Parking Day: 2nd Annual Spot for Dance Festival

Friday, September 20, from 2-7pm
West Side of Broadway between 100th & 101st Streets

Park(ing) Day is a global movement where artists and activists transform curbside parking spots into public space. Join us in for a #ClimateStrike #ParkingDay action to occupy four spots normally used by fossil fuel-burning vehicles in a daylong mobilization of dance, community and climate resource sharing.

The festival features climate and social justice themed performances by Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, Aviva Geismar and Nicole McClam. Free public workshops for people of all ages and abilities are led by master teachers Daria Fain (Qigong) and Naomi Goldberg/Dances for a Variable Population. The Community Zone provides kid-friendly engagement on urban climate solutions.


2-7pm – Community Zone – ongoing
2:30-3:00pm – Daria/Qigong Workshop – ALL AGES & ABILITIES
3-3:15pm – Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance (Grid)
3:15-3:30pm – Kids Climate Rally Jam
3:30-3:40pm – Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance (Wind Rose)
3:40-3:50pm – Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance (Duet)
3:50-4:10pm – Sokolow Ensemble
4:10-4:20pm – Nicole McClam
4:20-4:30pm – Land Acknowledgment Dedication
4:30-5:10pm – Dances for a Variable Population – ALL AGES & ABILITIES
5:10-5:30pm – Sokolow Ensemble
5:30-5:40pm – Aviva Geismar
5:40-5:50pm – Nicole McClam
5:50-6:30pm – Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance (Wind Rose, Duet, Grid)
6:30-7:00pm – Climate Strike Solidarity Action Jam


Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance’s work focuses on the dynamic relationship of the moving body and the world we inhabit. In a new site-specific dance, Grid, with a score by composer/musician Glen Fittin, seven dancers tumble parallel to the rushing traffic of Broadway. Sperling also continues her collaboration with cellist Scott Johnson creating a sonic site-specific improvisation that playfully interweaves the cello’s plaintive wails with passing sirens. Lastly, the company reshapes excerpts from Wind Rose, Sperling’s breath-filled collaboration with acclaimed environmental composer Matthew Burtner. The Time Lapse Dancers are Frances Barker, Morgan Bontz, Carly Cerasuolo, Anika Hunter, Deuana Robinson, and Indah Walsh.

The Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble presents excerpts from three masterpieces of the great 20th century choreographer Anna Sokolow who brilliantly brought social consciousness to her work. The company performs excerpts from masterworks. Aviva Geismar performs a new solo work-in-progress Trembling between Poles, addressing the fear and anxiety of the individual caused by our current geopolitical crises. Nicole McClam shares her solo, It’s All Good Hair, which makes space for a conversation between a black woman and her hair.

Spot for Dance also offers participatory experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Fain teaches Qigong workshop, sharing a series of movements to create fluidity in the body and re-energize the mind. Dances for a Variable Population, led by founder and artistic director Naomi Goldberg Haas, present “A taste of MOVEMENT SPEAKS®,” the signature program promoting strong and creative movement for adults of all ages and abilities to improve mobility, balance, strength, connection, joy, and creative mastery.

The event closes with a Solidarity Action Jam in which the artists, volunteers and the dance together in celebration and solidarity with the climate movement.

“2nd Annual Spot for Dance Festival” is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.