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Local Arts Index: Walk To the Beat

Walk to the Beat Dual PortraitFor over a century, our region has been home to extraordinary artists. Local Arts Index highlights the work of individuals who continue our community’s rich creative legacy.

On July 18, Nyack will host the third annual Walk to the Beat Festival featuring percussive world music and dance. There will be four stages with 24 hours of programming.  Musicians and dancers will wander the village breaking out into performance.

At 6p, festival organizers Cornell and de la Paz will celebrate the release of their first CD by premiering a new piece commissioned by New Music USA. Their “Walk to the Beat” song was created spontaneously at last year’s festival. At 7p, there will be a “jam session” in Memorial Park, where everyone is welcome to participate and play music together. At 9p, dance, don’t walk over to Casa del Sol on Main Street for an after-party.

Meet Anna de la Paz and Heather Cornell of Walk to the Beat

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Anna de la Paz

“I am evolving as an artist. I am right now really exploring the power, the beauty and the spirituality of percussion.  I am finding connections between my work in Spanish dance and with the many different forms of percussion from all over the world.”


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Heather Cornell

“I remember when I was 4 my mom casually asking me if I wanted to take dance class and it all unfolded from there. But becoming an artist is a life long path that I keep tripping down.”

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To see learn more about the July 18 this  percussive world music and dance festival visit Walk to the Beat.


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