October 2016
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PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS FOR ALL AGES

Photo: Erik Almeida 2016

BANDWAGON PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS  w/ Elise Long

(8 and over, with permission)

STH Director/Founder Elise Long, dubbed by the Village Voice to be the “Cecil B. de Mille of Brooklyn dance”, will offer a new intergenerational performance workshop on Saturdays this fall for all interested and uninhibited movers, ages 8 to 108 years old. Participants will collaborate on the creation of new, large-scale, community dance works directed and assembled by Ms. Long to be performed at various indoor and outdoor community functions throughout the year. Professional dancers are also very, very welcome to join this performance group. Jump on the community dance bandwagon and be part of STH’s newest gypsy band of movers and shakers of all ages. STH Bandwagon rehearsals will be held on Saturday afternoons at the Gowanus starting in late October. Children, ages 8 and up are also welcome to join the group at the discretion of Ms. Long. 

ADULT/TEEN PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP w/ Elise Long

Ever have the desire to create your own original dance or theater work but don’t know where to begin? Or are you just curious about the creative process and what it takes to mount any kind of theatrical production and put it up in front of an audience? In this nuts and bolts performance workshop, participants with or without previous performing experience, will learn to take an idea that inspires them, flesh it out in some theatrical form, and mount it onstage to share with the public. Weekly critiques and additional studio time included. Workshop participants may also volunteer to perform in other people’s work as well.
Workshop size is limited to no more than 8 participants. First showcases will be presented at the end of the semester. The workshop starts late October.

STH YOUNG ARTISTS “ENCORE!” PERFORMANCE TO STANDING ROOM ONLY

Photo: Erik Almeida 2016
Review by Jen Harmon (Dancer, Teacher, Actress, Director) 

Elise Long, STH Director/Founder, has been teaching children and helping them develop their creativity for more than four decades. On a Sunday afternoon in early fall, her 9 to 13 year olds shared their artistry in a welcoming and cozy dance space in the heart of Park Slope. The packed audience, which included  parents, grandparents and friends of the students, was abuzz with excitement. At Spoke the Hub, children can express themselves, take risks and try new things. The performance which was under an hour long, showcased the work of exuberant budding choreographers and a  lovely solo vocalist. The dances ranged from upbeat pieces inspired by musical theatre, as well as lyrical modern choreography. Students both choreographed and danced in each other’s work, investigating the elements of dance. Kudos go to our young performing artists in training: Laila Fieldman, Chaliya Holder, Lila Jackson, Maduca Kubo, Kai McCoy, Crie Rivera, Naomi Southwell and guest vocalist, Mina Hartley.

AUDITION for “THE SECRET GARDEN”

Saturday October 22, 2016, 2:00 - 5:00 pm  (ages 9 and up)

Join Blowout Theater and STH on Saturday afternoons this fall in creating an unforgettable young artists’ production to be presented at STH in January 2017. Throughout this 12-week workshop, students will garner the basic skills of dramatic performance, analyze text, and work on developing strong and unforgettable characters while bringing this 100 year old children’s book to life. The first session will be a “how to audition” workshop, where participants learn tips on auditioning and landing the part you want, then putting that knowledge to work trying out for roles in STH’s and Blowout Theater’s first production, “The Secret Garden”. Everyone in the workshop will be cast in a role and will participate in all elements of the production.

Young people who are also only interested in stage managing, and lighting, set and costume design, should also join the workshop and be part of “The Secret Garden’s” production team this year.

We’ve got somethin’ for EVERYbody - KIDS, TEENS, ADULTS & SENIORS
Photo: Erik Almeida 2016
FULL SCHEDULE & SIGN UP!

FALL 2016 CLASSES @ STH New Classes Still Forming

We have a few spots still open in some of our PreK and Youth classes, sign-up today to study with some of the finest teachers around! In addition to our returning favorite instructors and courses, STH has a few new offerings we think you might enjoy:

PRE - K and K-1 

In addition to Miss Sarah Pope’s famed and fabled “SING, DANCE & MAKE BELIEVE” classes for our tiniest dancers, STH has added several new coed and boys only ACTION HEROES classes with new instructors, Ethan Meigs and Casey Beauchamp

KUNADLINI YOGA & MEDITATION w/ Donnaldson Brown (Adults)

Known as the yoga of awareness, this practice uses breath, movement and meditation to increase vitality, strengthen the body, and integrate the mind, nervous system and spirit. It gives one grace, balance and the ability to remain calm and centered through life’s challenges. The class will introduce a Kriya for Creativity and the Gan Puttee meditation, to make the impossible possible. No prior yoga or meditation experience necessary.

STH 8-Class Card
Adults & Teens can mix ‘n’ match classes from our roster* of various Dance, Yoga and Fitness classes:

  • CARDIO/DANCE, PUMP & STRETCH w/ Elise Long
  • KRIPALU YOGA w/ Mina Hamilton
  • BALLROOM/LATIN/ AND SWING w/ Laurie Shayler
  • STEP ‘N’ SCULPT, CARDIO/DANCE & PUMP, SUPER SUNDAY WORKOUT w/ Karen Munson
  • QI GONG w/ Jenna Hunt
  • RESTORATIVE YOGA & BEGINNER YOGA w/ Dalienne Majors
  • YOGA FOR ARTHRITIS, CHAIR YOGA, INTEGRAL HATHA YOGA w/ Dolores Natividad
  • BELLY DANCING w/ Sherine Khatoon
  • HIP HOP w/ Michela Deidda
  • KUNDALINI YOGA & MEDITATION w/ Donnaldson Brown
  • MODERN DANCE & IMPROV w/ Taylor Donofrio
  • HATHA YOGA FOR ALL w/ Casey Beauchamp
    And so much more!
FULL SCHEDULE & SIGN UP!

BECOME A MEMBER OF THE HUB:
Membership includes sibling discounts and other great perks for you and your family AND you will help support your favorite, not-for-profit community dance and arts center all at the same time! 
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WHAT'S SPINNING @ SPOKE

Works on the Wall - Solo Exhibit:

Simon Steinbrock Smith

Works on Paper

Oct 17 - Nov 21

Simon Steinbrock Smith is a figurative artist whose work mixes the mundane with the magical. A believer in the narrative potential of faces and bodies, he uses the human form to communicate feelings of tension, anxiety, and humor in his work.  He is influenced by a wide range of art historical sources, from early medieval altarpieces to German expressionism. Smith’s images are often static, clunky, arranged like a still life of human figures, yet they are filled with narrative possibility. He aims to create mysterious psychological spaces for the viewer to consider.

Smith lives and works in Brooklyn. He graduated this year from Bard College where he studied painting. He is a recipient of a Bard Arts Division award and a Jane Fromm Yacenda award for craft and innovation in painting. He is thrilled to share his work with the Spoke the Hub community.  (Simon has also taught studio art classes to young people the last two summer’s at STH’s CAMP GOWANEE.)

Opening Reception
Saturday October 22, 2016  5:00 - 9:30 pm
STH Re:Creation Center - 748 Union Street @ 6th Avenue - Park Slope

The Consolation Center-Haiti

STH has heard that the Consolaton Center in Haiti, originally a girls’ orphanage and school which STH partnered with in recent years, has been decimated by the most recent Hurricane Matthew. We understand all the CCH children and staff are safe, but many of the center's buildings have been severely damaged and all livestock and crops are gone. For further information on beginning relief efforts and where to send donations:  http://goservglobal.org/hurricane-matthew-hits-haiti/

STH will be organizing a "Call To Action" once we know what is most needed.

SAVE THESE DATES:

Photo: Cecilia Schmidt 2016

STH Annual STUDENT/FACULTY BENEFIT CONCERTS
@ Old First Church

Saturday & Sunday December 3 & 4

Please join STH Faculty & Students in these annual, uplifting, holiday showcases, where both kids and adults, amateur and professional, share the stage to raise money for STH's Youth Scholarship Fund and other community productions.

Photo: Cecilia Schmidt 2016

WINTER FOLLIES 2017 SHOWCASES

Performer sign-ups for STH’s annual WINTER FOLLIES 2017 will begin November 1st.  The first 30 artists or performing groups to sign-up have 5 minutes to do whatever it is they do best and the audience votes on which artist or group’s work they would like to see a whole evening production of. The artist or group with the most votes at the end of the weekend receives 50 hours of free rehearsal space, plus a fully produced weekend of their own work at the "new" Gowanus next fall. Performers must be professionals*, over the age of 18, to participate. *(STH defines "professional artists" as those who are endeavoring to earn their living through their art.)

Because of the ongoing renovation at the Gowanus, this year’s WINTER FOLLIES will again be held at the Old First Church in Park Slope.

GOWANUS ARTS

DONATE TO THE GOWANUS ARTS BUILDING DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (and Let CLAIREWARE Immortalize Your Name In Tile!)

If you have spent anytime wandering around the Gowanus, you have certainly walked by Claire Weissberg’s whimsical pottery studio and showroom on the corner of Union Street and Nevins and admired her pottery. Claire has been a Gowanus artist and friend to STH for many, many years and has helped STH in previous renovation fundraising efforts  by creating original, one-of-a-kind donor tiles which STH has then imbedded in its freewheeling mosaics that currently weave through the STH Re:Creation Center on Union Street.

Claire is currently working on the next batch of donor tiles for Friends of STH who have contributed $150 toward the renovation of the Gowanus Arts building. Want your name or a loved one’s name commemorated in the new Gowanus mosaic? It’s not too late to make a donation as we still need to raise over two hundred thousand dollars to complete the project! So make your tax-deductible donation to STH now and let Claire do you up!

Claire started CLAIREWARE pottery in the Gowanus in 1989. A native New Yorker, she studied pottery with Clary Illian in Iowa, and with Chiyoichi Shimizu in Japan. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her pottery is made on the wheel from porcelain and is then carved, slip trailed, and glazed with wax resist. It is dishwasher, microwave, and food safe. CLAIREWARE also makes perfect holiday gifts, so check out her showroom down the street today!

DANCERS’ 11th HOUR REHEARSAL SPACE DEAL 

While the construction work is continuing throughout the building at the Gowanus this fall, STH can offer dancers a special rehearsal space deal: rent one of our two lovely, spacious 3rd floor dance spaces at the last minute during weekday hours, Monday through Friday, from 9:00-3:00pm in a 3 hour block, and we can give you the space for $25 per block. Although some days may be a bit noisy/dusty due to construction,  the dance spaces themselves should be sacrosanct. (Studios at the STH Re:Creation Center at 748 Union Street in Park Slope are also available for rehearsals, Monday-Friday, during office hours only, at $10/hour). The 11th Hour Rehearsal Space blocks can be reserved starting the Saturday before the upcoming week and need to be paid in full before rehearsal space can be reserved; no refunds. Available for movement rehearsals only with no more than 10 dancers. If one wants to book a studio for the full week, Monday - Friday, all day, before 3:00pm, we can offer an even bigger discount if space is available. For further details, contact space@spokethehub.org.
GOWANUS SHOUT-OUTS:

WANTED: HEAD FARMER / URBAN GARDENING EDUCATOR  

For New ‘GOWANUS SKY FARM”

While STH waits for the completion of the steel work needed to re-inforce our roof in preparation for the spring installation of the new “Gowanus Sky Farm” (designed by Gwen Schantz of Brooklyn Grange and funded by the DEP), we would like to sign-on a head farmer to create and administrate the new urban gardening programs we envision for the roof next season,  as well as supervise and oversee the planting, growing, harvesting and upkeep of the farm itself. Please send letter of interest and experience to spoke@spokethehub.org then let’s talk.

Also, anyone interested in being involved in any part of the new farm project should also get in touch now. STH hopes to schedule a first group planning meeting in early November: spoke@spokethehub.org.

WANTED: STH ALUMNI (1985-PRESENT) FOR STUDENT ALUMNI PRODUCTIONS NEXT FALL

Planning for the Gowanus’ “Grand Re-Opening Events” next fall has begun! If you have been a STH student in the last 38 years and are now creating and presenting your own work as an adult professional, please get in touch. We know many STH alumni have become active professional dancers, actors, choreographers, visual artists, musicians, writers and film-makers in their own right and are working all over the country. Plan to join us in the Fall of 2017 and share your artistry as we christen our “new” theater and arts center in the Gowanus. Also, if you are still in touch with other STH alumni that we may have lost touch with, please forward this “shout-out” to these old students as well - thanks!

WANTED: PERFORMERS WHO HAVE PRESENTED WORK AT THE GOWANUS (OR GOWANUS ARTS EXCHANGE) SINCE 1985

STH invites all artists who have invested our 3rd floor dance and performance spaces with your creative energy and artistry over the last three plus decades to take part in our “Gowanus Arts Grand Re: Opening Festivities” next Fall 2017. This would include any individual artist or group that performed as part of any STH’s OUTBACK SERIES, KIDS’ OUTBACK, MENTORS’ OUTBACK, GROUNDHOG PERFORMANCE SERIES FOR FAMILY AUDIENCES, GOWANUS WILDLIFE PRESERVE Showcases, GOWANUS GUEST ROOM Showcases, WINTER FOLLIES Showcases, PEOPLE’S CHOICE or DIRECTOR’S CHOICE Showcases, or any independent productions you produced yourself in our space at the Gowanus over the last few decades.

Also, please forward this announcement to any artists you know who performed in our spaces who are no longer living in the NYC area. They are invited to celebrate with us too. And, if you know artists in our community who have passed away in this time period, please let us know that as well so we can honor their memory at these re-opening events. spoke@spokethehub.org

WANTED: METAL WORKERS, CARPENTERS, SCULPTORS, FURNITURE MAKERS, GLASS ARTISTS
USE OUR ARTS CENTER AS YOUR SHOWROOM!

The “new” Gowanus Arts will need help creating various furnishings such as benches, tables, chandeliers, bike racks, counters, planters, fountains, rain barrels, banisters, seat covers, curtains, table-cloths, murals, and signage and we would like these furnishings to reflect the hand-made originality, warmth and creative energy that animates our building. We are seeking local artists and craftspeople who want to create some of these furnishings in exchange for classes as well as utilize our building as a showcase site for their work. To discuss your ideas and what you might offer, please contact spoke@spokethehub.org.
STAFF & COMMUNITY NEWS
Gowanus Open Studios 2016

Gowanus Open Studios 2016 will take place October 14-16, 2016. Mark your calendars and save the weekend! You won’t want to miss it!

More info

Kumu Hula Pua Case
Support the GoFundMe campaign to bring Native Hawaiian Kumu Hula Pua Case and her daughter, Singer-Songwriter Hawane Rios, to NYC for a unique Indigenous People's Day Celebration.

For event details and to make a donation visit: https://www.gofundme.com/2p6pb9q6

The Garden of Union Needs Your Help!
Concrete was removed between the trees on the street side of the garden fence and a new sidewalk has been laid but the holes are much larger than anticipated. Greenspace on 4th Avenue is donating soil to fill up the holes, but help is needed to move the dirt with wheelbarrows this Sunday 11am - 1pm. Come party as we work; refreshments for the workers also appreciated.

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