DARE TO BE SQUARE AT ST. LUKES IN SEA CLIFF
Grab your partner and promenade on over to St. Luke's Church this Friday October 24th for a good old fashioned Harvest Square Dance featuring internationally renowned square-dance caller and choreographer, Pat Cannon, and fiddler extraordinaire, Kenny Kosek joined by dancers from New York City’s Foot & Fiddle Dance Company, as well as area musicians Matthew Schneider on string bass, and Joe Selly on guitar,
The non-denominational, multi-generational hoe-down, sponsored by Sea Cliff area residents and businesses, is open to all and proceeds will go towards further musical and dance offerings for the community.
The Foot and Fiddle Dance company has been entertaining and educating audiences for nearly 35 years with intricately choreographed dances that blend English, Irish, African and Native American folk traditions. Ms. Cannon and her troupe of Broadway trained artists not only awe with their percussive dancing, do-si-does, leaps, and twirls, but also offer a fascinating history lesson and a bit of dance instruction, even to those with two left feet. "Pat Cannon," The New York Times raves, "offers a creative mix of American Folk forms and Broadway pizzazz with her Foot & Fiddle Dance Company. An evening with Foot & Fiddle guarantees a good time for dancers and audience alike.”
Sea Cliff resident and Square Dance Committee member Judith Rivera-Schneider who helped put together the event was a member of Foot and Fiddle during the late 1980's, and today teaches Jazz dance at Legacy Ballroom in Sea Cliff. "This is a multi-generational, non-denominational event to bring the community together and have some fun" she said. Ms. Schneider anticipates that the barn dance will become a yearly autumn tradition for the Sea Cliff community, and just one component of the rich arts program that St. Lukes Arts Director Paul Baserman has been leading and that serves the entire Sea Cliff Community. Past events include C'mUnityBloom, Music for Renewal; Moosely Music: Remembering Ethel, a Sea Cliff Tradition; and summer 2013's performance by Balinese Gamelan ensemble Yowana Sari.
The Harvest Square Dance and the other arts programs are a part of a long tradition at St. Lukes Church of making its facilities open to the entire Sea Cliff community with more than 1,200 hours of non-denominational events and activities held there each year.
The many public organizations and activities operating from the church include the Good of the Village Association, the Village Beautification Committee, Boy Scouts, the Mutual Concerns Weekly Senior Meals program and two AA groups; fundraisers such as the Russian Bazaar, Victorian Bazaar, and the Annual Village Flower Sale; as well as community arts and music through the Over the Hedge Concert Series, and the Village Summer Orchestra Music Camp.
The Admission price for the Harvest Square Dance is only $10 a head, $5 for seniors and kids. There’ll be a cornucopia of food available, with raffles and plenty of fun all around. The church hall is located at 253 Glen Avenue, in the heart of ‘autumn’s own’ Sea Cliff Village. Look for the special road side attraction; you’ll know you’re there. See you, then--7:30 pm, (until 9:30 or 10)--as we all
“Dare to be Square!”
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOOT AND FIDDLE DANCE COMPANY, CLICK HERE.
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HARVEST SQUARE DANCE SPONSORS
The following local businesses are helping make this event happen through their generous donations:
The Metropolitan Bistro
Richard B. Arnold Real Estate
Sea Cliff Bistro
Pamper Aesthetics Salon
Glen Cove Beer Distributor
Daniel Gale/Sotheby's International Real Estate, Sea Cliff
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