Harlem Dance Caravan performs next week as part of SummerStage. Credit: Cecelia Marta, Creative Outlet
Summer’s the time for dancing in the streets. Then again, it’s also the time to sit inside a dark, air-conditioned theater and escape the heat. Well, either way, we’ve got a dance show to suit your mood — and the weather — in this round-up of performances in the LES, Harlem and the Bronx.
1. “Dancing Through the Bronx” – Dancing in the Streets had devoted 30 years to producing free dance performances in unexpected, outdoor spaces. Since 1984, its accomplished over 500 such shows. This month, you can catch three site-specific pieces in the parks of the Bronx. On Aug. 13, the dancers will appear at Wave Hill. On Aug. 14 it will be Hayden Lord Park. And on Aug. 15 the dance will take place at Owen Dolen Park. Learn more about the dancers, choreographers and specific dance locations at www.dancinginthestreets.org.
2. “Romeo and Juliet” — In honor of the Bard’s 450th “birthday,” as well as the 25th anniversary of Dances Patrelle, the acclaimed troupe will be staging “Romeo and Juliet” at Hunter College from Sept. 11-14. The performance comprises not only seasoned professionals but also amateur dancers in an ethnically diverse cast. The role of Romeo will be danced by Alexander Castillo, while Chloe Sherman will take on Juliet; both leads are former Dances Patrelle students. Learn more at www.dancespatrelle.org.
3. SummerStage — All summer, SummerStage has been bringing live art performances to parks throughout the five boroughs. There are still four dance performances scheduled to take us through the end of summer, each combining a master class with an exemplary show by diversely talented troupes. This Friday and Saturday, catch Spectrum Dance Theater and Dance Off the Grid, both in East River Park with shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Then, on Aug. 15-16, catch The Harlem Dance Caravan: Erasing the Boundaries in Marcus Gavey Park with classes at 7 p.m. and performances at 8 p.m. All shows are free; find further details at www.cityparksfoundation.org.
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