Mission and History

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre creates original and dynamic dance theatre that raises questions, challenges social norms and values, and magnifies humanity through dance. Productions pivot around core themes and through an interplay between athletic and pedestrian motion, activate emotional expression, character, and narrative in a rich and abstract collage. Presenting dance in an immediate, mature, and inclusive way, we engage audiences from start to finish and beckon a response of thought, feeling, and soul.

Founded in 2000, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre has presented 10 original evening length works and dozens of shorter works at NY Performance Seasons and festival engagements, and offers residencies to colleges and universities. We include audiences in the creative process by offering open rehearsals, interactive performances of developing work, and access to videos, photos, and interactive tools on our website. We have presented over 25 productions at venues including New York Live Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, John Jay College, and Dance New Amsterdam.

Inside New York: “Amanda Selwyn is a master at illustrating the symbiosis of sound and movement, the romance of motion and emotion – she had me laughing, crying, cringing and gasping all in the short 55-minute production.”

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Pillow Pages: “Choreographically, Amanda’s point of departure is not an image or a gesture, but a theatrical imperative felt in her insistence on expression.”

As an accomplished choreographer with a fresh and vibrant movement language, Amanda Selwyn is becoming a prominent voice within the New York dance community. Each year, the company gains more momentum as presenters, funders, critics, and audiences take greater interest in the work. We receive funding from the Harkness Foundation and have been presented twice at the Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series.

  • Harkness Foundation for Dance (2010-present)
  • Friars Foundation (2012-present)
  • Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation Project Support (2010, 2012)
  • New York State Council Arts ArtsinEducation Funding (2011-present)
  • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund (2009-present)
  • City Council Member Rosie Mendez Discretionary and CASA Funding (2010-present)
  • City Council Member Andy King Discretionary Funding (2012-present)
  • Manhattan Borough President (2015)
  • City Council Member Bill DeBlasio Discretionary Funding (2008)
  • The Bronx Council on the Arts ArtsinEducation Grants (2008-2010)
  • The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund (2007)
  • JP Morgan Chase Individual, Team, and Matching Grants (2006-present)
  • NRG, Inc. Program Support (2009-2010)
  • Credit Suisse (2013-present)
  • Washington Post and Company (2010-present)
  • Bank of America (2010-present)

  • Presented by Tribeca Performance Arts Center (2015)
  • Presented in Footprints Dance Festival (2015, 2016)
  • Presented in Pushing Progress Series (2013)
  • Presented in Pentacle's APAP Series and Fall Showcase (2012, 2013)
  • Presented in Westfest (2012)
  • Presented at Dixon Place (2012)
  • Presented in Pushing Progress Series (2012)
  • Presented in Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out Performance Series (2009, 2011)
  • Presented in Dance Teacher Summit NYC (2011)
  • Led Workshops in NYC ArtsinEducation Roundtable’s Face to Face Conferences (2007, 2008, 2011)
  • Presented in the Earth Celebrations Festival (2010, 2011)
  • Presented in DUMBO Dance Festival (2009, 2010)
  • Presented in the Movement Research Open Performance Series at Dance Theater Workshop (2010)
  • Presented by Kumble Theatre for the Performing Arts, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus (2010)
  • Presented in COOL NY Dance Festival (2010)
  • Participated in the Choreographer’s Lab program at Jacob’s Pillow (2008)
  • Curated rental at Dance New Amsterdam (2008)
  • Presented in the NYU Women and Theater Conference (2003)


Footprints 2017
May 18-20, 2017 — Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, NYC

White Night 2017
April 8, 2017 — Reflections Center for Yoga, NYC

Green Afternoon IV
July 16, 2016—Outdoor Performance, East Hampton, NY

Refuge Studio Preview
June 5, 2016—The Ailey Studios, NYC

Refuge (excerpt)
May 19-21, 2016—Footprints: Modern Dance Festival, NYC

Refuge (excerpt)
January 28, 2016—View 34, Murray Hill, NYC

Green Afternoon III
August 15, 2015—Outdoor Performance, East Hampton, NY

Renewal (excerpt)
May 14-16, 2015—Footprints: Modern Dance Festival, NYC

March 13-15, 2015—Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC

Green Afternoon II
July 13, 2013—Outdoor Performance, East Hampton, NY

It’s a Game
June 27-29, 2013—New York Live Arts

It’s a Game (excerpt)
May 18-19, 2013— Pushing Progress Performance Series at Peridance

Open Rehearsal
April 15, 2012— 83 Leonard Street, 4th Floor

Two Duets (excerpts)
January 13, 2013 —Pentacle APAP Performance Showcase, Ailey Citigroup Theatre

Detour (excerpt)
October 1, 2012—Fall Further Pentacle Performance Showcase, Ailey Citigroup Theater

Green Afternoon
August 25, 2012— Outdoor Performance, East Hampton, NY

June 21-23, 2012—New York Live Arts

Detour (excerpt)
May 19-20, 2012—Pushing Progress Performance Series at Peridance

Detour (excerpt)
April 17, 2012—Dixon Place

White Night II
February 25, 2012—Space on White

APAP Showcase
January 8, 2012—Peridance

December 8-11, 2011—Merce Cunningham Studio Theater

Five Minutes (excerpt)
July 30, 2011—Dance Teacher Summit Performance

Jacob’s Pillow
July 8, 2011—Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Performance Series

Five Minutes
June 23-25, 2011—Dance Theater Workshop Guest Artist Series

Earth Celebrations
May 21, 2011—Rockefeller Park, NYC

White Night
February 26, 2011—Space on White

Passage (excerpt)
September 23-25, 2010—DUMBO Dance Festival

June 10-13, 2010 Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Long Island University

Earth Celebrations
May 22, 2010 Pier 40 on the Hudson River

Passage (excerpt)
April 14, 2010 Movement Research Performance Series at Dance Theater Workshop

February 27, 2010 Speyer Hall at University Settlement

Drops & Bubbles
January 10, 2010 APAP Conference at Dance New Amsterdam

Drops & Bubbles
January 29, 31, February 6, 2010 COOL NY Dance Festival at John Ryan Theater

September 27, 2009 2009 DUMBO Dance Festival at John Ryan Theater

Jacob’s Pillow
August 26, 2009—Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Performance Series

June 11-14, 2009—Ailey Citigroup Theater

February 7, 2009—Speyer Hall at University Settlement

June 5-8, 2008—Dance New Amsterdam

February 23, 2008—University Settlement

Interiors June 14-17, 2007 Danspace Project

blueprints February 24, 2007 University Settlement

June 15-17, 2006—The Ailey Citigroup Theater

April 29, 2006—Wien Hall Columbia University

March 18, 2006—The Philip Coltoff Center at Greenwich Village

June 16 - 18, 2005—Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

First Edition
February 5, 2005—Evolving Art Theater at Dance Space Center

June 24-26, 2004—Bessie Schonberg Theater at Dance Theater Workshop

Works in Progress 2004
February 28, 2004—Evolving Arts Theatre at Dance Space Center

June 4-8, 2003 University Settlement

Works-in-Progress 2003
February 15, 2003 Evolving Arts Theatre at Dance Space Center

July 10-14, 2002 The Culture Project's 45 Bleecker Theatre

April 20, 2002 Evolving Arts Theatre at Dance Space Center

July 12-14, 2001 University Settlement

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