3 months can change everything

VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY and New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (NJDTE) have joined forces to offer the Physical Dance Theater Training Program (PDT Training). The partnership shared between organizations is defined by a mutual vision to support forward-thinking dance education and development of artists. PDT Training embodies this mission, nurturing innovative movement research with collaborative performance exchange. 

PDT Training's artistic home is with New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble in Summit, NJ. Designed and directed by Shannon Gillen of VIM VIGOR, PDT combines company life with progressive physical research and was created to serve the developmental needs of contemporary dance artists transitioning into their professional careers. Each three month cycle offers cutting-edge courses in floorwork, partnering, acting, composition, constructive recovery practices and creation processes. Participants will receive six hours of training Monday through Friday, provided by members of VIM VIGOR and rotating special guests. PDT dancers will perform in two community exchange salons showcasing works in progress and new works. Dancers will also be a part of an original creation process with VIM VIGOR for the duration of the program, which premieres at NJDTE at the end of the cycle. 

Created with the working artist in mind, PDT operates during the week day with most evenings and weekends free. Located close enough to the city to create a feasible commute, but far enough away to support a creative sanctuary. PDT is home for professional track artists wanting to deepen their physical and creative skill-sets in a progressive and nurturing environment. The program will select a promising roster of artists for a three month incubation cycle.

Now in it's 5th year, VIM VIGOR is a physical dance theater company under the artistic direction of Shannon Gillen. Founded as a collaborative think tank, VIM VIGOR is home to innovative and profoundly gifted artists from around the world who have come together to create original, cutting edge dance theater. VIM is also dedicated to elevating and nurturing the professional lives of dance artists through an immersive training program called PDT Training® that creates access to and growth within today's in demand modalities and working methods. VIM continues to support its growing community with ongoing open classes, workshops, and the company's  annual winter and summer intensives in NYC. 

NEW JERSEY DANCE THEATRE ENSEMBLE’S  Mission is to provide artistic excellence in pre-professional dance education, with forward-thinking programming that empowers dancers. Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season, under of award-winning Artistic Leadership of Nancy Turano, NJDTE continues to be an innovative force in the NJ and NYC Metro area by engaging acclaimed artists, international choreographers and providing performance opportunities. NJDTE has fostered advanced training programs including; MOVEMENT INVENTION PROJECT® at Baryshnikov Arts Center, MIP2® at NYLA and INKUBATE®, a site specific dance Festival. NJDTE mentors and inspires dancers towards higher education and supports its alumni as professionals in the field.