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TruArt Dance Company

TruArt Dance Company

Category: Dance


The TruArt Dance Company is a component of The Cypher, a year round after school and summer program for at risk youth and young adults. Lead by dance teaching artist, founder and choreographer Jayme Bermudez, this ensemble of self-taught, hip hop genre teen dancers have transformed through classical training and development of an esprit de corps to become proficient and creative performers and positive contributors to society. TRU stands for THE REAL U! Mr. Bermudez's combined dance and human services background make him well suited to work with the youth who have experienced systemic barriers hindering their personal growth, academic and employment potential. For more than one year the youth dancers of TruArt Dance Company have provide performances and participatory dance workshops for educational sites in our service area. They have performed for Middle School students in Newark and taught workshops to the same students; performed for Middle School students in day programs (BOCES), York, Pittsford, East Irondequoit, and Fairport. They are true entrepreneurs!


Grades PreK-12
Length 45 minutes
Cost $250 for Single Performance by an Ensemble (3-4 dancers); $450 for a Single Performance by the Full Company (6-8 dancers)

Technical Requirements

Please provide a clean floor in the performance area; a power source for music; changing rooms for dancers; and drinking water.



Overview of Programs

  Performances, Workshops and After School Programs  
Express The Real U - a Tru Art Dance Company Performance
TruArt Dance Company performances are available as an Ensemble (a few dancers) or with the Full Company (6-8 dancers). All performances may be customized for schools or education sites and include current dance styles (hip hop, street, step, break and bone crusher). "Dance does amazing things. It builds self-esteem it really helps you in terms of body image, and by being able to do it in an accepting arena and accepting crowd, it really helps you kind of just be more encouraged at the end of it all," said Bermudez (Time Warner Cable "Battle for the ROC: Encouraging Kids to Step Away From Violence by Stepping Into Dance, June 1, 2016). Participatory Workshops are available upon request. Contact YA office for more information. (PreK-12)