Red Hook: Move It

Dance Theatre Etcetera, a Red Hook-based arts organization, teamed up with Good Shepherd Services to offer free professional dance performances and a DJ dance party at their 2016 Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Red Hook: Move It / Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Doors at 5:45PM, Performances at 7:15PM

Beacon Community Center

P.S. 15/Patrick F. Daly School

71 Sullivan Street, Brooklyn 11231

Doors opened for a free, catered Thanksgiving dinner at 5:45pm, bringing together youth, friends, families, Red Hook residents, public officials, and staff from Good Shepherd’s Beacon Community Center.

Dance Theatre Etcetera presented work by Sekou McMiller SMc Dance Company, a leader in the Afro Latin dance movement; Brooklyn-based, high energy flexn crew Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and The D.R.E.A.M Ring dancers; as well as emerging dancers from Red Hook’s own CYC/Cora Youth Company. Guests worked off their meals after the show at a dance party with DJ Royal Isaac on the turntables.

Red Hook: Move It offers free access to top notch professional dance performances, supports emerging young artists of color, and invites audiences to get on the floor and “move it!” with a live DJ dance party. Good Shepherd Services has been offering this as a free event to the Red Hook community for years, but this year we teamed up to kick it up a notch. Join us for an evening of food, fellowship, performances, and fun!

Urban Assembly

The Urban Assembly School for Urban Environment services grades six through eight, and is located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Its after-school program is run by Good Shepherd Services.  In the fall of 2013, DTE provided a 10 week/20 hour after-school theatre residency with 6th graders facilitated by DTE teaching artist Patrick Crowley.

– See more at: https://dtetc.org/programs

PS 15 CASA Program

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Dance Theatre Etcetera’s 2016 CASA (Creative After-school Adventures) program took place at the P.S. 15 Good Shepherd Services Beacon Program in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The spring program provided 22 fifth graders with hands-on learning in a variety of theatre and dance genres.

Students were introduced to musical theatre as well as hip-hop and modern dance. They created an original play, called The Black Out, about a day when their school lost electricity and, instead of delivering their PowerPoint presentations, the students made a play about five things that were important to them.

The program culminated with a performance in the P.S. 15 auditorium for more than 100 afterschool participants (ages 6-14), family, and staff members.

Our 2016 CASA program was made possible through the support of New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

In Transition: Media

On Saturday, December 17, 2017, Dance Theatre Etcetera hosted a final screening of films from our In Transition: Media program plus a holiday party with food, drinks, and fun!In Transition: Media holiday party slider

ITM Final Screening + Holiday Party

Saturday, December 17, 2016

5-7PM, Screening at 6PM

Dance Theatre Etcetera

480 Van Brunt Street, Suite 203

Brooklyn, NY 11231

In Transition: Media, our pre-professional film and video program, provides 45 hours of instruction and project-based learning in the digital media production cycle, camera operation, audio recording, and video editing. Gain the skills to work on a professional film set while creating original documentary films that tackle real-life issues.

The program is open to anyone between the ages of 16-24. All participants earn hourly wages, made possible by Red Hook Initiative and South Brooklyn Community High School’s Learning to Work program.

The ITM program grew out of our summer Digital Boot Camp, a collaboration with RHI, SBCHS, and Good Shepherd Services.

Our Fall 2016 session runs from October 11 – December 17. For further information and to RSVP, contact DTE Director of Education Maria Soriano, atmaria@dtetc.org or (718) 643-6790 x 112.

Digital Bootcamp

In 2013, DTE, in collaboration with Red Hook Initiative, the South Brooklyn Community High School, and Good Shepherd Services launched a summer Digital Boot Camp to provide Red Hook teens and young adults with 80 hours of rigorous instruction in digital media production, culminating in the creation of promotional videos for local businesses and social service organizations.

Digital Boot Camp in the classroom

With help from media teaching artists Jon Mayer and Javale Jean-Pierre, along with Red Hook Initiative Technology Instructor Jaebi Bussey, Digital Boot Camp 2016 launched in July at South Brooklyn Community High School. Students are shooting promo videos for several Red Hook businesses.

Digital Boot Camp in Red Hook

DBC 2016 final films will be screened at Cobble Hill Cinemas on Thursday, August 4 at 10:00am, followed by a light reception at DTE. A bus will be provided for transportation to the theatre. Pickup is 9:15am at South Brooklyn Community High School located at 173 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Maria Soriano, at: (718) 643-6790 x 112 or maria@dtetc.org.

DTE’s In Transition: Media program consists of in-school digital media residencies at NYC high schools as well as community-based media programs. All participants earn hourly wages for their participation in the program, made possible by the Red Hook Initiative and the South Brooklyn Community High School’s Learning to Work program.

Check out our behind-the-scenes photos and videos!

In Transition Theatre

In Transition Theatre is a hip hop theatre company of New York City youth ages 15-24. Each fall and spring youth selected to join the company meet for 18 sessions under the direction of highly skilled DTE theatre teaching artists to create an original piece of theatre, combining elements of theatre, spoken word poetry, movement and music.  Each 9 week session ends with a public performance for family, friends and the general public.  Participants can play a number of roles – as actors, directors, writers, videographers, and stage managers.  Some workshops include lunches with arts professionals, career counselors as well as college advisors.

All youth participants in the company are paid a stipend for their participation.

In Transition DTE Facilitators:

Andrew R. Butler’s writing, composing and performing spans live and video comedy, collaborative new theater, unconventional puppetry, science fiction, storytelling and combinations thereof. Andrew performs regularly with the Mettawee River Theater Company, Political Subversities, Kristine Haruna Lee, Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, The Story Pirates and recently, The Talking Band, Stephanie Johnstone, and Folk Wandering at venues including Joe’s Pub, HERE, Ars Nova, The Brick, The Bushwick Starr, The PIT, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Dixon Place and THE INTERNET. His current solo project is future-folk singer Rags Parkland. Andrew was part of the NYU alumni team that initiated DTE’s In Transition program in 2009, and has continued to work as a co- facilitator with the program. www.andrewbutler.com

Samara Gaev is a New York based activist, educator, performer, and doula. She has been working as a teaching artist and educational consultant in the New York City schools, shelters, transitional programs and community centers for over ten years. Her active involvement in progressive social change has taken her beyond the classroom and the stage, and towards actualizing the change she wishes to see. Samara has initiated young women’s groups, support networks for pregnant and parenting teens, interactive educational theatre residencies, and performance poetry and hip-hop intensives for formerly incarcerated youth. Samara has been facilitating DTE’s In Transition Theatre program since 2010.  www.truthworker.com

Wings Academy

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Wings Academy is a high school of 540 students, located on E. 180th street in the East Tremont section of the Bronx. The high school is well known for its history in providing a strong pre-professional dance program which sadly was excised due to budget constraints. DTE began its partnership with Wings Academy in the fall of 2013 with the restoration of an after-school dance program that includes rigorous professional instruction in dance disciplines ranging from classical Ballet and Modern, to African and Jazz dance. DTE looks forward to working with Wings Academy’s new administration to develop future arts education programs.

Park East High School

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DTE is delighted to have joined forces with a new school partner-Park East High School in 2013. Park East is a small high school (360 students) in Spanish Harlem that has received four As in a row on its NYC DOE report card. Park East reached out to DTE late in 2012 to develop more after-school arts offerings. DTE was pleased to offer a short pilot after-school theatre program during the spring semester that ran for five weeks and culminated in a performance for staff and students. DTE looks forward to expanding its arts programming at Park East in the future.

Rockaway Park High School

DTE’s three year partnership with the Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability began in 2011 and was made possible through a SIG ARRA (School Improvement Grant funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).

In its first year at the school, DTE teaching artists worked in English classes around the theme of conflict resolution and began an after-school performance collective. The Rockaway Park Performance Collective performed at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe in Spring 2012, and for the school community days later at the annual student awards ceremony.

In 2012, this school’s facility suffered devasting damage from Superstorm Sandy, and many students, their families as well as school staff that resided in the Rockaways lost property and had their lives upended. The school was temporarily relocated to Maspeth, Queens for several months while repairs were made. DTE teaching artist Patrick Crowley was in residence teaching playwriting and later created an after-school media workshop that produced a video on the topic of sustainability and global warming.

South Brooklyn Community High School

DTE Executive Director Martha Bowers was on the planning committee of the South Brooklyn Community High School (SBCHS) when it opened, in 2009, to meet the needs of “over-aged, under-credited” students- young people who had faced challenges in their academic careers, but were choosing to give themselves a second chance at a high school diploma.

SBCHS served as a prototype for New York City transfer school high schools, which have now been replicated in four boroughs. DTE began programming at the school in 2002 and is currently serving additional transfer high schools. – See more at: https://dtetc.org/programs

In 2008, with the support of NYSCA “School-wide Implementation” funding, DTE underwent a series of in-depth planning meetings and workshops with teaching artists and teachers at the SBCHS. Over the next five years, DTE will organize and implement arts education programming to improve the educational experience of every student at the school.

Be the Vote

“Be the Vote” was a DTE media program that mixed documentary filmmaking with the study of the American electoral process in a core curriculum American History class at the South Brooklyn Community High School in fall 2012. Students explored the 2012 presidential election, identified issues of importance to them, researched the candidatesí positions and created this documentary about youth perspectives on the Obama-Romney race. Facilitator: DTE Media Educator Jon Mayer.