By Kids and For Kids: Free High-Energy West African Dance Performance

CHATHAM — PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents The Jamal Jackson Dance Company’s West African Dance Workshop Performance Friday, July 27 at 1:00pm. This high energy display of West African dance is part of PS21’s Just for Fun program of Friday afternoon performances for kids. The event takes place at the new state-of-the-art pavilion theater, located at 2980 Route 66 in Chatham, NY.

“This annual performance is one of our most popular events and features participants from the previous week’s dance and drumming workshop,” said PS21 Administrative Director Susan Davies. “Kids love the dancing and drumming, and they really enjoy watching their friends perform.” As with all “Just for Fun” events, there is no admission fee.

Dancer/choreographer Jamal Jackson and his company drummer teach the workshop and will be center-stage. “The greatest joy that I have is when a student starts to find their own voice through their movement exploration,” said Jackson. “Being able to then perform on a stage in front of their peers is a fun and exhilarating experience for everyone.”

“Many of the students who participate in the workshop are kids who were able to see a past performance,” said Jackson. “They immediately say ‘I want to be a part of that.’ At the end of the performance, we invite the audience to come join us in dance. That gets kids excited to participate in the future.”

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming, and cultural education opportunities for all ages. For more information about our Just For Fun events, or for any other event, visit or call (518) 392-6121.

The West African Dance and Drum Workshop Performance is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Stewart’s Holiday Match Fund, Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation and PS21 members.

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