NJPAC in YOUR Community!

From train stations to classrooms, community gatherings to outdoor festivals, NJPAC representatives are on the move throughout New Jersey. Below are some of the places you can find us.

February

2 — Planet Rock: The Afro-Asiatic Origin of Hip Hop Past, Present and Future, a panel discussion presented by the Africana Institute of Essex County College and True School University in collaboration with NJPAC's Department of Community Engagement. Dr. Professor JahJah Shakur moderates a conversation with panelists and performers Ma XingYe, master artist in Chinese bamboo kuaiban, and Grumpy Old Man, Hassan Khan and Divine "Drizzy." Free admission. Mary Burch Theater, Essex County College, 303 University Ave., Newark, 11:30am-1pm. To register, click here.

17 — Books on the Move: Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Hear about the lifework of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s founder and choreographer at these free readings for children. The first 25 children in attendance at each site will receive a complimentary copy of the Pinkneys’ book, courtesy of Disney Publishing Worldwide. La Casa de Don Pedro Family Success Center, 23 Broadway, Newark, 4:30 and 5:30pm. Reader: Mercedes Valle, Co-Chair of NJPAC’s Latino Advisory Subcommittee.

19 — A Celebration of the Year of the Sheep with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Newark City Hall, 920 Broad St., 4:30pm. Free

24 — Dance Workshop with Lula Washington. Lula Washington Dance Company presents a workshop on the company’s style and technique in advance of its performance at NJPAC on Feb. 26. Umoja Dance Studio, 2120 Springfield Ave., Vauxhall, 6pm. Free. Click here to register. In collaboration with the Rutgers-Newark Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience.

March

8 — SOLD OUT Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company Master Classes, Drew University, Simon Forum & Athletic Center, 36 Madison Ave., Madison. Consecutive classes for dancers, intermediate (10-11:30am, ages 13-16) and advanced (11:30am-1pm, ages 15-18), precede the March 13 appearance of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company/Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance at NJPAC. Free. Hosted by New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble

8 — Carolyn Dorfman Open Dance Workshop, Sharron Miller Academy for the Performing Arts, 14 S. Park St., No. 200, Montclair, 11am. All dance levels (ages 12-plus). RSVP here.

26 — Books on the Move: Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Hear about the lifework of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s founder and choreographer at these free readings for children. The first 25 children in attendance at each site will receive a complimentary copy of the Pinkneys’ book, courtesy of Disney Publishing Worldwide. Millburn Public Library Children’s Room, 200 Glen Ave., 3:30pm. Reader: a representative of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company. RSVP here.

28 — Alvin Ailey & Liturgical Dance Workshop (All Levels), Classes for dancers precede the May 8-10 appearance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at NJPAC. Dance Workshop begins at 11 am. Rose of Sharon Community Church, 825 West 7th Street, Plainfield, NJ. Admission is free. Click here to RSVP.

April

18 — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Master Class. The Rev. Eyesha Marable, Founding Director of the National Liturgical Dance Network, along with a representative from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and other special guests, will present the following dance workshops: Ailey Advanced Class, Adult Modern Class, Children’s West African Class, Young Children: Movement That Matters, Seniors with Billows and Flags, Limited Movement for Adults, Male Class, and Parents with Pageantry. NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark, 10am-noon. Admission is free. Click here to register.

25 — Books on the Move: Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Hear about the lifework of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s founder and choreographer at these free readings for children. The first 25 children in attendance at each site will receive a complimentary copy of the Pinkneys’ book, courtesy of Disney Publishing Worldwide. East Orange Public Library, 21 S. Arlington Ave., 2pm. Reader: Carol Jenkins. In association with Read-Up! Book Club for Children. RSVP here.

29 — Behind the Scenes of Alvin Ailey’s Timeless Classic, "Revelations." Representing Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which performs at NJPAC from May 8-10, Nasha Thomas-Schmitt and Renee Robinson discuss the powerful storytelling and soul-stirring movement and music of this modern dance masterpiece. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., 6pm. Admission is free.

May

2 — Books on the Move: Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Hear about the lifework of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s founder and choreographer at these free readings for children. The first 25 children in attendance at each site will receive a complimentary copy of the Pinkneys’ book, courtesy of Disney Publishing Worldwide. Newark Public Library, Springfield Branch, 50 Hayes St., 2pm. Reader: Valencia Yearwood, former ballerina, Dance Theatre of Harlem. RSVP here.

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