Making Moves Dance Festival comes to Jamaica this weekend

The sixth-annual Making Moves Dance Festival takes place Saturday in Jamaica.
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The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) will stage its sixth production of the Making Moves Dance Festival on Saturday, showcasing seven of New York City’s emerging choreographers and dance companies.

The two-part showcase will feature diverse and original works that span the globe and dance genres. The first part of the day-long event begins with a free outdoor presentation at 2 p.m., followed by an evening performance at 7 p.m.

JCAL invited choreographers and dance companies in the Greater New York City Area to apply to an open call so they could showcase their talents in the annual dance festival at JCAL’s Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC).

Of the list of applicants, three groups selected will be given the opportunity to perform 15-minute pieces each at an outdoor and indoor afternoon event, with each group performing an existing work.

Selected choreographers have the opportunity to create a 30- to 45-minute work, commissioned by JCAL, which will be showcased at the evening event. The choreographer will receive a $3,000 stipend to create a new work and will have access to JPAC’s rehearsal space for up to 40 hours.

This year’s annual Making Moves Dance Festival features the following choreographers and dance companies: Ballet Inc., Christian von Howard, Ricarrdo Valentine, Erin Carlisle Norton, Paige A. Stewart; Maxine Steinman, and choreographer Daniel Gwirtzman, who was selected as JCAL’s Making Moves Dance Festival’s commissioned choreographer.

A ticket for the evening routine will run $15 and $12 for adults and seniors, respectively. Students and JCAL members are able to see the performance for $10.

The JPAC is located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave. in Jamaica and is easily accessible via public transportation including the E and J train lines and numerous bus lines.