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#PickoftheWeek | The Making Moves Dance Festival is in Jamaica on Sept. 19-21
It’s the ultimate dance party.
The Jamaica Performing Arts Center will host the Making Moves Dance Festival from Sept. 19 through Sept. 21.
This three-day, tenth-annual event features 11 up-and-coming choreographers and troupes. It will also present a number of premieres, including a piece by Kingdom Dance Company’s Paige Stewart that the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning commissioned.
The outdoor performances are free. The indoor ones cost $10.
JCAL Resident Artists will entertain during the opening party on JPAC’s front lawn on Sept. 19, starting at 7 pm. The Illustrious Blacks will dance. Manchild Black will spin Afro-Beat House,Disco,and Techno, while Monstah Black will be the master of ceremonies.
Descriptions of performers scheduled for Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 follow.
- Kingdom Dance is a collective of artists created by Paige “Queen TuT” Stewart that includes musicians, poets, and rappers. Their styles range from contemporary to Hip Hop, Tap, African and Sorority, and Fraternity Step.
- Xiang Xu is an international choreographer, dancer, and instructor based in NYC. He participated in the Queensboro Dance Festival and led a residency for choreographers at the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago.
- Aaron Atkins/Ballet combines eclectic, accessible genres to create an individual contemporary Ballet aesthetic that showcases each artist’s uniqueness and prowess.
- The Andrea Project has performed all over Queens and at Hunks for Hope, Ballet Inc., Waxx Works, and the I Love Dance competition in Cornwell, Connecticut.
- Angel Kaba is an artistic director and choreographer who leads the Contre-Tendance performance company in Brussels, Belguim. Contre-Tendance promotes culture and arts through the voices of young, potential, and confirmed artists focusing on minorities and first-generation immigrants.
- Kristina Alexandria Bermúdez is a Queens-based performance artist who curates diverse and collaborative pop-ups. Current projects include Green Match Works, Spaces of Fontana, Hannah Q Dance, and Lauren Beirne Dance Works.
- Ballet Nepantla evokes stories about Mexican and Mexican American people, family, love, struggles, and triumphs through a fusion of Folklórico and Contemporary Ballet.
- Jiemin Yang is a dancer, choreographer, and graphic designer based in Queens. Last year, he toured and taught workshops around Europe and completed his MA in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School at the Place.
- Cory “Nova” Villegas and Soul Dance Co. are interested in the intertwining of Afro-Latin forms with traditional styles and techniques and the marriage of music and poetry.
- Preya Patel, Danielle Hartman, and Paola Garcia are all masters in Kathak (North Indian Classical), Persian, and Sufi dance.
- Hand Bamberger and Bamberger Dance Projects encapsulate old and new world practices of the ever-evolving, modernized, and Contemporary Dance world.
JPAC is located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
JCAL and JPAC are separate organizations, but they work together on many projects.