Group of dancers launch project to bring Broadway magic back to Times Square

NEW YORK CITY -- Broadway has been dark for months and Times Square empty, but now a group of dancers has found a way to bring the light back to the heart of New York City.

"Broadway is dark but we are out there in Times Square, there is so much light, and hope, and energy. For a moment you forget Broadway is dark," said Jena VanElslander, King Kong performer and Creator of the Times Square Project.

Broadway performer Jena VanElslander felt moved to do something... she felt moved to dance.

After finding a secret and very safe outdoor rehearsal space, Jena felt comfortable enough to create what's now known as the Times Square Project (#TSQ Project).

"Times Square Project is the reuniting of a very loving, passionate, artistic, group of people," said Abby Jaros, Hamilton dancer.

What started with two friends dancing together in the middle of Times Square, grew to almost thirty dancers within weeks. All dancers are welcomed as VanElslander wanted to create a safe outlet for dancers.

The performances spread around social media and have made an impact on so many people.

"TSQ Project is breathing life and energy and hope back into New York City even though the lights are down on Broadway," said Van Elslander.

The group is taking a much-needed break, but they'll be back performing soon -- so keep an eye on Times Square and join them!

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