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Help launch a summer dance series! Support the work of visionary choreographers invited for the first season in Rockaway Beach, Queens!
Beach Sessions kicks off its inaugural season on August 1st and continues for four consecutive Saturdays with two free performances at 4pm and 6pm, through August 22nd, 2015.
Beach Sessions kicks off its inaugural season on August 1st and continues for four consecutive Saturdays with two free performances at 4pm and 6pm, through August 22nd, 2015.
83 backers pledged $7,524 to help bring this project to life.

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Beach Sessions is an outdoor summertime dance series created to bring great performances to the beach. It will provide a unique platform for contemporary choreographers and dancers to connect with a new audience, and offer beachgoers a fresh and exciting chance to experience the waterfront, its concessions, and the local community. 

During the inaugural season in the month of August, four NYC-based choreographers will showcase their work against one of the city's most beautiful backdrops - Rockaway Beach, Queens.

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The Sand | Beach 81st Street Entrance

This event is free and open to all.

::::::::::: SERIES SCHEDULE ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Session One: Loni Landon Dance Projects
August 1, 2015
4pm and 6pm

Session Two: Emery LeCrone
August 8, 2015
4pm and 6pm

Session Three: The D.R.E.A.M Ring
August 15, 2015
4pm and 6pm

Session Four: Shannon Gillen | VIM VIGOR
August 22, 2015
4pm and 6pm

Local Rockaway dance schools will be invited to perform alongside the featured choreographers.

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Our mission is to support creation, to inspire sustained investment in the natural beauty, and raise awareness of the unifying social importance of our oceans and beaches. 

This project is meant to show that dance has remarkable range of possibilities.

Things to know
During the month of August, on average 30,000 people attend Rockaway Beach each weekend
Convenient public transportation and public parking
Next to the newly renovated boardwalk and B86th food and drink concessions

“With microbreweries springing up, new boutique hotels, a reinvented seaside at Rockaway, a world-class art scene, and a truly global food culture, 2015 is the year to try Queens.” - Lonely Planet December 2014

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We’ve partnered with the Surfrider Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans and beaches, to have organized beach clean-ups after each dance performance. By participating in the clean-up, a drink ticket will be handed out to a local bar to enjoy a nice cool refreshment sponsored by Six Point Brewery.

::::: MEET THE CHOREOGRAPHERS :::::

EMERY LECRONE

Emery LeCrone. Photo by Foster Mickley.
Emery LeCrone. Photo by Foster Mickley.

Emery is an American choreographer, teacher and dancer. In past seasons, Ms. LeCrone has created new pieces for professional dance companies such as Colorado Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and Minnesota Dance Theatre among others. In 2014, Ms. LeCrone presented her second commissioned evening for the Solomon R. Guggenheim’s esteemed Works & Process series. The performance featured dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre and new costumes by famed fashion designer Yigal Azrouël. Additionally that season, Ms. LeCrone re-staged Outflow Boundary for Marymount Manhattan College, created a new full-length ballet Symphonic Etudes for Ballet Academy East, and premiered Opus. 19 Andante for Daniel Ulbricht’s company Stars of American Ballet. She also founded her own company, Emery LeCrone Dance, with the goal of providing a home for the creation of her new dance works and an environment in which to preserve her past repertory.

Hailed by The New York Times as “…inventive…a ready for primetime knockout” and by the New Yorker as “ambitious…expansive, and dynamic.” Ms. LeCrone continues to push the boundaries as an emerging female choreographer of her generation.

LONI LANDON

Loni Landon. Photo by Foster Mickley.
Loni Landon. Photo by Foster Mickley.

Loni Landon, born and raised in New York City, received her training from the NYC High School of Performing Arts, Dance Theater of Harlem, The School at Jacob's Pillow and The Scholarship Program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Her work has been shown at The Joyce Theater as part of Working Women, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out series, APAP at City Center, The Ailey Theater , Dance Now at Joe's Pub, HT CHEN'S NewSteps Choreography Series, The Dumbo Dance Festival, and The State Theater of Munich. She has also been a finalist in the Hannover International Choreographers Festival and to represent the US in the International Solo Tanz Theater Competition in Stuttgart, Germany. She has created works for Northwest Dance Project, Ballet X, The NYC High School for Performing Arts, The Hartt School, The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan College, and SUNY Purchase.

Loni, along with Gregory Dolbashian, founded "THE PLAYGROUND". The Playground is a new choreographer's initiative designed to give emerging choreographers a place to experiment, while allowing professional dancers to participate on a donation basis. The Playground was recognized by Dance Magazine as a 25 To Watch for 2013.

SHANNON GILLEN

Shannon Gillen. Photo by Foster Mickley.
Shannon Gillen. Photo by Foster Mickley.
Shannon Gillen is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of New York’s visionary new dance company VIM VIGOR, which is currently being launched. Through a prolific body of work, Gillen has pioneered a recognizable artistic language that possesses heroic physicality, electric emotional life, and cinematic imagery that illuminates and heightens the narrative imagination. In a 2013 Brooklyn Magazine article that named her as one of city's top twenty artists, Gillen was championed for her 'emotionally compelling' work that 'transcends the things it references and achieves a sort of platonic ideal of intelligent and elevated movement'. And L Magazine later wrote that Gillen’s dancers ‘force you to the edge of your seat, breath held, hands clenched.’


An insatiable creator, Gillen has choreographed 18 new works since 2010 with notable commissions including the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, TIF Theater in Kassel, the TANZ Theater International Festival where she was a THINK BIG artist in residence, New York Live Arts, Dance New Amsterdam, HERE Arts Center, Judson Church, Tangente Theater with the Montreal Fringe Festival, PULSE Art Fair, with LMCC’s Sitelines Series as part of NYC's River to River Festival, Bryant Park Presents, Festival Oltre Passo in Italy, for the Steps Repertory Company at the The Joyce Theater and Jacob’s Pillow, and last year she was selected for the International Solo-Tanz Competition in Stuttgart where she received 3rd Prize. This summer VIM VIGOR was invited as a Principal Company at the prestigious Springboard Danse Festival in Montreal. Gillen also recently learned that she was selected as the single recipient of Hubbard Street’s International Commissioning Competition for 2015/2016.

THE D.R.E.A.M. RING

THE D.R.E.A.M. RING (DANCE RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME) strives to provide quality competitions that honors the culture of the Brooklyn community, encourages artistic and character development, provides youth with a safe environment to express their artistry, ensures a wealth of opportunities such as performing in schools and teaching in after school programs, displays the young artist and their talents through social media marketing and branding through artists reels, dance videos, performances, and helps young artists gain the skills needed to build careers in the dance industry. 

Reggie Gray is a choreographer and dancer that has been a pioneer of flex dance for more than a decade, performing around the globe. In 2011 Gray founded the dance competition D.R.E.A.M., which has become an important launch pad for young flex dancers. Gray as made several appearances on American television and in commercials, and has been featured in music videos with Wayne Wonder, Sean Paul, Nicki Minaj, and others. 

Most notably, in 2015, Reggie Gray and THE D.R.E.A.M. RING collaborated with Director Peter Sellars and showcased “FLEXN” at the Park Avenue Armory.

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We've come up with some awesome rewards, all of which have been donated by local Rockaway businesses and artists! Check them out, give what you can, and we'll see you at the beach. 
Every donation amount is 100% tax-deductible.
Upon Request, donors above $250 will receive a Thank You letter acknowledging your tax-deductible donation.

Special edition tote bag!
Special edition tote bag!
Hand-dyed embroidered napkins by Valentina!
Hand-dyed embroidered napkins by Valentina!
dinner for two at Edgemere Farm
dinner for two at Edgemere Farm
surf lesson with Clifton Dunn
surf lesson with Clifton Dunn
private acupuncture session with Michelle Ladue
private acupuncture session with Michelle Ladue
fishing trip for 4 with chef and fisherman Whitney Aycock
fishing trip for 4 with chef and fisherman Whitney Aycock

** Beach Sessions is a project of Black & White Project Space, a 501(c)3 organization.

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Graphic design by Amos the Third
Graphic design by Amos the Third

THANK YOU!!

We would like to thank all of our partners, choreographers, dancers, and community members who have all come together through their passion for Rockaway, dance and the beach! 

Photo Credits: Reid van Renesse, Annelise Jenske, Foster Mickley
Ginormous thank you to Annelise Jenske for filming and editing the kickstarter video!!
Loni Landon choreography on Keigwin and Company in video
Kickstarter music: Supreme Cuts

Risks and challenges

Producing an outdoor performance presents a few uncontrollable challenges such as weather. A rain date schedule will be put into place just in case. But with whatever happens, we are fully committed to producing an extraordinary event! I have a Master's Degree in Arts Administration, 5 years of experience in art and event production with a 20 year dance background. Dance has brought a lot of joy and awareness into my life and I hope it can do the same for many others!

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