March 2014
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Let Fashion Follow You…


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spoke the Hub's Space @ Gowanus Arts
295 Douglass Street

Fashion Show, Tea & Cookies: 4pm
Open shopping: 5-6pm ($5 late admission)
Everything-must-go-$10-bag-last-chance-sale: 6-6:30pm ($5 late admission)

Advanced Tickets: $20 Adults/ $10 Students & Seniors (includes refreshments)
At the Door: $25 Adults/ $15 Students & Seniors

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Please join Spoke the Hub for our sometimes annual but always funky RECYCLED FASHION SHOW & HIGH TEA, created by Elise Long and hosted by Mike Durkin and Laura Livingston of the Freestyle Repertory Theater.

Come relax and let your inner fashionista have a field day while you enjoy...

  1. Your donated clothing snapped back to life on our makeshift Gowanian catwalk
  2. Delectable yummies cooked up by artist Gail Flanery and served to you by our pint-sized, dancing wait staff
  3. Your friends, neighbors, STH students, teachers, parents and staff as they rock the Gowanus runway with their own quirky, raw verve and unpredictable panache you will find nowhere else on the planet
  4. And you can drape yourself in a whole new repurposed wardrobe at rock bottom prices!

This year's super models-for-a-day will include Donnaldson Brown, Egypt and Brett Crenshaw, David and Julienne Goddy, Lori Jorgensen, Sung Uni and Masai Lee, Lizzi Mazal, Liza and Reina QuinonezMindy Toro, David Webb and many more of your favorite faces!  Don't miss their exciting afternoon spin on our makeshift catwalk!

All contributions and clothing donations are tax-deductible and go toward supporting STH's upcoming FREE spring and summer LOCAL PRODUCE events in three of Park Slope's most beautiful community green spaces.

For more information, call 718.408-3234 or email

The Gowanus Guest Room features performing artists of all stylistic bents from across the USA and beyond. STH is currently seeking additional sponsors for our upcoming spring shows. 


Performers include:

Ellen Bartel Dance Collective (Austin, Texas) 
Marcus Schulkind (Boston, Massachusetts) 
Paufve Dance/ Randee Paufve (San Francisco, California) 
alexx makes dances / Alexx Shilling (Los Angeles, California) 
Hio Ridge Dance Collective (Denmark, Maine)
Date/Time: Friday & Saturday,March 14 & 15, 2014 @ 8:00pm
Venue: Spoke the Hub's Space @Gowanus Arts
Advance Online Tickets: - $20 Adults/$10 Students & Seniors
At the door: $25/$15 at door
——— Special Event ———

Modern Dance Master Class Intermediate/Advanced Level

with Ellen Bartel (Ages 14+) - $20
Saturday March 15th, 12:45pm -2:00pm
@ Gowanus Arts Building

Space is limited, rsvp to

Ellen Bartel hails from from University of Texas, Austin and Ellen Bartel Dance Collective

Ellen says: "The techniques that I work with in class are a hybridization of contemporary forms that range from the early techniques of fall/recovery and upper-body arcs from the Humphrey/Limon tradition, to the pedestrian and flowing gestures of Trisha Brown, the modern jazzy ways of Twyla Tharp, the inhibitions of Release and Gaga, to Bartenieff floorwork, and finally, the ongoing-ness and full range of motion I look for in my own movement."



a play with live music

One Show Only
 April 26, 2014 @7:30 pm
Advance Tickets: $20 Adults/$10 Students & Seniors
At the door: $25/$15 at door

"AMERICA" tells its true story through 3 generations of one family, giving very different views of America form the early 20th Century the recent past. A cross-section of 100 years of American history is presented through the lens of three generations of immigrants.

Directed by Andrea CastellettiTeatro Imperia of Italy will perform an intimate and charming English rendition of â€œAmerica”. Performing are Guido Ruzzenenti and the â€œAcoustic Duo” - Stefano Bersan and Antonio Canteri. Presented in collaboration with Carlo Adinolfi and The Concrete Temple Theater.

Spring Green / Spring Break
STH Multi-Arts Day Camp: April 14-18

Join us for an inspiring week of healthy and sustainable Art, Eating, Living and Moving with our amazing teachers and “green” advocates. Kids bloom and bud along with the daffodils while learning about growing healthy bodies, minds, art, plants and planets!

Spring Break campers will explore Dancing and Filmmaking with Sarah Dahnke, learn about Nutrition and make their own lunches with Chef Sung Uni Lee, and learn about Plants while creating their own herb gardens with landscape designer and horticulturalist Susan Palm.

Also, weather and time permitting, we will visit at least one of our local community green spaces and find out how community gardens work.

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CAMP GOWANEE: July 7 - August 29 
STH Multi-Arts Day Camp for Pre K - Adults!

Save 10% if you register before April 28th

Spoke the Hub is excited to announce a few new additions to our CAMP GOWANEE line-up this summer, as well as welcome back a few beloved favorites:

NEW! July 7-11 WE GOT THE BEAT! Rhythm in music, dance, art & rhyme

NEW! July 14-18 PEACEFUL WARRIORS  Yoga, meditation and martial arts

July 28 - Aug 1 & Aug 4-8  MASTERPIECE THEATER 
The classical Actor's trade and training with Mike and Laura of FREESTYLE REP 
NEW! Freestyle Rep will also launch STH’s first adult evening community theater program during the evenings of July 28 - August 8. Watch for further details, coming soon.

Two week composition and performance workshop with Elise Long. Create your own, unique, original performance work and perform for public at the end of two weeks and learn how to design your own costumes, lighting, set/props and sound score as well. (Serves as pre-requisite to join STH's junior performing group - STH's Young Artists Dance/Theater - next fall.)  

NEW! Aug 18-22 SANDRA BOYNTON WEEK (PreK- 1) Gallop, jump, and rock while creating a Barnyard Dance!

…And back by popular demand:
July 21-25 DO YOU SPEAK DANCE? Exploring the Wide, Wonderful World of Dance
Aug 11-15 CAMP FUNNY HA HA The New Vaudevillians 
Aug 11-15 MOVE OVER PICASSO Studio Art Workshop 
Aug 25-29 LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Exploring Digital Filmmaking 
Aug 25-29 BK FASHIONISTAS Fashion Design, Sewing and Modeling

NEW! Filmmaking Classes for Adults: 
NYC film maker Philip B. Swift offers a 3-level film making workshop covering:
- adapting story ideas into proven screenwriting techniques
- filming professional-grade videos
- learning how to put it all together and publish to the web


(for ages 10 and up)

Take daily Modern, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and Jazz technique classes every afternoon in August with stellar guest teaching artists. These classes are geared for serious young dancers (10+) as well as teens, college students and adults of all ages. 

Monday-Friday, 2:00-5:30pm
STH Re:Creation Center, 748 Union Street

Please contact for information on all camp options.


Call For Artists: 

Spoke the Hub is now accepting proposals from Brooklyn-based performance and teaching artists of all genres for outdoor, participatory, family friendly arts workshops and site specific performances to be presented in several of Park Slope’s most luscious community gardens throughout the Summer of 2014. 

Please send a one page proposal of what you would like to create/present for

a) the Garden of Union,
b) Greenspace @ President Street or 
c) Washington Park in front of the Old Stone House on 3rd Street. 

Please Include a one page bio or resume of professional highlights and, if appropriate, an unedited, representative audio or video sample of your work.  Modest $$ honorarium provided.

This program is supported, in part, through funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Union Street Film Series

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 18 2014 @ 7:00pm
Venue: STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union St.
I Park Slope
Admission:  $10 (with free popcorn!)
Cash Bar

Join us for our new monthly film screening of works by well-known and emerging documentary and experimental filmmakers, as well as short films, dance films and even a few feature flicks.

Filmmakers interested in showing their work at an upcoming screening should contact curators, Sarah Dahnke and Philip Swift

In Memoriam: Alan Danielson 1954-2014

Alan was only the 3rd person I have ever seen up close and personal who had “passed on”. The first was my grandmother over 50 years ago. The 2nd was Mao Tse Tung under glass in Beijing 30 years ago. And now, here was Alan – my colleague, fellow dancer, and friend. He was my age. The sight of him like this, in this environment, was very confusing to say the least.

I stared at his quiet, waxen figure in a pressed suit and tie, arms held in tight, eyes glued shut, rubbery beige lips sealed – this was not Alan. The Alan I knew/know was always a casual dresser. The Alan I knew/know was full of movement, curiosity, breadth and thoughtfulness. The Alan I knew/know was also a comedian, often deadpan, understated, but with a keen, mischievous, and sometimes goofy sense of humor. It would not have been beyond him to have a little fun with us. I wanted to smack him and say: “OK, Alan, you can get up now. Stop messin’ with us!” Then we would have a good long laugh, go out for a drink and catch-up as we always used to do and I longed to do again now. This did not happen.

The room in the funeral chapel where he was laid out for viewing on Saturday was filled with predominantly young, handsome women, mostly dancers and students I presumed; I had to smile. (Alan always had a way with “the ladies”, his dance harem.) These young women took turns giving testimonials about how Alan, their beloved teacher, had made such a lasting impression on them, and what a huge impact he had made on their own dancing, teaching, and lives in general. It made me think back to a profound conversation we had in the hospital, over a decade ago I think, right after he had received his heart transplant.

This robust, spongy, mesomorphic dancer and choreographer whom I had rehearsed with and presented in Spoke the Hub’s loft theater at Gowanus Arts many times in the late 80s, now looked and moved like a thousand-year-old man, so painfully thin, grey, frail and brittle - it took my breath away. He was surrounded by - and attached to - an army of beeping machines and monitors, all standing guard, all keeping me far, far away, across the room from his bed because he was still so vulnerable to infection.

But our conversation that day was anything but fragile and still stays with me for it’s power and display of Alan’s intellectual and spiritual depth. We talked quietly about his new heart -- the guilt he also experienced (as many transplant hopefuls do) while waiting for it, hopeful for rainy, stormy nights... We also talked about the implications of what it meant to have your heart, quite literally as well as figuratively, cut out and removed from your body. He said “My heart is gone.” We both nodded and sat quietly for a moment. Even saying those words out loud, he said, was hard to wrap his mind around. (And then, of course, came the corollary question: who’s heart is now living inside me, and why me?) His reflections on this “transference of life” were profound and moving, as well as deeply poetic and philosophical, even in this weak, vulnerable, highly medicated state. He had already looked death in the face multiple times by age 50, and I dare say, at that moment I remember thinking he had experienced a degree of enlightenment as a young man that most of us only dream of.

That conversation and hospital visit came back to me again yesterday at the viewing, amidst all the tears and hugs, as all of these lovely young dancers spoke about Alan’s kindness, caring, compassion and his great generosity of heart as well as his passion for dance and music. In the end, ironically, Alan’s whole life and legacy revolved around Heart with a capital H -- giving, taking and sharing it through his love of dance.

I feel honored to have danced with Alan and been privy to some of his most private reflections on life, love and art over these past 30 years and I will miss seeing his big, reaching arcs, weighty legs, light, shimmering runs and leaps, and his immaculate choreographic craftsmanship onstage. But I will miss laughing and joking around with him, hunkering down into our private shoptalk, in between dancing and dances, doctors’ appointments and real life dramas, most of all. Fall and rebound Alan, we fall and rebound. - Elise Long

For further information on Alan's life and memorial plans, please visit:
Elise Long's continuing "Developing Stories...", performed at the annual
STH Student/Faculty Benefit concerts last December. Photo by Cecilia Schmidt - 2013

Boycott the Marriott : Update 

The Fairfield Marriott's owner and developer, Marc Freud of Troutbrook Co., reached out to STH last week and told us he and his team have been working with Marriott International's Fairfield Inn franchise head, Julius Robinson, and they will respond to STH's fall settlement proposal on March 4th. Stay tuned for the follow-up report on this response in our April e-newsletter.  

In the meantime, STH's Marriott Boycott activities continue as planned. For further information on this continuing conflict, please visit
STH Faculty & Staff News
Taylor Donofrio of Donofrio Dance Company
performs RAM at Green Space 

Long Island City 
March 14th and 15th

Dalienne Majors performed at Nacre Dance In Concert this past weekend. Her piece, "Mobius" is an exploration of the curious single sided surface of the same name. The performance's constant gliding motions will sweep audiences into the heart of this strange loop. Area cellist, Will Hayes accompanied the dancers with music by Phillip Glass. For more info please visit:
Stuart Garber, LMT, PTP

Bodymind Synergy: Integrating Mindfulness, Imagery and Breath Work into Massage Therapy Practice

Sunday March 2, from 10 – 6  - 8 CEUs
Swedish Institute, 226 West 26th Street

Click here to register

What's the Point: Improvisational Clowning
w/ Sarah French

Sundays March 2 - April 6  @STH Re:Creation Center | 10:00am -1:00pm

Let go, laugh, surprise yourself and see how clowning brings the world new life!


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