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DANCE SEASON 2019-2020

Dance artists are constantly incorporating new disciplines, blurring and discarding old boundaries to build new works inspired by their creative spirit and often driven by contemporary social movements and politics. JCALʼs 2019-2020 dance season celebrates this ever-evolving process while remaining rooted in the technically complex activity of creating dance itself. From taking risks with a new vocabulary to refining an imagined vision, JCAL supports the commitment of every artist to realize a brilliant performance.

Thursdays @7PM via Facebook Livestream

April 9: Cotton

April 16th: Hyperbolic (The Last Spectacle) 

April 23rd: Submerged In Blue 

April 30th: This 

May 7th: Gatekeeper

While the regularly scheduled Dance Season has been postponed, JCAL Resident Artist Monstah Black is gracing the public with virtual performances in Back in the Closet w/ Monstah Black, a series co-presented by JCAL. Streamed from inside his closet-turned-studio, the series gives the viewer insight into how Monstah pieces together work from throughout his career. He will experiment with materials in preparation for his upcoming gallery exhibit, “The Lewk,” and “Extravaganza” performances at JCAL. Join us via Facebook Livestream, Thursdays @7PM.

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Find him on Instagram @theillustriousblacks, and Facebook @monstahmanchildblack


JCAL Co-presents 

Back in the Closet w/ Monstah Black

SUN., DEC. 8, 2019, 7PM-9PM
$25/in advance; $30/at the door; $20/student (w/ID); $15/seniors 62+ & children 7+

@ Jamaica Performing Arts Center (153-10 Jamaica Avenue) 

“...a journey from global to local to personal and back out into the community in a multi-sensory experience that appealed to a broad audience.” – Nicole McClam, QCC

A holiday fostered by Africanist scholar Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa is a celebration held across the US and in other nations of the African Diaspora from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. More than 25 dancers will participate in this community event.

JCAL Presents in Partnership

Kwanzaa Celebration

In Partnership with Kofago Dance Ensemble, Bautinga Arts
and Queensborough Community College

FRIDAYS -- DEC. 20, 2019; MAR. 20 (POSTPONED) AND JUN. 12, 2020

Tickets: $15/in advance; $20/at the door; $10/student (w/ID); $10/seniors 62+ & children 7+
@Jamaica Arts Center (161-04 Jamaica Avenue)

It’s about the sound! It’s about the dance! It’s about the music! Legendary tap dancer and musician Omar Edwards returns to JCAL with his vaudeville and cabaret-inspired VAUDE / A Toast to the Boogie for a three-performance series. Edwards and his band catapults the audience into a pool of incredible sound, from jazz to reggae and back again, and with Edwards’ own incredible tap skills at the center of it all. Special guests: E La She on congas and Clos on drums.

JCAL Presents

Omar Edwards & Company

FRIDAYS -- DEC. 20, 2019; MAR. 20 (POSTPONED) AND JUN. 12, 2020

4:00 - 5:15PM
Free and Open to the Public

For Professionals and Beginners 

Tap/Dancers and Musicians welcome!

Studio E @ Jamaica Arts Center

(161-04 Jamaica Avenue)

Students are inspired to take tap dancing to a new level using their feet as percussive instruments. Omar Edwards, accompanied by his multi-instrumentalist bandmate Shaine Wilson (on bass, drums, keyboards and vocals), will lead a jam-packed workshop where the students learn so much more than basic tap moves.


Instruction includes: fundamental rhythmic combinations, tempos, syncopation and hoofing techniques, along with critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity - all key components of Omar’s tap technique and style of performing.

Workshop Series

Omar Edwards’ Workshop

Dancin’ the Music

SAT., FEB. 8, 2020, 7:30PM-9PM

Tickets: $15/general admission; $10/seniors 62+ & children 7+

@ Jamaica Performing Arts Center (153-10 Jamaica Ave)

Mari Meade creates intricate, fully-formed worlds with epic, abstract narratives. Her company is driven by choreographic inspiration but is shaped by interactions with, and contributions from, other art forms. She created immigration stories based on recorded interviews conducted with immigrants, including the Southeast Queens community; she then integrated their voices with original music, designing choreography and a mix of dynamic performance elements to create a searing and memorable work for our times.

JCAL Presents

Immigration Stories
Mari Meade Dance Collective

(And Special Guests)

SAT., APR. 4, 2020, 7:30PM-9PM (POSTPONED)

Tickets: $10/general admission; $5/seniors 62+ & children 7+

@ Jamaica Performing Arts Center (153-10 Jamaica Ave)

World-acclaimed multidisciplinary performing and recording artist, Monstah Black, expertly defies genre and gender, producing fun-drenched creations that
fuse his love of dance, music, fashion and the visual arts. As part of his year-long JCAL “Peak Moments” residency, his Crescent Moon Performance will begin by screening his film Cotton – accompanied by a simultaneous live musical performance. Next, take a seat for one of JCAL’s “Intimate Conversations” with the one and only Monstah Black. Discover what drives his passion -- and how he investigates physical transformation as a source of healing; one that spans generations through DNA.

JCAL presents

Monstah Black: Crescent Moon Performance,
Featuring Cotton and an Intimate Conversation

FRI., MAY 29, 2020, 7:30PM-9PM
Free and Open to the Public

@ Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave

JCAL’s is proud to continue its Queens partnerships presenting the Queensboro Dance Festival (QDF), featuring performances by up to 10 QDF Queens-based dance companies encompassing virtually all cultures and styles, including tap, modern, hiphop, flamenco as well as Indian, Colombian, Chinese, the EU and more. This is an astonishingly diverse one-night-only show on our mainstage!

JCAL Presents in Partnership

Queensboro Dance Festival

SAT., MAY 30, 2020 (POSTPONED)

@ Jamaica Performing Arts Center (153-10 Jamaica Ave)

The culmination of Monstah’s year-long JCAL “Peak
Moments” residency -- workshops, classes, exhibits and performances -- this eye-popping Finale Extravaganza stars a plethora of models starring Monstah Black, with partner Manchildblack, as The Illustrious Blacks. Inspired by Black’s exhibit installation and fashion show “The ‘Lewk’: The Illustrious Black fashion - the 1960s onward,” JCAL Presents its 1st Jamaica Fashion Week! choreographed, styled and coordinated by the incredible Monstah Black.

JCAL presents

Monstah Black: "Peak Moments"

Finale Extravaganza

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Jamaica, NY 11432, USA


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