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ICFRC Luncheon Lecture: Jonathan Hollander

“Dance Diplomacy”

Jonathan is one of the world’s outstanding choreographers, a man committed to international cultural exchange and social activism through dance.  He is the Founder of Battery Dance and Dancing to Connect. Jonathan Hollander is the founder of Battery Dance, a group that teaches, performs, and advocates for the area of dance. Currently he serves as its President and Artistic Director.

In 1982, he created Downtown Dance Festival, New York City’s longest-running dance festival. Jonathan and his organization are very active in NYC’s public schools with the objective of reaching at risk youth and fostering a love of dance. His work has brought him to diverse locations such as Japan, France, Greece, India, Mongolia, Paraguay, Poland, Malaysia, Russia, and the Philippines.  His work has been supported by the U.S. Department of State, the National endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Ford Foundation. 

Jonathan founded Battery Dance and Dancing to Connect to bridge divides, unite communities, empower youth, combat bullying and xenophobia.   Jonathan will speak to how dance can ease conflict, breed trust and represent American values abroad.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Ed Zastrow in advance at or 319-335-0351.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Congregational United Church of Christ
30 N Clinton St, Iowa City

Event Type

Lecture/Discussion, Community Event




International Programs

General Interest

Arts Iowa, Dance, Diversity





Attendance is free. Lunch Prices: Member lunch, $10; Non-member lunch- $14, Honors student lunch, FREE; Tippie student lunch, FREE (must be pre-approved)

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Ed Zastrow

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