Ninth annual New York City Dance Festival: Dancing to express

Teacher Kathleen Isaac’s PS 165, Queens, 5th-grade dance company had the help of a choreographer trained in Chinese dances for their Chinese Fan Dance.

While the American Ballet Theater dancers were doing their cabrioles and plies at Lincoln Center, the New York City Dance Educators’ ninth annual Dance Festival was in full swing at UFT headquarters on May 23. Student dance troupes from across the city — chosen through auditions — presented a wide range of styles, most of them choreographed by their dance teachers. At the Sunday performances, the 100 or so parents attending rose to their feet cheering when teachers were asked to stand. After all, what standardized test can measure what the dancers have achieved? Julie Rubin, the dance educators secretary, stood in for Chair Allison Parsley.

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In Our Schools Today Newsletter: Students Perform at State of the City Address

Students at PS 165 in Queens performed for a crowd of 1,000 New Yorkers — including Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Klein, and other government and civic dignitaries — at the Mayor’s annual State of the City address on Thursday.

The students danced, jumped, and waved colorful scarves in time to lively music before the Mayor delivered his speech at the new ice rink facility at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

“Experiencing my dance company’s performance for the Mayor’s State of the City Address was like giving and receiving a gift at the same time,” said dance teacher Kathleen Isaac. “It was a tremendous honor for the students to perform for this audience, and the children’s dancing filled the space with movement and color.”

The students said they loved their debut — especially because their audience was packed with distinguished New Yorkers, including members of the City Council and two former mayors, David Dinkins and Ed Koch.

“Dancing for the Mayor and City was the dream of a lifetime,” said PS 165 student Christopher Bonhomme, “This was a chance for PS 165 to shine.”

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