1. These astonishing photos are from Lars Jan’s HoloscenesThis large-scale installation/performance viscerally portrays the relationship between climate change and everyday human behaviors.

    Want to know more about this incredible dance piece? Jan will be here on Oct 24’s Movement Talks to discuss the project. Join us for this special event!

  2. TuesdayTip: How to Create a Graphic Organizer, for Dance Educators
Here’s a Teaching Tool for your Tuesday Tip, courtesy of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center.
Create A Graphic Organizer. A graphic organizer is a visual representation of complex concepts. Sometimes words are not enough to convey a series of thoughts. A graphic organizer can reinforce the text and words that a teacher uses. A graphic organizer can effectively sort and connect ideas for those students who are strong visual or spatial learners or who may have a verbal or language challenge.
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1. A Venn Diagram compares and contrasts elements.
2. A Time Line shows the relationship of events over time.
3. A Space Map places ideas in a flat (two-dimensional) plane.
4. A Family tree illustrates shared traits derived from a common or shared source.
5. A Graphic Organizer can also define a model for teaching, as in the Dance Education Laboratory Model (above).
If you want to learn more about the DEL Model, join us for the DEL Open House on Sunday, September 28, 1:30-5:30pm at 92Y. RSVP today!

    TuesdayTip: How to Create a Graphic Organizer, for Dance Educators

    Here’s a Teaching Tool for your Tuesday Tip, courtesy of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center.

    Create A Graphic Organizer. A graphic organizer is a visual representation of complex concepts. Sometimes words are not enough to convey a series of thoughts. A graphic organizer can reinforce the text and words that a teacher uses. A graphic organizer can effectively sort and connect ideas for those students who are strong visual or spatial learners or who may have a verbal or language challenge.

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  3. #TuesdayTip How to make a pua (hula flower)“Pua” is the Hawaiian word for flower and an important symbol in native Hawaiian culture and hula. In Hawaii, a flower represents a child or person. Any mention of a flower in Hawaiian song and dance (“mele” and “hula”) is a reference to a loved one. When flowers are sewn together, as in a lei, they represent a family or a community, which is why the gift of a lei is a true gesture of love (“aloha”).  Here’s how to make a pua in hula:
With outstretched (but not stiff) arms to the low right diagonal, place both hands facing down at waist level.
Gather your finger tips together and rotate your hands to create a blossom, facing up.
Repeat on the left side.
Add a hula step for the feet, like a kaholo or ka’o.
To practice your pua and learn more steps, such as the kaholo and ka’o, sign up for hula classes at 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center!

    #TuesdayTip How to make a pua (hula flower)

    “Pua” is the Hawaiian word for flower and an important symbol in native Hawaiian culture and hula. In Hawaii, a flower represents a child or person. Any mention of a flower in Hawaiian song and dance (“mele” and “hula”) is a reference to a loved one. When flowers are sewn together, as in a lei, they represent a family or a community, which is why the gift of a lei is a true gesture of love (“aloha”).

    Here’s how to make a pua in hula:

    1. With outstretched (but not stiff) arms to the low right diagonal, place both hands facing down at waist level.
    2. Gather your finger tips together and rotate your hands to create a blossom, facing up.
    3. Repeat on the left side.
    4. Add a hula step for the feet, like a kaholo or ka’o.

    To practice your pua and learn more steps, such as the kaholo and ka’o, sign up for hula classes at 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center!

  4. We just learned how to make better GIFs (thanks Tyler!) and this is how happy we are about it.

  5. #TuesdayTip How to prepare for a dance recital in 5 easy steps
    from 92Y Harkness Dance Center

    Our light-footed tiny dancers from Harkness Dance Center have mulled over their own experiences in the dance world to share with you the steps you need to take to be on point for your next recital. Here they are:

    1. Arrive in style
    2. Find your dressing room
    3. Check to make sure you have everything you need (costumes, hair pins, shoes, tights, etc)
    4. Stretch
    5. Ballet barre

    Thanks, ladies! To learn more and sign up for a dance class, click here.

  6. #TuesdayTip: How to Pack Your Ballet Bag
    From 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center Ballerinas

    Ever wonder what should go on your child’s list of “must have’s” for dance class? Here’s a checklist from the girls of 92Y. And while you’re at it, ask yourself: have you checked ‘summer activities for your kids’ off of your to-do list? Keep your kids busy, happy and grooving their way through summer. Sign up for a summer dance intensive today—it’s not too late!

    Dance intensives are offered all summer long for maximum flexibility. Enroll your child today!

  7. Welcome to Inside 92Y, your all-access pass for everything going on at 92nd and Lex here in New York City. Every episode, we’ll take you behind the scenes of 92Y events, show you things you won’t see on our stages, and introduce you to the people here who make it all happen. Here’s what’s going on this week:

    • We strike a pose for our 140th birthday
    • 5 things we learned about Arianna Huffington and Barbara Walters
    • We put on our tap shoes and learn how to Buffalo
    • Get a peek inside our 140th birthday party

  8. #TuesdayTip: How to “Spring” Into Spring
    From the Harkness Dance Center Staff

    Dancers have five basic ways to spring (jump or elevate the body into the air). One can spring or leap from:

    1. Two feet to two feet
    2. Two feet to one foot
    3. One foot to two feet
    4. One foot to the same foot
    5. One foot to the other foot

    Watch the video above and spring into action! Join 92Y Harkness Dance Center students Deana, Raquelle and Daniel in a dance class this summer!

  9. #TuesdayTip 7 Steps to Choreographing Your Own Danceby John-Mario Sevilla, Director of the Harkness Dance Center How do you choreograph a dance, even a cat dance? It all begins with a creative spark. Here’s how to bottle your imagination before blocking your first steps in the studio. 1. Start with an idea that inspires you.2. Begin to brainstorm by collecting the thoughts and images that come your way. Observe the world around you.3. Let the ideas flow. Consider everything and don’t discriminate; you can always cut down later.4. Share your ideas with a collaborator, but make sure they will contribute to your brainstorm.5. Enjoy the play and wonderment of your imagination; relish your memories.6. Allow all your ideas to flow and connect.7. Take your ideas to the studio and begin your choreography.
To learn more about the creative process, come to the 92Y Harkness Dance Festival, where five eclectic dance companies will show you how they create their work. LA-based duo casebolt and smith kick off the festival Feb 28 with their witty dance, “O(h).”

    #TuesdayTip 7 Steps to Choreographing Your Own Dance
    by John-Mario Sevilla, Director of the Harkness Dance Center

    How do you choreograph a dance, even a cat dance? It all begins with a creative spark. Here’s how to bottle your imagination before blocking your first steps in the studio.

    1. Start with an idea that inspires you.
    2. Begin to brainstorm by collecting the thoughts and images that come your way. Observe the world around you.
    3. Let the ideas flow. Consider everything and don’t discriminate; you can always cut down later.
    4. Share your ideas with a collaborator, but make sure they will contribute to your brainstorm.
    5. Enjoy the play and wonderment of your imagination; relish your memories.
    6. Allow all your ideas to flow and connect.
    7. Take your ideas to the studio and begin your choreography.

    To learn more about the creative process, come to the 92Y Harkness Dance Festival, where five eclectic dance companies will show you how they create their work. LA-based duo casebolt and smith kick off the festival Feb 28 with their witty dance, “O(h).”

  10. Go deep inside the creative process with 92Y’s 2014 Harkness Dance Festival, STRIPPED/DRESSED. Featuring five dance companies as innovative as they are eclectic, this year’s festival has been curated by the inimitably talented artist-in-residence Doug Varone.

    ► Feb 21 - Mar 23. Tickets here.