Spring Musical Sneak Preview

Just before the holidays, our children previewed several dance numbers from their upcoming Spring musical show during the Cypress Hills LDC / IS 171 Holiday Show.  The kids were absolutely fantastic!  The crowd loved them!  We’re so proud of them.  We’re excited to share a short clip here:  an excellent performance of Ease on Down the Road from the Wiz.  Many thanks to great directions and tutelage of our wonderful Teaching Artist Mariano Martinez.  We can’t wait to see the Wiz in Spring!  

A little about our Teaching Artist… 

Mariano is a dancer at heart, mind, body and soul. He discovered his love for dance at the age of four and his feet have not stopped moving since. He is well versed in many dance forms including Hip Hop, Salsa, House, Modern, Jazz, and Punta.  After receiving his B.A. from Medgar Evers College, he founded his own company J. Dove Productions Inc. where he has been choreographer for Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras since 1999. To date he has choreographed over 100 Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras and through choreography, recommendation letters for jobs and colleges, has empowered over 500+ youth. His empowerment work extends throughout the U.S. and as far as his parents’ home land of Central America.  Mariano has been teaching dance at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation’s After School a number of years and was excited to join the Arts to Grow’s roster of Teaching Artists in 2012.

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Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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