About the event
Sirens In the Park
Bata dancing from Nigeria, accompanied by live drumming Bata is a ritual form of dance for Sango, a deity in Yoruba land. It’s a communicative dance between the worshipers and the deity. Today, the dancers of Bata are found in both religious and social functions unlike in the olden days when the dance was a sacred one performed strictly for Sango. Come and learn songs and movements brought in by Perfecta Ekpo
Afro-Brazilian Spiritual Dance accompanied by live drumming. This segment will focus on dance in honour of the gods) is an Afro-Brazilian religious tradition, practised mainly in Brazil by the "povo de santo" (people of the saint). This dance style is also known as Candomble. Taught by Aline Costa, our recent import from Brazil.
Kukuwa accompanied by DJ, Get ready to explore Africa without a passport and learn to move muscles you didn’t know you had! Kukuwa ® African Dance Workout is not only a workout, but it's also an education and journey one experiences each time they move their body. It will take you on an exotic African expedition pumping fun through your veins, burning crazy calories and sweating buckets. Kukuwa ® African Dance energy adds living flavour to your workout, nourishing both body and soul. Open to participants at all fitness and dance levels taught by Coco Thompson.
Afrodancercise, accompanied by DJ. Afrodancercise is a vigorous, energetic, full body aerobic movement that combines the latest African music and dance steps to engage our audience to “move like an African.” Afrodancercise is so easy anybody can do it; with an exercise concept tailored for every mobility and age range taught by Mambo Tse.
Please bring comfortable shoes and clothing as we will be dancing in an open area on the corner of St. Edwards St. and Myrtle Avenue.
Why should you sponsor?
Our event sold out in 3 days. The feedback translates to the need for people to not only be out but to have fun doing so. The location is easily accessible to 7 apartments buildings that have more than 500 tenants broadening our reach to not just participants but people in their own houses. We are at street level on Myrtle Avenue, estimating about 15000 people to pass by during the event by bus, in their cars and on foot. Also located near Brooklyn hospital where doctors and nurses use the park as a respite for lunch.
Siren - Protectors of the Rainforest, Inc. creates artistic and educational programs that incorporate the diverse cultures of Africa using African dance as it's siren call to locally and internationally mobilize support for changes to the existing regulatory framework.
To further solidify its presence in NYC, continuing the tours, performances and community engagement residencies in the NYC area and abroad, the group incorporated in 2015 with the understanding that Siren - Protectors of the Rainforest, Inc. will continue its methodology to:
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Respect the traditional knowledge, historic and artistic traditions that were passed down to us. (We continually take classes from Masters which we share with the community). Ex. Bantu Movements Workshop Series
Build upon the culture and share it with the world. (Live Performances). Ex. US & Canadian tours
Pass the appreciation onto the next generation. (In-School residencies at Pre-Schools, Primary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools. Workshops at Colleges and Universities, as well as Studios and Museums. General fitness and physical activity workshops for cultural centres, fitness studios, dance studios and church groups). Ex. Afrodancercise.
Continuously create community-based programs that promote sustaining the environment through a “Grow Your Own” concept. Ex. PS261 PTA After School Garden, OrchardsNYC