Let’s Dance to a Performance

Elisa Monte Dance Does Brubeck
Enjoy a fun modern dance twist to the songs you know and love. Choreographer Tiffany Rea-Fisher shares some excerpts from her collaboration with Chris Brubeck’s band Triple Play.
All ages welcome and dancing along is encouraged.
Sunday, July 2, 2017 | 2 & 3pm | Ticketed*

Viva Mexico! A Bailar with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
Join Calpulli Mexican Dance Company for an afternoon of performances and interactive workshops! Explore footwork (zapateado), skirtwork (faldeo), and other movement and rhythms from Mexico.
Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 2 & 3pm | Ticketed*

Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company
Young dancers from Dancing Classrooms famous ballroom in-school residencies make up the Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company. Performing in venues around the city and the world—these dancers bring their talents to the Children’s Museum. You’ll see a variety of dance styles including the Hustle, the Mambo and more! After the show, join these elegant young ladies and gentlemen for a dance.
Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 2 & 3pm | Ticketed*

Young Dancemakers Company
Young Dancemakers Company is a unique, free summer ensemble of NYC teens, creating their own original choreography and performing it in free touring concerts at prominent theaters city-wide. Join us for a special preview of their brand new works to go on tour throughput the city this summer 2017.
Sunday, July 23, 2017 | 2 & 3pm | Ticketed*

Taylor Tots
The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, Inc. invites you to a dance workshop with Taylor Tots. This unique “mommy/daddy and me” class uses rhythm games, songs and creative movement to help young children learn the fundamentals of dance.
Sunday, July 30, 2017| 11am | 5 & younger| Sign-up

Open Studio with TAYLOR 2
How do dancers prepare for a performance? Join the dancers of TAYLOR 2 as they stretch, dance and prepare for an upcoming dance performance at CMOM. Dance with them, talk with them and learn what it takes to be a dancer for a Modern Dance company.
Sunday, July 30, 2017 | 12-1pm | Drop-in

Dance Performance with TAYLOR 2
Could you make a work of art with a bicycle wheel? Paul Taylor once did, as part of a dance he called Tracer. Mr. Taylor is one of the people who created the art form of Modern Dance, in which dancers move around a stage as if they were paints on canvas. You can learn all about Modern Dance through an interactive performance with the dancers of TAYLOR 2.
Sunday, July 30, 2017 | 2 & 3pm | Ticketed*

Ayazamana Dance Group
The Ayazamana Cultural Center and Dance Group is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Ecuadorian culture. Ayazamana Dance Group will perform traditional dances from different regions of Ecuador—sharing with us greater access to Ecuadorian culture through music and dance.
Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 2 & 3pm | Ticketed*

 

*Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

 

Funding for these programs is made possible with public funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the NYS Council for the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support comes from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Jody and John Arnhold.

Deeper Dives into Dance

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan hosts daily dance workshops and activities to complement the Museum’s newest exhibit Lets Dance!

Afternoons from 2-4pm the Children’s Museum explores dance making through movement, architecture, design and sound. Programs include:

Syncopation Improvisation  Create a variety of rhythms and your own beats when you design working tap shoes. Dance to a variety of music like Jazz and Broadway, and explore different dances that involve tapping like Flamenco and Irish Step Dance.

Dance Fans for fans of Dance Design a dance fan and watch it flow through the air as you danceInspired by fan dances that emerged in China and Japan as early as 1000 B.C. design a fan using ribbons, strings, feathers and streamers to explore traditional dances that tell a story.

Dance Architects  Crawl, jump and dance through unusual shapes and architecture found in the Lets Dance! exhibit. Work together to create new architecture and props inspired by dance companies like Pina Bausch, Diavolo, and Streb Lab for Action Mechanics.

Ready Set Dance Use giant cubed dice found in Lets Dance! to play a dance game. Each side of the cube will tell you how to move your body. Play the game and then create your own by designing dance playing cards.

Dance Footprints Engineer a device using markers, crayons, paint, as well as unusual house hold materials to leave a trace of your dance. Dance across our giant paper sheets to see what your dance looks like as you leave a trail of lines and color.

 

Funding for these programs is made possible with public funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the NYS Council for the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support comes from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Jody and John Arnhold.

Caribbean Arts Fest

Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month at the Children’s Museum with a weekend of design workshops and powerful performances.

Caribbean Carnival Masks
Explore the world of masks, headdresses, and costumes from the Caribbean! Colorful characters and elaborate costumes are one of the ways we see African, European, and Indigenous influences found in the Caribbean. Create your own mask or headdress in this hands-on workshop.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 10:30-1pm & 2pm-6pm| All Ages |Drop-in

The Bomba with Bombazo Dance Company
Bomba is one of the traditional musical styles of Puerto Rico. Like many art forms in the Caribbean, it is a mixture of African, European and Indigenous influences. Join Bombazo for a performance of the Bomba and learn about the music and its culture through rhythms, song, and dance.
Sunday, June 4, 2017| 2 and 3pm |All ages | Drop-in

Funding for these programs was made possible by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Ramadan

Ramadan is a joyful and holy month. It is a time dedicated to self-reflection, family, friends, and personal growth. Join us as we explore this holiday and its many traditions.

Paint a Fanous
Paint your own clay fanous, a colorful lantern used to illuminate homes and city streets around the world during Ramadan.
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28, 2017| 10am & 1pm| 5 & younger | Drop-in

Storytelling: The White Nights of Ramadan
Hear the story of Noor as she and her brothers prepare for the special Ramadan festival of Girgian in a reading of The White Nights of Ramadan, an inspiring picture book by Maha Addasi, led by Children’s Museum of Manhattan educators.
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28, 2017| 11am and 4pm | All ages |Drop-in

Navigation Station: Read the Stars
Through air, land and sea, explore the history of navigation and how the stars have guided travelers for centuries! Read the sky, understand the importance of star clusters and learn how to find them while making your own constellation tube.
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28, 2017| 10:30am-12pm & 2-4:30pm | 6 & older| Drop-in

The Art of Design with Afsoon Talai
Design your own fanoos (lantern) with patterns found in the exhibition America to Zanzibar: Msulim Cultures Near and Far with Afsoon Talai—designer and founder of Golreezan Design Store.
Sunday, May 28, 2017| 2 and 3pm| 6 & older| Sign-up*

Funding for these programs was made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event

Ramadan

Ramadan is a joyful and holy month. It is a time dedicated to self-reflection, family, friends, and personal growth. Join us as we explore this holiday and its many traditions.

Paint a Fanous
Paint your own clay fanous, a colorful lantern used to illuminate homes and city streets around the world during Ramadan.
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28, 2017| 10am & 1pm| 5 & younger | Drop-in

Storytelling: The White Nights of Ramadan
Hear the story of Noor as she and her brothers prepare for the special Ramadan festival of Girgian in a reading of The White Nights of Ramadan, an inspiring picture book by Maha Addasi, led by Children’s Museum of Manhattan educators.
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28, 2017| 11am and 4pm | All ages |Drop-in

Navigation Station: Read the Stars
Through air, land and sea, explore the history of navigation and how the stars have guided travelers for centuries! Read the sky, understand the importance of star clusters and learn how to find them while making your own constellation tube.
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28, 2017| 10:30am-12pm & 2-4:30pm | 6 & older| Drop-in

The Art of Design with Afsoon Talai
Design your own fanoos (lantern) with patterns found in the exhibition America to Zanzibar: Msulim Cultures Near and Far with Afsoon Talai—designer and founder of Golreezan Design Store.
Sunday, May 28, 2017| 2 and 3pm| 6 & older| Sign-up*

Funding for these programs was made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event