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November 29, 2018

Family Activity: Boing!

In the show Boing!, brothers Joêl and Wilkie are trying to get to sleep, but they're too excited—Santa is coming! In this activity, invent a fun bedtime routine by playing some mini games, help Joêl and Wilkie's teddy bear get to the theater and plan the best fort fun day ever!

At Home
Do your kids ever have trouble going to sleep like Joêl and Wilkie? We have a some ideas for new ways to get to bed!

Step One: As a family, choose two to three of these activities to create a brand new bedtime routine.

Step Two: Choose which order to do your new bedtime routine. When the clock strikes bedtime, start the first activity.

Step Three: You can try out different activities each night until you find the perfect bedtime routine for your family. Which activities put your whole family straight to sleep?


On Your Way
Joêl and Wilkie have two bears by their side during their restless adventure, named Dr. Evil Bear and Panda Bear. Joêl and Wilkie's bear friends need to be ready for the show, but they're having fun playing hide-and-seek on their own. Help us spot them below!

Hide and Seek
They've run into a blanket fort, but it looks like there's more than one bear in there! Help us match Dr. Evil Bear and Panda Bear to their shadows. 

Hide and Seek

Panda Bear in Disguise
Panda Bear has escaped into the snow, and now he's hiding between his snowman friends. Can you spot him?

Panda Bear in Disguise

Seeing Double
Oh look its Dr. Evil Be… wait a second! That's not Dr. Evil Bear! He's met up with his look-alike Dr. Friendly Bear. There are three things that make them different. Can you find all of them and discover who is the real Dr. Evil Bear? 

Seeing Double

You Found Them!
The bears are in Times Square, do you see them? Point them out and tell them to head to The Duke on 42nd Street—they have a show to perform!

You Found Them!

After the Show
Now that you've seen the show, get inspired by their whimsical and wacky behavior with the best fort fun day ever.

Materials: One bed sheet, four chairs, clothespins or binder clips

Step One: Find a bed sheet and four chairs and place the sheet over the chairs to create a tent. Then, use clothespins or binder clips to make the sheet stay in place.


Step Two: Grab some pillows, extra blankets, string lights and a furry friend to make the fort cozier. Does your family have favorite yummy snacks, books or board games? Bring them into the fort too!

Step Three: Turn off the lights and turn on a flashlight. Together, use your hands to create animals and shapes. Can you make a bird? A square? An eagle? A bat? 

And Beyond
Create your own personalized furry friend at Build a Bear Workshop.
Test out your dance moves and wiggle it out until you can't anymore at the Let’s Dance! exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

Illustrations: Siobhan Santini Pellot
Posted by Beth Henderson

These piece was contributed by the New 42nd Street Fall Apprentice Lauren Extrom.

At first glance, you may think that Irish dancing is as simple as letting your feet run wild as you tap and jump to the fast beat of drums and melodic lines of the fiddle. Though this is true at a very basic level, everyone who has seen Velocity knows that there's a lot more to it than that. Here are four things you might not know about Irish dancing:
  • There are many versions of Irish dancing—step dancing is just one of them. Competitive touring Irish dance productions such as Riverdance have popularized step dancing, but there are other notable styles as well. For instance, there are two types of social dances: set and céilí. Set dances (based on the French quadrille, or "square" dance) are partner dances that involve the trading of dance partners. Céilí dance is a folk dance performed in social situations, and can involve 2-16 dancers (or even an unlimited amount of dancers). Sean-nós (which translates to "old style") dancing dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, where people would gather in local pubs and dance very low to the ground and within a confined space, since they didn't have much room to move about. They also would often dance on top of wooden barrels, to maximize the sound of their their feet.
  • Step dancing has taken on many hybrid forms. It's ever-evolving, adapting to different cultural settings, while still preserving its Irish heritage. For example, Velocity features a unique combination of tap and Irish step dance which require the dancers to maintain a strong core and tall posture as they perform intricate step sequences and high kicks. However, they've brought their performance into the 21st century by incorporating a contemporary folk-rock band and using video and graphic projections as backdrops.
 High Kick
  • There are two different types of shoes that can be worn in Irish dancing. Soft shoes are mostly worn in dances that include reels, slips, light jigs and single jigs, which all are steps that correspond with and are defined by the time signature of the music. Hard shoes are worn in dances that include steps such as the hornpipe, the treble jig and the treble reel. No matter the type of shoe, it's important for the dancers to maintain their own sense of rhythm, and to really internalize the beat of the music around them.
The Band
  • Irish dancing is performed to (you guessed it!) traditional Irish folk music. Though the music has been modernized through the use of amps and synthesizers, it still maintains an authentic identity and uses traditional folk instruments, such as the fiddle. You can see above in Velocity, the instrumentation includes fiddle, cello, cajon and guitar. No matter the style of Irish dance, the music lays the foundation for dancers to improvise and create elaborate dance steps.

Come experience Irish step dancing for yourself! Velocity runs through November 25 only at The New Victory Theater.  

Photos: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
Lauren Extrom
Lauren Extrom is the Fall 2018 Communications Apprentice at the New Victory Theater. She is a second-year graduate student in the Performing Arts Administration program at NYU Steinhardt. In addition to her work as an arts administrator and aspiring arts educator, she is an active vocalist and musician in the New York City area.  She sings in the NYU Jazz Choir, and tours with VOICES 21C, a Boston-based non-profit chamber choir.  In her spare time, she practices yoga and improv dance.
Posted by Beth Henderson
Tags: 2018-19, dance
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