Joao Brandao, a collaborator with Dance Theatre Etcetera on the “Dance for Tolerance” project in 2007, just sent Martha an email about an exciting new endeavor launching early “next” year (just two months away).
Mercedes Boronat, a prolific and progressive choreographer and dancer from Barcelona, Spain will lead 12 hours of intensive dance workshops for advanced students and professionals at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York.
Visit Mercedes’ website for details, or contact Joao directly, firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline Dec. 31.
With the doors opening at 1pm (staying open till 6), you have just enough time to check out the DTE hip hop classes and cool down with a seaside snack at the Fairway cafe before heading across the street to see the work of Brooklyn-based visual artists of all stripes.
The show is Brokelyn-approved, and if that’s not enough for you how about this? One of the featured artists is DTE board member Audrey Anastasi. Her beautiful portrait work will be be seen alongside three other featured artists (and another 200+ “unfeatured” but featured artists), photographer (and Audrey’s husband!) Joseph Anastasi, painter David DiPasquale, and photographer Arden Suydam.
Who would have thought, in all the hand-wringing and histrionics that accompanied the entrance of IKEA to Red Hook, that less than a year later they’d be winning awards for their service to the community?
Photo: Jacob Silberberg for the New York Times
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that our big blue friend down Beard Street was just awarded The Norman Buchbinder Award for Neighborhood Beautification.
OK, so the award was given by that finger-on-the-pulse-of-the-neighborhood organization…Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Though there may be room for IKEA to continue to grow into its place and responsibility in the neighborhood, though, you’d be hard pressed to deny that the esplanade is a nice bit of greenery in an otherwise fairly unwelcoming stretch of blocks:
“It features a paved bike and walkway, extensive new foliage and landscaping, well-lit seating areas and a publicly accessible pier extending into the Erie Basin. IKEA restored cranes, preserved shipyard artifacts, and constructed maritime mementos to highlight the waterfront past of the site.”
Just yesterday, as I was out distributing flyers for DTE’s Saturday hip hop class, I ran into a group of girls, from the neigborhood, taking a walk to the esplanade just because it was there. Points awarded to IKEA on this one.
But what else is new?
Frogma has a super-cool video of a “kinetic sculpture” by artist George Roads, apparently outside of the Waterfront Museum right now.
I’ll have to check it out when I go downstairs to get lunch. Hopefully it’ll still be there this weekend when you come to the Hook for DTE’s hip hop dance classes or the Museum’s CircusSundays (or both).
Tomorrow at 10am is the first of a series of weekly hip hop-based movement classes at the Dance Theatre Etcetera Studio. Drop your kids off at DTE’s studio above the Fairway building.
Shop in Brooklyn’s (NYC’s?) best (and cheapest!) supermarket while the young ones get their
Hip Hop on with our caring and experienced teaching artists.
More info available on our dance class webpage.