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August 21, 2014

Lincoln Center Local, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer Bring Free Night of Dancing to Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park on September 12

Community and Education

                                                           

Contact for Lincoln Center:                     Contact for the Borough President:         Contact for Council member Van Bramer:

Kate Merlino, 212.875.5101                    Michael Scholl 718-286-2640                  Jason Banrey, 718-383-9566 ext. 7

[email protected]                     [email protected]                     [email protected]

 

 

LINCOLN CENTER LOCAL, QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT MELINDA KATZ,

AND CITY COUNCIL MAJORITY LEADER JIMMY VAN BRAMER

BRING FREE NIGHT OF DANCING TO HUNTER’S POINT

SOUTH WATERFRONT PARK ON SEPTEMBER 12

 

August 21, 2014—Lincoln Center will present a night of disco dancing under the stars on Friday, September 12, in Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Queens as part of Lincoln Center’s effort to bring its art and entertainment programs to all the boroughs of New York City. This free event is planned by the offices of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee, and Lincoln Center. “Lincoln Center and its wonderful performances and programs belong in all the boroughs, not just Manhattan,” says Jed Bernstein, President of Lincoln Center. “Great art for all is not just a pipe dream – it is a goal we are pursuing every day.”

 

"This upcoming event, the first of its kind in Queens in partnership with Lincoln Center, further illustrates why residents and visitors to Queens never have to cross a bridge or drive through a tunnel to enjoy top quality arts and entertainment," said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. "I am glad to have partnered with Council member Van Bramer and Lincoln Center in planning what is sure to be a fabulous evening of music and dancing on the spectacular Queens waterfront."

 “Once again I am proud to support one of Lincoln Center’s innovative programs in the Borough of Queens,” says New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer.  “Together we are bringing dynamic programming that only engages the community but also brings world-class productions and entertainment directly to people.  There’s no better way to enjoy your Friday night than by dancing the night away with family and friends while enjoying sweeping views along the East River in Long Island City as the sun sets.”

 

Lincoln Center Local’s Silent Disco will open at 5:30 pm, and the dance lesson will start at 6:00 pm, given by professional dance instructor Diane Nardone. Beginning at 7:00 pm, dancers will start dancing to the music being fed into the wireless headphones they were given when they arrived. While casual observers see a seemingly odd public ritual as dancers revel to the “silent” beats, the dancers are actually a part of an

exhilarating public/private dance party.  Two DJs – Bill Coleman and hustle mainstay Bobby Morales – will spin different sets in each headphone channel, creating simultaneous and ever-shifting dance parties.   The dancing will continue until 10:00 pm.

 

The New York City Parks Department has been instrumental in helping Lincoln Center Local Silent Disco as they provided the appropriate park permits and for entrusting Lincoln Center to be the first organization to provide public programming at Hunter’s Point South Park.

 

The event is free – attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Personal id is required to obtain headphones – either student id if under 18 or credit card or government issued id such as driver’s license for adults. Free will donations to Lincoln Center are encouraged to support its free programming. Refreshments will be available for sale. South Waterfront Park is accessed by the #7 subway, the Vernon-Jackson stop. The event will occur weather permitting.  For further information, visit the website LincolnCenter.org.

 

 

Lincoln Center Local is a program that brings exceptional arts and artists to new audiences and new, underserved communities.   It currently runs two series: Live in the summer months, which brings live performance to libraries in Brooklyn and Queens, and HD, screenings of performances that are shown in in the winter and spring months. 

 

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA’s series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a series of major capital projects, now complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.

 

Council Member Van Bramer, chair the Council's Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations Committee, has direct oversight over 200 libraries and thousands of cultural organizations, institutions and programs throughout New York City.

 

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