See Let’s Dance at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Let’s Dance Everyday! at CMOM August 1-August 31, 2017

212 West 83rd Street, NYC (between Broadway and Columbus Avenue)

Bounce, glide or leap to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance! Celebrate the beauty, spirit, and diversity of the form while learning about the important role dance can play in a child’s world. Discover dance from a variety of entry points: as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity.

Celebrate dance, movement, and community all summer long at the Children’s Museum in a brand new exhibit Lets Dance! Every morning at 10:30 and 11:30am children can participate in dance and movement programs that help us find creative ways to move our bodies. See:

 

A Wall of Diversity, A Wall of Dance Parade!

Get a glimpse of the city’s largest dance event – See photos on an entire law of the Let’s Dance! exhibit of many of the 80 unique styles of dance and culture found in this year’s 11th Annual Dance Parade!

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Dance Stories

Imagine if your favorite children’s books came to life. Join us in Lets Dance! to create the music and dances for some of your favorite stories.

 

Mecha Machine Robot Dance!

Work together to create an imaginary machine, each playing a separate part that when combined makes our machine move. Explore ways to control your different movements as we dance like robots to the sounds of machines and electronic dance music.

 

Bubble Wrap Pop

Snap, pop, and dance on bubble wrap while exploring different dance styles. Dance to a variety of pop-music and percussion to create your own dance inspired by pops, snaps and beats.  

 

Cue the Theme Music!—Superheroes in Training

Prepare for the challenge of being a superhero! Train through a series of obstacle course games and come up with special movements inspired by superhero theme music from your favorite movies and shows.


Wild about Dance

Using animals as inspiration create dance moves that mimic your wild-side. Explore how your body can create movements to a variety of sounds animals make—from their trunks to their paws.

Let’s Dance! is made possible with public funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support comes from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and Jody and John Arnhold. Generous in-kind donations have been made by Casio America, Inc., Drum Workshop, Inc., Harlequin Floors (American Harlequin Corporation), Putumayo World Music, Steps on Broadway, and Traveling Tutus Inc.

Deeper Dives into Dance

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan hosts daily dance workshops and activities to complement the Museum’s newest exhibit Lets Dance! Afternoons from 2-4pm the Children’s Museum explores dance making through movement, architecture, design and sound. Programs include:

 

Syncopation Improvisation

Create a variety of rhythms and your own beats when you design working tap shoes. Dance to a variety of music like Jazz and Broadway, and explore different dances that involve tapping like Flamenco and Irish Step Dance.  

 

Dance Fans for fans of Dance

Design a dance fan and watch it flow through the air as you danceInspired by fan dances that emerged in China and Japan as early as 1000 B.C. design a fan using ribbons, strings, feathers and streamers to explore traditional dances that tell a story.

 

Dance Architects

Crawl, jump and dance through unusual shapes and architecture found in the Lets Dance! exhibit. Work together to create new architecture and props inspired by dance companies like Pina Bausch, Diavolo, and Streb Lab for Action Mechanics.

 

Ready Set Dance

Use giant cubed dice found in Lets Dance! to play a dance game. Each side of the cube will tell you how to move your body. Play the game and then create your own by designing dance playing cards.

 

Dance Footprints

Engineer a device using markers, crayons, paint, as well as unusual house hold materials to leave a trace of your dance. Dance across our giant paper sheets to see what your dance looks like as you leave a trail of lines and color.

 

Daily Dance Party      

Dance to a variety of musical styles including Pop, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Latin, Classical, and some of our favorite children’s bands.

Tuesday, August 1-Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 4:30pm| All ages| Drop-in  

 

Funding for these programs is made possible with public funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the NYS Council for the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support comes from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Jody and John Arnhold.

 

Let’s Dance with the Experts

Weekly Thursday workshops invite you to explore dances that span across a multitude of styles and time periods through interactive workshops with dance teaching artists and dance educators.

 

Dancing together with Dionne Kamara

Dance teaching artist Dionne Kamara provides dancers of all ages with the tools to enable them to dance with freedom, creativity and strength. Join Dionne as she introduces you to a variety of dances from folk dance to the BrainDance with music by African diasporan percussionist Hasan Bakr.

August 3, 2017 | 2 & 3pm| All ages | Ticketed*

 

Hip-hop Dance Party with Neil Fernando

Dance teaching artist and choreographer Neil Fernando uses pop music, hip-hop and funk to get the whole family movin’ and groov’n. Neil has worked with major music groups like the Village People and is on the board of Jersey City Ballet.

Thursday, August, 10, 2017| 2 & 3pm | All ages| Ticketed*

African Diasporic Dance Maxine Montilus

Maxine Montilus shares traditional dances of Haiti, including Ibo, Nago and more!

Thursday, August 17, 2017| 2 & 3pm | All ages| Ticketed*

 

*Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

Funding for these programs is made possible with public funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the NYS Council for the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support comes from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Jody and John Arnhold.

 

Let’s Dance to a Performance

 

Ayazamana Dance Group

The Ayazamana Cultural Center and Dance Group is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Ecuadorian culture. Ayazamana Dance Group will perform traditional dances from different regions of Ecuador—sharing with us greater access to Ecuadorian culture through music and dance.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 2 & 3pm | Ticketed*

 

*Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

Funding for these programs is made possible with public funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the NYS Council for the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support comes from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Jody and John Arnhold.

 

Dynamic H2O Science LabsAugust 1-August 31, 2017

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan hosts daily water science experiments and activities to complement the Museum’s newest exhibit Dynamic H2O. Engineer a miniature aqueduct system, clean water through natural filtration, search for pollutants and other chemicals in water or create prints to explore the diverse sea life found in New York City’s rivers.

 

That’s the Way Things Flow

Water is carried 100 miles to New York City from the Catskill-Delaware Watershed by gravity! Use colorful pipes to help distribute water as we work together to engineer a miniature aqueduct system. Then conduct a series of tests to demonstrate the power of gravity.

 

Tree to Tap

Did you know our clean water and the earth’s forests are connected? Well, Ecologists do! These scientists understand the important relationship between healthy forests and clean water. Join us in the Dynamic H2O Science Lab to help us construct a natural filtration system similar to the forests in Upstate New York to clean water.

 

Testing the Waters

Scientists such as Hydrologists collect 15,500 samples of water from reservoirs, streams and aqueducts upstate for analysis each year to examine the chemical makeup of our water. Join us in the Dynamic H2O Science Lab and use your five sense to test water for different chemical balances. Use real testing gear to look for pollutants and other chemicals. What will you find?

 

Life Beneath the Waters

The variety of sea life in our local rivers and oceans change in response to human activity and to natural changes. Marine Biologist study these changes and work to protect marine organisms. Use sea life molds and natural oyster shells to create prints to explore the life found in the Hudson River Valley and learn about their importance to the health and wellbeing of the river.

 

Funding for these programs was made possible by the Catskill Watershed Corporation.

 

Gateway to the Arts: Brooklyn Children’s Theatre Performance Series

 

Brooklyn Children’s Theatre Performance: Sailimai and the Four Riddles

Sailimai, a young Muslim schoolgirl and her friends have to solve a series of riddles to save Sailimai’s father from being fired from his job. Join young talent from Brooklyn Children’s Theatre as they perform this touching story about family, friendship, and remembering your values when the odds are stacked against you.

Friday, August 4, 2017| 6pm| All ages| Drop-in

 

Brooklyn Children’s Theatre Performance: All of Us

When a group of children separate themselves based on their cultures for a class project, their teacher throws in some twists to help them understand each other better. Brooklyn Children’s Theatre and their young cast perform this thoughtful story of difference and understanding.

Friday, August 11, 2017 | 2pm | All ages| Drop-in

 

Brooklyn Children’s Theatre Performance: The Ten-Year Test

Join young talent from Brooklyn Children’s Theatre as they perform a retelling of the true story of how New York became the first major city to recognize the Muslim holiday of Eid as an official school holiday.

Friday, August 18, 2017 | 2pm | All ages| Drop-in