Promenade from Westchester Square train station park / Owen Dolen Park to BAAD!
Arthur Avilés is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (BAAD!). Avilés was born in Queens and raised in Long Island and the South Bronx. He received his B.A. in dance and theater from Bard College, and became a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and toured internationally with the company for eight years. He has received many awards and was recently bestowed an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from his alma mater, Bard College. baadbronx.org/leadership.html
Slim Ninja / Jason A Rodriguez
A professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. He has been seen on the Netflix series "The Get Down" directed by Baz Luhrmann as a featured voguer. He is also a voguer/choreographer for the Iconic House of Ninja and has premiered his work "Immersion in Vogue" at Summerstage 2016 and at Platform 2016 at St. Marks Church. Rodriguez holds a degree in Arts Management from SUNY Purchase. instagram.com/slim.ninja/?hl=en
Photo Credit: Catherine Ellis Kirk
Music With a Message (MWAM)
A summer tour group that aims to change communities one song at a time. Twenty-five performers ages 6-21 are professionally trained to write, produce and perform original songs with positive, relevant messages for the communities they visit. This unique performance camp employs a truck that transforms into a mobile stage and carries all of the band’s instruments and audio equipment. The goal of the tour is to raise awareness about issues in our community and offer solutions, empowering members of the community to work together to bring about change, in addition to bridging generation gaps through good entertainment. musicwam.org