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The Kennedy Dancers


 

The Kennedy Dancers is a non-profit Jersey City Based Professional, American Dance Company established in 1976 with a mission of bringing high quality dance training and professional performance opportunities to the NY/NJ Metro area.  Since it's inception, the company has grown to responds to the community's special needs serving low income/at risk/incarcerated teens/senior citizens through diverse dance classes offering fun/fitness/performance opportunities.


The company was founded by Artistic Director Diane Dragone in 1976, to bring high quality dance performances to Jersey City, greater Hudson County, and the tri-state area. Since it's inception, the company has responded to needs in the community, and has grown to include a community dance school, dance programs in local public school systems, including programming designed specifically for the learning disabled, physically challenged and urban youth, dance programs for the elderly, and Dance Vista, a cable television program focusing on emerging women and minority dance artists.

 


The professional dance troupe performs a regular season each year in and around its home base, Jersey City. Each year the company reaches 6,500 through its public performances, with an additional 2,000 reached through touring performances. Kennedy Dancers tours have ranged the mid-Atlantic coast, from New England to Washington, DC. Video footage of the company has also been shown in international venues in France, Spain, Malta, Germany and Austria. Additionally, the Kennedy Dancers' performance of Artistic Director Diane Dragone's Variations on a Folk Song: Giles and Josephine, a work which portrays the American immigration.

 

Diane Dragone

 

New Jersey University certified teacher of dance by NJ Department of Education.  Taught special education dance 1984-1992 at Hudson County Schools of Technology.  Performer/Teacher/Choreographer Regional and National Broadway Tours and North Jersey Dance Company.  Frequent guest teacher at several grammar/high schools and universities.  Executive producer of award winning Dance Vista cable telelvision program-now in its 13th season.  Artistic director/choreographer for the Kennedy Dancers.

 

 

Our Funding

Our Funding

 Funding has been made possible in part by The NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Bank of America, The Anne Earle Talcott Fund, PSE&G Foundation, The Scarmolin Trust, Turrell Fund, Puffin Foundation, JC Community Development Block Grant, Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services/ Youth Services Commission/Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition,  Pronti Construction Co. Inc., New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Independence Bank Foundation, Provident Bank Foundation, Metrovest-Equities, Bevan Manufacturing Corp. (Costume Gallery), Back Bay Dancewear, Inc., New Jersey Dept. of Treasury, City of Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, Freeds of London, Moret Group, Hudson City Savings Bank

The Kennedy Dancers, 79 Central Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

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