May 2016
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Take your red shoes to the street...


TRAINED & UNTRAINED DANCERS WANTED, ALL AGES
for David Bowie (& also Prince) Community Flash Mobs

It will be hard to top the experience (or the space!) of STH’s David Bowie Flash Mob/Tribute held April 5th in the Grand Prospect ballroom -- see photo/video links below -- as part of the annual “Taste of 5th” food fest, but there are a few other opportunities to "flash" again AND WE NEED MORE DANCERS!

STH Young Artists’ SPRING INTO DANCE CONCERT: May 21 and May 22nd 
around 7:30pm and 5:30pm respectively, at Gowanus Arts
LOCAL PRODUCE FESTIVAL: Saturday June 4th
around 4:30-5:30pm, out on Union Street in front of Spoke the Hub
SPOKE THE HUB CLASS SHARINGS: Saturday June 18th
 around 5:30pm and 7:30pm at Old First Church

7th HEAVEN STREET FAIR on Sunday June 19th
out on 7th Avenue,  around 2:00pm

ART SLOPE FESTIVAL  September 17 - 24
exact weekend dates, times or locations TBA


Rehearsals will begin again in May and will be held:
Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 pm at STH Re:Creation Center
Fridays 7:15-8:45pm at Gowanus Arts. 
Please email spoke@spokethehub.org ASAP if you are ready to flash dance with the mob! No experience necessary, but professional dancers are also very welcome!

Flash mob VIDEO  by Dalienne Majors
Flash mob PHOTOS by Erik Almieda

WHAT'S SPINNING @ THE HUB


Multi-Arts Summer Program
July 11 - September 2, 2016 
Programs For Pre-K through 7th Graders

 
Where else can your child sharpen their dance skills, hone their theatrical prowess, create their own original fashion, delve into the world of digital film-making, create their own art portfolio, and learn eco-building all in one place? Join us at Spoke the Hub this summer where small classes and master teachers equal mega fun!

ARTS EXPLORERS
(For kids entering Grades 1-3)
July -11 - September 2, 2016

Kids! Come spend part of your day in a garden all summer long!
 
STH invites all curious and creative young artists to come on a great adventure and explore Dance, Music, Storytelling, Cooking, Arts and Crafts, Gardening, Yoga, Altruism and so much more this summer! Begin each day in the Garden of Union where kids will dance, sing, do yoga, learn about gardening, nature and ecology, as well as spending some fun time with the sprinklers :) Afternoons will be spent indoors at STH’s air conditioned studios down the street. Every week will offer a slightly different arts "menu", but every day will include outdoor physical activity plus lunchtime free play at the PS 282 playground, along with exciting indoor food, literary, and arts and crafts investigations. All programs are team taught by a group of experienced adult arts professionals; class sizes are limited to no more than 10 students per week.
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LOCAL PRODUCE FESTIVAL & UNION STREET BLOCK PARTY

Date/Time: Saturday June 4, 2016
Venue: Union Street between 5th and 6th Avenues -  Brooklyn, NY 11215
FREE ADMISSION!

STH will once again close off Union Street and pitch a big top tent out in front of the STH Re:Creation Center to kick off LOCAL PRODUCE’s annual month of free, outdoor music, theater and dance events hosted by Park Slope’s most luscious green spaces. Part block party, part performance event, Saturday’s LOCAL PRODUCE “glocal” event will feature a smorgasbord of workshops, youth performances, and dance from around the globe, performed by local artists who now call Brooklyn home.

Want to host a BBQ?  A stoop sale? A lemonade stand?  Fantastic!

Have a community arts and crafts project, a beautification project or a karaoke booth you want to commandeer? Awesome! Please EMAIL spoke@spokethehub.org if you would like to be involved.

STH End-of-the-Season CLASS SHARINGS

Date/Time: Saturday June 18, 2016
Venue: Old First Reformed Church
729 Carroll Street @ 7th Avenue - Brooklyn
Advance Online Ticket Sales: $5 per seat

It's the end of another amazing season at the Hub! STH teachers and staff are looking forward to all the summer fun to come; but before that, please join us at our annual end-of-the-season CLASS SHARINGS! It's your chance to thank our stellar faculty and staff in person as well as enjoy a little "taste" of what your kids have been up to in their classes all season long.  

There are four different programs throughout the day. Please see important CLASS SHARINGS Schedule and Ticket Information below to determine what program(s) your child’s class is performing on. (Please note: all seating is RESERVED IN ADVANCE so please read schedules carefully!)

Donate Baked Goods Please!

Donations of baked goods are needed for our bake sale and refreshment stand with all proceeds going to support STH community arts programs. Please e-mail spoke@spokethehub.org if you can donate a treat for the sale or are available to work the box office or  concession area at the shows.

The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair
Sunday May 15 from 12 - 6pm
Fifth Ave between Sackett and Degraw Streets

Seventh Heaven Street Fair
Sunday June 19 from 12 - 6pm
Seventh Ave between Carroll and President streets

Get yourselves inked with a (removable) STH Tattoo, sign up for our raffle, and learn about all of STH’s amazing Camp Gowanee summer programs for your young artistas.

Advertise In SPRING INTO DANCE, LOCAL PRODUCE & CLASS SHARING Programs

Advertise your own upcoming performance, CD or book release, your business, any service you offer, a birthday greeting, a discount coupon, or just a note expressing your appreciation of STH and our 37 years of community service through the arts! All proceeds help support local artists and STH performances, classes, scholarships and very special events throughout the year. Email spoke@spokethehub.org now about placing an ad in all 11 of our upcoming Spring programs.  

THE WITCHES RECAP

Alexander Borinsky and his ensemble of five actors presented The Witches, an original play written, directed and designed by Borinsky, at STH, April 15-17. The three performances were sold out to an enthusiastic audience.

Borinsky won STH's People's Choice award of a fully produced weekend of performances. His 5-minute monologue presented at STH's 2015 Winter Follies received the highest popular vote by audiences of the two performance weekend.

​Borinsky was joined by music​ian/composer Alaina Ferris and assistant director Jordan Baum. The excellent cast who brought Borinsky's words to life included Borinsky, Theresa Columbus, Mikeah Earnest Jennings, Mary Neufeld and Stephen Winter. Technical direction was by Jim Kent.

According to Borinsky, the play is a project born of the STH People's Choice program, Rustchuk Farm and Big Data (or Dolores). Rustchuk Farm is a made-up farm that is a home for Borinsky and anyone who wants to come by: rustchukfarm.org. Big Data (or Dolores) is a group of writers of plays who are also friends. bigdataordolores.com

PHOTOS of the April 17th performance by Dalienne Majors


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SPACE @ GOWANUS ARTS

ATTENTION PERFORMERS & FREELANCE TEACHING ARTISTS:
Longer Term Shared Teaching, Rehearsal and Performance Spaces  @ Gowanus Beginning Fall 2016:

STH will have three large dance and performance spaces plus one non-movement space available to share next Fall. STH is currently accepting space requests and proposals for long-ish term space shares from teaching artists, independent artists, performance groups and other not-for-profits who might need large, open meeting space on a regular basis. Current continuing STH space users will have first choice of teaching times, days and spaces; newcomers will fill in remaining time slots thereafter. Minimum long-term share arrangement: 1 year. Please send an outline of what you need space for, how many people you anticipate working with, their ages, and your optimal space size, days, and times, to: space@spokethehub.org..
STAFF & COMMUNITY NEWS
In Memoriam:  JOAN ARNOLD  (1948-2016)

Come remember master teacher, writer, dancer and friend, Joan Arnold, and celebrate her life on
Sunday, May 22nd from 2 -5 pm
480 11th Street in Park Slope
the home of Nicky Grist & Doyle Warren. 
rsvp to jpatjpca@gmail.com

More on Joan Arnold's life and a loving tribute by Elise Long
Marlena and Ryan are happy to announce the arrival of their son Julian Reed Oden:
Born April 11 at 12:54pm at NYU
7lbs 7oz
21"

Congratulations to the happy family!
TALENTED BROOKLYN:
Brooklyn Community Housing and Services Benefit
Thursday May 12
6-9pm

On behalf of the BCHS Honorary Gala Committee, STH Director Elise Long would like to invite all Brooklynites to help end homelessness - if not in the world - at least in Brooklyn within our life times.  

More information and tickets
HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
STH's extended dance family includes our Ballroom Dance Diva, Laurie Shayler, and her husband Ricardo and brother-in-law Jose Luis De Leon whose family still lives in Ecuador and was hard hit by the recent earthquake. Please help Laurie and the De Leons raise funds for those devastated by this latest disaster. Although their fundraising event was May 1st, they are still accepting donations. More information 
art slope is a public, interactive, participatory Arts Festival held all around Park Slope, September 17-25, 2016 is currently seeking artists and hosting venues.  More information
African Dance Teacher Wanted

STH is seeking an African - or Afro-based - teaching artist for one of their youth summer programs the last week of July (July 25-29). Must be available to teach every morning that week from 9:15-10:45am.  

Teaching artist must have experience working with young people, particularly ages 8-12, and (ideally) would have a college degree and broad experience in many other forms of dance and theater as well. A knowledge of dance history and particularly, African dance history, is important. Mature adult master teaching artists are also welcome to apply. Local Brooklyn residents preferred. 

STH is also interested in seeking out contemporary "African Diaspora" teaching artists who teach both kids and adults, are also creating and presenting their own new, original dance/theater work, and are interested in a being a more integrated and collaborative "team player" in STH's expanding community-based, multi-cultural, multi-arts programs in the future.

Please send or drop off a letter of interest, resume, video link of teaching and performance, and summer teaching availability to:

Spoke the Hub
Attention: Elise Long
748 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

No phone calls or emails please!
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