"We love the attention the girls get during classes and after from the staff. The dance classes are of high-quality, the staff is very experienced and caring, the campsite is exquisite, the food is great, the girls are nice and interesting, and the communication among parent-counselor is appropriate."
Darcy Naganuma is the Artistic Director/Founder of NAGANUMA Dance. Born and raised in Lihue, Hawaii, Darcy currently runs her company out of New York City. Her choreography, described by critics as "physical and explosive," "powerful," "riveting," "lush and vibrant," and "utterly absorbing," has been presented in Hawaii, Salt Lake City, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Her heart resides in the studio; she is constantly invigorated by the magic that emerges as her own ideas meet the unique strengths of her collaborators.
On faculty at both Dance New Amsterdam and Broadway Dance Center in new York City, Darcy also heads the modern program at the school of the Westchester Ballet Company. Her teaching credits include workshops/classes at SUNY Purchase, PMT Dance Studio, the Utah State Dance Conference, Salt Lake Community College, and Repertory Dance Theatre. She has appeared in works by Ron K. Brown, Doug Elkins, Alwin Nikolais (solo reset by Alberto del Saz), Viola Farber, Linda Diamond, and Donna White. She was featured in the premiere of a new
Repertory Dance Theatre LINKS work, and, since her move to New York City, has danced with Opus Dance Theatre and Hydroflo Dance Company. She has appeared in commercials and dance specials on both the MTV and VH1 networks, and was invited to perform at the UN Headquarters in May 2007. Darcy holds a B.F.A. and Dance Education certification from the University of Utah, where she was a Presidential Scholar and recipient of the Interdisciplinary Arts Scholarship.
Since its inception in January of 2006, NAGANUMA Dance has been selected to appear in the PMT Seasonal Showcases, the 2006 - 2009 Battery Dance Company Downtown Dance Festivals, the Earl Mosley Masters of Dance Performance Series, the 2006 Dumbo Dance Festival, and 2007 - 2009 White Wave Cool New York Dance Festivals. The company's self-produced shows have consistently yielded sold-out audiences. NAGANUMA Dance was recently awarded an exclusive contract with Global Talent Associates, joining such esteemed companies as Rennie Harris Puremovement and Step Afrika.