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Help Dance Group Beat the Funding Clock

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Heather Cornell

Percussive music and dance project, Walk To The Beat has until March 23rd at 11:59p to reach their Indiegogo campaign goal of $7,500. They have raised an impressive $3,515,  but they still need to raise $3,985. Here’s how you can help the dance group beat the funding clock.

You may have seen them at their weekly music and movement workshops at the Indoor Farmers’ Market at the Nyack Center or when they transformed Nyack into a dance floor during their village-wide festival last summer. You can support their second annual village-wide festival that is scheduled for July 26, 2014, by contributing to their campaign on the crowd source funding site, Indiegogo.

Heather Cornell and Anna de la Paz decided to collaborate and create Walk to the Beat, a percussive music and dance project, they combined over 50 years of performance and production experience.  Now the duo is submitting their collaboration to Indiegogo, a crowd-source funding platform similar to kickstarter.  

Cornell and de la Paz have 4 days to raise $3,985 on Indiegogo. This appeal would fund the second year of a public arts spectacle that transformed the streets of Nyack into a massive stage and dance floor. “Words like unique, super fun and full of surprises were used to describe last year’s festival,” said Cornell. “Many people said that they did not stop smiling for eight hours.”

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Anna de la Paz

Heather Cornell, a professional tap dancer and creator of Manhattan Tap, is credited as one of a handful of dancers who started the tap dance renaissance in the 80s in New York City. For the past 30 years she’s been touring the world teaching, performing, choreographing and producing at venues like the Southbank Centre in London, England, the prestigious Salzburg Jazz Festival and New York’s Lincoln Center.

Anna de la Paz is a professional Spanish dancer who has been working for the past 20 years sharing the richness of Spanish music and dance with her community. She has taken her art and her productions to the big stages of Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and to community libraries and schools.  She brings to the partnership a strong network of artists, venues and working relationships with other professionals in Rockland County. They are excited to be launching their production company in their Lower Hudson Valley home.

Walk to the Beat at the market this week

Walk to the Beat is holding a Family Jam at the Indoor Farmers’ Market on Thursday, March 2o at the Nyack Center. The a celebration of percussion will be the closing ceremony for Walk to the Beat’s season of workshops at the market.  If you enjoy drums, balafon, castanets, flamenco dance and more, be there from 9:30-11a.

On First Friday, April 4, join Walk to the Beat for an after-party at Casa Del Sol, 104 Main St, Nyack at 8:30p

Walk to the Beat’s festival in Nyack on July 26, 2014 will fill the streets  with sound and dancing feet. They are erecting three main stages with world-class percussive music and dance acts.  An open stage invites anyone who wants to share their talents.  Spontaneous performances will “pop-up” in front of shops and restaurants, and a community-wide jam session overlooking the Hudson River will be the crescendo at the end of the day.

“Help us create a public space where music and dance connects us, makes our lives richer and fuller and can be enjoyed for free,” said de la Paz.  “But most importantly, come out on July 26.  Bring your instruments and maybe your dancing spirit, or not, and let’s play!”

  • Visit Indiegogo to support Walk to the Beat.
  • Cornell and de la Paz urge you to tweet about the festival using #WalktotheBeat or visit their facebook page.

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