It Takes Two: An Evening in Argentina with Dancing Classrooms

It Takes Two: An Evening in Argentina

Thursday, March 4th

7:00 — 8:30 pm

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For over 26 years Dancing Classrooms has partnered with schools and community-based organizations to cultivate essential life skills in children through the joyful art and practice of social dance. To date we have served over 600,000 young people worldwide, developing respect, self-confidence, collaboration, and cultural competency in a wide range of international dance forms — merengue, rumba, waltz,  swing, foxtrot, and….TANGO!

Join us for an intimate virtual celebration of some of our favorite pairs: wine and tapas, music and dancing, Dancing Classrooms and YOU. 

We will send you an easy shopping list of all you need to prepare for a delicious evening.

Your $30 donation offers you the opportunity to bring a guest and make it two. Enter your guest’s information at registration and we will be sure they get all the information they need to join the evening’s festivities.

Learn More About the Evening’s Special Guests

The evening will be hosted by musician, composer, dancer, choreographer and Dancing Classrooms Alumni Dwayne Beach and will feature an Argentine wine tasting with wine educator Alicia Barret, cooking demonstration by proprietor and executive chef of Kings’ Carriage House Restaurant, Elizabeth King, a Tango mini-lesson by tango master Dardo Galletto, and conversation with Dancing Classrooms Senior Teaching Artists about the power of tango and social dance to inspire students of all ages. Learn more about our special guests below!

Alicia Barrett (Wine Educator) fell in love with wine after a trip to Burgundy, a place she still feels is heaven on earth. She began her wine education at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s global headquarters in London where she completed her WSET Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Alicia is now awaiting results for her WSET Diploma, a lengthy and challenging certification held by just over 10,000 individuals worldwide. Alicia now lives in Chicago and is the Wine Educator for Binny’s Beverage Depot, the Midwest’s largest wine and spirits retailer. Alicia also teaches for the American Wine School, acts as the Chicago Educator for the U.S. Champagne Bureau, and conducts monthly wine tastings for the Alliance Française de Chicago. Most recently, she has launched her own virtual tasting and wine education company, Grape to Glass.

Dwayne Beach (Emcee) is a violist, violinist, composer, dancer and Dancing Classrooms Alumni. He spent the bulk of 2019 creating original compositions that explore movement with sound. He has been working with Yamini Kalluri, an acclaimed Kuchipudi Indian classical dance expert, together they have been touring with their composition titled “East Meets West.” stateside and abroad. “Shoo False Love, I Fear Not!” 2018 was his first solo EP project consisting of 5 songs for voice and strings that he composed,self produced and choreographed. As a co-founder a duo called The F-Tones they released their first album called “Sketches,” 2018 a fusion album of classical, Gypsy jazz, and pop originals scores for guitar and violin. In Addition he played with international ensembles like Asian Cultural Symphony of New York ’15-18, One World Symphony ‘11-13 and Sarajevska Filharmonija ‘17-20 as Principal Violist at various points in their seasons. He also worked locally as a conductor for Noel Pointer String Players ‘18-20 performing through the Tri-state region of NYC. As a violist he made his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut in April 2010 as a viola soloist. Learn more about Dwayne’s work at www.dwaynebeach.com.

Dardo Galletto (Tango Master) is from Cordoba, Argentina, where he began acting a the age of 12. Originally studying dance as a supplement to his acting, he gradually recognized it as his true passion and began to train intensively. Dardo graduated from a 3-year program at the prestigious school of dance, “Teatro General San Martín” in Buenos Aires, studying ballet, modern jazz and composition. He also studied at the “Teatro Colón” and coached with leading ballet masters of Argentina including Haichi Acamine, Enrique Lommi and Olga Ferri. After graduation, Dardo was invited to become a member of the world-renowed “Ballet Argentino”, directed by Julio Bocca, and toured with the company for one year. In late 2001, Dardo moved to New York City, and began performing with a number of U.S. modern and ballet companies. Dardo is currently one of New York’s leading tango dancers and has created a unique method for teaching tango technique, combining elements of different dance disciplines and emphasizing the understanding of energy flow. Learn more about dancing with Dardo at dardogallettostudios.com.

Elizabeth King (Chef and Hospitality Educator) is proprietor and executive chef of Kings’ Carriage House Restaurant which Zagat calls “an enchanting… perfect hideaway with impeccable service… fit for aristocrats”. Opened in 1994, Kings’ Carriage House is nestled in a charming original carriage house building at 251 East 82 nd Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In this intimate two-story establishment, Elizabeth has spoiled guests with exceptional modern cuisine, elegant surroundings and warm hospitality for more than 25 years. Elizabeth’s successful hospitality career spans more than 30 years and also includes event production, catering and floral design for a who’s who of clients including Mrs. Brooke Astor on the occasion of her 99th birthday. The beautiful interior of Kings’ Carriage House has earned consistent recognition. Elizabeth’s reputation for décor and design prompted her to expand these services and open The Linen Shop in New Canaan, Connecticut. With her design talent and high standard of customer service she purveys fine linens, home décor accessories and custom designs to a very discerning clientele.


Mid-Winter Break Masterclass Series

Learn Carnival Dances from Around the World with Mickela Mallozzi and Special Guests!

February 16, 17, and 18, 2021

February 16, 1pm – 2pm EST
February 17, 11am – 12pm EST
February 18, 11am – 12pm EST
$16 per class – Register for one, two, or all three!

For millions of people around the world February brings the season of Carnival, and they celebrate with dancing! This February break students can join Mickela Mallozzi, the four-time Emmy® Award-winning Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, and Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artists from across the globe in 3 special Carnival Dances from Around the World Masterclasses. Students will experience the culture and history of each dance and region through video, images, conversation and dance, hear from Mickela about traveling around the world to learn these dances, and then explore the rhythms and techniques of the dance form in these one-of-a-kind masterclasses.

Classes are open to students aged 10 – 18, all experience levels are welcome! All classes will be conducted on Zoom.

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, February 16, 1pm EST
Brazillian Samba 

Mickela Millozzi is joined by Dancing Classrooms NYC Senior Teaching Artist and Brazillian native, Danielle Lima, to explore Samba! Brazil is home to one of the largest Carnival celebrations in the world, and the Afro-Brazilian social dance Samba is at the center of the festivities. Together students will learn Samba no pé technique (footwork), arm styling and posture through fun and original Samba routines. 

Wednesday, February 17, 11am EST
Viennese Waltz

Mickela Millozzi is joined by Dancing Classrooms Minnesota Teaching Artist and Heart of Dance Executive Director, Andrea Mirenda, to explore the classic European social dance, the Waltz. The Waltz is a staple of the formal dance gathering, a Ball, and in Austria Ball Season reaches its pinnacle in February in celebration of Carnival! Together students will learn/improve the steps and rhythms of the waltz (no partner necessary!) and even venture into the fast-paced-dizzying world of the Viennese Waltz.

Thursday, February 18, 11am EST
Soca

Mickela Millozzi is joined by Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands Teaching Artist Ifa Massey to explore the upbeat Carribean dance form, Soca. Often on display in parades and a centerpiece of Carnival celebrations and parties in the Carribean, Soca emphasizes high-energy rhythms and footwork, and is inspired by the eclectic and popular music of the same name that originated in Trinidad. Together students will work up a sweat while learning and practicing quick footwork, hopping, elaborate arm movements, and head rolls.

About Our Teachers

Mickela Mallozzi is the four-time Emmy® Award-winning Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series highlighting the diversity of dance which airs on PBS stations nationwide and on Amazon Prime Video globally.  A professional dancer and trained musician, Mickela decided to start a journey around the world, taking her camera with her to follow dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she went.  From re-discovering her family’s heritage in Southern Italy to dancing tango on the main stage in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time.  She has been featured in The New York Times, O Magazine, AFAR Media, Travel Channel, Dance Magazine, Forbes, National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, and more, and she has performed on various television shows including Sesame Street and The Doctor Oz Show.

Danielle Lima is a Professional Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At an early age Danielle discovered a passion for the samba at the Samba School Beija-Flor de Nilopolis where she paraded in carnival for many years and developed her own samba no pe style. She also studied Ballet, Jazz, modern and National Folklore Dances extensively at the Dance Studio Valeria Brito, at Centro de Dancas Rio before leaving Brazil to work as a dancer with Ringling Bros. and Barnun & Bailey. Danielle has taught dance throughout NYC, including with Djoniba Drum & Dance Center, Ailey Extension, and Dancing Classrooms, where she has been teaching Ballroom and other social dance styles for 14 years.

Andrea Miranda has spent more than 20 years as a ballroom dance educator and is certified through the National Dance Council of America. She is an experienced choreographer, multi-studio owner, regional director, and competition and event organizer. Andrea coaches two college dance teams and competes with adult students in Pro-Am divisions. She also judges and emcees ballroom dance competitions and is the national co-chair of the USA Dance Gender  Neutral Dancesport Committee.

Dancer, Choreographer and performer Ifa Massey is a Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands Teaching Artist and owner of Create Your Own Experiences Initiative, an organization dedicated to creating experiences that matter through the art of dance, mentorship, community collaborations, activism, and inspiring conversation.  Ifa has been dancing and performing for 30 years throughout the Virgin Islands, including work with Sokh Caribbean Dance Fitness.


Inauguration Day Statement

Dear Friends,

Today, we honor our nation’s tradition of transferring power to a newly and fairly elected president, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. We celebrate this moment as our country’s first Black, Asian-American, and female Vice President, Kamala Harris, is also inaugurated, despite efforts by an insurgency of violent white supremacists to upend our democracy. And so we must face the deep wounds of racism that accompany and diminish our joy. Continuing steps toward systemic change require a commitment to facts and truth, honest reflection, brave dialogue, and real accountability. We at Dancing Classrooms expect nothing less from our leaders and institutions and are committed to modeling that behavior for our students and stakeholders.

As an organization dedicated to empathy, respect, and safe spaces for all, we work every day with young people to build mutual understanding and love for our differences through social dance. Research demonstrates the arts cultivate civic engagement by opening doors for expression and driving important conversations. Take a look at some of these powerful findings from Americans for the Arts above. At this time in the history of our country, the arts are critical to our path forward.

But we know we need to go further to ensure equity for the BIPOC and other marginalized children we serve. Dancing Classrooms is undergoing our own self-assessment and anti-racism training as staff, teaching artists, and board members to help us identify our blind spots and continue to grow as allies for justice. This process requires time and patience and we look forward to sharing more details about our progress with you in the coming months.

Here’s to a peaceful Inauguration Day and a healthy 2021 for all!

Nancy Kleaver
Executive Director, Dancing Classrooms


Coronavirus Response and Program Updates

Dear Friends and Members of the Dancing Classrooms Community,

As an organization, we are continuing to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and want to keep you posted on our efforts to serve our community. The good news is that our administrative offices have been remote for several years, so fortunately we haven’t endured some of the challenges that many faced this last week with transitioning to a virtual work environment. We are used to working this way and are fully available to respond to needs of our schools, students, families, and you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Below are the updates to programs and events that we have made thus far:
  • We canceled our annual Winter Team Matches in New York City, previously scheduled March 11-18, which bring together several schools in one location.

  • The annual Mad Hot Ball went virtual. Click here to learn more and watch the video.

  • Spring school programs were canceled, in line with the Department of Education’s school closings. When schools reopen, we will be ready to adapt our traditional 10-week core residency model to shorter units based on our schools’ schedules and needs.

  • The Dancing Classrooms Weekend Academy, held at Pearl Studios in Manhattan, was also canceled. We will continue to monitor city, state, and federal guidelines.

  • Our staff and Teaching Artists are busy at work producing online dance experiences — short instructional videos and fun dance “breaks” to share with the public. We have mobilized quickly around this project and are rolling out digital content for dancers of all ages and levels.

As an organization dedicated to social dance, we are thinking a lot about what it means to be in isolation.

For 26 years we have worked to decrease the impact of social distancing and bring people physically closer together, to diminish the negative consequences of the digital age. So what now? When your artform depends upon moving in sync with another person, how do you practice? What is there to learn? Well, we think there is a lot to do and learn alone. As dancers, we know that internal work and self-discipline improve our practice, no matter what the genre. So our hope is that this time allows all of us a unique opportunity to work on our technique and artistry and to reflect upon what it takes from within to become more compassionate, present, and responsive partners. We encourage you to join us in using this time to practice and reflect through dance. By dancing during this stressful time, whether it’s alone, with loved ones, your pets, and even simply by watching some of the extraordinary dance performances that are currently being shared online, we believe that we can all emerge from this crisis stronger and healthier.

To get started on this journey, get moving with a couple of videos featuring Dancing Classrooms teachers and dancers. Be sure to look for more opportunities to swing and shine with us via social media. Until then, stay safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely,
Nancy Kleaver
Executive Director