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!
Stay tuned for details for the 24th Annual Red Hook Fest, coming up on June 9-10th, 2017! Check out highlights from last year’s festival below.
The 23nd Annual Red Hook Fest: Going Global, our FREE live music and dance festival on the Brooklyn waterfront, was a success! We enjoyed performances by reggae band Meta and The Cornerstones, Afro-Cuban jazz/tap master Max Pollak/RumbaTap, Afro-modern dance choreographer Francine E. Ott/The Walk, Japanese women’s drum ensemble COBU, and flex dance pioneer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, plus 100+ youth performers. And there was also face painting, yoga, kayaking, a scavenger hunt, games, and prizes for all ages. Stay tuned for next year’s festival!
THURS JUNE 9, 2016 Happy Hour Kick-Off (6pm-8pm)
FRI JUNE 10, 2016 Community Cookout & DJ Dance Party (6pm-8pm)
SAT JUNE 11, 2016 Mainstage Performances (12pm-7pm)
Live music & dance on the Brooklyn waterfront with performances by:
Happy Hour Kickoff @ Hometown Bar-B-Que (454 Van Brunt Street)
DTE hosted a happy hour to kick off the festival, where guests enjoyed free food and drinks while learning about Dance Theatre Etcetera’s 20+ years of work in the Red Hook community and where we stand today. The event featured a sneak peek of Red Hook Fest main stage artists The D.R.E.A.M. Ring and young artists Lorenzo “Lyrical L” Cooper and Mat King Cole from DTE’s Arts Education programs.
Friday, June 10th (6pm-8pm)
Community Cookout and DJ Dance Party @ PS 15 Playground (71 Sullivan St, Brooklyn)
We rocked the neighborhood with FREE food, music, fun, games, and activities for kids, presented in conjunction with Good Shepherd Service’s Red Hook Community Center Beacon at PS 15. Thanks to DJ Mikey Palms and MC Tah Phrum Duh Bush for keeping the crowd moving!
Saturday, June 11th (12pm-7pm)
Mainstage Performances @ Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier (Coffey & Ferris Streets, Brooklyn)
We showcased a world-class lineup of bands and dance companies (click “Featured Performers” on right), plus fun activities for all ages like kayak rides in New York Harbor (c/o the Red Hook Boaters), hands-on drawing activities, and a Red Hook trivia contest (with prizes!). Additionally, more than 50 youth performed for the crowd, representing the next generation of artists in Brooklyn. Emceed by Kymbali Craig.
The Red Hook Fest is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, former Council Member Carlos Menchaca, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Con Edison. Additional support provided by Estate Four, the NY Water Taxi, Fairway, The Realty Collective, The O’Connell Organization, Movers Not Shakers, Cornell Paper and Box Company, Jofaz Transportation, Apple Bank, and Ridgewood Savings Bank.
We’re so pleased to announce that Dance Theatre Etcetera is among 20 nonprofit organizations selected as finalists for Brooklyn Community Foundation’s inaugural Spark Prize, the first and only honor of its kind celebrating changemakers in the borough’s thriving nonprofit sector.
Five organizations will be awarded grants of $100,000 each in general operating support, to be announced in January 2017.
As a finalist, we were eligible for $5000 in matching funds on #Giving Tuesday, November 29th, and with your help we reached our goal! Donate to DTE today to help us raise an additional $5000 to support our arts education programs.
“Brooklyn is home to nearly 3,000 nonprofits, yet they collectively receive less than 5% of funds distributed by New York City foundations,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. “We created the Spark Prize to drive support to the borough’s vibrant nonprofit sector and showcase outstanding community-led solutions addressing Brooklyn’s most critical challenges. Congratulations to the 20 finalists—we are so proud to have you represent the excellence, breadth, and diversity of Brooklyn’s unique nonprofit sector.”
The Spark Prize will award up to $600,000 to outstanding Brooklyn-serving nonprofits. A diverse committee of distinguished civic, business, and neighborhood leaders all hailing from Brooklyn chose the 20 finalists from a highly competitive pool of 150 applicants. We couldn’t be more excited!