of dance itself. I find it profoundly hopeful in today?s world that dancers, choreographers and communities can gather around dance to share intimate understanding and commonality.?

Darshan Signh Bhuller?s Mapping is a tour-de-force work for nine dancers. Comical, poignant, athletic and subtle, Mapping emerges from Mr. Bhuller?s fascination with maps and the notion of "viewing life and the world from above". The piece is an abstract narrative that follows Bhuller's late father's journey from India to the UK. Mr. Bhuller, whose career spans decades in the UK as lead dancer and choreographer for London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, and as an independent filmmaker, set Mapping on Nimbus Dance Works this year, the first professional company to perform the work in North America.

Korhan Basaran choreographed Untitled on Nimbus in 2012 for 6 dancers. Set to renowned Turkish composer Fazil Say's impassioned vocal score, Untitled speaks to deep anguish and primal aspects of man and woman in relation to one another. As contemporary artists creating work in the turbulent socio-political environment of current-day Turkey, Basaran and Say both are able to convey an immediacy and intensity that seems to remind us all not to take expression for granted.

Shadow of Sound, created on Nimbus by Taiwanese choreographer Huang Yi in 2013, creates a world where sound, light, and movement energies merge and dancer's bodies become mysterious representations of physics and pure beauty. Recognized by Dance Magazine at one of the dance world?s ?25 to Watch? ? Huang Yi is celebrated in internationally for his innovations in choreographic approach including his work ?Huang Yi & Kuku? a duet performed with a robot partner.

Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott?s Surface Tension explores the notion of surfaces and borders ? the surfaces of the dancers? bodies illustrate the meeting point between self and other and the stage space belies a world of borderlines and crossings. Surface Tension is set to the piano music of Johannes Brahms and Franz Liszt, along with an edited sound score created by Mr. Pott.

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This performance is part of Gibney Dance?s POP Series, a program supporting curated rental opportunities for the dance community.
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Nimbus Dance Works's 2015-16 Season is made possible by:
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Music USA/Live Music for Dance, Goldman Sachs, SILVERMAN, US Trust/Bank of America, Pharos, the City of Jersey City, St. Mary's of the Resurrection, Parkwood Development, Dixon Leasing, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and by generous donors and sponsors. Thank you!

Posted on: 2016/4/15 16:56

Nimbus Dance Works Awarded $30,000 Grant from Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
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Nimbus Dance Works Awarded $30,000 Grant from Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

The general operating grant to Nimbus supports its professional dance performances, arts education programs, and community engagement. It was among $3.3 million in grants recently awarded by the Foundation in the first of three grantmaking rounds supporting arts, education, environment and informed communities nonprofit organizations dedicated to building stronger communities in New Jersey.
Chris Daggett, CEO of the Dodge Foundation writes: "Nimbus in so many ways is an exemplar for arts organizations that have deep commitment not only to their disciplines, but to their roles in community and service to youth. We look forward to an exciting
year ahead, and the opportunities for Nimbus to lead in Jersey City and the state of New Jersey."
?For eleven years we?ve been dedicated to a vision for impacting the life of the community through dance. In a local arts funding climate where New York organizations receive the bulk of foundation funding, private contributions, and ticket sale income, it is gratifying to have the support of the Dodge Foundation who remain committed to cultural and environmental welfare of New Jersey communities.? said Samuel Pott, Nimbus Dance Work?s artistic director. ?This significant grant supports our continued work in providing dance programs for local youth who lack access to high quality dance training, as well as the work of our exceptional professional company as we develop our national reputation for excellence and ingenuity in performance.?
Nimbus graciously thanks the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for their support.

Posted on: 2016/4/13 1:51

Nimbus Announces 2016 Summer Programs
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2016 Summer Programs: Registration Now Open!

Pre-Teen/Teen Intensives:
Hip Hop: 7/5-7/8; Contemporary / Ballet: 7/11-7/15
? Pre-Teen Intensives - ages 10-13yrs: 9am-12noon
? Teen Intensives - ages 14-18yrs: 1-4pm
Tuition: $290/week or $500/both weeks
To Register: email, or call: (201) 377-0718

6-Week Summer Term of Classes
? Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop
? 6/25 - 8/8
? Schedule and Class Descriptions:
Tuition: $200/1 class per week; $320/ 2 classes; $512/ 3 classes
To Register: email, or call: (201) 377-0718

JC SummerArts - 6 Weeks of Dance Theater & Music - Full Day Camp
? For ages 6-10yrs, in Partnership with Jersey City Children's Theater & Special Guests: Andi Gunden/A Sound Startt, Segunda Quimbamba Folklore Center, Surati for Performing Arts and Education, Chazz Giovanni Bruce, Elena Valls, & Theresa Coombe-Mannino
? 7/18 - 8/26; Weekly or Full Summer Options Available
Tuition: $420/week
To Register: Go to
JC SummerArts Jr. - 1/2 Day Dance, Theater & Music Camp
? For ages 3-5; Partnership with Jersey City Children's Theater & Andi Gunden
? 7/18 - 8/26; Weekly or Full Summer Options Available
Tuition: $225 / register by May 31; $300/week register by June 30; $350/week after July 1
To Register:!camps/cdht

Posted on: 2016/4/12 0:14

Nimbus Dance Works Announces Jersey City Performances
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ANNOUNCING: Nimbus Dance Works - OFFLINE
Sunday, February 28th, 2pm & 6pm


$18 - Advance; $22 - Door
209 3rd Street (off Erie)

Nimbus Dance Works performs Shadow of Sound by Huang Yi (Taiwan), Untitled by Korhan Basaran (Turkey), and Surface Tension by Artistic Director Samuel Pott in the company's studio theater in Downtown Jersey City. Following the performances, join the artists for a talkback with choreographers and performers.

Nicholas Ranauro, recipient of the Winter 2016 Nimbus Choreographic Residency will present a new trio created during his residency.

The performances are presented as part of the NimbusPresents Salon Series where artists are presented in Nimbus' intimate studio theater followed by Artist Talkbacks and panel discussions, bringing audiences into close proximity with artists and the artistic process.

Posted on: 2016/2/13 18:17

Re: New Jersey's Favorite Dance Company: Nimbus Dance Works?
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Last Chance to Vote for Nimbus!
We've been nominated as New Jersey's Favorite Dance Company!
Voting Ends Thursday Feb 11th...

Please Vote Here:

Show your support for Nimbus and Arts in Jersey City!
(note: voting open to all - including non-NJ residents)

Posted on: 2016/2/10 22:36

Immediate Opening for 1-2 Female Dancers for Touring & NYC Season
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Nimbus Dance Works seeks 1-2 female dancers for the company's spring season including tour to Vermont and Western New Jersey and NYC Season at Gina Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center.

Dancers will perform in works by Indo-British choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller, Charles Weidman, and Artistic Director, Samuel Pott.

Dancers must be available for following weeks of employment:

- Weeks of 2/8 & 2/15, Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm, in Manhattan & Jersey City

- Weeks of 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 ? Part-time rehearsals, Monday-Thursday in Jersey City

- Week of 3/28 ? Tour to Vermont & Western NJ

- April/May ? Schedule TBD

- June 2-4 ? NYC Season at Gina Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

Most February rehearsals will by in NYC. March rehearsals in Jersey City at Nimbus studio. Company class provided.

Interested dancers should send resume and video link to Nimbus will invite selected dancers to attend company class on Monday, Feb 1 and/or Wednesday Feb 3, 10am-11:30am at Nimbus studio, 209 3rd Street, Jersey City, NJ.

Dancers of color encouraged to apply

Posted on: 2016/1/29 1:27

Looking for a CPA for non-profit financial review
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We would appreciate any referrals for CPAs able to complete a financial review for our 501c3. If you can make a recommendation please respond to this thread or email:

Thank you!

Posted on: 2016/1/28 17:19

Re: New Jersey's Favorite Dance Company: Nimbus Dance Works?
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Have you voted yet?! Vote for Jersey City's Nimbus Dance Works as "New Jersey's Favorite Dance Company" - it's fast and easy!




Nimbus Among Nominees for New Jersey?s Favorite Dance Company

Jersey City, N.J. (January 21, 2016) ? Nimbus Dance Works is pleased to announce its nomination for Favorite Dance Company in the 2016 People?s Choice Awards. Now in its eighth year, the yearly awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts pays tribute to the work of New Jersey?s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. With the ballots now prepped, it?s time for arts lovers across the state to vote for their favorite N.J. arts organizations.

?Nimbus is incredibly grateful for this nomination as New Jersey?s Favorite Dance Company,? said Samuel Pott, Artistic Director at Nimbus Dance Works. ?This recognition is important to Nimbus not only as we establish ourselves as one of the state?s most recognized arts organizations; but also as Jersey City works to build sustainability for arts citywide.?

Nimbus Dance Works and the other contenders in the 2016 People?s Choice Awards were nominated by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is made up of hundreds of nonprofit arts groups across the state. Now, 10 arts districts and 100 organizations?the greatest number of nominees the Awards has received since its creation in 2008?will compete in 16 categories, including favorite performing arts center, dance company, art gallery, choral group and more.

?We have seen the number of nominees grow again this year, which truly illustrates the breadth of art we have in our state and the desire these groups have to see one another thrive,? said Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, which cosponsors the Discover Jersey Arts program with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. ?The quality of art we have in New Jersey is ever burgeoning thanks to our amazing cultural community working together to build each other up.?

Public voting begins January 6 and runs through February 11, 2016. Winners will be announced and honored in early March at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City.

For a full list of nominees and categories, please visit

About Nimbus Dance Works:

Nimbus Dance Works focuses its work on the intersection between high-level dance and innovative ways of involving communities and audiences. In addition to work by Artistic Director Samuel Pott, the company commissions dances by leading international dancemakers including Pedro Ruiz (Cuba/USA), Huang Yi (Taiwan), Korhan Basaran (Turkey), and Xiao-Xiong Zhang (Australia/Taiwan). The company has received acclaim for its program Dance Speaks Out - the company presents significant, historic, socio-political modern dance works ? including Pearl Primus? Strange Fruit (1942) and Charles Weidman?s Lynchtown (1936) ? and leads community members in the creation of dance work that respond to socio-political subjects of significance in their community. Through company performances, programs for youth and seniors, partnerships with institutions such as the Jersey City Board of Education and Rutgers University, and collaborations with notable composers and visual artists, Nimbus weaves together artistic excellence and community impact.
Nimbus? programs impact more than 11,000 people each year. Nimbus? educational programs serve over 1,100 annually in the Jersey City public schools. The School of Nimbus Dance Works offers training in Ballet and Modern Dance for over 130 youth ages 2-18, including a pre-professional program. Nimbus presents semi-annual seasons in Jersey City, annual New York City Seasons, and touring regionally including many of the most prestigious venues in the region including: Brooklyn Academy of Music, NJPAC, Jacob?s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater.

About and Discover Jersey Arts: is the official website of Discover Jersey Arts, a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State dedicated to increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey. The site features a comprehensive cultural events calendar and arts directory; feature stories on Culture Vultures Arts Weekly and the Jersey Arts Podcast; details on Jersey Arts Membership, including discounts and exclusive member events; an online gallery of New Jersey artists; and other content about the state?s cultural community.

Posted on: 2016/1/21 17:27

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