SUMMIT, NJ - East coast meets the west coast in the Hilltop City when Summit's New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (NJDTE) welcomes the dancers of the Northern California Dance Conservatory (NCDC) for a weekend of collaborative master classes and performances at NJDTE April 8.. 

“We look forward to welcoming the talented dancers of NCDC to our home for this bi-coastal exchange. It’s inspiring to collaborate with a like-minded organization who shares the similar vision of providing the highest caliber of pre-professional training, access to master artists and choreographers, and performance opportunities to the next generation of dancers.” said NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano said. “I am excited to have our dancers share the studio and build relationships with the phenomenal NCDC dancers, and look forward to developing this valuable bi-coastal partnership into the future. 

NCDC Artistic Director Jen Bradford agrees. “The dance world is very small, and Nancy and I feel it is important to facilitate dialogue and build relationships between young dancers that might bloom into opportunity, friendship and support,” she said.

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NJDTE and NCDC dancers will attend master classes with renowned international dance artists, including Francesca Harper, Francois Perron and Bradley Shelver, at NJDTE and at Pearl Studios in NYC. The companies will also present a sharing of their repertory followed by a meet-the-artists reception on Saturday, April 8 at NJDTE. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Corey Bliss at cbliss@njdte.org.

Founded in 1969, the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble is a pre-professional training school and performing company. The Ensemble provides mentorship programs and access to master artists and choreographers as role models, providing a network for the dancers to succeed as performing artists in higher education and as professionals in the field. An esteemed advisory panel of the country’s most inspired dance artists supports the Ensemble. Throughout the year, a full schedule of classes in ballet, modern,pointe and contemporary dance for dancers ages 5 -18 are taught by faculty from prominent companies and schools.

For more information on the NJDTE, visit njdte.org.

The New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble is located at 315B Springfield Avenue.