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Spring Dance



Like Southeast Queens, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) is in the midst of a Renaissance and dance is a big part of that renewal experience. JCAL has presented dance seasons designed to represent the wide range of artists from community based and emerging to established and legendary.

Friday, March 22, 2019 7:30PM
$15 General Admission; $5 Children & Seniors & Students wID


Choreographer, Actress, and Gesel Mason will present an audience interactive Docu(film)Performance of No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers and No Less Black.  Her digital archive, highlights 10 black artists relatively unknown to the general public but famous in the world of dance and key to building Black American Contemporary dance. As an exploration of identity and related hate crimes, "No Less Black" is Mason's attempt to "have a conversation, not an assertion of blackness."

JCAL Presents 

No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 3 - 5 PM
@Jamaica Arts Center (161-04 Jamaica Avenue)


Special workshops with visionary folk artist, Mary T. Carson Clements, legendary folk singer/songwriter, Terre Roche, and award winning storyteller/choreographer, Mark Lamb team up to explore how art and community intersect. In this project the artists ask themselves and their collaborators why they make art and its impact not only on themselves but their audiences.

Special Workshops

Exploring Americana - Our Story, Your Story

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

@ Jamaica Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue

Special workshop where the Artists of Exploring Americana - Our Story, Your Story include the community in an improvisational process that brings out the glory of Jamaica Queens - this unique process leads to a larger performance of the core creative artists and community-at-large. Early Evening Events @JCAL encourage our community to join in and create. Folk Artists, Artisans and Creatives come to JCAL to work with Visionary folk artist, Mary T. Carson Clements, legendary folk singer/songwriter, Terre Roche, and award-winning storyteller/choreographer, Mark Lamb.

Special Workshops
Exploring Americana - Our Story, Your Story

Interactive storytelling and creating performance

Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:30 - 9 PM

$20/General Admission; $10 Students, Seniors & Child
@ JPAC Main Stage, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue

Broadway’s Omar Edwards (The former Sandman from NBC’s hit television show, Showtime @ the Apollo) presents his new show: HARLEM NIGHTS in Jamaica / The Music, The Song , The Dance accompanied by K360 club. Omar and guests take the audience on a musical journey through a pool of sounds from jazz to reggae and back again. Omar, raised in Queens, brings in some surprised Queens artists so we can all groove to his music and tap.

JCAL Presents

Harlem Nights in Jamaica Queens

Features Omar Edwards & the K360 Club

Friday, May 17, 2019, 7-9 pm

@ Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave

FREE with suggested donation of general $10 and $5 children/seniors/students/artists

JCAL is thrilled to partner with the 2019 Queensboro Dance Festival tour, which features performances throughout Queens by Queens-based dance companies of all cultures and styles.  

JCAL presents in partnership

Queensboro Dance Festival

Friday, May 31, 2019 1:00 pm &  7:00 pm
General Admission: $10; $5 Students/Seniors/Artists

@ Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave

JCAL’s Making Moves Dance Festival 2018 Commissioned Artist Laura Peterson returns to Jamaica Center Arts and Learning (JCAL) with some special guests to offer us intimate conversations into her choreographic process of Paper Room: Folding/Unfolding. Paper Room is based around a larger concept – our shared American experience of never really knowing the full story in any situation. It is about half-truths and manipulation of viewpoint.

Intimate Conversations

Paper Rooms: Folding/Unfolding

special performance workshop with choreographer Laura Peterson and Jon Pope, installation artist

Exploring the Metropolis Choreographer + Composer Residency


Saturday, March 16, 2019 5:30 pm
@ Jamaica Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Ave

WANTED is a collaboration between the choreographer I-Ling Liu and composer Shiuan Chang. The two talk about how much art is needed in the daily life. Based on the idea of trading behaviors in the market, the work shows the process of producing products and question of its value and who it benefits.


Joya Powell &

Movement of the People Dance Company

Choreographing the Head Wrap

Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:30 pm -3:30 pm
@ Jamaica Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Ave

FREE - performance with Movement Discovery Workshop Creative Exploration and You!

Learn how to create our favorite styles, share your own stories with headwraps, hair ties and scarves, create your own short works of choreograph and learn some of ours! All are welcome. Bring your own headwrap/scarf. MOPDC's Hair Ties, is a multidisciplinary, dance-theater piece inspired by the Tignon Laws of the 1800s, this work is celebration of Black beauty, ingenuity in the face of perpetual oppression.

Janessa Clark

I Shall Ride This Storm into the Ocean and Hotel Destiny (film)

Friday, April 26. 2019 7:30 pm - 8:45 PM
FREE film/performance/intimate conversations

@ Jamaica Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Ave

I Shall Ride this Storm into the Ocean is a solo work for one woman. Journeying deep into themes of feminism, identity, gender roles, agency, subjugation, and perseverance one dancer will enter into the ring embodying and articulating a banner for the new age. Hotel Destiny is a dance film with live movement that breathes life into digital imagery.

Intimate Conversations
Everything Is Fine

Doug Varone + David Van Tieghem

Monday, May 6, 2019 5:30 pm &  7:30 pm
@ Jamaica Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Ave


A new work by Doug Varone, Everything is Fine is loosely inspired by images, characters and situations culled from the collection of poems entitled Ballistics by Billy Collins. The work unfolds in seven interwoven narratives mapping an array of themes: love, solitude, separation, forgiveness, and aging. With a multi-generational cast of 16 artists, the work delves deep into our memories, creating intimate portraits of ordinary lives. "This piece," says Varone, "explores a darker and more disturbing range of emotions than has generally characterized my work. It is about the relationships we've all survived and their impact on our lives."

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