Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage offers free dance lessons this summer

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This summer, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage will be offering free dance lessons and performances across all five boroughs for New Yorkers who want to have fun.

SummerStage intends to offer many dance workshops before their upbeat performances so that audience members can understand the performances on a deeper level.

“The art of dance is intrinsic to New York life and culture and, of course, is crucial for us as we begin scheduling our SummerStage season,” said Danni Gee, Curator of Dance and Head of City Parks Foundation programs. “What makes this year so special is that, with the exception of Alvin Ailey who is led by Robert Battle, all of the companies performing this summer are led by women of color with shows that amplify their strength, grace, competence and collective creativity. You won’t want to miss them this year!

This year’s season kicks off July 13, where Art Move Concept and the Passion Fruit Dance Company will reunite in Central Park for an 8 p.m. performance. Art Move offers a mix of hip-hop and circus arts; their dances consist of flowing movements with flowing concepts. They will perform “Anopas”, the first time the dance will be performed in North America. Passion Fruit Dance explores systemic issues through their multinational dances. The program will begin at 6 p.m. with an Art Move Concept workshop. RSVP is required for this workshop. You can RSVP by emailing [email protected].

On July 15, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will join ALL ARTS “Past, Present, Future” will perform at Flushing Meadows Corona Park at 7 p.m. Nai-Ni Chen Dance brings together elements of traditional Chinese dance with contemporary modern dance to create captivating dances. ALL ARTS is a festival that features a variety of multimedia artists. This program will feature Les Ballet Afrik, founded and directed by ballroom icon Omari Wiles. The program will start at 6 p.m. with a dance workshop by Fanike! African dance troupe.

On July 22, a performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the ninth largest dance group in the United States, will take place at Von King Park. The dancers have experience performing a variety of different genres including modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works. The Dallas Black Dance Theater will kick off the lineup at 6 p.m. with a dance workshop that will be followed by their performance.

On August 5, the Maimouna Keita African Dance Company will kick off Corporal Thompson Park for their workshop and performance from 6-8 p.m. The Brooklyn-based company showcases the rich diversity of Africa and its cultures through classes and productions.

SummerStage will continue to offer free workshops and performances alongside their paid events throughout the summer. To see more information and the lineup, check out their calendar at cityparksfoundation.org/calendar.

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