Higher Ground Festival / June 16th, 2018


Elvis Presley’s eclectic music sets the stage for “Sweet Elvis.” The upbeat cheerfulness of the King’s timeless songs such as “Hound Dog,” “Devil in Disguise,” and other favorites burst through this charming suite performed by ZEST Collective and students from the Dance Project of Washington Heights.

When: June 16th (7pm)

Where: Anne Loftus Playground (Inwood, NYC) - Take A train to Dyckman Street

Legacy Concert / May 31st, 2018


This Spring Gentry George premieres 'Walk On By,' set on Juniors and Seniors at Newark, New Jersey's Arts High School. The work goes back in time, accompanied by classic tunes sung by Dionne Warwick, Brenda Lee, and Gogi Grant. The program will also feature new works by Ronnie D. Carney and Kevin Iega Jeff.

When:  May 31st  and June 1st @ 7pm

Where:  Arts High School
550 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Newark, NJ 07102

Spring Dance Concert (Central Connecticut State University) / April 22nd, 2018


When: April 22nd (3pm)

Where: Central Connecticut State University (Welte Auditorium)

1615 Stanly Street, New Britain CT 06053

Be sure to catch Dance Artists Cajai Fellows Johnson and Gentry Isaiah George in the world premiere of “Soul Shine” - a tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, presented at Central Connecticut State University under the Artistic Direction of Catherine Jean Fellows.

Winter Rise / March 3rd, 2018


Catch a sneak peek of ZEST’s new collaboration and the world premiere of Artistic Director Gentry Isaiah George’s new ballet “Hound Dog,” performed by students at the Dance Project of Washington Heights. Come celebrate Northern Manhattan Art at Higher Ground Festival‘s annual fundraiser!

To learn more visit: creatinghigherground.com

When: March 3rd (7pm)

Where: 178 Bennett Ave (Cornerstone Center), NYC

Danone Nations Cup / September 24th, 2017


On Sunday the largest international soccer tournament for kids ages 10-12 is coming to the USA. The Danone Nations Cup, now in its 18th year, takes places across 33 countries and engages 2.5 million children worldwide in our positive values of cultural sharing and teamwork, healthy lifestyles and for kids to believe in their dreams. 

To commemorate this momentous occasion Danone has chosen to collaborate with ZEST Collective and other local artists to make this event a celebration of culture. Choreographer Willy Laury (Juilliard Alumni and Alvin Ailey soloist) has chosen ZEST to represent the “Danone Dance Company” on floating platforms in the Red Bull Arena, among more.

When: September 24th 
Where: Red Bull Arena (all day family event - 10:30am – 5:30pm)
600 Cape May St.
Harrison, NJ 07029

To RSVP for free tickets email:  info@zestcollective.org

Danza Highbridge Festival / September 23rd, 2017


When: September 23rd
Where: Highbridge Park, Amsterdam Ave & 175th 
(FREE - 5pm) Contact 212-568-1157

This Saturday Artistic Director Gentry Isaiah George and Tyler Brown perform an excerpt from their new work 'Return To You' at The Danza Highbridge Festival. Celebrate traditional and cultural dance styles from eight professional companies, including a special presentation by George's students from the Dance Project of Washington Heights.

Presented by the United Palace of Cultural Arts

Higher Ground Festival / June 24th, 2017


Join us for a special premiere at the third annual Higher Ground Festival.

Set to score by all American musicians, ZEST's new work, 'American Melody' brings together professional dancers and students from the Dance Project of Washington Heights to tell an awe-inspiring story of diversity and hope.

When:  June 24th (7pm)

Where:  Anne Loftus Playground (Inwood, NYC)

NYC10 Dance Initiative / June 21st, 2017


Join us Wednesday (June 21st) for NYC10 Dance Initiative. Dance Artist Anthony Santos premieres a new solo entitled ‘Lonesome,’ with music by Elvis Presley.

NYC10 is a unique dance show that provides opportunities to ten emerging dance companies to showcase their work (up to ten minutes each), and receive feedback and reviews. It is a free dance platform for the development and expansion of unique repertoires.

Lukasz Zieba & Iza Szylinska
Soluq Dance Theater
ZEST Collective
ODNA Choreography
Kelsey & Abdiel
Cameron McKinney
Larry D & Ashani Dances
Yidi Lin & Karlie Budge
Debbie Z Maciel
Lila Artists

When:  June 21st (7:30pm)

Where:  Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey.

Tickets:  $15 in advance and $18 at the door

Danza Debuts / June 16th, 2017


United Palace of Cultural Arts presents its inaugural “Danza Debuts,” a program that features emerging choreographers who created original works to debut on the Palace stage. The two choreographers are Virgil Gadson, a top 4 finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance?” Season 12, and Cassie Nordgren, curator of the “Danza Highbridge” festival.

Kicking off the program will be a special performance by students from Dance Project of Washington Heights, the nonprofit that holds over 30 dance classes a week at the United Palace, led by ZEST’s Artistic Director Gentry George.

At 7pm, the public is invited to a sneak peek of the United Palace’s new professional dance studios. RSVP required at mikef@unitedpalace.org

When:  June 16th
Where:  United Palace, 4140 Broadway New York, NY, 10033

Ulster Ballet's Festival of Dance / March 25th, 2017


Come see the world premiere of 'Plantation Lullaby,' presented at Ulster Ballet's 34th Festival of Dance.

ZEST Collective's new ballet is an expression of spiritual courageousness and pays homage to those who've fought sensitively to seek and protect personal liberty.

When:  March 25th @ 8pm

Where:  Ulster Performing Arts Center
601 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401

Tickets are $18 - $25, and can be purchased at the door.  

A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association of the Hudson Valley.

Black History Celebration / February 25th, 2017


This February ZEST Collective Dance celebrates Black History, presented by Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens, FL. 

Our production is entitled "The Experience:  A JOURNEY to Freedom," and features liturgical dance by the church's youth ministry, as well as traditional tunes sung by the award-winning choir.

Be sure to catch ZEST Collective in the world premiere of "Balm In Gilead," with music by Jessye Norman.

When:  February 24th and 25th @ 7pm

Where:  Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
21311 N.W. 34th Ave.
Miami Gardens, FL, 33056

Tickets are $10 to $15, and can be purchased at the door. 

R&J The Tempest Too / February 17th - 18th, 2017

"In fair Florida where we lay our scene, a brave new world like few have seen..."

This February Grace Arts FL presents ZEST Collective Dance, and Outre Theatre Company in the world premiere of "R&J The Tempest Too!"

Our production reimagines Florida at the time of Shakespeare, choreography and a new mysterious Narrator in spoken-word takes the audience on a fast moving journey from the 1600's in 'La Florida' into the future!

When:  February 17 - 18

Arts High School / December 16th, 2016

As 2016 draws near a close we've one final performance before ringing in the new year. ZEST is having its first school assembly, hosted by Newark Art High - the Nation's first High School for the Arts!

Please join us as we present three world-premieres and returning favorites!

When:  December 15  (12:30pm - 1:30pm)
Where:  Newark Arts High
550 M.L.K. Jr Blvd
Newark, NJ 07102
To RSVP email:  info@zestcollective.org

Dance On The Lawn / September 10th, 2016

The 2016 line up is NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS:  Grooves Unlimited Dance Studio (Livingston); Kathy Costa's DanceWorks & Company (Montclair); Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts' Performance Workshop Ensemble (Montclair) & Nancy Turano's New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (Summit) 


NEW JERSEY COMPANIES: FreeSpace Dance (Donna Scro - Artistic Director/Montclair); "Dance Therapy" (Maurice Chestnut - Artistic Director/Newark); 10 Hairy Legs (Randy James - Artistic Director/Highland Park) & Carolyn Dorfman (Carolyn Dorfman - Artistic Director/Union) 

NEW YORK COMPANIES:  New Work by Troy Powell (Artistic Director - Ailey II); ZEST Collective (Gentry George - Artistic Director); & Keigwin + Company (Larry Keigwin - Artistic Director) 


When:  September 10 from 3:00pm- 5:00pm 

Where:  St. Luke's Episcopal Church

73 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ

The Wassaic Project / August 06th, 2016

This August ZEST presents a brand new program at The Wassaic Project.  

Founded in 2008, The Wassaic Project exists to provide a genuine and intimate context for art making and strengthening local community by increasing social and cultural capital through inspiration, promotion and creation of contemporary visual and performing art.
When:  August 06 (5pm)

Where:  Wassaic Project
37 Furnace Bank Road Wassaic, NY 12592 

Admission is FREE!

JCAL's First Friday Residency Series / July 01st, 2016

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) presents June's Residency recipients writer Sokunthary Svay and ZEST Collective Dance.

When:  July 01 @ 6pm

Where:  JCAL

161 - 04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY, 11432

Higher Ground Festival / June 30th, 2016

Thursday, June 30th, ZEST Collective will premiere a new performance project entitled ‘Inferno’.  The work honors the life of Bruce Reynolds, a port authority police officer, who on the morning of September 11, 2001, rushed from his post at the George Washington Bridge into the inferno at the World Trade Center, sacrificing his life to save others.  

The ballet features original compositions by Mikael Karlsson and Aaron Scott.  

When:  June 30th @ 6pm

Where:  Anne Loftus Playground

5th Anniversary Harlem Arts Festival (HAF) / June 24-26, 2016

ZEST Collective Dance Artist Marcus Williams

ZEST Collective Dance Artist Marcus Williams

ZEST Collective opens up for 2x Grammy Award Winner Timothy Bloom at the 5th annual Harlem Arts Festival. Smooth keyboards, crazy guitar riffs and bass that you can feel combined with lyrics that touch your soul are what you can expect from Bloom.  Catch ZEST, Timothy Bloom, and many more incredible performances June 25th, at the MainStage Theater in Marcus Garvey Park!

When:  June 25th @ 6:30pm

Where:  Marcus Garvey Park, Richard Rodgers Amphitheater

18 Mt Morris Park W

New York, NY 10027

2016 First Look / June 24th, 2016

Brooklyn Ballet's First Look is a dance series featuring emerging and established dance artists creating new work.  The 2016 series was curated by Richard Glover and Remi Harris.  Choreographers include:  Ezra Goh, Mari Meade Montoya, Aaron Atkins, Caroline Brethenoux, Andrea Gise, Jillian Greis, Eryn Renee Young, Giorgia Bovo, Jenny Boissiere, Gentry Isaiah George (ZEST Collective), Margaret Yuen, Nellie Rainwater, Nikki Theroux, Ariel Grossman, Luisa Martinez, William Isaac, Hollye Bynum, Andrea Gise, Sarah Chien, Bryanna Brock, Whitney Jacobs, and Marilyn Klaus.

When:  June 24th, 2016 @8pm

Where:  The Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

NYC10 Dance Initiative / June 22nd, 2016

NYC10 is a sister project of NYC Dance Week.  10 emerging dance companies are given up to 10 minutes to showcase their work.  NYC10 is a unique opportunity to showcase new work awaiting feedback and reviews. It’s a platform to expand and explore new repertoires or simply try something new.  Join ZEST as they present excerpts from 'Courageous Chapel'.

When:   June 22, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Where: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street

New York, NY 10002-2885

Tickets: $12 for the first 30 early birds online; thereafter $15 online and $18 at the door. 

Use  promo code NYC10JUN15 for $2 off.

SummerStage 2016 / June 18th, 2016

ZEST's summer performance season begins with our premiere at SummerStage NY.  Join us June 18, 2016 (7- 9pm) in Brooklyn at Red Hook Park. 

When:  June 18th, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where:  Coffey Park, 85 Richards Street
Brooklyn, NY  11231

 'Courageous Chapel' - Broward County Main Library / March 16th, 2016

South Florida Native Son, Gentry George, returns home from Washington Heights, NYC to present a special one night performance titled, "Courageous Chapel,  Abandoning Theater," at the Broward County Main Library Theater in Fort Lauderdale.  The project contains three danced ‘short stories,’ a Dj’s operatic interlude, and the finale re-interprets traditional gospel songs and spiritual dances through a collage of modern choreography by George and members of his ZEST Collective featuring riveting music from Elvis Presley, Echoes of Nature, Inez Matthews, Jessye Norman and Peyman Yazdanian.

When:  March 16th, 2016 - 6:30pm

Where:  Broward County Main Library Theatre

100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Winter Rise Event - HG Festival / December 12th, 2015

ZEST was chosen to participate in the 2015 inaugural performance of the Higher Ground (HG) Festival this summer.  Please join us again for a night to celebrate Artists in Inwood / Washington Heights and help support the HG Festival 2016.


When:  December 12th, 2015 - 7pm

Where:  The Cornerstone Church

178 Bennett Avenue, New York, NY  10040

BAAD! Presents 'In Our Skin' / November 14th, 2015

'IN OUR SKIN' is a fresh, daring evening of dance and performance by young male artists embracing their bodies and rejecting fear.  Join ZEST COLLECTIVE and choreographers Jonathan González, Alvaro González Dupuy, and Benjamin Lundberg as we present work at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.


When:  November 14th, 2015 - 8pm

Where:  Bronx Academy of Art & Dance (BAAD!)

2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx,  10461

Dance Stories On The River / August 15th, 2015

Explore the world of Dance on the Hudson riverfront with performances by ZEST COLLECTIVE Contemporary Performance Art, Maurice Chestnut and Mystic India.  "Dance Stories On The River" is the first dance event at Riverfront Park in Newark, New Jersey.


When:  August 15th, 2015 (5-8pm)

Where:  Orange Sticks - Newark Riverfront Park


Bruce Reynolds' Memorial garden / July 25th, 2015

The Saturday Performance Series at Bruce’s Garden was started by Inwood resident Aaron Scott and honors the memory of Bruce Reynolds (1960-2001), a Port Authority Police Officer, who on the morning of September 11th, 2001, rushed from his post at the George Washington Bridge into the inferno of the World Trade Center, sacrificing his life to save others. The new Dance performance series will run every 4th Saturday throughout October.  Be sure the catch world premieres by ZEST and EM (Mariusz Kujawski and Emma Fitzsimmons).


When:  July 25th, 2015  

Where:  Bruce Reynolds' Memorial Garden - Isham Park
(Park Terrace East between W 214 St. and W 215 St.)


Join us throughout the day!  (Pot-Luck brunch beginning at 11am).  Performance at 5pm.


Higher Ground Festival / June 27th, 2015

ZEST has been chosen to participate in the 2015 inaugural performance of the Higher Ground Festival!  We will team up with Film-Makers Renée Silverman and Peter Miller as well as famed Magician Harry Mandel to present SOSÚA:  Make A Better World.  The work investigates the tiny settlement by which the film is named that served as a haven for Jewish refugees during Second World War, and as reflected by contemporary stories. 


EMoves 16: THE TAKEOVER / April 28th, 2015

ZEST has been invited to present a site specific movement series as part of EMoves 16: THE TAKEOVER. ZEST will premiere FETUS along with Electronic Guitarist Dylan Sneed.  The work is divided in six parts and remarks, through gesture, the complexities and diversity of millennial culture. Nine sculptural bodies descend into detail symbolic representations of spring and decay.

When:  April 28, 2015                          

Where:  150 Convent Ave, New York

Ulster Ballet's Festival of Dance / March 21st, 2015

Lorca visited New York in 1929 and wrote many poems recounting the paradox of a city so racially diverse yet divided and epitomized by spiritual emptiness. Named after one of Lorca's poems  Abandoned Church  is an abstracted creation depicting a celestial graveyard as well as the loss of cultural identity.

Lorca visited New York in 1929 and wrote many poems recounting the paradox of a city so racially diverse yet divided and epitomized by spiritual emptiness. Named after one of Lorca's poems Abandoned Church is an abstracted creation depicting a celestial graveyard as well as the loss of cultural identity.

On Saturday, March 21st, 2015 ZEST will premiere selections from a new work influenced by Spanish Poet Federico Garćia Lorca's literature, his fascination with Negro Spirituals and African-American culture during the Harlem Renaissance at Ulster Ballet's Festival Of Dance!  Excerpts from Abandoned Church reveal a dark cry of metaphysical loneliness. 

Where:  (UPAC) 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY

Young Patron's Session (HAF) / March 19th, 2015

ZEST COLLECTIVE to perform Brand New Works at Harlem Arts Festival's Young Patrons Session at WhiteBox Art Center March 19th, 2015.  They will, for the second time, present an interdisciplinary program with Projection Artist Andrew Kaminski along with four brand new works.

Where:  329 Broome Street, New York

Eleventh Annual Business Leadership Award Breakfast / March 10th, 2015

Artistic Director Gentry Isaiah George and Artistic Associate Tyler Brown are set perform an excerpt from Paul Chau's musical Life Of An Actress with choreography by Rumiko Oyama.  Join us in honoring Ellen Marshall and Capital One Bank for their outstanding support and leadership in the Arts community.

When:  March 10th, 2015

Where:  (The Times Center) 242 West 41st Street,New York

A Matter Of Heart / February 21st, 2015

In January 2015 Visual Artist Brian Michael Reed commissioned Artistic Director Gentry Isaiah George to create an enhanced and redesigned exhibition performance to showcase his work’s continued growth and development as a collaborative art experience.

ZEST premieres A Matter of Heart (AMOH) February 21st, 2015 at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory.  AMOH is a performance based collaboration with Visual Artist Brian Michael Reed and Electronic Duo Pax Humana that combines elements of nature, art, dance, and music.  

Where:  104 W 14th St, New York

16th Annual Harlem Book Fair / July 12th, 2014

Check out ZEST at the 16th Annual Harlem Book Fair. View the world premiere of Artistic Associate Tyler Brown's OUTMODED ACTIVITY #2 as well returning favorites. Catch ZEST on the soundstage at 2pm!

When:  July 12th, 2014

Where:  West 135th Steet - Lenox Avenue to Frederick Douglass Boulevard

Third Annual Harlem Arts Festival (HAF) / June 27-28th, 2014

The Harlem Arts Festival is a free Performing and Visual Arts festival that takes place the last weekend of June each year in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem NYC. To learn more, visit: www.harlemartsfestival.com

The Harlem Arts Festival is a free Performing and Visual Arts festival that takes place the last weekend of June each year in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem NYC. To learn more, visit: www.harlemartsfestival.com

 Join ZEST COLLECTIVE Friday, June 27th, 2014 at Madiba Harlem as they team up with Projection Artist Andrew Kaminski at HAF's opening night celebration.

Then join the #zestbugs on June 28th, 2014 at 7pm as they take on the MainStage at Marcus Garvey Park.

 Where:  18 Mt Morris Park West, New York

RAW : NYC's PANORAMA / June 27th, 2014

Join ZEST COLLECTIVE at RAW:NYC Manhattan presents PANORAMA showcase on June 27, 2014 at The Cutting Room.  More than 40 artists will present their work in Fashion, Film, Art, Photography, Dance, Music, Hair and Makeup.  This is a one night pop-up artistic showcase 21 + cocktail attire event. Enjoy live music from five different bands, watch a few amazing films and dance performances, and buy artwork and accessories.  Purchase your ticket today by visiting:  www.rawartists.org/zestcollective

Where:  44 East 32nd Street, New York

Free Sunday Arts at SLDT / June 15th, 2014

Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre – The Academy presents Free Sunday Arts Performance series during which The Academy will showcase six emerging NYC choreographers, sponsored by Queens Council on the Arts.  ZEST COLLECTIVE will premiere three new works - including All For the Life by Jesse Obremski and An Untitled Duet by Matilda Sakamoto.

When:  June 15, 2014 (5pm)                    Where:  66-85 73rd Place, Middle Village, Queens

Harlem Arts Festival's Fundraising Gala / March 13th, 2014


Join us for our premiere performance at the third annual Harlem Arts Festival Gala (HAF), featuring live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction and an all-night dance party, it’ll be the perfect way to set the stage for HAF 2014!