Real Good For Free: Annual Community Dance Day @ Jacob’s Pillow, 7/10/11

Community Dance Day @ Jacob's Pillow

Put on your dancing shoes; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is inviting visitors of all ages to participate in its annual, community-wide celebration this Friday, July 10, from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

In addition to performances by the New England Tap Ensemble and Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, the day includes free workshops, a raffle, tours of the historic grounds and picnicking and mingling on the Great Lawn. The Pillow’s historic archives will be open to the public throughout the day along with Annie Leibovitz: DANCE, a Pillow exclusive photography exhibit featuring photos of widely known dancers and celebrities by famed portrait photographer.

Here’s the schedule: (no experience or special footwear needed)

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9:30-10:05am: Tai Chi Workshop with Sifu Kathy Crowe and Sifu David Crowe: Certified instructors will lead a series of gentle, flowing movements that will enhance vitality, focus, and start a day with a peaceful, positive attitude.

9:45-10:20am: Yoga Workshop with Leslie Nelson: This sampler yoga class will introduce you to simple and fun warm-ups leading to more traditional yoga postures in a vinyasa or “flow” style.

10-11:30am: Observe a Master Class with Kidd Pivot: Watch this Festival company teach specialized, contemporary movement through warm-ups and combinations.

10:15-10:50am: African Workshop with Marilyn Sylla: Mix it up with a live drummer and dance with an instructor who has trained in Guinea, Senegal, Gambia, and the Casamance.

10:30-11:05am: Arab-American Fusion with Cyndal Ellis: Drawing on the movement traditions of nomadic groups from Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, this contemporary movement uses muscular isolations and rhythm.

10:30-11am: Guided Tour of Jacob’s Pillow: Join an informative public tour of the Pillow’s National Historic Center Landmark grounds and buildings.

10:45-11:15am: Performance: New England Tap Ensemble: Tap extraordinaire Aaron Tolson and his company bring a dynamic, lively performance that is sure to be fun for everyone.

11:00-11:45am: Tango Workshop with Megan Reisel: Ready to tango? This cultural dance is a walking dance filled with rhythm and passion.

11:15-11:55am: Intergenerational Workshop with Jeff Bliss: With a little help from each other we will juice up the joints, get our bodies moving, and together as a family you will create movement phrases that arise out of your stories and imagination.

11:30-12pm: Guided Tour of Jacob’s Pillow: Join an informative public tour of the Pillow’s National Historic Landmark grounds and buildings.

11:45-12:15pm: Performance: Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company Presenting Pegao: this company offers a tribute that blends jazz, Afro-Cuban, and contemporary movement.

12:15-12:30pm: Hoopla: Whether you have never hula-hooped before or are an avid hula-hooper, all can enter the hoop with us and find out what makes it spin!

And if you want to make a day of it, the afternoon also features two ticketed performances: Tangueros del Sur in the Ted Shawn Theatre ($10 Youth Tickets; sponsored by ALEX®; must be accompanied by an adult), and Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM in the Doris Duke Theatre.


Athens Street Festival @ Athens (July 8-9)
Freedom Park, Scotia (7pm on various days)
NYS Summer Writers Institute @ Skidmore College’s Palamountain Hall, Saratoga Springs (8pm on various days)
Free Dance Performances @ Jacob’s Pillow, Beckett (6:15pm on various days)
Free Summer Theater @ various locations (various days)
Monday Night Concerts in the Park @ Veteran’s Memorial Field, Thurman (7pm on Mondays)
Music in the Park @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack (6pm on Tuesdays)
Music in the Park @ Riverfront Park, Rensselaer (6pm on Tuesdays)
Concerts On the Lawn @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown (6pm on Tuesdays)
Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie (6:30pm on Tuesdays)
The SCA Summer Concert Series @ the Outdoor Entertainment Center, South Glens Falls (6:30pm on Tuesdays)
Music on Mainstreet @ NBT Bank, Canajoharie (7pm on Tuesdays)
Rockin’ On the River @ the Hedley District Riverfront Parking Lot, River St., Troy (5pm on Wednesdays)
Live On the Lake @ Burbank Park, Pittsfield (6pm on Wednesdays)
Concerts On the Green @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar (7pm on Wednesdays)
Lake George Summer Concert Series @ Shepard Park, Lake George (7:30pm on Wednesdays)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (12noon on Thursdays)
Alive at Five @ Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, Albany (5pm on Thursdays)
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa (6pm on Thursdays)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (7:30pm on Thursdays)
UpBeat on the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (7pm on Fridays)
Improv Records’ Free Fridays @ Shepard Park, Lake George (7pm on Fridays)
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson (7pm on Fridays)
Concerts in the Park @ Riverfront Part, Athens (7pm on Fridays)
Canal Square Summer Concert Series @ Canal Square, Cohoes (7pm on Fridays)
Summer Sounds of Salem @ the Main Street Gazebo, Salem (11am on Saturdays)
Riverlink Concert Series @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (7pm on Saturdays)
Performing Arts at the Common @ the Clifton Park Common, Clifton Park (7pm on Sundays)
Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute Concert Series @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs (June 28-July 8)
Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18)

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