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Children’s Museum of Manhattan announces "Let’s Dance!" a new immersive exhibit

Children’s Museum of Manhattan announces "Let’s Dance!" a new immersive exhibit


Children’s Museum of Manhattan


212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY


Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 10:00am daily through December 1, 2017



Children’s Museum of Manhattan


New Exhibit Opening July 1 Features Daily Live Dance Performances and Workshops as well as an Interactive Video Installation that Lets Children Dance Along with World-Class Dance Companies


New York, NY – June 15, 2017 – The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (212 West 83rd Street) today announced the opening of Let’s Dance!, a new immersive exhibit for children and families that showcases the extraordinary joy, beauty, and diversity of dance across New York City and the world. The exhibition runs from July through December 2017 and introduces visitors to dance from a variety of entry points: as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Let’s Dance! features daily live performances and workshops along with a dance portal projection dome showcasing world-class dance companies inviting children to dance along.

From ballet to Bollywood, from the hora to the hula, Let’s Dance!, a 1,500-square-foot exhibit located in the Museum’s lower level gallery, offers visitors hundreds of ways to engage with dance. Visitors to the exhibit can, among other things:

  • Interact with the immersive video projection dome dance portal to watch, learn and dance along with more than 25 renowned professional, community, and student dance companies from New York and abroad
  • Create multicolor shadow dances on the “stage” while exploring lighting design with a child-friendly lighting box
  • Choreograph a series of dance patterns while learning the language of dance and using movable signs, engaging props and fun costumes
  • Experiment with authentic percussion instruments, drumming unique beats and rhythms
  • Explore and capture new dance positions by manipulating poseable, life-sized figures
  • Be inspired by photography and video that celebrates the breadth of the dance world, including dance in New York City’s public schools as seen in PS Dance!

Participate in a dance workshop then take a seat to experience world-class performances!

The exhibit is the latest iteration of the Children’s Museum’s ongoing Gateway to the Arts initiative.

“Let’s Dance!, like all our Gateway to the Arts programs, is designed to introduce children and families to the arts and to improve cultural equity by bringing a diverse array of New York City arts and cultural institutions to the Museum,” said Andrew Ackerman, the Children’s Museum’s executive director. “We believe the innovative combination of exhibition and programming found in Let’s Dance! will also pique the interest of new audiences and develop advocates for the amazing performers and arts organizations found across our city.”

Dance organizations participating in the dance portal include Ajna Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispánico, Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, Blanca Li, Camile A. Brown & Dancers, Dancing Classrooms, NYC Elisa Monte Dance, Féraba – African Rhythm Tap Company, Halau Hula Kealohilani, KaNu Dance Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Group, Martha Graham Dance Company, New York Ballet Theatre, Silva Dance Company, Steps on Broadway, and Thunderbird American Indian Dancers.

In addition to a daily dance party, Let’s Dance! will feature live performances and workshops with teaching artists including:



  • Elisa Monte Dance (July 2)
  • Calpulli Mexican Dance Company (July 9)
  • Dancing Classrooms: Youth Dance Company (July 22)
  • Young Dancemakers Company (July 23)
  • Taylor 2: Paul Taylor Dance Company (July 30)
  • Ayazamana Cultural Center (Aug. 6)


Dance workshops with guest teaching artists

  • BOLD Creative Movement with ShalomIsrael Diggs (July 6)
  • Dance Discovery with Broadway performer Angel Reed (July 13)
  • Dance around the world with Stephanie Marrow (July 20)
  • Dancing Classrooms (July 27)
  • The BrainDance with Dionne Kamara (Aug. 3)
  • Hip Hop Dance Party with Neil Fernando (Aug.10)
  • African Diasporic Dance Maxine Montilus (Aug. 17)


Participation is free with admission. Due to space limitations, however, tickets are required for entry to some workshops and may be picked up in the Museum lobby one hour before the event. For a schedule of programs and performances: cmom.org/calendar. Programs are subject to change without notice.


The Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)
The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024


Sun–Fri: 10am–5pm  Sat: 10am–7pm
Copyright © 2017, all rights reserved

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