MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP ANNUAL FREE OPEN HOUSE SAT. SEPT. 12TH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FREE ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES – DANCE AND FITNESS CLASSES, PERFORMANCES BY MMDG, FOOD FROM LOCAL VENDORS, HARD NUT TICKET CONTEST, RAFFLE, PLUS A BEER GARDEN WITH LIVE MUSIC
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 9:30AM – 5PM
(Brooklyn, NY) – The Mark Morris Dance Group’s (MMDG) widely popular Open House returns to the Mark Morris Dance Center, in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, on Saturday, September 12 from 9:30am-5pm. The annual event features a day brimming with free events open to the public.
Visitors will have the opportunity to sample the Dance Center’s wide range of programming of dance and fitness classes for all ages and levels. MMDG will perform excerpts from The Hard Nut, which returns to BAM this December, and all Open House attendees will get a discount to the performances as well as the chance to win free tickets to a show. There will also be performances by MMDG, the MMDG Student Company and NYC street dancers Next Generation BBoys who are participating in It’s Showtime NYC, a joint program of Dancing in the Streets and MMDG. Also this year, MMDG’s acclaimed Dance for PD® Program Director, David Leventhal, former MMDG dancer, will host a demonstration of “Moving through Glass,” a ground-breaking, augmented-reality app for Google Glass, created to provide 24/7 aid for people with Parkinson’s.
In addition to the free classes and performances, the Open House will provide everyone a chance to meet and mingle with faculty and staff, dance with the dancers of MMDG, register for children and teen classes at The School, purchase discounted dancewear, and enjoy free food and refreshments provided by local vendors. The Open House serves as the kick-off of MMDG’s year-round commitment to community engagement activities and is an opportunity for everyone in the community to connect, dance, and learn.
“Come to our Open House,” says Artistic Director Mark Morris, “There’s plenty to do. Meet new people. Take a class. Watch a performance. Tour the building. Everyone’s welcome here.”
Visit mmdg.org/openhouse for more information.
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES
9:30AM Doors open. Coffee and pastries.
10-10:45AM Parent and Toddler Movement (18mths-3yrs); Creative Dance (ages 4-6)
Ballet Fundamentals (ages 6-8); Stretch/Core Strengthening (adults)
11-11:45AM Creative Dance (ages 4-6), Tap Dance (ages 6-10); Modern Dance (ages 9-14);
Open Ballet (teens & adults); Gaga.People (adults); Music & Singing (all ages)
12-12:45PM Modern Fundamentals (ages 6-8); Tap Dance (teens & adults); Kukuwa (adults);
Basic Pilates (adults); Dance with MMDG (all ages)
1-1:45PM PERFORMANCE #1 (MMDG- Excerpts from The Hard Nut; Student Company – Company I and II; Music and Singing Students; Next Generation BBoys from It’s Showtime NYC).
Special Kids Dance (for students with disabilities, ages 6-17); Jazz/Hip-Hop (all ages), Simonson Technique (adults), BollyX (adults)
2-2:45PM Creative Dance (ages 4-6); Breakdance Fundamentals (ages 6-10); Soca Dance Workout (teens and adults); Music and Singing (all ages), Dance with MMDG (all ages)
Dance for PD® Moving through Glass demonstration
3-3:45PM PERFORMANCE #2 (MMDG- Excerpts from The Hard Nut; Student Company I & II; Music and Singing Students; Next Generation BBoys from It’s Showtime NYC)
Ballet Fundamentals (ages 6-8); Afro-Haitian Dance (ages 6-12);
Afro-Caribbean (adults); 18th Century Dance (adults)
4-4:45PM Modern Dance (teens & adults); Belly Dance (adults); Contemporary (adults);
Salsa (adults); Jazz Funk (adults)
4:30-6PM A Beer Garden, sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery, will be on the 4th Floor Terrace (weather permitting). Live music by Andreas Brade Trio
ABOUT THE MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), now in its 35th year, continues to perform at venues around the world with mixed repertory and evening-length programs. In 2001, MMDG opened its first permanent home, the Mark Morris Dance Center, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, housing rehearsal space for the dance community, a School and outreach programs for local children, and dance classes for adults of all levels.
ABOUT THE DANCE CENTER:
Founded in 2001, the Dance Center is the home of the Mark Morris Dance Group and serves as a cultural hub for the Brooklyn community. The Dance Center includes:
• 7 fully-equipped studios, showers, lockers, and lounges, all available for rent for rehearsals and private events.
• A diverse range of dance and fitness classes for adults, beginner to professional.
• A School that serves 1,500 students ages 20 months to 17 years, of all levels and abilities.
• A Wellness Center with independent practitioners offering physical therapy, yoga, Pilates, and massage.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL AT THE MARK MORRIS DANCE CENTER
The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, now home to over 1,500 students of all ages and abilities, offers quality, year-round instruction at affordable rates in a variety of disciplines. MMDG maintains its commitment to providing free and low-cost dance and music opportunities for the company’s Brooklyn neighbors through the following programs:
ABOUT MMDG’S COMMUNITY PROGRAMS – ACCESS/MMDG
American Dance Project
A 10-week residency program for middle and high school students that explores the deep connections between history and American dance forms.
IT’S SHOWTIME NYC
Celebrates and promotes New York City street culture by providing performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers as a legal alternative to dancing in subway cars.
BROWNSVILLE DANCE PROJECT
A three-year arts engagement initiative that provides access to dance to more than 2,000 under-resourced children, teens, and their families living in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
ARTS IMMERSION PROGRAM
A 30-week, fully-immersive arts program for high-school studnets using the Mark Morris Dance Group and Dance Center as models of performance and artistic excellence.
BROOKLYN CREATIVE ARTS LAB
A partnership with BRIC and Irondale Ensemble Project, this extraordinary multi-disciplinary summer arts experience develops young creative minds, ages 10-13. Participants learn and explore the techniques and aesthetics of Visual Arts, Film/Media, Theater, and Dance.
DANCE, MUSIC & LITERACY PROJECT
Free, 10-week in-school residencies that use Morris’ masterwork L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato to bring poetry, music, and art to life for Brooklyn schoolchildren in grades 1-4.
Free, specialized dance classes with live musical accompaniment for those living with Parkinson’sdisease, their carepartners, family and friends. Founded in 2001 by MMDG with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the program has expanded into over 100 communities worldwide.
MMDG/NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY PARTNERSHIP
A year-round program providing free dance classes in NYCHA community centers to children, teens, and senior residents of Brooklyn public housing.
HORIZONS AT THE BROOKLYN FRIENDS SCHOOL
Five-week summer enrichment program for children of low-income families with daily academic classes, weekly field trips, cultural activities, swim lessons, and dance classes led by MMDG teaching artists.
SUBSIDIZED STUDIO RENTAL
A program for the performing arts community offering all seven studios at the Dance Center to nonprofit dance companies and solo artists at deeply reduced rates.
For detailed information on the Open House, visit: mmdg.org/openhouse
The Mark Morris Dance Center is located in the Brooklyn Cultural District in Fort Greene Brooklyn, NY. Easily accessible by public transportation – B, D, C, G, M, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 trains; B38, B52, B25 or B26 buses; and the Long Island Railroad.
MEDIA CONTACT: William Murray,