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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Special - More 2017-2018 Seasons Announced

Brooklyn Music School Kicks Off 2017-18 School Year

Brooklyn Music School (BMS) offers private lessons, group music classes, dance classes, and after school programs, among other initiatives, on a year-round basis for children of all ages.  BMS is located at 126 Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY.

This year, the school furthers its commitment with several new programs:
  • BMS will hold free Music and Dance Discovery Days throughout the year, at which families can explore a broad range of instruments, musical traditions, and dance styles to give an initial exposure and gauge their children's interest and readiness;
  • The non-profit organization is expanding the range of group music offered to provide a very affordable way to begin studying an instrument and offering free music theory courses.
  • Free workshops and masterclasses with world-class musicians will be offered to give students a chance to learn from musicians at the top of their professions.
  • The opera program is expanding to feature new works by living composers.

Private Lessons:
 BMS provides students at all age of experience to work in a highly tailored, one-on-one environment for guitar, drums, strings, voice, and wind instruments with world-class instructors across a range of musical traditions. The faculty has trained at the most respected music schools and conservatories in the world and brings a wealth of professional performance experience that informs their teaching and technique. Private lessons allow teachers to tailor their instruction to the needs, abilities, and learning style of the individual students. 

Group Music Classes:  
Available for children aged three to eight years old, group classes at BMS offer a fun and affordable way to introduce students to guitar, piano or voice in introductory, collaborative way. There are many social benefits as well. Besides the instructor, students often learn from each other and may prefer to perform with their peers rather than solo.  

Dance Classes: 
Dance at BMS encourages children to express the joy of movement with some live music in a fun and safe environment. A variety of dance styles are offered, including Ballet, Creative Movement, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap Dance, and African Dance and Drumming for Children. BMS believes a diverse dance education is the hallmark of a strong and well-rounded dancer. The dance classes at BMS are based on the American Ballet Theatre's (ABT) National Training curriculum outline and the expertise of the faculty. All dance faculty members are required to have a degree in higher education or equivalent professional experience. The ballet faculty members are required to be certified in ABT's National Training Curriculum. Faculty provides face-to-face contact with parents and encourages continuous communication. Parents receive an overview of the annual curriculum to ensure quality and awareness of the dancers' education. Additionally, BMS offers detailed assessments twice a year for each dancer that includes parent observation weeks to observe the dancers during class. This will showcase the progress of the class and how much the dancers have grown. BMS believes young performers flourish with opportunities to share their hard work, talent and unique abilities on stage with an audience. Dancers at BMS will have numerous opportunities to perform each year including formal dance recitals, collaborations with the Musical Theater and Opera programs and many more in between!

After School Program:
Arts Reaching Youth (ARY), offers a range of creative options with classes in music, dance, theater, and the performing arts, along with homework support and healthy snacks. BMS offers free after school pick up from selected schools, and our location in Brooklyn's cultural district makes us convenient for families with kids in grades K-5 from around Brooklyn. When students participate in ARY they have the opportunity to join in group music classes, dance classes, join ensembles such as Rock Band or the Orchestra, or even develop their Musical Theater skills.

The Brooklyn Music School views music and performance as the birthright of all people, an essential way that human beings connect with others and explore their creativity. The study of music has been demonstrated to enhance academic learning and helps to develop discipline and confidence that will serve children well throughout their lives. As part of the vision of reinventing the community music school for the 21st Century, BMS is dedicated to:
* Making high quality musical instruction approachable and affordable to a wide range of students,
* Creating frequent opportunities for performance for our students and cultural enrichment for our community,
* Representing a wide range of musical traditions, including European, African, Middle Eastern, and American to represent the diversity of Brooklyn's musical talent, and
* Offering a warm and welcoming space for families and individuals to explore new talents and make lasting friendships.
For more information, visit www.brooklynmusicschool.org.

New York Theatre Ballet 
Announces 2017-18 Season

New York Theatre Ballet announces the company's 2017-18 season, which will include children's shows and repertory performances throughout the year.

2017-2018 Season:

Hudson Valley Dance Festival: Dancers Responding to AIDS
October 7, 2017
Renowned dance companies and emerging artists return to the heart of the Hudson Valley when Hudson Valley Dance Festival presents its fifth annual edition with performances at 2pm and 5pm. The festival will again transform the 120-year-old wooden warehouse at Historic Catskill Point into a modern-day dance venue. NYTB is honored to join Dancers Responding to AIDS at this year's Festival, performing Merce Cunningham's Cross Currents.

Children's Dance on a Shoestring
October 27 & 28, 2017
This special edition of Dance on a Shoestring is produced, choreographed, and performed entirely by children of Ballet School NY, the official training academy of New York Theatre Ballet. Join NYTB for their annual Halloween performance and party! Saturday's performance is immediately followed by a party, where children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume. Games, prizes, and lots of treats.

NYTB at Danspace Project: Legends & Visionaries
November 2-4, 2017
The company returns to Danspace Project for their fourth season. The program will feature a new ballet by American Ballet Theatre's Gemma Bond, the fourth ballet she has created for NYTB, and David Gordon'sBEETHOVEN/1999, originally choreographed for his company, Pick Up Performance Co(s) in the late 1990's with four dancers. The evening will also include Richard Alston's A Rugged Flourish, and José Limón's La Malinche,staged by former Limón dancer Sarah Stackhouse.

Kaatsbaan Gala 2017
November 11, 2017
New York Theatre Ballet is thrilled to perform at Kaatsbaan International Dance Centers GALA 2017! The evening includes a champagne reception, dinner, wine, live music, and more. NYTB will perform Jerome Robbins' Antique Epigraphs, with music played live by Joan Tower and Michael Scales.

Dance on a Shoestring
November 17 & 18, 2017
Dance on a Shoestring is an intimate evening of dance held in the company's home at St. Mark's Church-In-the Bowery. The community series showcases ballets from New York Theatre Ballet's current season, works in progress by contemporary and emerging choreographers, and children of Ballet School NY. 

Keith Michael's The Nutcracker on tour
December 9, 2017 at Colonial Theater
December 10, 2017 at Tarrytown Music Hall

Keith Michael's The Nutcrackerat Florence Gould Hall
December 15-17, 2017
From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless, re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. This holiday ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky's beloved score, is set in Art Nouveau style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer, Keith Michael; set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith; and costumes by Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan.
Dance on a Shoestring
January 26 & 27, 2018

Legends & Visionariesat Florence Gould Hall
February 9 & 10, 2018
The company will present Double Andante by Pam Tanowitz, a 13-minute ballet for ten dancers set to the Andante movement of Beethoven's "Sonata in D Major #15"and played live on piano two times at different tempos. NYTB will present Tickling Titans by Steven Melendez. Martha Clarke's The Garden of Villandry (1979), set to Franz Schubert's "Trio No. 1 in B flat, Op.99," paints the story of love entangled: a ménage à trois that leaves the spectators wondering which was the husband and which the lover. Antony Tudor's 1937 masterpiece Dark Elegies is an eloquent, somber ballet danced to Gustav Mahler's song cycle "Kindertotenlieder." 

Mother GOOSE! at Florence Gould Hall
February 10 & 11, 2018
The wit, wisdom, and whimsy of a lively baker's dozen of Mother Goose characters. They literally leap from the page to the stage to stir the imagination of the young and the young-of-heart - just as they have for centuries! Choreography by Keith Michael

Harkness Dance Festival 2018: A Centennial Celebration of Jerome Robbins

March 16 & 17, 2018
NYTB returns to 92Y and the Harkness Dance Festival on March 16 & 17 with A Centennial Celebration of Jerome Robbins, an American Genius, featuring his rarely seen works, Rondo (1980), Septet (1982) and Concertino (1982). 

Mother GOOSE! at Schimmel Center
Sunday, March 25, 2018

Legends & Visionariesat Florence Gould Hall
April 27 & 28, 2018
NYTB will present two World Premieres by Richard Alston and Steven Melendez.

The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies at Florence Gould Hall
April 28 & 29, 2018
Follow Alice's adventures through Wonderland as she meets some of the most beloved characters in children's literature. Presented in a vaudeville setting, this eclectic ballet draws on many different dance forms - from Irish Step Dancing to African Juba to classical ballet - all of which combine to make a highly entertaining show.









FEBRUARY 7 -18, 2018







APRIL 21 - MAY 13, 2018


Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director) has announced today its 41st Season of "expanding on themes of social justice and historical amnesia" with the return engagement of the critically acclaimed play No-No Boy by Ken Narasaki, adapted from the novel by John Okado, directed by Ron Nakahara, and the world premiere of the new play Daybreak by Joyce Van Dyke, directed by Lucie Tiberghien.

Following a critically acclaimed engagement in 2016 No-No Boy by Ken Naraski, adapted from the groundbreaking novel by John Okada, and directed by Ron Nakahara, in tandem with Day of Remembrance, returns for a special limited run in February.  Set after World War II as Japanese Americans return to the West Coast<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Coast_of_the_United_States>, the play follows draft resister Ichiro Yamada after he is released from prison and struggles to come to terms with the consequences of his choices, while the rest of the community tries to get back on its feet after a war that has uprooted them all.   "'No-No Boy' is an extraordinary and essential play... I can only urge everyone who cares about how theater connects to this country's past and future to catch Pan Asian Rep's 'No-No Boy' wherever whenever you can," declared John Stoltenberg from DC Metro Theatre Arts.  The return engagement begins February 7, 2018 and will continue through February 18, 2018 at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).

The world premiere of Daybreak by Joyce Van Dyke, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, is a powerful new play that highlights Armenian-American history. Set in three-time periods, the play is inspired by the true stories of two women friends, survivors of the Armenian genocide and using memory, dreams, music, carries the story of these women into the 21st century to celebrate the endurance of the human spirit.  Performances begin April 21, 2018 for a limited engagement through May 13, 2018 at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).  Opening Night is set for April 26, 2018.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will host the 2017 Golden Unicorn Gala Dinner on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown (18 East Broadway at Catherine Street).  The 2017 Honorees are Ron Nakahara (Actor/Director), Andrea Louie (Art & Community Advocate) and a Special In Memoriam to
Edward Sakamoto, whose plays were produced at Pan Asian Rep (Yellow Is My Favorite Color, Manoa Valley, Life of The Land, Aloha Las Vegas, and Fishing for Wives).

For additional information on Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, or to purchase tickets, please visit the website www.panasianrep.org, or via email at info@panasianrep.org or by calling (212) 868-4030.
Tune in tomorrow for this week's regular Sunday Scoop.

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