African American Heritage Celebration Performance

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African American Heritage Celebration Performance

The TPE class at DeVore Dance Center performed at the Queens Borough Hall for the 2018 African American Heritage Celebration. The event was hosted by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and appeared Queens Perspectives with host Roslyn Nieves on QPTV.

Performance Starts at the 1:36 mark, Students comment at 49:51 mark and Ms DeVore speaks at 53:09 mark about our new program Rise Up.

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25th Anniversary DVD

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25th Anniversary DVD

Sorry for the delay. Anyone who pre ordered the concert DVD they will be ready to be picked up starting Monday August 15, 2016. The studio will be open all of next week monday thru friday from 8am to 5pm. If you paid to have it mailed you should expect it by next week.

DVD Video Sample Below

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DeVore Alumni Perform at the Joyce Theatre

Overwhelming elation spending time with Camille A. Brown (Camille A. Brown & Dancers) and Kendall G. Britt Jr (Ballet Memphis) as they celebrated their seasons at the Joyce Theatre (the Mecca of dance in NYC) 

What are the chances of having two of your students at the Joyce in a one month period.

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We are Family

Choreographed by Brian Hawthorne and performed by the Jr Pro . This piece is dedicated to all those who taught or danced at DeVore Dance Center before opening up their own studios or pursuing careers in performing arts.

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Makeesha doing great things in her community

For the full article and video by Leisha Majtan for NY1 copy and paste the link below

 

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/queens-person-of-the-week/2015/07/24/queens-people-of-the-week--young--yogis--encourage-peace-in-the-community-through-mind--body--and-soul-.html#

NY 1 Article:

Growing up in public housing, Jaytaun McMillan never thought he'd practice yoga, let alone teach it.

“When you come to these places, you see liquor stores and things like that. You don't see yoga studios on the corner here. When you're in an upscale or nice environment, they've got yoga studios, gyms, fitness, the things that better your life,” said McMillan.

In an effort to change lives in the Baisley Housing Project, McMillan and a few other "Urban Yogis" decided to bring the practice to the residents for free.

Once a week, they hold a class in the project courtyard for anyone interested.

The yoga program is part of "Life Camp" -- a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing violence in the community.

“It's about changing the inner you, so that you can be one of compassion, one of non-judgment, one of you know, really success in your own vision and your own mission in life,” said Erica Ford, the founder of Life Camp.

The Urban Yogis first got involved with Life Camp three years ago.

They became teaching assistants through a training program and now lead classes in studios and in public schools.

For them, the benefits reach far beyond the physical.

“It gives you a moment in time to let everything go and just be in tune with your breath, or just be in tune with yourself,” said Makeesha Hill.

“Yoga practice actually grounds you, all those fluctuations that's going through your mind comes in an end you're able to just be,” added Juquille Johnston.

The Yogis hope they inspire others to take up the practice.

“When you make a peaceful you, then you create a peaceful environment. You start changing things, you start planting the seeds and watch them grow,” said Jaytaun McMillan.

And so, for helping others find peace within themselves and in the community, the Urban Yogis are our Queens People of the Week.

 

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