JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A new dance company has made its home in the Pearl City, adding to the rich artistic atmosphere of Jamestown.
Sukanya Burman Dance held its grand opening in downtown Jamestown Thursday evening with dance enthusiasts and government officials in attendance to celebrate the occasion.
The company is described as a “US based contemporary dance company that mobilizes the expressive techniques of Indian diasporic dances and modern dance to explore compelling ideas and create shared visual experiences” according to Burman herself.
“What we look to do here is actually bring in professional dance, retain dance talent in this area, create dance awareness and appreciation in this area, and create more art,” said Burman.
Burman was congratulated by local and state officials during a ribbon cutting ceremony.
“We are so excited to be here with you and your family and all of your friends and supporters for the opening of this dance company. We’ve done a lot of ribbon cuttings in Jamestown because people are starting to choose Jamestown as not only their home, but the place for their business, especially our small entrepreneurs, and those looking to do global work right here in the city of Jamestown,” said Mayor Eddie Sundquist.
“When we were making this move to Jamestown, we had a lot of people kind of warning us about Jamestown saying ‘Why? Why Jamestown, there’s poverty, homelessness, joblessness, why Jamestown?’ to which I always kind of answer why not Jamestown? We have such a robust arts community in this region, so much tenacity in people, we see a lot of potential in here, so why not Jamestown?” Burman said.
Burman strives to incorporate traditional Indian culture with everyday dance styles, utilizing her roots in Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and modern dance vocabulary. For more information on class registration, you can visit her website and be sure to visit the beautiful studio located at 106 East 2nd Street.