UNTERMYER PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL
P.O. Box 49 · Yonkers, NY 10702 · Telephone: 914-375-3435
Celebrating the Performing Arts Since 1976
For Immediate Release Contact: Mary Hoar, President
Untermyer Performing Arts Council’s World Fest 2018
“Passion for Dance”
The Mestizo Art Center & Thalia Spanish Theatre
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4th 2018 at Historic Untermyer Park
The Untermyer Performing Arts Council is presenting Passion for Dance on Saturday, August 4th at 7:30 p.m. at Untermyer Park.
Thalia Spanish Theatre in collaboration with Mestizo Art Center and the Untermeyer Performing Arts Council will present Passion for Dance, a celebration of expressive, dynamic, and passionate dance styles including Ballet, Salsa, Hip-Hop and Jazz.
THALIA SPANISH THEATRE is the only bilingual Hispanic theatre in Queens, NY, serving a community of more than one million Hispanics from every Spanish-speaking nation in the world. For 40 years our mission has been to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of Spanish and Latin American culture and heritage with unique productions of theatre, music and dance. Their more than 215 productions have been acclaimed by audiences and critics, receiving 207 awards for artistic excellence, including many from ACE (Association of Critics of Entertainment), HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) and ATI (Artistas de Teatro Independiente). They also received the 1997 and 1989 ENCORE Awards of the Arts & Business Council, the 1997 NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR’S ARTS AWARD, and the 2009 MAYOR’S AWARD FOR ARTS & CULTURE. In 2007 their musical production of Maestro Raul Jaurena’s TE AMO TANGO, recorded live at the theatre and released on CD, won the LATIN GRAMMY for BEST TANGO ALBUM. THALIA is under the leadership of the prestigious Spanish Director/Writer/Producer Angel Gil Orrios; every season they produce Spanish, Latin American & Hispanic plays with bilingual casts, alternating performances in English and Spanish, musicals, dance programs, workshops for children & youth, and the annual free THALIA OUTDOOR FESTIVAL in their local park.
The MESTIZO Art Center is based in Jackson Heights, Queens, and brings together a diverse community of young people through dance education and performance. The organization believes that dance provides a forum for meaningful, positive exchange between kids of all backgrounds and cultures. Since its inception in 1999 by Harold Puente, Artistic/Executive Director, the dance company has created programs that are challenging and artistically substantial, and that address young people’s needs for individual achievement and group identity. Its pre-professional dance education and performance training programs offer young people a rare combination of high-level artistic integrity, educational rigor, and nurturing support. MESTIZO Art Center exposes students to various techniques and styles within a genre in order to develop the versatility required of professional dancers. They ingrain a sophisticated knowledge of dance history by exposing students to a wide spectrum of dance artists at various stages in their careers. This creates a nurturing and challenging environment for every child and teen that demonstrates a strong inclination to develop his or her technique and performance skills.
This definitely is another “don’t miss” Untermyer Performing Arts Council World Fest evening under the stars!
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.
Our events are admission free and open to the public. Audience members must bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets, as seating is not provided
In case of rain, call the Untermyer Performing Arts Council’s Arts Line, 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 Saunders High School, 183 Palmer Road, 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, Senator Shelley Mayer, Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins 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, visit our website at www.untermyer.com, Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/upac1976/, Twitter @UntermyerPAC, LinkedIn and Pinterest.