Local Dancers Release Videos

Aims To Promote Participation

Dance/NYC, a program dedicated to promoting movement celebrated the Queensboro Dance festival from Oct. 20-26, and released 27 testimonial videos from borough residents on Monday, Oct. 27.

The New Yorkers For Dance video campaign highlighted residents, community leaders and artists in Queens, according to a statement. The Dance/NYC program is “dedicated to promoting the knowledge, appreciation practice and performance of dance in the metropolitan area,” it was noted.

The event was the most recent in a series of borough-specific campaigns from Dance/NYC that celebrates the role of the art form in advancing local vibrancy, it was noted.

“I am a New Yorker for dance because it makes children happy and healthy,” said City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “Dance is important to the soul and the body. I know we’re all better off in the city because we have dance.”

Each video in the campaign consisted of a personal statement on why dance matters to them and their community, according to the program. Queens participants included Courtney Ffrench, general manager of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Executive Director of Spaceworks Paul Parkhill and dancer and choreographer Paz Tanjuaquio, among many others, it was noted.

“Dance/NYC is connecting faces and names to the powerful contributions of dance and culture to the people of Queens, and generating visibility and participation,” Dance/NYC Executive Director Lane Harwell said. “The campaign cites Exploring the Metropolis research, which indicates 78 percent of local performance artists prefer to rehearse more in Queens.

Videos of the personal statements are now online at the Dance/NYC YouTube channel, at DanceNYC.org and on Twitter with the @DanceNYC and #newyorkersfordance.

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