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Since its founding by Benjamin Levy more than a decade ago, LEVYdance has developed into a nationally-recognized performing arts organization that serves the San Francisco Bay Area dance community as a creative incubator, community space and innovative arts presenter. In 2007, LEVYdance founded LEVYstudio, an 1800 square foot converted warehouse in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) District, which houses a dynamic array of community engagement and artist research programs. In 2013, LEVYdance conducted capital upgrades to its building, and strengthened the organization’s mission through an increased diversity of classes and resources that support new artists. The dance company, from its early successes to this day, enjoys a well-regarded artistic profile nationally, and continues to cultivate robust relationships with presenters and collaborators alike.

In 2015 LEVYdance transitions to a new chapter in its development, as we welcome a new Executive Artistic Director to lead the organization into its next phase. The new Director will steward LEVYdance into its second decade of artistic excellence, inviting the participation of an array of artistic voices and creating new partnerships for creative and community collaborations.

Timeline

2002 – pOrtal, falling after too
2003 – Temporal Rust
2004 – Holding Pattern, Four Letter Word
2005 – Violent Momentum, if small space
2007 – Bonelines
2008 – Physics, Nu NU, Wake, Cirrus
2009 – Everyone Intimate Alone Visibly
2010 – Our Body Remembers
2011 – Khaos (commissioned by Scottish Dance Theatre), ROMP
2012 – Low Down (collaboration with Alex Ketley, The Foundry), Less (by AMP 2012 choreographer Sidra Bell and her company)
2013 – Comfort Zone (exhibition created for the Exploratorium), ROMP at the General’s Residence
2014 – Soar, Meet Me Normal (collaboration with AMP 2014 choreographer Loni Landon and her company)

Supporters

LEVYdance has been generously awarded funding from San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts and Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund, the San Francisco Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dance: Creation to Performance program funded by the James Irvine Foundation and administered by Dance/USA, the Creative Work Fund, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, the David and Laura Merage Foundation, the Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work, Target Stores, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, USArtists International, Meet the Composer/Commissioning Music USA, the Columbia Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Paul and Elisabeth Merage Foundation, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Yammer, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, JetBlue, and by the generosity of LEVYdance’s family of supporters.

Recognition

“Top 10 Moments of Dance,” San Francisco Chronicle, ROMP (2011)
“Outstanding Achievement in Performance,” Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee, Low Down (2013)
Choreographic Fellowship at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (2006)
Represented San Francisco in the California Regional Dance Touring Project (2005) and the SCUBA Touring Network (2012)
Emerging Choreographer Award, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation (2005)
Featured Company, 16th Annual International Festival of Modern Dance, Kaunas, Lithuania (2005)
Represented the US delegation and performed at the International Tanzmesse dance conference, Düsseldorf, Germany (2010)
Guest Company, Audi City Festival, Beijing, China (2014)
Goldie Award, Outstanding Choreographic Achievement, SF Bay Guardian (2006)

Mission Statement

LEVYdance creates art to ignite awareness of our shared human experience.

core values

collaboration, through its creative process and its program development and delivery; integrity, through its ongoing commitment to examine and challenge its relevance; courage through its physical and emotional risk-taking, intimacy, transformation, and playfulness in art; and excellence through its passion for vibrant, innovative art-making, virtuosity in technique and performance, and its commitment to its audiences, communities, and art form.