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Heart in Motion Mostly Modern Master Class Series

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Ridgewood NJ, This Summer at HeART .Heart in Motion is thrilled to have these wonderful artists coming to teach this summer along with some live percussion to accompany a couple of the classes!

• July 30th – Lauren Beirne (Lauren Beirne Dance Works)
• August 6th – Lynn Needle (Art of Motion Dance Theatre) w/ live accompaniment
• August 13th – Robert Mark Burke (10 Hairy Legs)
• August 20th – Lara M. Friedman-Kats (Carolyn Dorfman Dance)
• August 27th – Alyson Monaco (Nikki Manx Dance Project)
Special Jazz Master Class: Saturday, July 27th
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Tammy & Rika of Studio Tammy Tokyo

HeART in motion location, 17 Chestnut St. Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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Dancers from Ridgewood arts center to perform in Washington, D.C.


Dancers from Ridgewood arts center to perform in Washington, D.C.


Lynn Needle made a lasting impression on Stacy Lu. As a young mom, Lu took pilates and yoga from Needle at Art of Motion, a professional arts center, professional studio school and home of Art Of Motion Dance Theater, run by founder, Needle, and co-artistic director, Olivia Galgano. When her twin daughters, Sonya and Isobel, were 4, Lu enrolled them in terpsichord class at the studio. That was 2008. Skip to 2014. Lu, a freelance writer for The New York Times, moved to Washington, D.C. where she is a contributing editor for TEDMED, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually at an annual conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converge, covering topics from science to business to global issues. Health and medical edition of TEDTalks, TEDMED, begun in 1984, convenes extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines inside and outside of medicine, resulting in unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine.

A couple of months ago, Lu made a call to Needle. “We’re looking for a company to perform at the Kennedy Center on Sept. 10 to 12 and I wondered about your availability,” she told her. “A jaw dropping moment,” says Needle. “A lightning bolt of excitement went through the studio.” In awe of the offer, “it was stop, drop and roll,” says Needle. “The administrative tasks were daunting and exciting. We had to decide what to present.”

She adds, “they realized we are teachers as well as dancers.”

Thrilled to be presented at the Kennedy Center, Galgano says, “We try to engage and support the community through the performing arts and to be invited to perform there strengthens our outreach in aiding our society as well as performing – two of our missions. It’s very prestigious.” They later learned 1600 groups were nominated; 52 chosen.

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