Digital Dancing Performance

Friday, September 26, 6pm. A special performance in the main space of the library featuring library tweens and teens and Choreographer Adam H Weinert.

Choreographer & Dancer Adam H Weinert fresh from his triumphant performance at Jacob’s Pillow ( NYTIMES) has spent this week working with youth participants at the library to choreograph and present a first-of-its-kind live dance performance in the main library space. It’s the culmination of a two-day workshop for tweens and teens, incorporating dance and emerging technology.

Reception with complimentary food and drinks will follow the performance.

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Spring Fling Swing! Dance the Night Away at the Armory

Recapture the magic of the Armory dance parties of past years at Spring Fling Swing on Saturday, May 19, 7-10pm! 

Co-sponsored by the City of Hudson Senior Center, this program is free and open to all ages. The Fabulous Versatones will play while you dance the night away in the Library’s Community Room. Refreshments will be served. So bring your dance shoes and your attitude and get ready to swing to music from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Continue reading

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Ballroom Dancing with Andrew Resto

 

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In collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, we are happy to present a new 5-week course, Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto. This 5-week series will be Tuesdays, 3-4pm beginning September 19 and Fridays, 6-7pm beginning September 22. The series will end with a practice party Friday, October 27, 6-8pm. Dances will include waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue. Attendees can sign up for one or both weekly sessions and do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome.

Andrew Resto is a professional certified Bronze level Dance instructor who has trained in the Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire systems. He has taught in ballroom studios in Hollywood, New York City and in upstate New York.

This series is offered in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center and is made possible in part by funds from mid-Hudson Library System. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is limited and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org.

 

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“Get Up and Move!”: A Fitness and Literacy Program

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center will partner with the library and the Blue Hawk Nation Afterschool Program at the John L. Edwards Elementary School to offer a movement series designed to attract all ages. The “Get Up and Move!” class will be held Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45pm beginning February 7 and will be in the community room of the library. The class is free and open to the public. Continue reading

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Dance Club — Fridays 4-5pm

uniteOperation Unite New York is providing a dance program for all ages and skill levels at the library on Fridays, from 4pm-5pm. The program, which will showcase styles from different cultures, is ongoing and free to the public.

The instructor, Elena Mosley, founded the Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy and is the Director of Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center, a not-for-profit that provides programs for youth and community members.

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History & Film Presentation: Rhythm Feet with Operation Unite

teaching_tap4Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy/Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center kick off their Rhythm Feet Part II tap dance program on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30pm at the Library with a family presentation of the history of tap dance. Dance artist, Stefanie Weber, will lead the presentation and offer a tap demonstration. All are welcome. For more information on the complete Rhythm Feet program visit Operation Unite’s event listing on Facebook.

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Final Multicultural Adventures Program of 2014!

OperationUniteChinaThemeMulticulturalAdventuresThe Multicultural Adventures program with Operation Unite wraps up this week with a multicultural celebration! Join us as we explore different countries and cultures through music, dance, stories, crafts, and other fun activities! The final program will includes a picture craft from Bangladesh, henna hand art from India, music and dance from Turkey, and poetry, music & dance from Colombia. The program will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 3:45-5pm in the Children’s Room. All ages are welcome! We hope you will join us!

This free community arts program, a collaboration with Operation Unite, is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

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Join us for They Dance for Rain: A Slideshow Tuesday at 7pm

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In collaboration with Operation Unite, we are pleased to announce the presentation of They Dance For Rain: A Slideshow at the Hudson Area Library on Tuesday, August 5 at 7pm. They Dance For Rain is a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is created and directed by action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine art photographer Monika Pizzichemi. Both artists are Berkshire County natives and have studios based in Pittsfield, MA.

Josephina _Muthembwa14Since January of 2012, They Dance For Rain has brought tap shoes and the art form of Tap Dance to people with an interest and need for this unique kind of artistic self-expression. They also bring hoops to dance with and teach others the skills of making long-lasting dance hoops. They bring visibility to an otherwise unrepresented population of slum and ghetto dancers and dwellers through photography and film. In this area of the world, Tap Dance is still quite young and the eagerness to learn it is immense. Through this continuing global exchange of artistic dialogue, They Dance For Rain inspires a new generation of tap dancers.
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