Dance Parade’s “Community Kinect” Educational Outreach Program in Full Throttle!

Dance Parade, Inc., in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, is pleased to announce the inaugural season of its Educational Residency Program entitled “Community Kinect” that focuses on movement and fitness. Three of Dance Parade’s performance groups will participate in five-week residencies at four community-based recreation centers in Manhattan and Queens. Experienced teaching artists from each group will work with youth aged 5-18, offering free lessons in their specific dance style and culture and preparing them to participate in the 2012 Dance Parade on May 19, 2012.

Dance Parade is the only Parks and Recreation partner to offer this type of unique program. Over 200 youth are expected to participate, adding an exciting new dimension to both the Parade and free afterschool programming options. Each of the youth groups will also be presented individually onstage at DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park following the parade. In addition, each site will host their own culminating performance for their local audiences.

Dancehall Aerobics at Roy Wilkins 177th St & Baisley Boulevard, Queens

Taught by: Adina & Damion Pink, Vanessa Carmin-Hagen, Tasue Debronna
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM *teens 12-18 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23

Dhoonya Dance at Highbridge 2301 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

Taught by: Priya Pandya  Mondays 4-6 PM 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21

Dhoonya Dance at Thomas Jefferson 2180 First Avenue, Manhattan

Taught by: Rohan Sheth  Fridays 4-6 PM 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25

Broadway Bodies at J. Hood Wright 351 Fort Washington Ave, Manhattan

Taught by: Mitchell Wayne Mondays 4-6 PM 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21

Dance Parade’s Community Kinect Program focuses on strengthening physical wellness, cooperation, and confidence-building. Each session with Dance Parade artists provides students with techniques to promote increased flexibility, coordination and discrete motor skills and more efficient circulation. They will be exposed to adult role models of working dance artists which will encourage them to think differently about physical fitness and exercise. The program encourages positive group dynamics, fosters cohesion and cooperation, and sensitivity and respect for personal vs. group space (to dance in the parade students will learn how to express themselves and work collaboratively with a group).  Youth participants will be embraced by thousands of cheering spectators as they dance down Broadway, strengthening awareness of and confidence in their own potential.

In addition to the residencies, Dance Parade presents  45-minute workshops in over 12 New York City public schools throughout the year. These programs are currently being funded by the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Charles Evans Foundation and Dance Parade’s Board of Directors.

About the Groups:
Broadway Bodies is the “funnest” way to get a great workout and dance to custom choreography in the style of your Favorite Broadway Musical Numbers and Pop Video Hits to get you feeling like you are ON STAGE!

Dhoonya Dance/DhoonyaFIT is an easy-to-follow, cardio fitness program that’s perfectly choreographed to the latest Bollywood music and guaranteed to bolly-fit your bod!

Jamaican Dancehall Aerobics/Str8 Fram Yaad Entertainment focuses on Jamaican Culture, news, dance and fitness. They’ve been featured on the PIX 11 morning show and Fox Now CT demonstrating their new Dancehall Aerobics workout.