Starting this Saturday, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side will have an interactive dance exhibit called “Let’s Dance!” Basically every facet of dance is featured in the exhibit: kids can explore lighting design with a special child-friendly lighting box; choreograph with the use of props, signs and costumes; create accompaniment with percussion instruments; manipulate posable figures; see incredible dance photography and video; and, best of all, interact with the dance portal, where they can watch, learn and interact with professional and student dance companies like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dancing Classrooms, Mark Morris Dance Group and Martha Graham Dance Company. Whew. That’s a LOT of great stuff.
Of course, there’ll be special dance performance and workshop programming happening, too. There are also plans to feature a new app, Dance Maker, created in part by none other than our monthly Ask the Experts columnist Barry Blumenfeld. The app, which is now available on iTunes, offers activities and resources for anyone teaching, learning or otherwise just generally enjoying the art of dance. Check it out.