Image Description: Two people are seen in movement. The person on the left side of the frame is seen jumping upward with their arms stretched above their head as they look towards the ceiling. They are wearing a black and red flannel shirt with a black t-shirt underneath, dark pants, and black and white Vans sneakers. The person on the right side of the frame is stepping forward as they twist their torso and gaze to their right. They are wearing a light blue denim shirt over a white t-shirt, black slacks, and beige sneakers. They are on a plywood panel stage in a room with white walls and black walls. The ceiling is black with two large white lights shining down on them.
Dance Freedom Workshop! with Johnnie Cruise Mercer
Saturday, June 19th (Juneteenth) at 10am-12pm
Dance Freedom Workshop is a facilitated practice of collective self-reflection, listening, and meditation. In order to manifest the spirit of letting go, and a space to simply be, Johnnie and the artists of TRPNYC guide joint communities through a ceremonial moment of praise, focusing on allowing, surrendering, and embracing.
Johnnie Cruise Mercer is a queer-black think-maker, freelance-performer, educator and social entrepreneur based in New York City. A native of Richmond, VA, Mercer holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. As the Company Director of Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC, his processes/work has been shared and/or hosted by 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Dixon Place, Danspace Project Inc, The Fusebox Festival, Mana Contemporary, The NADA Conference, Abrons Arts Center, and most recently at The Clarice Performing Arts Center's The BlackLight Summit. Johnnie is currently a 2020-2021 Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and New Dance Alliance (through their Black Artists Space to Create Residency curated by Angie Pittman). Follow him (and his company) on instagram to find out more about his current projects, and works. @jcruisem/@jcm_redprojectnyc
Though we request pre-registration, we recommend paying for class at the event. We cannot accommodate refunds and the weather is unpredictable!
Payment is via a tiered system based on economic position. Determine your place on these scales by considering your circumstances of inherited wealth (financial and social capital) / other sources of financial support. Black, Indigenous, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latinx, Disabled, and Trans* folx may pay outside these tiers.
$7-15 - Unemployed
$15-25 - Stable Employment
$25-50 - Artist Supporter