Get Your (Free) Summer Dance on During NYC Dance Week

Ailey's Renee Robinson and Ailey master teacher Nasha Thomas-Schmitt leading the Revelations Celebration on the Plaza at Lincoln Center. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy of AAADT

The summer season is officially here. With it comes the official start of NYC's favorite dance week.

For 10 days (June 14–23), studios throughout the city will feature free and discounted dance, fitness and wellness classes. The Ailey Studios is offering three free classes a day for first-time students, including Horton, West African, ballet, tap, Zumba and yoga. Mark Morris Dance Center is opening all drop-in classes for the festival. Other dance centers participating in this year's lineup include Joffrey Ballet School, Ballet Academy East and Ailey Extension. All you need to do is check out the schedule, print out the pass and bring it with you to class.

For more info and to register, visit here.

Rachel Neville, courtesy DTH

A new three-summer collaboration between Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Dance Theatre of Harlem will contribute to conversations on race, activism and equity in the arts, while also exploring creative projects and learning opportunities.

Kicking off the partnership in June, DTH focused on the development of The Hazel Scott Project, a new work by choreographer Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Scott was a Black piano virtuoso and Hollywood trailblazer who risked her life and career through outspoken civil rights activism. In the spirit of her example, Monica White Ndounou, associate professor of theater, and John Heginbotham, director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, co-taught a summer theater course that challenged students to create dance as a tool for social change.

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If we want our costumes to be of the same high quality as our dancing—and for our costume-buying process to be as seamless as possible—it helps to take the time to learn a bit more about those costumes and the companies making them.

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