After a year long process, I am thrilled to announce that ETD Outreach has partnered with Lantern Community Services for not one, but two amazing workshop programs!
I met Karisa Antonio, Director of Arts, Culture and Fitness for Lantern, after my ETD Outreach presentation during the The Supportive Housing Network of New York Conference in May 2016 (which I have been invited to speak at again next month!). My presentation focused on using dance as a tool to heal and inspire others. Now, almost a year later, Karisa and I have partnered to create two new programs with funding from LMCC’s Creative Engagement Fund (http://lmcc.net). Our ETD Outreach program is now teaching two new weekly workshops for the residents of Lantern Community Services. One is a weekly Dancehall movement workshop taught by our outreach instructor Jevonnie Flemming, and the other is a new choreographic project, "Mobilize," led by ETD’s company member Chris Bell.
"Mobilize" is the first endeavor of it’s kind. It is five week intensive choreographic exploration that culminates in a performance in Harlem during the Uptown Arts Stroll. Every Monday from 12:30-2pm, Chris teaches the participants movement and choreography. After the five week program they will have formed a five minute dance piece to music composed by Ian Gallagher. This special program offers a unique professional development opportunity to expose the unrecognized artistry of individuals within the Lantern Community Services' community. This opportunity allows participants to strengthen their connection to dance, in mind, body, and spirit
The final piece will be premiered during Harlem’s Uptown Arts Stroll on June 2nd at the Harlem School of the Arts (645 St Nicholas Avenue New York, New York 10032) with performances at 4pm and 6:30pm. The shows are free community events. To reserve your for the event please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mobilize-tickets-34336721057 .
The evening will also include a performance by us at ETD, and a short film created by Lantern, in partnership with MoMa.
We are also thrilled to announce that MAC Cosmetics will be donating to the event. MAC Stylists will be doing all of the stage make-up for the performance.
I hope to see you all there!