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FREE 11th Annual Family Arts Festival: “Dance for Life” March 26, 2011

FREE 11th Annual Family Arts Festival: “Dance for Life”
Multicultural dance troupes, hands-on workshops, a family health fair, and more!
March 26th at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
 
A one-day dance extravaganza awaits families at the free 11th Annual Family Arts Festival, “Dance for Life,” on Saturday, March 26th, from 1:00-4:00 pm. The festival will be held at the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, N.J.
 
This popular family event is presented annually by Young Audiences New Jersey, in collaboration with the Community Health Promotion Program of RWJUH, with generous support from Johnson & Johnson.
 
This year’s “Dance for Life” theme features performances from multicultural dance troupes, hands-on dance workshops, and even an on-site health fair focused on childhood health and wellness issues. Children of all ages are welcome, accompanied by a parent or other favorite adult.
 
“Dance is not only a beautiful art form, it’s also a great form of exercise,” said Larry Capo, executive director of Young Audiences New Jersey. “We hope that our talented performers and our workshops will inspire children and their parents to learn more about dance, and also find fun new ways of being active together as a family.”
 
This year’s Family Arts Festival events include:
 
Professional Dance Performances, featuring:
Illstyle and Peace Productions – hip-hop extraordinaire, rooted in contemporary and old-school styles
FlyGround – inspired by African, Afro Pop and Afro-Brazilian dance and music traditions

 
Student Dance Performances by:
Fiesta Flamenca Spanish Dance Troupe
Ballet Folklórico Xochipilli Mexican Dance Troupe

 
Dance Workshops:
Children and adults alike will explore dance from different cultures in four fun, active workshops, including workshops with members of our professional performing groups.
Local Dance Schools:
Learn about the classes and programs offered at the following area dance schools:
Lustig Dance Theatre
Raices Cultural Center
Amar La Bomba  
American Repertory Ballet
InSpira

 
Family Health Fair:
Visit the health fair area for information on nutrition, safety, and tips on how the whole family can stay active and have fun.
 
The Family Arts Festival is free, and open to the public. Registration begins at 12:30. For more information, contact Adam at Young Audiences New Jersey at 1-866-500-9265 or e-mail info@yanj.org.

About Young Audiences New Jersey:
Since 1973, Princeton-based Young Audiences New Jersey has been bringing creativity and inspiration to children and educators through innovative, curriculum-rich arts education programming. Each year, YANJ artists provide extraordinary, inspiring arts experiences to nearly 500,000 kids and 1,600 teachers across New Jersey—from pre-kindergarten through high school—serving all 21 counties with dynamic assembly presentations and artist-in-residence workshops. Now, YANJ is also working in partnership with Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania.
YANJ is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc. was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. The 4,500 programs provided annually by YANJ are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.yanj-yaep.org.