Dancing Stories & Story Dances

Dancing Stories & Story Dances

The Center for Modern Dance Education (CMDE) awarded Creative Aging Grant from New Jersey Council on the Arts to support “Dancing Stories & Story Dances”, a project for adults aged 55 and older. The program will be held at the CMDE Studio in Hackensack, NJ beginning on January 15, and run through to a final performance on February 24 at the Fair Lawn Community Theater in Fair Lawn, NJ.

Lead Project Artist Claire Porter, assisted by Susan Thomasson, will facilitate a series of “Choreo-Labs” to support choreographers of all levels in the creation of new dance work.  Participants will develop dances based on stories and ideas generated during the Choreo-Lab – whether by developing works already in process or inventing something new – and participate in a feedback process to refine movement.

Choreo-Lab sessions

Choreo-Lab sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Fridays, January 19 & 26 and February 2, 9, & 16, 12-2PM
  • Saturday, January 27; 12-2PM
  • Sunday, February 4, 2:30-4PM

Bring your dances and  ideas!

African Dance Class

Dance & Drum artist Yahya Kamate’ will also be developing an African dance for older adults during CMDE’s weekly African Dance Class.

  • Sundays 2-3:30PM

Bring your energy and enthusiasm!

Singing Stories & Story Singing

Also included in the project are a series of vocal workshops, “Singing Stories & Story Singing”, to be held

  • Monday, January 29 at 12PM
  • Tuesday, January 30 at 1PM

with coach Barbara Simon. Opportunities for one-on-one assistance will also be available.

The Choreo-Labs and Vocal Workshops are grant-supported and free to participants 55 and over. Participants in the project will also receive free CMDE Dancers workouts or Sunday African Dance classes from January 15-February 24.

Register for Dancing Stories & Story Dances

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