October 2014
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Meet Spoke the Hub’s stellar faculty and staff (starting top row, left to right): Ibrahima Camara, Irene Koloseus, Mina Hamilton, Terry Hempfling, Michelle Lynch, Dolores Natividad, Dalienne Majors, Elise Long, Jeremy Lintz, Bethina Flores, Maril Ortiz, Stephanie Van Dooren, Kat Stansell, Sherine Khatoun, Doreen Miranda, Deepali Srivastava, Kaina Quenga, Sarah Pope, Stephanie Franck and Sarah Dahnke

Not pictured: Joan Arnold, Mike Durkin, Lori Jorgensen, Laura Livingston, Karen Munson and Mindy Rebman. Photo by Erik Almieda


A number of visual artists-in-residence in the Gowanus Arts building (295 Douglass Street) will be opening their studios to the public on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19 from 12 noon - 6:00 pm as part of the annual Arts Gowanus Open Studio Tour. These artists include: Liza CassidyMark GoldbergDale WilliamsHeather Coxand Toby Needler

Spoke the Hub’s two dance spaces will also be open for visitors – come join a class, watch a rehearsal, or just stop by to say hello! Get a little taste of what goes on in our studios on any given weekend:


Grace Drums  Photo: David Kumin
12:00 - 1:00pm  Open rehearsal with Grace Drums
1:30 - 2:30pm Rehearsals, improvisations, and performances by
STH Young Artists and Faculty
3:00 - 5:00pm Open rehearsal with Maracatu NY Brazilian Percussion 
5:00 - 6:00pm Open rehearsal with Donofrio Dance Company.
Experience the creative process of their new work, CAPTURE.
12:30 - 2:00pm - The James Dojo invites guests to enjoy a physical workout that teaches the basics of Kyokushin Karate. While this class is generally geared for kids, adults also train during this session. Guests should dress in loose workout attire. There is a reduced mat fee of $10 for the class.
2:00 - 6:00pm - FICA New York welcomes visitors to take part in their children’s Capoeira classes from 2:00 - 3:00 pm and/or their monthly roda session (which is where students actually practice - rather than train - Capoeira) from 3:30 - 6:30 pm.


Terry Hempfling & Morgan St. Everest present new collaboration at Gowanus.   Photo: Erik Almieda
12:00-6:00pm  Enjoy open rehearsals, improvisations, classes and performances by STH Faculty, Students and Friends plus Terry Hempfling and Morgan St. Everest performing an improvisation-based duet/collaboration with dance and live illustrations, and open rehearsals with Michelle Lynch and dancers.

Check website in a week for final Sunday line-up. Or, just drop by, enjoy some refreshments, checkout our studios, and jump into whatever is going on. We look forward to seeing you!  spokethehub.org
Basic Dance Workout w/ Elise Long      Photo: Eric Almieda

Saturday Mornings @ Gowanus Arts

Are you a weekend warrior or just can’t make it to dance or exercise class during the week? Then you will be glad to know several new classes for adults and teens are still forming at the Gowanus this fall. Call the office for futher information and exact starting dates: 718.408-3234.

10:00-11:00am Basic Dance Workout w/ Elise Long
Burn calories, pump it up, stretch it out and have a ball while learning fun dance basics. A simple yet vigorous whole body workout set to music from around the world. Beginning movers - and those with two left feet - who are in good health, are also welcome along with veteran exercisers and dancers.

11:00-12:00pm  Ballet I-II w/ Michelle Lynch
An open level classical ballet class for adults and teens which includes basic ballet barre, center work and across the floor phrases to build strength, grace, agility and stamina. Brave beginners are welcome;  a good maintenance class for those with dance experience.

12:00-1:00pm  Modern Dance w/ Michelle Lynch
An open level modern technique class for adults and teens which borrows from many contemporary dance disciplines and includes center work, across the floor phrases and improvisational adventures.

>>> Full schedule and details

* Special pricing for Brooklyn Music Factory Members; call or email for details.

Yoga & Alexander Technique w/ Joan Arnold  Photo: Erik Almieda



Yoga for Arthritis
w/ Dolores Natividad
Mondays 1:30pm - 2:30pm
A gentle, safe and restorative Hatha Yoga Practice offering the benefits of stress reduction, pain management and increased independence. Students will be encouraged to use chairs and props for support only as needed.

Ballet Basics w/ Dalienne Majors
Tuesdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm
An introduction to a classical ballet barre, center exercises and traveling combinations across the floor with an emphasis on musicality. No previous dance experience required.

Restorative Yoga w/ Dalienne Majors
Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm
A moderately paced class offering rejuvenating and supported postures that soothe the nervous system and alleviate chronic tension.

Hawai'ian Dance w/ Kaina Quenga
Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Experience the beautiful culture and art of Hawai'i and practice technique in both ancient and modern styles.

Beginning Tap w/ Irene Koloseus
Thursdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Have fun while learning basic tap moves, rhythms, and coordination in a friendly and non-competitive environment. For beginners only!

Integral Hatha Yoga 
w/ Dolores Natividad
Fridays 7:45 am - 9:00am
Ease away your stress during this traditional Hatha Yoga class. The goal is to have an easeful body, a peaceful mind and a useful life. New beginners are welcome!
Yoga & Alexander Technique 
w/ Joan Arnold
Friday 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alexander Technique’s elegant grammar of the body and Anusara’s alignment principles inform this active yoga class. Students of every level are welcome.
Chair Yoga w/ Dolores Natividad
Fridays 12:00pm - 1:00pm
This is an extra Gentle Yoga class performed while seated for students who do not have easeful mobility. The class is a modified version of an Integral Yoga class adapted for the chair.
Zumba Gold w/ Bethina Flores
Fridays  1:00pm - 2:00pm
For active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the moves you love at a slower pace and a lower-intensity and impact on the joints.

Hawai'ian Dance w/ Kaina Quenga Photo: Dalienne Majors

New Adult/Teen
8 - Class Cards Available Now!

Not sure how your life is going to go week to week this year and don’t want to commit to a whole semester of classes at the Hub? Then our new STH Adult/Teen 8 - Class Card* may be for you! Cheaper than single drop-in classes and you have 3 months to use your card from date of purchase before it expires. 

Ballet Basics w/ Dalienne Majors  
Photo: Marc Goldberg
Current STH Classes accepting new STH Class Cards* include:
Step ‘n Sculpt  w/ Karen Munson
Sunday Super Workout  w/ Karen Munson
Ballet Basics w/ Dalienne Majors
Ballet Barre for Dancers  w/ Dalienne Majors 
Restorative Yoga w/ Dalienne Majors
Hawa’ian Dance w/ Kaina Quenga
Integral Yoga w/ Dolores Natividad
Chair Yoga w/ Dolores Natividad
Yoga For Arthritis w/ Dolores Natividad
*STH Class Cards are useable in specific classes only. Check the current class card roster for new classes which will continue to be added throughout the year. Teachers and classes are subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed from semester to semester. Purchase cards in person during office hours at the STH Re:Creation Center at 748 Union Street @ 6th Avenue, Park Slope
On Tuesday evenings this fall, STH presents an eclectic and informal series of workshops, readings, plays, music, films and performances by local artists and teaching artists of all genres. Turn off the tv, log off the computer, and come on down to the STH Re:Creation Center, 748 Union Street @ 6th Avenue, Park Slope to get yourself recharged!

Spoke the Hub's WORKS ON THE WALL Presents

process color

A New Solo Exhibit by 
Rebecca Levitan
October 6 – December 13, 2014

Opening Reception: Tues. Oct. 7th – 7:00-9:00pm

Levitan explores process color - full color images created out of separate layers. Changing the way we look at color can reveal something new about the nature of the image. (A former STH dance student and a recent graduate of Harvard University, we are delighted to host Rebecca's first art exhibit!)

Interested in presenting your own WORKS ON THE WALL solo art exhibit at Spoke the Hub in the future?  Please send letter of interest and availability, plus website or portfolio information to spoke@spokethehub.org

Learn to Draw Caricatures 

w/ Andre LeRoy Davis

Tuesday, October 14 - 7:00-9:00 pm
$20 Advanced Online / $25 at the door, $10 Students, Seniors & STH Members
Cash Bar

"A Caricature tells a story...and it's all in the eyes"
Learn to draw and how to create your own caricature in an intimate setting with cartoonist Andre LeRoy Davis. Beginners welcome. Bring a good quality photo of your subject or use one of our own. All needed materials will be supplied

Andre has been teaching cartooning, rap and poetry to kids at Spoke at Camp Gowanee for many years. Parents, older teens and adults now have a chance to sit down with him and learn from “the master” in this informal and yet informative workshop.

Curated by Chiwanso Kaitano-Price & Donnaldson Brown
This Month:

An evening of readings of works in progress from two playwrights

Evangelia Kingsley and Marin Gazzaniga

Tuesday, October  21, 2014 at 7:30pm
STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union Street @ 6th Avenue -  Park Slope
Suggested Donation: $5
Cash Bar

Evangelia Costantakos Kingsley is an actor, for stage and film, singer and writer. She has written the libretti for two operas, Holy Week and To Triumph. Her plays include: A Good Mother, which was a semi-finalist for 2013 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; Narcissus in Brooklyn, a comedy; and Serpent’s Tooth, a one-act. Actors will read sections from a new play, Simple Gifts.

Marin Gazzaniga is a writer for page, stage and screens and producer-director for digital. Last year she was co-head writer of the final Emmy-nominated season of One Life to Live on Hulu. She is currently a writer for Cafe.com and working on the stage adaptation of Daniel C. Dennett’s and Linda LaScola’s book Caught in the Pulpit, based on interviews with non-believing clergy. Marin will read from Caught in the Pulpit.
The Salon @ Spoke is a Tuesday night literary and cultural “gathering” where artists of all stripes, at all stages of their careers,  share their works-in-progress in an informal and supportive setting. Interested in being part of an upcoming Salon? Please contact: spoke@spokethehub.org with proposals, bios and length of presentation.

Call For Master Teaching Artists:

Have a skill or particular domain of expertise you might want to share with others on a Tuesday night in a one-shot workshop format this fall?

What can you offer? Wine Tasting 101? Make Your Own Organic Lotions and Potions? Disappear Back Pain Through Pilates and Alexander Exercises?  Magic Tricks For All Ages? Tap Dance For Beginners? Isadora Duncan Dance For the Masses? Origami Creations?

Interested in presenting a one-off class at Spoke?
Please contact: 
spoke@spokethehub.org with proposals and length of presentation.


Receive great benefits including discounts on STH and Teaching Associates’ Classes, Party Rentals, Performances and services by local businesses! Save money while also supporting our not-for-profit, community arts center, called a “neighborhood treasure”, a “community staple”  and one of the most “exhilarating art spaces in Brooklyn” by the press and public.  » Full details and to sign up

Come perform 5 minutes of whatever you do best and have a shot at winning 50 hours of free rehearsal space and your own fully produced fall concert at Gowanus Arts!! Performance slots are first-come first-serve.

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EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, a former STH dance student and a "winner" of STH's annual WINTER FOLLIES Showcase, will be performing with Jodi Melnick at BAM's Next Wave Festival next week. Support STH alumni and checkout Jodi's show! » Find Out More
Spoke the Hub teaching artists Mark Lamb and Sarah Pope perform in Mark Lamb Dance's “Autumnal Salon,” a daring evening of music and dance as part of the Seasonal Saturday Sanctuary Salon Series on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:00pm » Find Out More

Photo credit: Danile Talonia


Free treatment if you qualify to participate in research study by The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, to determine the best long-term combination drug treatment for type 2 diabetes.  » Find Out More

GRACE DRUMS presents: 
The Women Gather Project:
Drumming With a Mission

November 1 ~ Saturday~ 7:30PM
An evening of African inspired drumming and vocals celebrates victories over domestic and sexual violence and personal empowerment. 
» Find Out More
Photo by Jamie Courville, Gowanus Current


Spoke the Hub Dancing, Inc., Gowanus Arts and 295 Douglass St. Assoc, LLC are pleased to announce an amicable resolution of differences with Marc Freud/Troutbrook Company and the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn on 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn.

For several years, these parties have feuded over correction of damage to a wall at the property line separating the Gowanus Arts building, located at 295 Douglass Street, from the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn, located next door at 181 Third Avenue in Brooklyn, among other issues.

Both parties hereby announce their differences to have been settled.

In addition, Spoke the Hub Dancing, Inc., gratefully acknowledges a charitable contribution from Marc Freud and The Troutbook Company establishing three dance scholarships a year for underprivileged youth which for the next four years will allow disadvantaged kids to take weekly dance classes at one of the Spoke the Hub studios.

Spoke the Hub Dancing, Inc., Gowanus Arts and 295 Douglass St. Assoc, LLC, look forward to starting on a fresh foot this fall with the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn, and to working together cooperatively to better enrich and enliven the local Brooklyn neighborhood for local residents as well as for our global visitors from around the world.
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