The Dance Cartel is after a new brand of dance experience. Taking note of a dance community that often serves a niche audience, the Cartel creates dances that are vibrant, immersive and often participatory. Without sacrificing technical rigor or artistic ambition as a dance company, we endeavor to employ the social nature of dance, the charge of a party, and the sharpness of a music video to a fresh dance vocabulary that any Joe can get down with.
A native New Yorker, ANI TAJ is a choreographer, performer, music-head and the founder of The Dance Cartel. She has choreographed new musicals, plays, concerts, music videos, art parties, flash mobs and more, and she loves to make dances that remind her of Brazilian Carnaval.
Ani’s work has been presented at Rattlestick Theatre, 3LD, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Joe’s Pub, Kent285, Summer on the Hudson, Dance on the Greenway, NYC Dance Teacher Summit, DanceNOW’s Raw Festival, Triskelion Arts, and the Espaco Xisto (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil). Stay tuned for new music videos for Reggie Watts and Club Girls.
As a performer, Ani has worked with Les Freres Corbusier (DDR – Asst. Choreo.), David Dorfman Dance, Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith and Liz Swados. Upcoming: Rite of Spring for Ridge Theater with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Sam Pinkleton is a director and choreographer based in New York City. Born and bred in an untamed corner of the American South, Sam has created and developed new theatre, opera, and dance with The Vineyard Theatre, The O’Neill, The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Primary Stages, City Theatre, and La MaMa. Sam was Associate Director for the Broadway production of Nicky Silver’s The Lyons and is a member of internationally acclaimed dance-theater company Witness Relocation. He teaches a series of lowbrow dance classes at NYU and is currently working on a number of new plays, dances, music videos, and parties.