NYC Dance Week offers free dance classes throughout the city and invites every community in New York to join together in celebration of movement through dance
New York, NY – April 18, 2016- Now in its fifth year, NYC Dance Week is an annual festival that provides FREE dance, fitness and wellness classes throughout all five boroughs of New York. This year, NYC Dance Week will occur on June 16th through June 25th, and features a wide and diverse offering of classes for participants to enjoy.
All participants can learn more about the event at http://www.nycdanceweek.org/how-to-take-free-classes/ and can register for the festival at https://nycdanceweek2016.eventbrite.com.
In addition to Dance Week’s 2016 Studio Partner, Mark Morris Dance Center, this year, the festival will also offer classes in collaboration with The Ailey Extension, Bridge For Dance, Dancewave, Dokoudovsky New York Conservatory for Dance, Fit4Dance, H+| The Hip- Hope Dance Conservatory, Power Pilates, Resobox Studio, NYC Bhangra and Ballet Academy East to name a few!
During the festival, dance enthusiasts may also participate in a series of unique, ethnic Fitness Labs sponsored by festival affiliate FitEngine, Inc. (www.fitengine.com), a trusted source for inside information on fitness and wellness. FitEngine is providing studio space for approved instructors who need studio space to teach. Labs range from injury prevention lab to techniques like Richard Marsden’s ballet vocabulary and technique class.
In conjunction with the festival, Dance Week welcomes back veteran sponsor, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. Harkness will host a free Injury Prevention Lecture and Workshop for Dance Week participants on Monday, June 20th from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM at Peridance Capezio Center (126 E 13th St.).
Tasha Norman, the Founder of NYC Dance Week and celebrated online fitness resource FitEngine Inc., is a former dancer who trained at Dance Theater of Harlem and toured professionally starting at the age of 13. She cares deeply for the dance community in New York and designed the festival to appeal to the everyday New Yorker in hopes that they will discover and immense themselves in the various forms of dance and wellness classes offered throughout the festival.
In addition to offering free classes, NYC Dance Week is continuing its Dancer for a Day Program to provide deserving children and young teens who are facing unique challenges in their life the opportunity to dance, even if only for a day.
Dancer for a Day is a NYC Dance Week initiative that provides at-risk youth facing a unique challenge with the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a professional dancer. In its second year, Dancer for a Day will choose up to 20 youth, ages 10-15, who want to pursue dance as a career, to participate in a day filled with class taking, a nutritional workshop, mentorship, and backstage access at a NYC10 performance. Please find additional information on Dancer for a Day and consider making a donation to the campaign here: https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/nyc-dance-week-dancer-for-a-day-program
NYC DANCE WEEK 2016 SCHEDULE
Pop-Up Ballet Class
Dates: June 7, 9, 18, 20, 24
Where: City Hall, Lincoln Center, Union Square, Time Square, Washington Square Park
Leading up to the festival, NYC Dance Week will have Pop-Up Ballet Class appearances in various high foot traffic locations in NYC to promote the festival. Registrants and social media followers will be invited to take a photo of the class, post it on Instagram and tag us for a chance to win a special prize.
NYC Dance Week Kick-Off Party with DJ Tasha Blank’s The Get Down Dance Party
Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Cost: $5 – 20
21 & over
In partnership with DJ Tasha Blank of the get down party, Dance Week invites all dance enthusiasts and the general public to its official Festival Kick-Off Party with high energy, boasting endless dancing to the great beats supplied by DJ Tasha Blank and her guest DJ’s.
NYC Dance Week Festival
Date: Thursday, June 16 – Saturday, June 25, 2016
Where: Noted studios
Class Offers: http://www.nycdanceweek.org/how-to-take-free-classes/
Dance enthusiasts are invited to participate in 10 days of free dance, fitness and wellness classes at noted studios in the boroughs of New York City.
Fitness Labs during NYC Dance Week Festival
Date: Thursday, June 16 – Saturday, June 25, 2016
Where: DANY and Moving Visions Studios – Tentative
Injury Prevention Lecture and Workshop by Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
Date: Monday, June 20, 2016
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Where: Peridance Capezio Center, 126 E 13th St. (btw 3rd
& 4th Avenues), New York, NY 10003
The Harkness Center’s Injury Prevention Workshop provides information to the dance community on all aspects of physical and psychosocial well-being, to encourage healthy and safe training for career longevity. In this seminar, you will learn to apply kinesiological principles and functional anatomy to your dance practice in this hands-on lecture and workshop presented by the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. This injury prevention lecture and workshop will address all aspects of injury prevention, including work hardening and cross-training, evidence-based warm-up, nutrition and hydration, pointe-readiness, anatomy, and environmental safety.
Dancer for a Day Program
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time: All day
Where: Multiple locations
Dancer for a Day is a NYC Dance Week initiative that provides inner-city youth facing a unique challenge with the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a professional dancer. In its inaugural year, Dancer for a Day will choose up to 10 youth, ages 7-15, to participate in a day filled with class taking, a nutritional workshop, individual mentorship, and backstage access at a NYC10 performance.
Performance Event with NYC10 Dance Initiative
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St. (btw Delancey & Rivington), New York, NY 10002
Dance Week participants are also invited to watch performances of new dance works at a special showcase by its sister project, NYC10, at Dixon Place on Wednesday, June 22nd. 10 selected emerging choreographers and dance companies will be performing for up to 10 minutes and the audience and reviewers will provide feedback of their work to them.
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Finally, as NYC Dance Week winds down, festival participants will culminate to do a flash mob. It will be held on Saturday, June 25th, place TBD.
To stay updated with the latest news from NYC Dance Week, please visit our website at www.nycdanceweek.org, like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/NYC-Dance-Week/185085796592 and follow us on Twitter @nycdanceweek.
About NYC Dance Week
NYC Dance Week collaborates with both new and established studios in New York City to celebrate the joy and diversity of dance with an annual 10-day event of free dance, fitness and wellness classes. The celebration encourages New York City to experience dance, inspiring all to love and maintain active, healthy and energized lifestyles. The festival is held every June at dozens of venues throughout New York City and benefits thousands of participants. Throughout the year, Dance Week continues to promote dance studios and companies through its newsletter, projects, dance/fitness events and partnerships. Nearly 40 local studios partner with the organization each year to increase public awareness and unite the dance community. For more information, please visit: http://www.nycdanceweek.org/about-us/about-the-festival/
NYC10 is a sister project of NYC Dance Week. It’s a dance initiative where 10 emerging dance companies/dance groups/dance troupes are given up to 10 minutes to showcase their work. NYC10 is a unique opportunity to showcase new work awaiting feedback and reviews. It’s a platform to expand and explore new repertoires or simply try something new. For more information, please visit: http://nyc10.org. NYC Dance Week and NYC10 are both produced by Tendu Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to promote diversity of dance in the City of New York. NYC Dance Week and NYC10 are partly sponsored by FitEngine Inc., a website that provides empirical views, technical fitness insight and expertise on wellness programs and fitness classes.
About our Partner Studio, Mark Morris Dance Center
The Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY, is home to the Mark Morris Dance Group and houses seven fully-equipped, column-free studios with sprung floors and natural light, ranging in size from 430 ft² to 3,600 ft². The Dance Center offers over 40 dance and fitness classes per week for adult students of all levels and abilities, plus Master Classes, Workshops and the free Dance for PD® program. The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center provides a diverse range of classes for children and teens ages 4-17, of all dance abilities. There is also a Student Company, professional and pre-professional Summer/Winter Intensives, as well as Parent-Toddler movement classes. Live music is a feature of all dance classes. For more information, please visit: http://markmorrisdancegroup.org/