Image via movementresearch.org
Spending so much time at home this year has been challenging, and this time of the year tends to be intense for most of us with all the commitments that the holidays involve and the beginning of the calendar year fast approaching. In order to help you decompress and unwind from the ongoing pandemic and the winter season, we invite you to shake your body with Movement Research, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, and Chocolate Factory Theater.
Remember that body movement has innumerable health benefits, from lowering the risk of diabetes and other diseases to keeping your bones and muscles strong and keeping your mind in a better place.
If you want to explore other exercise alternatives, check out Part 1 of this series from last week, “Three Groups That Will Help You Get Your Body Moving”, where we featured the work of Bike New York, Brooklyn Ballet and NYSCA Living Traditions.
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
As a vendor with the New York City Department of Education, Calpulli offers an array of programming to educators allowing access to the company’s expertise in Mexican traditional dance and culture.
“A study published recently in the Harvard Educational Review tracked over 100 Latino families for 15 years. Study author Dr. Estela Zarate found one clear trait of high-achieving students was adopting a "hybrid identity...that they are American and they are Latino." On average, students in the study who embraced their parents' cultural heritage, instead of casting it off, were also the students performing best in school. Calpulli teaches students to bailar al estilo mexicano—to learn traditional Mexican dance with all its influences, nuances, passions, stories, symbolism, rhythms, and history— thus instilling great pride in the students’ roots.”
You can check their upcoming performances and classes here.
Movement Research investigates dance and movement-based forms, valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society. The organization strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.
They are currently offering low-cost, ongoing, drop-in classes and workshops that are led by established, progressive dance artists, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Movement Research is offering FREE online classes through Zoom.
Chocolate Factory Theater
“In its 15 years of existence, Chocolate Factory Theater
has earned a strong reputation - among its artist community, its peer institutions, and the field at large - as an organization that is truly “by artists, for artists”. We have also cultivated an intensely devoted audience base, many of whom self-identify as artists based in NYC, but include arts-goers from all five boroughs and a growing number of national and international visitors. CF's performances typically sell out far in advance. Since we started paying artists as employees, many presenters and arts venues have contacted us asking how we do it. We share our process and hope these efforts help to progress the conversation and practice of valuing the labor of artists with the pay and the benefits that come with being salaried.”
Going to the theater from home might be different, but you can give it a try! Here you can find some of the Chocolate Factory Theater’s free classes and shows.
Subscribe to the NYXT newsletter
Learn about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and new organizations looking for your help.