The month-long INSITU 2018 Community Dance Workshop Series, hosted by Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, is an initiative to bring people together from different LIC communities with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Taught by two participating 2018 choreographers, each workshop invites residents to move, dance and create a performance together for the festival while inspiring dialogue and integration through dance, and awaken their creative powers.
50+ Dance Workshop
July 11, 18, 25 and August 1
The 50+ Dance Workshop is an ideal opportunity for co-operative art making and camaraderie, fighting isolation and boosting mental health, creating opportunities for personal challenge and reducing interpersonal barriers.
The Essence Experience, taught by choreographer Nubian Néné, is a fun and physically engaging dance class that explores the dance styles of the Disco and House eras. The workshop emphasizes freestyle improvisation to allow each participant to experience their essence and flow naturally with the music.
Born in Montréal, Nubian Néné is known in her community for her waacking and house dance styles, as a well-versed dancer, an extraordinary and powerful choreographer, and her ability to wear many hats such as host, judge, performer, director, producer, writer, and more. Néné’s mantra is “let the music inspire you, get inspired by the music. Let your dance inspire and be inspired by your dance."
Young Adults Workshop
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 and August 2
The Young Adults Workshop is an ideal opportunity for young adults between the ages of 15 and 22 to learn more about dance and choreography while connecting with other like-minded young adults. It offers them an experience to engage with a professional choreographer and perform alongside professional dance companies at the festival.
onC.U.E, taught by choreographer Quilan "Cue" Arnold, encourages each student's sense of creativity, unity, and empowerment. Students will learn foundational techniques of house dance and hip-hop social dances by participating in numerous exercises that are inspired by hip-hop dance’s primary learning environment, the cypher. In challenging the strengths, fears and vulnerability of each student, this hip-hop class prioritizes community in conjunction with technique as a way to inspire the best from every individual.
Quilan “Cue” Arnold (MFA) is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in Brooklyn. Arnold was a 2018 Guest Artist at Ohio State University, and Towson University (MD); a 2017 Guest Lecturer at New York University, and a 2017 Artist-In-Residence at the University of Memphis. He currently serves as a faculty member at the Mark Morris Dance Center and Gibney Dance Center.