Tickets for members and children under 12 months are free.
Let’s Dance! is a new immersive exhibit for children and families that showcases the extraordinary joy, beauty, and diversity of dance across New York City and the world.
The exhibition introduces visitors to dance from a variety of entry points: as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Let’s Dance! features daily live performances and workshops along with a dance portal projection dome showcasing world-class dance companies inviting children to dance along.
From ballet to Bollywood, from the hora to the hula, Let’s Dance!, a 1,500-square-foot exhibit located in the museum’s lower level gallery, offers visitors hundreds of ways to engage with dance. Visitors to the exhibit can, among other things:
· Interact with the immersive video projection dome dance portal to watch, learn and dance along with more than 25 renowned professional, community, and student dance companies from New York and abroad
· Create multicolor shadow dances on the “stage” while exploring lighting design with a child-friendly lighting box
· Choreograph a series of dance patterns while learning the language of dance and using movable signs, engaging props and fun costumes
· Experiment with authentic percussion instruments, drumming unique beats and rhythms
· Explore and capture new dance positions by manipulating poseable figures
· Be inspired by photography and video that celebrate the breadth of the dance world, including the fabulous New York City Dance Parade, and dance in New York City’s public schools as seen in PS Dance!
· Participate in a dance workshop then take a seat to experience world-class performances!
The exhibit is the latest iteration of the Children’s Museum’s ongoing Gateway to the Arts initiative.
Dance organizations participating in the dance portal include Ajna Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispánico, Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, Blanca Li, Camile A. Brown & Dancers, Dancing Classrooms NYC, Elisa Monte Dance, Féraba – African Rhythm Tap Company, Halau Hula Kealohilani, KaNu Dance Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Group, Martha Graham Dance Company, New York Ballet Theatre, Silva Dance Company, Steps on Broadway, and Thunderbird American Indian Dancers.