Walk To the Beat in Nyack
Internationally renowned dancers Heather Cornell and Anna Della Paz are pleased to announce the second annual world music and dance festival—“Walk To the Beat”—on Saturday, July 26 throughout Nyack.
“Walk to the Beat,” is a multi-cultural event designed to unite people. It encourages families to come together, to spend the day listening, playing and collaborating with each other and the rest of the community.
According to Ms. Cornell, “There are so many wonderful artists who make their homes in the county and many don’t have nearly enough opportunity to play at home. “Walk to the Beat” will bring world-class percussive music and dance artists to venues and businesses throughout the village.”
This year’s roster of local artists includes Arthur Lorde and Motherland Rhythms. and Dance, a dynamic group of African dancers and musicians from Spring Valley, Piermont local Scott Simpson’s drum ensemble and Nyack’s own Glenn Schloss. Pat Cannon, director of Foot and Fiddle Dance Company in Sloatsburg, will be calling a huge square dance in Memorial Park.
Also on the bill are Stephanie Cadman, one of the top Canadian fiddlers and practitioner of Ottawa Valley step dance; Kakande, a group of African musicians left by balafon griot Famoro Diaboute; body-percussionist Max Pollak from Rumba Tap, and Ekklipse Steel Band, a multi-generational group of musicians where parents and children share the tradition of Jamaican music.
“Walk to the Beat” will bring music and dance artists to venues and businesses throughout the village, including the gazebo in Memorial Park and Main Street, the Edward Hopper House garden and the Nyack Center. The main stages will run from noon to 5 pm.
Bands of wandering musicians and dancers—including flamenco, capoeira, tap dance, drummers and world musicians—will perform five minute sets at a dozen designated local businesses locations throughout the day.
Workshops will be held from 11 am to 6 pm. They will include body percussion, capoeira, balafon and drum circles. Local musicians Lisa and David Karrer will teach how to make instruments out of recycled materials and will then lead the participants in a performance.
There will then be in a huge jam session in Memorial Park where any and all can dance and play. The festivities will move to Casa del Sol on Main Street for an after-party with the producers’ band, Making Music Dance.
“Walk to the Beat” is free to the public.