Dancing in the Park
A Children’s Program led by the Isadora Duncan Dancers
3 p.m. August 26th at Untermyer Park
The Untermyer Performing Arts Council will present Dancing in the Park, an exceptional opportunity for Yonkers children ages 4 through 10, on Saturday, August 26th at 3:00 p.m. at Untermyer Park.
Starting at 3:00 pm, Isadora Duncan Dancers Artistic Director Lori Belilove and company members dressed in Greek, Roman, and Renaissance-themed tunics and drapery will greet children ages 4-10 and offer dancing lessons in the lower gardens. Stories from Greek mythology will be the thematic reference points, starting with Odysseus and the four winds, to bouncy runs from the Atalanta story, Pandora’s box, the labors of Hercules, Artemis and the hunt, and friendship dances. Some of the children participating in the classes may be given the opportunity to perform on stage in the company’s opening number at 7:30 that evening.
According to Lori Bellilove, many elements of life will be brought into the class, “We learn as we dance, and there is often an overlap of Greek mythology and art history. It becomes a whole world for us. I feel so strongly that this style feeds the whole person and taps a dancer’s imagination, heart, and soul. I have seen it promote a strong physicality, which is based on natural, organic movement.”
The lessons will take place in the lower gardens, the very location where the Isadora Duncan Dancers performed in the 1930s; this definitely is another “don’t miss” Untermyer Performing Arts Council program!
Interested parents must preregister their children; all participants must have signed parental release forms. Registration information can be obtained at at www.untermyer.com, by calling the UPAC Artsline at 914-375-3435 or emailing us at [email protected] Parents are expected to remain on the park premises during the lesson.
The Untermyer Performing Arts Council is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to continuing the tradition of Minnie and Samuel Untermyer, bringing musical entertainment to our treasure of a park and the people of Yonkers.
In case of rain, call the Untermyer Performing Arts Council’s ArtsLine, 914-375-3435, after 2 p.m. the day of the performance for confirmation of the program’s location. This year our rain site will be the William Boyce Thompson School, 1065 North Broadway, Yonkers.
This program, done in cooperation with Mayor Mike Spano and the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, is made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government and the City of Yonkers. The Empire City Casino, Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer and our many generous supporters provide additional support for our programs.
For further information, please call the Untermyer Performing Arts Council at 914-375-3435. For updates, email us at [email protected], visit our website at www.untermyer.com or www.untermyer.org. Information also is posted on social media; please check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/upac1976/, Twitter @UntermyerPAC, LinkedIn and Pinterest.