Take the kids to the annual Disney Global Family day in Central Park this weekend, for FREE family-friendly song and dance performances. It’s a SummerStage Kids event, at the Bandshell, Sunday, July 6th, from 3PM to 7PM, and includes interactive workshops of circus arts, face painting and more.Get there on time, since seating is first come, first in, until the space reaches capacity.Performers include the Grammy winning The Okee Dokee Brothers from Denver and the National Dance Institute, founded by ballet legend Jacques d’Amboise. Event website.
Here’s a bit of background on each group performing:
The Okee Dokee Brothers: As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors, rafting down their neighborhood creek, taking long bike rides into the country or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains. Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their GRAMMY Award winning album Can You Canoe? (2013 Best Children’s Album) and their trek along the Appalachian Trail is the subject of their Through the Woods. With songs written by campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music.
Hybrid Movement Company is at the forefront of artistic evolution in the performance arts. Co-Founded in 2008 by Franoise Voranger and Jillian St.Germain, what began as a conversation of movement between professional performers has developed over the last five years into a form of physical expression unto its own. Hybrid Movement is a style influenced by the technical aspects of Circus, Ballet, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Bboying, Waving and Animation. HMC’s unique and inspiring live performances have been presented at NY City Center, Lincoln Center, Bolshoi Theatre Russia, and previously at SummerStage.
Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new Australian dance company that has exploded onto the international dance scene. The company will perform ‘SPILL’, which was commissioned for the London Olympics. It uses regular children’s playground equipment for a high-flying performance across swings, slides, see-saws and round-a-bouts.
Acrobuffos is dynamic duo who met at a circus in Afghanistan and have performed in more than 20 countries, competed in international circus festivals, juggled on Letterman and have starred in New York City’s own Big Apple Circus. They present Waterbombs! A hysterical water balloon gladiator show with comic antics, flying water balloons, and loud opera music.National Dance Institute (NDI) was founded in 1976 by Jacques d’Amboise in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence. Each year, NDI transforms the lives of more than 40,000 NYC public school children and their communities through FREE weekly classes, short-term residencies, and public performances that transcend language and cultural barriers. . Children who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment throughout their dance training are invited to join the organization’s most advanced troupe, the NDI Celebration Team, and perform year-round at venues that have included Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Juilliard, City Center, the Kennedy Center, the White House and the Academy Awards. NDI dancers have toured internationally to Geneva, Switzerland; Venice, Italy; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Shanghai, China.
Thank you SummerStage and Disney for this annual event!