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Ensemble Break Flip for the 80s

The Inner City Ensemble offers free training and performing opportunities to under-served Paterson, NJ children and teenagers, as well low-cost dance concerts and special events, locally and regionally.  

The Board of Directors is initiating a long-range plan to establish the Paterson Dance Annex, which will encompass city-wide training; partnerships with the Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts, and other venues and organizations, in an effort to recruit and serve local gifted and talented Paterson youth. 

“One of the organization’s primary goal is to acquire a studio-theater in which to house and exhibit the organization’s archives, while offering exceptional performing arts training within the Silk City.”  Dale ‘Skip’ Van Rensalier – President Emeritus

Member of Ensemble Break Dance Crew – Circa 1982

“To provide free training to under-served youth in Paterson, NJ, while offering outstanding performances and specials events, locally and regionally.”
“To identify and nurture creative talent in the Silk City, while promoting a positive image of the Paterson, NJ, and its communites.”
“To preserve the legacy of founder, Ralph Gomez, who began as a performer and teacher at the Learning Theater before forming the Inner City Ensemble in Paterson, NJ in 1973.”  

Mime Faces 1975

Ensemble members in mime make-up on McBride Avenue near the Paterson Great Falls.

Current Artist-Participants, Audiences & Partnerships

The Ensemble offers quality training to Paterson participants of diverse backgrounds, ages and experience levels.  As the Company continues to expand its model arts program, one of our primary goals includes establishing a core group of teenage performers, who train and perform locally and regionally, alongside professional guest-artists and alumni. Our training and performances emphasize excellence, while focusing on dance-theater works that are aligned with the Company’s early roots.  The most recent works of Nicholas Rodriguez address social justice and reform, cultural identity and the immigration crisis at the U.S-Mexican border, especially the plight of unaccompanied minors arriving in America. 

Ralph Desir, Jahwan Williams & Tamere Chambers in “Where Have You Gone, Trayvon?” 2017