Week #7: Dance Party in the US with FTH Teaching Artist Angela Rostick


While our doors are temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing measures, Flushing Town Hall would like to share our renowned, global arts programming online. Flushing Town Hall’s dedicated Teaching Artists are offering online classes in the new series “FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids.” The series of arts education will run Tuesday through Friday, and culminate in an online family matinee performance on Saturday. Each day participants will enjoy short videos of music or dance and post-lesson activities will be available online at FTH website: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/fth-at-home and live on Facebook Page and Youtube Channel each day at 2 PM. Participants are also encouraged to post short video clips of themselves learning on Facebook and tag FTH facebook page @flushingtownhall.


This week’s lessons introduce you to dances from the United States, led by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Angela Rostick. Angela joined Flushing Town Hall as a teaching artist in 2002 and she is an outstanding dancer, actress and zumba instructor. You may have seen her teaching youngsters at PS22Q, but we will join her at her apartment in Queens. With joyful energy and step-by-step instructions, Angela invites you to explore a series of dances that deeply connect with American culture.



Start with this simple activity to warm-up your mind and body: https://bit.ly/3dGDk2d




Day 1: 


What might you be doing in the 1920s in the U.S.? You’d most likely be dancing because of the famous swing era! Our first lesson introduces you to Swing Dance, a group of high energy social dances that developed with jazz music in the 1920s-40s and was influenced by African American community. Angela will also show you the swing dressing style and she will switch views to help you learn the dance steps better. 



Check out this post-lesson activity to learn about Swing Dancing Then and Now: https://bit.ly/2YR6Fm7



Day 2:


If you’ve ever wanted to dance but have a fear of failing, Country Line Dance is a good form to start with. Influenced by reels from Celtic countries and western cowboy culture, country dancing has developed into a series of steps performed in rows and columns and become known as “Line Dance” throughout the United States since the 1950s. Today’s lesson introduces you to the Alley Cat Country Line Dance, which is easy and fun-to-learn. You can dance with or without a partner! 


Check out this post-lesson activity for a Dance Moves Card Game: https://bit.ly/35VSNZp




Day 3:


Now that you have been introduced to swing dance, are you ready to learn another exuberant dance form with jazz music? This lesson will teach you a dance combination with references to Bob Fosse’s signature movements. Practice more and unquestionably you will be able to handle the subtleties of Jazz Dance


Check out this post-lesson activity to learn more about The Fosse Moves: https://bit.ly/3corrxy




Day 4:


Today Angela introduces you to some fundamental Hip Hop dance moves such as triple steps, slide and top rock. Starting in the 1970s, Hip Hop Dance is a large part of Hip Hop culture that originated in New York amongst young Hispanic and African American communities. The term Hip is often defined as “present” and Hop is “action”. Hip Hop encourages the dancer to incorporate their own personalities and be creative. Please share with us your improvisation and let’s spread the grooves. 


Check out this post-lesson activity of a Hip Hop Puzzle: https://bit.ly/35TAEvs




Day 5:


On Saturday, May 16, at 2pm, please tune in to our Facebook Page and join Facebook Watch Party featuring NYC based western swing band, The Brain Cloud. We will replay their live performance from 2019 Global Mashup: Western Swing Meets Balkan Brass at Flushing Town Hall. Enjoy western swing’s ragtime, bluegrass, Delta blues and cowboy ditties! It's time for you to swing and sway with all the dance steps you have learned from Angela!





Special thanks to Calvin W. Chan, Raymond D. Jasen, Ellen Kodadek, Anne Lewent, William McClure, and TeHsing Niu for underwriting a portion of FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids. 


Flushing Town Hall is pleased to present these programs free of charge but welcomes donations from those who are able and moved to contribute. Donations of any amount are accepted here.


Flushing Town Hall’s facilities are temporarily closed to the public in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Flushing Town Hall’s latest statement pertaining to COVID-19 can be found here.


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