Founded in 2002, by Benjamin Levy, Artistic Director, LEVYdance has developed into a recognized performing arts organization with a distinct artistic aesthetic that has earned accolades from The San Francisco Chronicle to The New York Times.
LEVYdance has presented original works at prestigious venues across the nation including the Kennedy Centerâs Terrace Theater, Zellerbach Playhouse, ODC Theater, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Cowell Theater, Dance Place, Joyce SoHo, and internationally at VDU University in Kaunas, Lithuania. LEVYdanceâs 2008 home season came to life on custom staging under the stars against the backdrop of mural-painted brick buildings in the streets of San Francisco's industrial SOMA district. The San Francisco Chronicle described the production as a âbeguiling frame for ambitious workâ. Touring endeavors, both national and international, continue to expand, including a performance in Tanzmesse, Germany and a residency in France in the summer of 2010.
Among LEVYdance's distinguished creative collaborators are The Kronos Quartet, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, composers Keeril Makan, Mason Bates and Jeremy Zuckerman, French Couture designer Colleen Quen, and industrial designer Rick Lee.
The company regularly conducts master classes and holds residencies and workshops at universities on the West and East Coasts. LEVYdance also hosts a Summer Intensive for college and pre-professional dancers at Studio Gracia, which is home to the company for rehearsals and also houses the administrative offices of LEVYdance. There are currently more than ten different disciplines of dance classes being taught at Studio Gracia each week.