Saturday, Feb 4 at 2PM - 6PM
Apollo Open House
Saturday, Feb 4 at 2PM - 6PM
In celebration of Black History Month, the world famous Apollo Theater will host an afternoon of programming when the legendary theater opens its doors to give members of the Harlem community, New York City residents and visitors alike a unique and FREE glimpse into the Apollo’s rich history and current programs.
This year’s event is hosted by Billy Mitchell, whose memories and knowledge are so great that he’s known as “Mr. Apollo!”
Co-hosts for the event include Devon Arnold and Beverly Danquah, members of the Apollo Theater Academy.
Highlights from the day include:
- Performances by youth organization Urban Word NYC performers Esther Aloba and Sergio Jimenez presenting relevant poetry and spoken word.
- Music by Tre Trax
- Performances by multiple Amateur Night winners Tiffany Obi and De’von Williams
- Family Workshop: The Harlem Swing Dance Society
An inter-generational dance workshop on the history of classic social dances associated with Harlem and the Savoy Ballroom. With film clips, demonstrations of traditional jazz steps from the Charleston to Lindy Hop and Swing dancing, and a Q & A. Led by The Harlem Swing Dance Society. Appropriate for families with children ages 6 and up. Apollo Family Workshops are free; pre-registration is strongly suggested. See registration information below.
- Stanley Nelson’s Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. For centuries, historically black colleges and universities have provided fertile ground for students willing to devote their careers - and lives - to social justice. An excerpt from this film will show how these institutions have continually served as incubators and facilitators for advocacy on behalf of the African American community.
- Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro. Stemming from a manuscript by Harlem literary giant James Baldwin and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, Peck’s film is a journey into black history connecting the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present day Black Lives Matter movement.
The film clips will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by entrepreneur April R. Silver featuring Aisha Karefa-Smart (Baldwin's Niece) and Katrina Jefferson (National Action Network).
Participants for the Apollo’s Open House include: Firelight Media, Independent Lens, Magnolia Pictures, National Action Network’s Youth Huddle, THE POINT, Urban Word NYC and Word Up Bookstore
THIS EVENT IS FREE.
Please join us for an afternoon that is sure to inform and uplift.
The Harlem Swing Dance Society
Saturday, February 4
1:00 pm & 2:30 pm
An inter-generational dance workshop for ages 6 and over. The afternoon will include history of classic social dances associated with Harlem and the Savoy Ballroom, demonstration of traditional jazz steps from the Charleston to Lindy Hop and Swing dancing, film clips, and a Q & A. Led by The Harlem Swing Dance Society.
Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop.
Session 1: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Session 2: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
About The Harlem Swing Dance Society
The Harlem Swing Dance Society is committed to sharing the history of Lindy Hop, Swing Dance and the historic Savoy Ballroom. Through weekly Tuesday Night Swing Dance Lessons, community collaborations, cultural events, informational talk-backs, THSDS strives to bring this needed dance art form and staple back to its roots.