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WHITE WAVE presents The 2018 DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL: A Four-Day Spectacular Presenting 70 Companies from New York and Around the World, October 11-14

by Michelle Tabnick
September 12, 2018
Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter
29 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 600-0047
A Four-Day Spectacular Presenting 70 Companies from New York and Around the World
October 11 – 14, 2018
Gala Opening October 11, 2018 at 7pm
Gelsey Kirland ArtsCenter
WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (WHITE WAVE) presents The 2018 DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL: A FOUR-DAY SPECTACULAR PRESENTING 70 COMPANIES FROM NEW YORK & AROUND THE WORLD at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 from October 11 - 14, 2018. On Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7pm, WHITE WAVE Dance will celebrate the 18th Anniversary season of the DUMBO Dance Festival (DDF) with a Gala Opening, heralding the most anticipated four-day festival of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region. Tickets are $15 - $250 and are available at www.whitewavedance.com.

Committed to developing dance as an important art form, WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of the most innovative of today's dance makers, both emerging and established, and brings them to Brooklyn for one extended weekend of 11 different programs. For four nights and three days, dance lovers will experience a veritable cornucopia of the best of contemporary dance. DDF is committed to advancing the best of dance by providing on-stage and be-hind-the-scene opportunities for 70 dance troupes from across America and around the globe, allowing audiences to experience, first-hand, the incomparable vitality of the New York dance scene.

“This is a festival about opportunities,” says Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director of WHITE WAVE Dance. “The DUMBO Dance Festival provides an opportunity for over 350 performing artists to showcase their work. Further, it offers New York audiences the chance to participate in one of the most diverse displays of leading-edge choreography and excellence at an affordable price.”


October 11: 7pm OPENING NIGHT GALA
October 12: 7pm & 9pm Festival Performances
October 13: 2pm. 4pm, 6pm & 8pm Festival Performances
October 14: 12 – 1:15pm Free Kids Can Dance Hip Hop class
October 14: 1:30 –3:00 pm Family Friendly Program
October 14: 4pm & 6pm Festival Performances
October 14: 8:00pm GRAND FINALE

To view the full performance schedule please visit: www.whitewavedance.com

GALA Opening Night: October 11th at 7PM
The 2018 DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL will kick off with WHITE WAVE’s Opening Night GALA Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 11th at 7:00 pm.  The evening will be hosted by a guest celebrity (TBA). We have selected two of our most distinguished supporters to honor the great impact they have had in furthering our mission this year. Their opening remarks will be followed by six stunning contemporary dance troupes: CARMELO SEGURA DANCE COMPANY (Spain), Augusto Soledade Brazzdance (FL), Jennifer Muller | The Works (NY), Ballet Clasico Alina Abreu (Dominican Republic), Buglisi Dance Theatre (NY), WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (NY). Afterwards, the audience will enjoy a reception with a buffet dinner of exotic Korean cuisine and a fabulous raffle (including gourmet wine baskets, “dinner for two” at local DUMBO eateries and much more)!

Tickets are $100 and $250 (VIP seating) per person; all proceeds raised will directly offset WHITE WAVE’s production costs for our 2018/19 Season. Tickets can be purchased at www.whitewavedance.com


Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (WHITE WAVE) strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. Our mission is to be a potent stimulus for change and expansion of the dance/arts world through the production of dance concerts, classes, residencies, and education. Artistic Director Young Soon Kim’s vision is expansive, challenging the threshold of dance, music, theater and visual art, surging forward to create new possibilities. Ms. Kim creates works of vision and movement language in reverence and awe of novelty that challenge and broaden the boundaries of dance. We provide both emerging and established choreographers/companies with a NYC venue where they can congregate, create, rehearse and present new dance works through our festivals. www.whitewavedance.com

Mission and a brief history of WHITE WAVE
Founded by Korean-born Young Soon Kim in 1988, the WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company is dedicated to inspiring audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. We constantly strive to be a potent stimulus for progress and evolution within the dance/arts world. By producing dance concerts, festivals, and educational activities, WHITE WAVE Dance provides both nascent and seasoned choreographers/companies with an encouraging environment where they can create, collaborate, and present new works in the undisputed capital of world dance, New York City.

WHITE WAVE created DDF in 2001 in response to the dance community’s need for performance opportunities that would not only present, but also produce, the work of rising choreographers at minimal expense for the artist. The festival is now recognized as New York’s most prestigious gathering of pioneering choreography, encouraging experimentation, creativity, and originality.

WHITE WAVE Dance has proudly presented over 2,600 choreographers/dance companies and over 15,500 performers to a total of more than 80,500 audience members.


Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director of WHITE WAVE Dance, is a nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographer, whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich phrases and textures.

In addition to her role as a performer and Artistic Director, Ms. Kim initiated a series of dance festivals after creating WHITE WAVE John Ryan Theater in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in 2001. She has since become one of the most recognized producers/curators in New York City. Kim also served as a juror for New York City Department of City Affairs in 2006 and as an apprentice for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2014.

After featured at the 2017 La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, WHITE WAVE Dance’s Canadian Première of "iyouuswe" at the 2018 Vancouver International Dance Festival was a resounding success!

“There are people who simply have a lot of energy, and the Korean-born choreographer Young Soon Kim is clearly one of them.” – Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times, 2008.


GK Arts Center is a 20,000 square foot performance space with a 308 seat theater, and 4 spacious column free studios located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Theater rental and studio rental are available for theatrical performances (dance, music, theater and opera), stage & studio rehearsals, classes, workshops, photo, film & video shoots, corporate events and receptions. The theater has a rep lighting plot. All studios have 32 foot ceilings and are outfitted with marley sprung floors, mirrors, state of the art sound systems and ballet barres for dance. The event space is all ground level and fully handicapped accessible. GK ArtsCenter is also home to Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. www.gkartscenter.org/home/about
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