Since our founding in 2016, 2nd Best Dance Company has been interested in how conceptual questions manifest in movement and how movement can effectively move an audience. Everyday relationships and situations are re-explored through dance, exemplifying the way dance brings emotional clarity while tackling complicated subject matter. Additionally, 2nd Best is interested in how dance broadens an audience’s idea of self-expression, how non-linear dances evoke emotional responses, and how watching dance can be a personal and universal experience.
Pursuing these interests, our work has gone past the traditional dance proscenium to include collaborations in sculpture, animation, theater, film, and site-specific works. Led by Hannah Garner, 2nd Best continues to seek multidisciplinary partnerships, explore limits of the body, and find solace in the humor of being human.
This past year 2nd Best was selected as one of the first two recipients of the Gallim x create:ART Artist in Residency Program, a week long residency culminating in an evening performance at Gallim Dance. The work of 2nd Best has been commissioned through the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance (2018) as well as by companies such as A-Y/Dancers (upcoming) and musical artists like Half Waif and Frankie Cosmos. 2nd Best productions have been presented through Gallim Dance (2018), Arts by the People (2018), Mark Morris Dance Group/Duffy Performance Space (2017), Triskelion Arts/Muriel Schulman Theater (2017, 2016), Friends Seminary (2017), Dixon Place (2017, 2016), The Wassaic Project (2016), WOW Cafè Theatre for The New York International Fringe Festival (2016), and Chen Dance Center (2016).