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Collective Thread

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Photo Caption: An African American woman facing away from the audience reaching up to the ceiling with her right arm.

MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) is elated to announce its eighth annual dance festival, Collective Thread, on March 31 & April 1, 2023 7:30 PM at The Riverside Theater, 91 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027 + Livestream & On Demand Option. The purpose of Collective Thread is to provide a voice and a platform for artistic self-impression to those women identifying artists of underrepresented ethnic groups within the medium of dance. ***PLEASE NOTE: MADC uses the term “women” to encompass all those that self-identify as women including cisgender, transgender, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming. We honor and respect all identities.*** The goal of Collective Thread is to instill artists with the necessary tools to take on leadership roles in an effort to increase diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in the dance field. 


The sixteen artists who will share their work in one or both of the live evening concerts are Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre | Cedar City, UT; Yu Fujiwara & Tsubasa Nishioka | Elmhurst, NY; Jalyn Gill & Tashae Udo | Brooklyn, NY; Sloka Iyengar/The Aseemkala Initiative | New York City, NY; Joan Liu/Axons Dance Theatre | Astoria, NY; Audrey Hubbard Madison/MoJazz Dance | Brooklyn, NY; Kiara Paige/CarNYval Dancers | Jamaica, NY; Shreya Ramanathan/The Aseemkala Initiative | Austin, TX; Carolina Rivera/SUR Dance | New York City, NY;  Allyson Ross/ SouthernBelleStories | New York City, NY; Aika Takeshima & Sara Pizzi/sarAika movement collective | Queens, NY; Leah Tubbs/MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) | Harlem, NY; and Kayla Yee | New York City, NY. This year's recipient of the CREATE | SHARE | INSPIRE Legacy Award is Mary Barnett. You can purchase the 2023 Collective Thread Dance Festival On Demand Access to view both concerts at your convenience until midnight EST on Sunday, April 16th for $20.

MADC’s Collective Thread Dance Festival is made possible in part with funding from the West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) Community Board Grant and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (LMCC) Creative Engagement Grant.

2022 Presenting Artists/Dance Companies
Friday, March 18, 2022

Rhoda Moise/Aseemkala Initiative

Kristina Diaz

Monica Shah

Aika Takeshima & Sara Pizzi/sarAika

Makayla Peterson/Monét Movement Productions: The Collective

Megan Curet/Curet Performance Project

Leah Tubbs/MODArts Dance Collective (MADC)

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Jenny Oliver/Modern Connections Collective

Megan Curet/Curet Performance Project

Monica Shah

Melissa Garcia Velez & Sebastian Angel/Meldanzando & Dancers

Audrey Madison/MoJazz Dance

Leah Tubbs/MODArts Dance Collective (MADC)

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Jurne Smith

Shoko Tamai & Zen Takai / Ninja Ballet 

Saraswathy Lakshmivaraham 

Chien-Ying Wang/OcampoWang Dance

Violeta De Leon Davila

Jennifer Chin/JENNIFERCHINdance

Ankita Sharma

Leslie Alston/ The Angels of Transformation

Suwodi Dutta Bordoloi

Allyson Ross/ SouthernBelleStories

Ann Francis Ang

Jamison Curcio

Linda Steele II - HUMA/lingual Cafe for the Arts

2021 Artists/Dance Companies

Sheila Rohan
Ella Thompson Moore

Makayla Peterson/Monét Movement Productions: The Collective, Monica Shah, Fang-Ting Yeh, Ashley Pierre-Louis, Arielle "seria" Crook, Basma Arfaoui, Mimi Liu, Andrea Smith/Revolutionary Artistic Productions, Jessica Gabrielle Thomas/Selah Gabrielle, Beatrice Capote, Jamison Curcio, Gelline Guevarra/GG Projects, Allyson Ross/SouthernBelleStories, Audrey Madison/MoJazz Dance, Chien-Ying Wang/OcampoWang Dance, Bre Seals/BREathe Dance Project, Mushtari Afroz, Cheri Stokes, & Leah Tubbs/MODArts Dance Collective (MADC)

2020 CREATE | SHARE | INSPIRE LEGACY AWARD Recipient: Hope Clarke

2020 Artists/Dance Companies

Preya Patel/Vivarta Arts, Shekoya Gordon, Audrey Hubbard Madison/MoJazz Dance, Chatiera Ray/The CRay Project, LLC, Sahana Madabhushi /SnD Productions, Winter Bosanko/Winter Dance Projects, Shachi Phene/Noor Dance Academy, Akane Koizumi & Yu Fujiwara/A&Y duo, Jenny Boissiere/DanceBoissiere, Andrea Smith/Revolutionary Artistic Productions, & Allyson Ross/SouthernBelleStories

2019 Artists/Dance Companies
2018 Artists/Dance Companies

Malaika Holder (The Bronx, NY)   Lindsay Renea Benton (Montgomery, AL)   Julianne Cariño (Brooklyn, NY)   Sunae Hwang/SUNPROJECT (Queens, NY)   Shilpa Darivemula/The Aseemkala Initiative (Delmar, NY)   Italy Bianca (New York, NY)   Jenny Boissiere/Dance Boissiere (New York, NY)   Melissa Villarreal/Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts (Austin, TX)   Lauren C. Smith/The Elsie Project (Fairborn, GA)   Brianna Anderson (The Bronx, NY)  Kacei Womack (Philadelphia, PA)   Akane Koizumi & Yu Fujiwara (New York, NY)   Chien-Ying Wang/OcampoWang Dance (Monmouth Juction, NJ)  Beverly Lopez/REDi Dance Company (The Bronx, NY)   Audrey Hubbard Madison/ MoJazz Dance (Brooklyn, NY)   Ayako Takahashi | Ayalis in Motion (Queens, NY)   Jenny Oliver/Connections Dance Theater (Boston, MA)  Allyson Ross/Southern Belle Stories (New York, NY)   Anuradha Naimpally (Austin, TX)

2017 Artists/Dance Companies

Anuradha Naimpally (Austin, TX)   Chatiera Ray/The CRayProject (Long Beach, CA)   Alyssa M. Parnell (Birmingham, AL)   Audrey Hubbard Madison/MoJazz Dance (Brooklyn, NY)   Kaoru Ikeda/MoustacheCat Dance​ (New York, NY)   Melissa Escano (formerly Melissa Garcia Velez)[The Bronx, NY]   Leah Moriarty (Brooklyn, NY)   Angel Chinn/NonaLee Dance Theatre (Brooklyn, NY)   Cyrian Reed/Creative Discipline (Riverside, CA)   SunAe Hwang/SUNPROJECT (Queens, NY)   Chien-Ying Wang/OcampoWang Dance (Monmouth Junction, NJ)   ​Sadé M. Jones/Ashé Arts (Austin, TX)   Natasha Natraj ​(New York, NY)​   Beverly Lopez/​REDi Dance (The Bronx, NY)   Jessica T. Pearson (Providence, RI)   Allyson Ross/Southern Belle Stories (New York, NY)   Courtney J. Cook (Brooklyn, NY)    Francine E. Ott (Brooklyn, NY)   Clarice Young (Brooklyn, NY)   Courtni Poe (​Hermitage TN)   Robyn Ayers (New York, NY)

2016 Artists/Dance Companies

Brianna Anderson (New York, NY)   Robyn Ayers (New York, NY)   Jenny Boissiere/Jenny Boissiere and Dancers (New York, NY)   Angel Chinn/NonaLee Dance Theatre (Brooklyn, NY)   Shauna Davis/Shauna Davis Dance (New York, NY)   Chieh Hsiung (New York, NY)   SunAe Hwang/SUNPROJECT (Queens, NY)   Darnetha Lincoln M'Baye/Roots In Revolution (New York, NY)   Jessica T. Pearson (Providence, RI)

Lauren C. Smith (Jacksonville, FL)   Chien-Ying Wang & Paul C. Ocampo (Monmouth Junction, NJ)   Brittany Wilson (Queens, NY)

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