Words Meet Movement in Moving Verse

 “Moving Verse” presents dance choreography inspired by poetic words and expressions, a collaboration between poetry & dance. A project supporting the Building Equity Initiative for BIIPOC (Black, Immigrant, Indigenous, People of Color) Artists, sponsored by a grant from New York Community Trust, presented by Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning.

When: Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 PM; Duration: Approx. 45 mins. + Talk-Back.

Where: Black Box Theater at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432

Admission: Free for in-person & Virtual (YouTube live stream) – https://youtu.be/qnEpqBvhezo

Registration Required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moving-verse-a-performance-collaboration-between-tickets-357407484407

“Moving Verse” will feature FOUR dance vignettes choreographed in collaboration with poets/spoken word artists.

Featuring Choreographers:

* Jen Roit & Ernesto Mancebo

* Katharine Pettit

* Katie Oliver

* Paige “Queen TuT” Stewart

Featuring Poets/Spoken Word Artists:

* Albert Andrew Garcia

* Robert Anthony Gibbons

* Sherese Francis

* The Verbal Artisan

About the curator:

Sangeeta Yesley is an independent producer of arts and entertainment events with a background in dance. She loves producing hybrid shows exploring relationships between dance and other art forms. She is the Director of Creative Performances. Her projects include – StylePointe Fashion Show, NYC Drawing the Dance Workshop and Dixon Connect Networking event with Max4 performance segment. She is a dance curator in Dixon Place, NYC, curating “Fast Forward,” “8 in Show” and 30-30-30, an End of Year Dance Benefit and a New dance festival titled “Dance Bloc NYC.” She serves on The Bessies selection committee since 2019. Sangeeta strives to create a platform for early career artists providing support to their creative career. creativeperformances.com

About JCAL:

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), founded in 1972, is a multidisciplinary arts center based in the diverse community of Southeast Queens. Our mission is devoted to offering quality visual, performing, and literary arts, and to providing accessible education programs to encourage participation in the arts. Operating hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm; closed Sundays and major holidays. For additional information, call JCAL at 718-658-7400 or visit JCAL.org.

COVID-19 Guidelines: Patrons are required to wear a mask in the theatre.

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More than Words: W Hotels Celebrates Pride 2021 with a Summer Book Club, Amplifying Queer Authors and Narratives

You can lose yourself in a good book, but you can see yourself in a great one. W Hotels, a champion of inclusivity since its inception, announces the them. x W Hotels Summer Book Club, a collaboration with them., the next-generation media platform that provides news and commentary through the lens of today’s LGBTQ+ community. By harvesting the power of storytelling, W Hotels and them. hope to bring further attention to queer authors and audiences by shining their collective spotlight on three moving literary titles throughout the summer of 2021.

“Whether through original music, digital art, or dancing in the streets at parades around the world, W Hotels has honored Pride with artists of countless mediums over the years,” said Carly Van Sickle, Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing, W Hotels Worldwide. “This year—in light of smaller gatherings—we wanted to celebrate Pride with anyone, anywhere, who would like to connect through the written word. Together with the incredible team at them., we are excited to support three talented authors with our LGBTQ+ guests and fans.”

The them. x W Hotels Summer Book Club will bring together leading authors, activists, and creatives to dive into outstanding recent LGBTQ+ novels and nonfiction works. From the most unique gay bars on Earth to tight-knit queer communities in the unlikeliest of places, readers are invited to take an inspiring tour of the various ways queer people come together and exist in our world today. From June through August, them. will announce the monthly book selection on Instagram and invite all to read along and share their thoughts throughout the month. Guests at select W hotels across North America can request a copy of the book to borrow during their stay simply by calling Whatever/Whenever™ and mentioning the them. x W Hotels Summer Book Club selection of the month.

The inaugural book is Real Queer America by Samantha Allen, a transgender reporter’s narrative road trip that shines a light on unexpectedly vibrant LGBTQ+ communities in conservative states across the country, introducing readers to extraordinary individuals fighting for change. All book club members are invited to pick up a print or digital copy and read alongside Book Club Ambassadors, influential members of the queer community who have been chosen by W Hotels and them. to share their personal interpretations of what they’re reading. A book review will be written and published by them. and readers can share their thoughts using #whotels.

“We are so proud to be collaborating with W Hotels to put the power of LGBTQ+ storytelling into the hands of people everywhere. Through this book club, we hope readers feel the spirit of Pride all summer long and beyond—no matter where they are,” said Whembley Sewell, Editor-in-Chief, them. “The selections from LGBTQ+ authors in this series are sure to uplift, inspire, and inform —representing the beauty and promise of a more inclusive future. As you—guests and members of them’s community—read along, be sure to share connections and reactions to these incredible stories.”

For more information visit the theangle.whotels.com and join the conversation on Instagram @whotels @them #whotels.

About W Hotels Worldwide
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for over two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with nearly 60 hotels, W is defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, the brand’s super-charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later. For more information on W Hotels, visit whotels.com/theangle or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. W Hotels Worldwide is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About them.
Them., a next-generation community platform, chronicles and celebrates the stories, people and voices that are emerging and inspiring all of us, ranging in topics from pop culture and style to politics and news, all through the lens of today’s LGBTQ+ community.