January 2014
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This isn't your sister's dance class. In fact, your sister isn't even allowed, which is good, because you wouldn't want her to discover your super hero powers anyway. The Action Heroes Dance Class is a high-energy boys-only dance class that takes super heroes as inspiration for the strengthening of body and mind through both imagination and creative movement. Check out a recent "Seen in NY" episode here on VialoguesRead and view the full article here on New Learning Times.



@ STH’S Annual “Capricorn’s Birthday Bash”!

Sat. Jan 11th - Family Play: 7:00-8:30pm, Adult Play: 8:30pm-11:00pm
@ Gowanus Arts - 295 Douglass St. (btwn 3rd/4th Aves.) 3rd Fl., Buzzer #6

Suggested Donation:
Kids: $10 / Adults: $25 (more if you can)

Birthday girls Ella Amman-Bianciardi, Soulyka Agana-Woodbine, Egypt Quander-Crenshaw, Elise Long and Mindy Toro invite you to come out and party with us this Saturday night at STH’s annual CAPRICORN’S BIRTHDAY BASH! This year, we are hosting our first GAME NIGHT where you could find yourself scoring big time at Bingo, Catch Phrase, Pictionary, Twister, Charades, UNO, Darts and even a round of iPhone Heads Up! Expect great fun, good company, 6 generation’s favorite dance music, munchies, a cash bar - and of course, birthday cake!  You could also win fun and fabulous prizes (such as a ukelele donated by Spoke the Hub; handmade organic facial products created and donated by Misa Kuba of Wild Lotus Spa; and a massage at Full Spectrum Touch donated by Stuart Garber).

Come have a blast while you also help us goat girls raise money for two of our favorite charities: Kiva and the Consolation Center-Haiti Girls School and Orphanage.  

» RSVP Online NOW no later than January 10th please

Also, if you have a fabulous prize to donate to our “Winner’s Table”, please contact: maril@spokethehub.org.

13th Annual


Date/Time: Friday & Saturday, January 24 & 25, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Venue: Spoke the Hub's Space @ Gowanus Arts
Advance Tickets - $15 Adults/$10 Students & Seniors
» Buy Tickets Online NOW

Come in from the cold and warm your heart and hands this month by wildly applauding for 28 scintillating performing artists/groups/acts who will be presenting 5 minutes of whatever it is they do best. At the end of each show, the audience votes for the artist or group whom they would most like to see a full evening concert by in the future, and the “winner” with most votes at the end of the weekend receives 50 hours of free rehearsal space as well as a fully produced weekend concert of their own work next Fall here at the Gowanus. It’s unpredictable, it’s fun, it’s zany, and sometimes even gong-worthy. Come enjoy everything from heavy modern dance to stand-up comedy in this anything goes evening of uncurated performance.


Kadeem Alston-Roman
Hiliarie Ashton
Lisa Crawford
Donofrio Dance
Megan Doyle
Elsco Dance
Jess Grippo
Half Life Dance
Terry Hempfling
Chicava Honeychild
Nelson Howe
Inclined Dance Project
Natalie Kolbo
Danielle McCullough
Merisiha Mesihovic
Parents Who Dance
Erel Pilo
Aimee Plauche
Jennifer Roit
The Rogue Dancers
Tunu Thom
Dawn Vanderslice
Terzaki Vassilea
Vashti Dance Theater
Elisabeth Wilhelm
Zullo/Raw Movement


Returns March 16, 2014

Long before “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” became part of Brooklyn’s hipster vernacular, STH was staging semi-annual, funky and fun, recycled fashion shows featuring your used clothing, modeled by some of your favorite dancers, teachers and students who animate the Hub.  

Well, we think it is high time to link another high tea with high fashion, so hold onto your best giveaway duds until February please, when we send out the call again and begin collecting your clothing donations for our impromptu runway. Laura Livingston and Mike Durkin, of Freestyle Repertory Theater, will again be our fashion forward M.C.’s. All proceeds from this event will go toward defraying production costs of Local Produce 2014 events.



It’s time to register again for STH’s spring semester of fabulous classes for all ages. Register online now so you don’t lose out on a class spot as class size is always limited at Spoke - first come, first served.

In addition to your favorite STH class staples – Yoga with Mina Hamilton and Dolores Natividad; Modern Dance and Ballet with Erin Gottwald and Stephanie Franck; Improvisation and Performance with Elise Long; Action Heroes and Sing, Dance and Make Believe with Sarah Pope and Sarah Dahnke; Lunchtime Workouts with Karen Munson; Tap with Mindy Rebman and Drama with Mike Durkin and Laura Livingston of Freestyle Rep for example – please come try out some of our other new classes and stellar new faculty members, including Irene Koloseus, Taylor Donoforio, Dalienne Majors and many others!

» See Our Winter/Spring 2014 Schedule



In addition to registering for Spoke the Hub’s ongoing classes with our own superlative faculty, please come explore new adult classes offered in our studios this winter by STH’s guest teaching associates, including:

Ballroom/Latin and Swing | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursdays @ STH Re:Creation Center
with Laurie Shayler / DanceConnection

Bluegrass Guitar
Tuesdays @ Gowanus Arts Building | 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
with Michael Davies

DOONYA the “Bollywood Workout”
Tuesdays @ STH Re:Creation Center | 6:30pm - 7:30pm 
with Chaitali Baviskar

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays @ Gowanus Arts | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
with Njoli  Brown and FICA New York

Improvisational Clowning
Sundays March 2 - April 6  @ STH Re:Creation Center | 10:00am -1:00pm
Introductory Sample Class: Saturday, February 1, 3 – 6 pm
with Sarah French

Maracatu Brazilian Percussion Ensemble
Saturdays @ Gowanus Arts Building | 3:00 pm -5:00 pm

Qi Gong
Mondays @ STH Re:Creation Center  | 11:00am -12:00pm
with Annie Reibel-Coyne

Mondays @ STH Re:Creation Center | 7:30pm -8:30pm

LaShawn Jones Dance and Fitness
Tuesdays @ Gowanus Arts Building | 6:15-7-15pm

Self Defense w Francis Estrada
Wednesday @ STH Recreation Center | 7:30-9:30pm

Randolph James Martial Arts
@ Gowanus Arts Building
Tuesdays, Thursdays | 7:30-9:00pm
Saturdays | 12:30-2:00 pm

Please contact these instructors directly at their websites with questions about tuition and how to register.
Come visit our table on Feb. 8th @ PS 321's School’s Out Camp Expo!

Democracy in Art & Action

President's Week Camp : February 17-21 

Using the sometimes slow and messy democratic process in dance-making, art-making, and other kinds of creative problem solving, we will explore questions of individual freedom vs. compromise for the common good, as well as the idea that everyone has a unique voice that deserves to be heard and considered.

Registration opens Saturday, January 11
10% OFF Early Registration ends January 27

This year’s President’s Week camp line-up includes:

with Gloria Llompart

with Jess Poplawski

with Laura Livingston & Mike Durkin of Freestyle Repertory Theater

Spring Green / Spring Break
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!

Registration Opening Soon



Date/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Venue: STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union St.
I Parkslope
Admission:  $10 (with free popcorn!)
Cash Bar

Join us on Tuesday January 21st for our new monthly film screening of work by well-known and emerging documentary and experimental film makers, as well as short films, dance films and even a few feature flicks.

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

This Month's feature film:

At the Corner of 3rd and 3rd
by Max Kutner

The New York and Long Island Coignet Stone Company Building had been all but forgotten until Whole Foods opened its first Brooklyn market next door. But the landmark continues to deteriorate as Gowanus changes around it. Through archival materials and interviews with historians, activists, artists, photographers, and residents, this documentary short explores how a community must look to the future while fighting to preserve the past.

COMING THIS SUMMER: Film Making Classes for Adults

Do you have a bunch of videos on your phone you don't know what to do with? Do you have a story waiting to be seen on the big screen? Do you want to take your Film making skills to the next level? Then join NYC film maker Philip B. Swift this summer as he offers a three level film making workshop that begins with adapting your story ideas into proven screenwriting techniques, continues with filming professional-grade videos with smart phones or camcorders, and finishes with learning how to put it all together and publish your film to the web! You will come in an amateur and leave with the skills of a pro! We recommend taking all three levels, but you can also just take the one that most interests you.

Contact spoke@spokethehub.org for more info.


STH's ongoing solo art exhibit series presents:

"Brooklyn (Un)Covered" - Photography by Joseph Sharp

Opening Reception
January 12 | 4:00-6:00pm
STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union Street @ 6th Ave.

Come meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments at this family friendly event. Works are for sale and will remain on display through the end of January with a percentage of sales benefiting Spoke the Hub.

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


new documentary on the evolving Gowanus

Unless you have been living under a rock with your head buried in the sand, Brooklynites must know by now that the Gowanus is “hot hot hot”! Every day, a new creative enterprise opens up in the ‘hood (alongside a new hotel).  In the last few months, we have noted the openings - or “Coming Soon!” notices - for a new brewery, indoor tennis courts, a fine furniture showroom, a morbid anatomy museum, vintage clothing warehouses, and a new shuffleboard court which nicely compliments the already existent indoor rock climbing haven, many new music and performance venues, a skate board par course, and a myriad of working artists’ studios.

"GOWANUS CURRENT" is a new documentary on the evolving Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, currently being shot and edited by husband and wife film-making team, Jamie Courville and Chris Reynolds.  Now in its early stages, the film will record the changes in and around the Gowanus neighborhood over the course of the next year through the stories told by the people who live and work there, including Spoke the Hub and Gowanus Arts’ Founder/Director, Elise Long.  (Watch for the release of this timely film and local screenings, hopefully at Gowanus Arts, upon its completion.)

Chris Reynolds is a camera operator and cinematographer, who works in film and TV. HIs lovely wife, Jamie Courville, likes to record the voices and faces of those seldom heard. Please check out her “Squirrels Stories” to hear her sound portraits of people living with cancer at www.SquirrelsStories.com.

Marriott Boycott Update 

For those of you who have been following the continuing Gowanus Arts / Marriott conflict – we still have no new or good news to report – thus, the Marriott boycott continues.  Please continue to encourage your visiting friends, co-workers, fellow artists, and family members to support local artists and stay at one of the many other hotels and cozy AirBnBs cropping up all over our neighborhood.  For a local list of Park Slope and Gowanus hotels, with better locations, cheaper prices, and many more attractive amenities, and to find out more about this ongoing conflict, please contact: spoke@spokethehub.org.

Of interest, a recent NY Times article on Marriott's push to lure younger crowds


Wanted: Creative, Resourceful Handyperson with Carpentry Skills

Spoke the Hub often needs a skilled handyperson for various odd jobs, repairs, and studio maintenance projects. Must be very neat, a creative problem solver, and comfortable building things and working with wood. Please contact lori@spokethehub.org if you would like to be on our “handyperson” call list. Current local references a must.

Wanted: Freelance Cleaning Person

Spoke the Hub often needs to augment our weekly cleaning schedule after performances, parties and special events, as well as during our studio maintenance weeks, once a month for more deep cleaning of all our spaces. If you are a responsible, hopefully somewhat OC neatnik type who moves all furniture and vacuums behind it, please contact lori@spokethehub.org if you would like to be on our “cleanliness next to godliness” call list. Current local references a must.

Wanted: Snow Shovelers and Shleppers

We are looking for some young brawn with strong backs to shovel in front of our community arts facilities before 9:00am on heavy snow days. We also need help periodically setting up and striking our audience risers, and shelpping furniture up and down the stairs at Gowanus Arts, or to and from our studio on Union Street to Douglass Street and back again. Please contact lori@spokethehub.org if you would like to be on our “strong like bull” call list. Current local references a must.

Wanted: Teen or College Students To Digitally Archive STH Photography, Video and Music LIbraries

STH is seeking several very detail oriented, well-organized, and technically inclined young people to help digitalize STH’s massive 30+ years of photos, video and music, thanks to a grant from the Park Slope Civic Council and mentorship from NYC librarian/archivist Stephen Klein. Interested? Please contact: spoke@spokethehub.org

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