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Hudson Hall Announces Fall/Winter 2018 Free Youth Programs

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September 7, 2018 01:13 am

HUDSON – Hudson Hall announces a Fall/Winter season of fun free youth programs set to delight aspiring dancers, clowns and circus masters, book worms, or budding performers with a dream of taking the spotlight on a professional main stage.

New programs led by local talent include celebrated choreographer Adam H. Weinert’s movement series for teens, while popular Zumba instructor Bill Blowers gives learning cheerleading a fun, non-competitive twist for 8-11 year olds with Simon Says… Cheerleading! Both workshops culminate in performances in Weinert’s RIP THE NUT, a magical mash up of the Rip van Winkle story and The Nutcracker Suite featuring professional dancers and a host of community partners, performed on Hudson Hall’s historic stage at the city’s largest community event of the year, Winter Walk (December 1). Also joining the RIP THE NUT ensemble are the budding clowns and acrobats of Seano’s Circus Theatriks, a circus-focused workshop led by former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown, Seano Fagen. Hudson’s favorite young gang of readers, Hudson Community Book Club with Ellen Heummer, returns this season, while the ever-popular Hip Hop for Youth also makes a comeback with a new instructor, Paula Gallean. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus workshop also welcomes a new face, with Amy Chen helping students build strength and skills through the art of the Big Top.

Finally, tiny ghouls and mini monsters take over the streets for Hudson Halloween on October 28, with trick or treating along Warren Street and a spooky parade to Hudson Hall for the annual Costume Contest with the ghosts of New York State’s oldest surviving theater.

All programs are free. With the exception of Hip for Youth and Hudson Community Book Club, pre-registration is required by emailing hello@hudsonhall.org or by phone at (518) 822-1438.

HIP HOP FOR YOUTH

Tuesdays, 5 – 6pm

September 11 – December 18 (No class 11/6)

Ages 5–15. Free, no registration required

Join the ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Paula Gallean and in collaboration with Operation Unite NY.

HUDSON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7pm

September 12 – December 19 (No class 10/31 & 11/21)

Grades 3–6 (ages 8–12). Free, no registration required

In partnership with the Hudson City School District, students read a variety of award-winning books over the course of the season together with teacher Ellen Heummer. Free copies of books are provided to every student.

SIMON SAYS... CHEERLEADING!

Tuesdays, 3–4:30pm

September 11 – November 13 (no class 11/6)

Grades 3–5 (Ages 8–11). Free. Space is limited, registration required

In this non-competitive class, students are taught cheerleading technique with an emphasis on cheers, chants, and dance routines using pom poms. Learn basic twirling with batons while having fun and meeting new friends. Led by former Zumba instructor Bill Blowers, cheer motions are taught using the fun game, ‘Simon Says.’ This workshop culminates in performances on Hudson Hall’s historic main stage for Winter Walk (December 1) as part of Adam H. Weinert’s RIP THE NUT.

In collaboration with Hudson Bluehawks Afterschool Program, students from Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School will join other registrants in this weekly workshop.

SEANO’S CIRCUS THEATRIKS

Mondays, 3–4:30pm

September 10 – November 5 (no class 10/8)

Grades 3–5 (Ages 8–11). Free. Space is limited, registration required

Ever wanted to walk like a giant, juggle like a clown or make a rabbit disappear? Come learn all the magic of the Big Top with former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown, Seano Fagan. This workshop culminates in performances on Hudson Hall’s historic main stage for Winter Walk (December 1) as part of Adam H. Weinert’s RIP THE NUT.

In collaboration with Hudson Bluehawks Afterschool Program, students from Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School will join other registrants in this weekly workshop.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE WITH ADAM H. WEINERT

Thursdays, 3:30pm–5:00pm

September 27 – November 29 (No class 11/22)

Ages 14– 17. No experience necessary. Free. Space is limited, registration required

Join award-winning contemporary dancer and choreographer Adam H. Weinert for a movement workshop series focusing on expanding physicality, building dance phrases, and storytelling for the stage. Each workshop will include warm-up, creative exercises in contemporary dance, and structured improvisation. This workshop culminates in performances on Hudson Hall’s historic main stage for Winter Walk (December 1) as part of Adam H. Weinert’s RIP THE NUT.

HUDSON HALLOWEEN

Sunday, October 28

Rain or shine! Free and open to all

2–4pm: Trick or Treat on Warren Street

4pm: Gather at 7th Street Park for Parade to Hudson Hall

4:30pm: Costume Contest at Hudson Hall

Grab those fairy wands, superhero capes and werewolf teeth for a howwwwling good Halloween in Hudson! Trick or Treat along Warren Street before joining in the Halloween parade to the annual Costume Contest, held this year at Hudson Hall.

The Hudson Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat is made possible every year by the generous support of the City of Hudson, along with donations from local businesses.

BINDLESTIFF CIRKUS AFTERSCHOOL

Mondays, 3:00pm–4:30pm

November 19 to January 14 (No class 12/24, 12/31)

Location: Hudson Youth Center, 18 South 3rd Street

Ages 8 – 12. Free. Space is limited, registration required.

Learn to juggle, spin a diabolo, use stilts, spin plates, and practice tumbling, acrobatic balance and more with Amy Chen from Hudson’s very own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. In partnership with the Montgomery C. Smith ASP and Hudson Department of Youth.

About Hudson Hall

Hudson Hall is a cultural beacon in the Hudson Valley, offering a dynamic year-round schedule of music, theater, dance, literature, workshops for youth and adults, as well as family programs and large-scale community events such as Winter Walk. Located in a historic landmark building housing New York State’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall underwent a full restoration and reopened to the public in April 2017 for the first time in over 55 years.