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Dance Place Hosts Jack Ya Body Dance Makers Showcase This Weekend

Photo courtesy of Dance Place
Photo courtesy of Dance Place

Here is great local event taking place this Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 8pm. From the event page:

Going into its 16th year, Dance Place hosts five emerging hip-hop dance artists as part of Hi-ARTS’s annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Artists Charise Pinkston, Christopher Law, Briana Stuart, Makeda Abraham and AwE connect words with dance through this year’s theme: “Word is Bond.”

Founded as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2000, the HiARTS mission is to support hip-hop as a vibrant urban art and culture movement. HiARTS invigorates the arts and culture field by nurturing the creation of innovative work within the hip-hop aesthetic; presenting and touring artists whose work addresses the socio-political issues relevant to the hip-hop generation; and serving young, urban communities through outreach and education.

Get your tickets here. Dance Place is located at 3225 8th Street NE.

Arts on 8th – Free Performances Thursdays And Fridays, Workshops On Saturdays

Great news neighbors, Art on 8th returns with free music, dance, and arts events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of September, brought to you by Dance Place. Check out this video about Arts on 8th:

Every Thursday, from May 5 to September 29, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm: Arts on 8th live music performances will be held on the Arts Walk plaza each week. Each performance will feature a new group. In the event of rain, music will be moved into the Artist Lounge on the Arts Walk. The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St NE.

Every Friday, from May 6 to September 30, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm: Arts on 8th interactive dance performances. These events will take place at O’Connell Plaza located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street or in front of Busboys and Poets. Rain location will be inside Busboys and Poets.

Every Saturday, through September 24th, 1:30 pm: Get Creative workshops in arts & crafts, movement & gardening
at Dance Place, located at 3225 8th St NE.

For more information go here and for the schedules  go here.

Arts Park Groundbreaking At Dance Place

Arts Park Dance Place

We have been following Arts Park, a project by Dance Place to turn the currently empty Kearny Street Alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. On Thursday March 31st from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. there will be a groundbreaking event for the park and the community is invited to attend. You can RSVP for the ground breaking by emailing artspark(at)danceplace(dot)org or call 202.269.1600.

Closely modeled off of Dance Place’s super popular Art on 8th Programs, the Park will host interactive programming for all ages, including games, music concerts, movie nights, community gardens, dance presentations, workshops and more. The Grand Opening of the park is expected to be in Fall of 2016.

Construction To Begin Soon On Dance Place’s Arts Park

Dance Place Brookland NE Washington DC
Dance Place Family Day 2012

We have been following Arts Park, a project by Dance Place to turn the currently empty Kearny Street Alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. Now it looks like the project is moving full steam ahead after Dance Place was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to create the park. Construction will begin Winter/Spring 2016. From a press release:

The space will be converted into an artistic, playable green space. Design features include lighting and canopy overhead, entirely new colorful surfacing, a convertible outdoor stage, film screen and five public art commissions by local artists. Dance Place and the Arts Park Steering Committee are delighted to be working with CBE firm Lee & Associates Landscape Architects, who are providing a large portion of their services pro bono. Check out some of their past work at http://www.leeandassociatesinc.com/

Closely modeled off of Dance Place’s wildly successful Art on 8th Programs, the Park will host interactive programming for all ages, including games, music concerts, movie nights, community gardens, dance presentations, workshops and more.

Sounds like another great new amenity for the area! We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Self Defense Class With Brunch This Sunday

dance place mural 002We thought neighbors would like to know about this opportunity to learn safe and realistic self defense techniques that can be used in everyday situations while brunching and meeting neighbors.

The class will be held at Dance Place (3225 8th Street, NE) on Sunday, November 8th from 12 -2 PM. The cost is $45 per person and you have to register here ahead of time. From an email:

The one hour class will begin promptly at 12 PM after which we will sip mimosas and enjoy a light brunch. Please wear workout attire and plan to arrive 10 minutes early to fill out the appropriate paperwork.

Dance Place Seeks Public Art Works For Arts Park

Dance Place Open House 004Back in January we wrote about a project by Dance Place to turn the currently empty Kearny Street Alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. Now that they have gathered neighborhood feedback, they are moving forward with the project. From a community notice:

Dance Place is seeking artists to create semi-permanent (2-5 years) public art works for an Arts Park that will be in the public space between Dance Place and the Brookland Artspace Lofts. The Park is scheduled to open in September 2016, with construction on the Park in Winter/Spring 2016. Installation of selected public art works is anticipated for May-June or August 2016.

Learn more and download the RFP here.


Brookland Spring Celebration This Sunday – Music, Dance, Poetry And More

This Sunday April 26 there will be a spring celebration at  the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market (8th & Monroe St NE) from 3-6pm. The event promises an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry featuring:

  • Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn Malachi
  • International slam poetry champions DC Youth Slam Team
  • Rock/soul band The CooLots
  • Afro-Caribbean dance with Mesi Walton of Diaspora Dance

This event is free. For  more information, check out the flyer below.

brookland spring celebration dance place

Monroe Street Market Spring Events And Farmers Market Kick Off This Weekend

The “Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market” at Monroe Street Market launched last spring and steadily grew to become a weekend staple for many Brookland households by the time fall arrived. The market will kickoff again this Saturday April 18th. The operator of the market will again be Lydia’s Fields Farm, and don’t forget to checkout the opening  of the Filter/Bike Rack location. Here is a tweet and part of a press release that describes the events surrounding the opening of the farmers market:

Monroe Street Market will kick off its spring events schedule on Thursday, April 16 with the community’s  “Third Thursdays on the Arts Walk,” a monthly event featuring artist open houses and live performances.

In addition, highly-anticipated retailers The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse, located in a joint retail space on the Arts Walk, will hold a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 18 from 9am-1pm in conjunction with the first Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market of the 2015 season.

Third Thursdays on the Arts Walk

Thursday, April 16 6:00pm

Monroe Street Market kicks off its series of events on April 16 with Third Thursdays on the Arts Walk, where attendees can stroll along the Arts Walk, listen to music, watch live performances from Dance Place, visit artist studio spaces and support local artists. The Arts Walk features 27 studio spaces with artists who work in various mediums. The Third Thursday events will take place each month until December 17, 2015.

Live Performances on the Arts Walk

Every Thursday, from April 16 to September 24 6:30pm-7:45pm

Live music and performances will be held on the Arts Walk plaza each week, powered by Dance Place. Each evening will feature a new group – a mixture of neighborhood favorites, such as Sahel and new talent. Rain location is at Busboys and Poets. For more information, visit www.danceplace.org/performances

Interactive Dance Performances From Dance Place

Friday, April 17 6:30pm-8:45pm

As the Opening Celebration for the Free Art on 8th Event, the partners at Dance Place will present live interactive dance performances.  Friday night programming will continue on the Cornerstone Plaza in front of Busboys and Poets. Kicking off April 17 evening from 6:30 – 7pm, POP (People Objects Play) will have an interactive dance for all ages. From 7 – 7:30pm the Coyaba Dance Theater will showcase African dance and drum. Last, from 7:45 – 8:45pm the DC Casineros will feature Cuban Salsa.

Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market Opening

Saturday, April 18 9am-1pm

The Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market is back, featuring more than 16 vendors offering local produce, dairy, meat, artisan coffee, bread, baked goods and more. Listen to the live music and enjoy the family friendly entertainment and crafts.

 The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse Grand Opening

Saturday, April 18 9am-1pm

The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will open a shared space on the Arts Walk, directly across from Brookland Pint. The Bike Rack’s second shop in the District will offer a wide variety of cycling needs including repairs, a diverse bicycle inventory, riding events, and active involvement in cycling advocacy. Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will create a unique atmosphere for bike enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike, providing a daily assortment of coffee, teas, and pastries.  From 9am – 1pm on April 18, The Bike Rack will offer free basic bike maintenance on the Arts Walk.

 While enjoying the grand opening of Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse, stop by Brookland Pint for brunch from 10am- 1pm and select a drink from 18 different beers that are infused with coffee. Enter for a chance to win a Fat Tire bike donated by New Belgium.

Please visit the Monroe Street Market website for more information on artists, events, and community offerings.

The Market runs on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., (rain or shine) on The Arts Walk at 716 Monroe St. NE. Keep up with the Farmer’s Market at their Facebook page and Twitter.

Dance Place Seeks Feedback In Development Of New Arts Park

Arts Park Design Image 1 by Rajan Sedelia
Drawing by Rajan Sedelia from Arts Park Community Meeting. Image courtesy of Dance Place.

Dance Place  is seeking to turn the  currently empty Kearny Street Alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. Some of the proposed ideas for the space on the Dance Place site thus far include:

interactive programming for all ages, including (but not limited to) games, music concerts, movie nights, community gardens, dance presentations, workshops and more.

To contribute your ideas for the Arts Park, take this survey. Also, Dance Place will be presenting their concept for the Arts Park at Wednesday’s ANC meeting and collecting feedback then. Sounds like a cool new asset for the community! The Grand Opening of the park is expected to be in September 2015.

Dance Place Grand Re-Opening Events

Dance Place has been an artistic anchor in our community for over 25 years. A couple of years ago, Dance Place President Carla Perlo told us about a major renovation plan for the Dance Place building and facilities.
Dance Place Rendering with Janney sculpture
Now, just a couple of  weeks shy of the Grand Re-Opening celebrations starting September 6, we connected with Carolyn Kamrath, Communications Director for Dance Place, to learn more about this big project, which is just one part of the Moving Forward Campaign. From the Dance Place website: “The Campaign has the following three aspects: expansion and renovation of the main facility, program enhancement and the establishment of a building and cash reserve to improve the financial underpinning of the organization that will sustain the spirit of creativity for the next thirty years.”
Why did Dance Place decide to undertake this project?
Dance Place moved to Brookland in 1986 and renovated a large warehouse into a theater and office spaces. Since then there have been no major renovations and the building has been well used and well loved for 28 years! After all that time, we were ready to elevate our building to the same high quality level as our programming and ensure that the building would be ready for another 30 years of audiences, artists, young people and neighbors.
Tell us about the re-model. Will the updated facilities allow you to do new/additional programs?
The entire building was re-done as part of the renovations! We made major upgrades to the theater in terms of technical capacity, an enclosed tech booth and new comfortable seating; the lobby was completely redesigned to be more open and includes a new Box Office and cafe/bar area; we doubled the size of our backstage dressing room and then added a new dance studio on the 2nd floor above the dressing room; and finally we expanded our office space on the 2nd floor. Already this summer we’ve been enjoying the added space for our summer camp, which includes 50 campers and 23 teenage Junior Staff members! We look forward to using the new studio this Fall for added classes, rehearsal space for artists, and as a green room for weekend performances so that dancers can warm up. And our tech team is thrilled to have more tools for showcasing weekend performances through enhanced lighting and sound equipment.
This project has been in the works for a number of years – how did it finally come together?
When Artspace Projects Inc. was looking for a site in DC to build their artist lofts, the DC Department of Housing and Community Development connected their team with Dance Place, suggesting Brookland as an ideal site. Originally the plan was to build one large campus across our two properties that would encompass Dance Place’s theater and studios, as well as having live/work units above for artists. Upon further research it was not possible to build across the alley way between our two buildings, so we split the projects into two distinct phases: Artspace developed their Lofts with support from Dance Place in rallying the community and connecting them to DC artists; and now Dance Place completed our own renovations, making a more unified campus between our two organizations. Dance Place is grateful to the many foundations, corporations, government entities and individual donors who have supported our Moving Forward Capital Campaign and made our renovations a reality! Thanks to our supporters, we have raised $3.7 of our $5 million goal. We are continuing to raise funds to complete construction costs, enhance programming and increase building/operational reserves. To make a contribution to the Moving Forward Campaign, visit danceplace.org/donate
How can neighbors support this community asset?
Join us! From our free Art on 8th programming on the Monroe St. Market Arts Walk to our classes and performances, you can be a part of the Dance Place family. As Brookland grows and new neighbors move in, we hope long time residents will be the first to recommend Dance Place to new residents. We appreciate our neighbors serving as connectors and advocates for us – if you have suggestions for partnerships, funding opportunities or programming ideas, please always feel free to discuss with a Dance Place staff member.
What are the best ways for the community to keep track of Dance Place events?
Keep track of Dance Place by:
  • Signing up for our email list at danceplace.org
  • Grabbing our monthly events postcard in the Dance Place lobby
  • Connecting to us on social media: Facebook.com/danceplacedc and Twitter.com/danceplace


Here is a line-up of the events that take place during the Grand Re-Opening Celebration Week:

September 6 – 13, 2014

Join us to celebrate the new and improved Dance Place!

Be In Brookland / Community Open House
Saturday, September 6 from 10am – 10pm

Free classes, performances and tours throughout the day at locations up and down 8th St NE in Brookland – Dance Place, Brookland Artspace Lofts, Edgewood Arts Center, Studio 21 and the Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market! End the night with an energetic dance party at Dance Place led by DC Casineros. Visit danceplace.org for event schedule.

Tickets: Free classes and outdoor activities. $15 Cuban Dance Social.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Wednesday, September 10 from 4pm – 6pm

Join us as we officially inaugurate our renovated space and celebrate 28 years as a cultural anchor in Brookland.


Gala Celebration & Performance

Saturday, September 13 from 6:30pm – 11pm

Celebrate our re-opening with a party and performance that highlights our diverse programming and beautifully renovated space. Featuring Baakari Wilder with live jazz by Herb Spice & the Cinnamonstix, Coyaba Women & Youth Drum Ensemble, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER and a collaborative piece choreographed by Shannon Quinn and Sylvia Soumah for ReVision dance company and Coyaba Dance Theater. Plus a new commissioned work choreographed by Dance Place’s Co-Director Deborah Riley in honor of Howard and Geraldine Polinger.

Tickets $150 ($125 tax deductible donation)
Individual Sponsorships $400 ($300 tax deductible donation)