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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Ellison, Emily WORLD DANCE PARTY! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
CALLING ALL KIDS! OLE AND Hooray for dancing. Dance a folk dance from Ghana, the Raspa from Mexico, a stick dance from India and a Snake dance from Native America with music and movement specialist Emily Ellison. Play authentic instruments and learn more about the cultures of the world around you!
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Superhero Hocus Pocus Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Soar with magical caped crusader Ron Cain in his high-flying Superhero Hocus Pocu” show! The Central New York magician celebrates superheroes from film and fiction in new magic show inspired by the summer reading program theme, Every Hero Has a Story. Young readers assist Ron with tricks demonstrating the powers of popular superheroes like Batman and Wonder Woman. One illusion features our favorite heroes battling the villainous Book Beetle, scourge of librarians everywhere. In addition to his 45-minute show, Ron has created a one-hour Super Fun with Superheroes workshop for schools and libraries. The former teacher uses activities illustrating the Superhero Code to help students tap into their super selves and become the heroes of their own life stories.
$201- $350
Cohen, Dan Bananappeal Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Danna Banana solo.50 minutes of original music, storytelling and games guaranteed to have everyone on their feet. (appropriate for ages 3-9)
$201- $350
Zawaski, Gloria How to open the door to your imagination Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Middletown author Gloria Smith Zawaski has written The Undercover Kids’ Holland Adventure series. The program she introduces to students, with its creative online interactive component and accompanying short story contest, makes this a perfect addition to school programs. Gloria and her characters (as puppets), Katie, Jake and their dog Cooper are available to visit schools. The title of her presentation is “How to open the door to your imagination.” Gloria’s 40-minute presentation is lively, giving the students the opportunity to think about what their Undercover Kids’ Adventure will be all about. The program has been developed for grades 4 through 6. And the books are available for sale at your school and the author will do a book signing. It works great because the program is based on the New York State curriculum guidelines. There is a 40-page Teacher Resource Guide available for download. It is great for cross curriculum programming. According to Gloria, “Children's lives are often too programmed. The Undercover Kids have a chance to lead authentic lives...learn from their own adventures...make their own decisions.”
$501- $1000
Levin, Ira and Julia Raise Your Glass to Charles Dickens! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Raise your Glass to Charles Dickens! A musical tribute to the author who dedicated his talents to lifting the spirit, hope & awareness. A participatory, community-oriented, celebratory time with sing-alongs and storytelling based on Dickens’ novels musical and movie adaptations. An original tune that introduces seven Dickens novels in under seven minutes. Interactive, uplifting and inspiring. Huzzah! Watch the stop-action animation video at www.thelevinsmusic.com
$351- $500
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Stories of Wonder, Magic & Mystery Performing Arts- Storytelling
Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton are seasoned presenters who have been winning audiences and critical acclaim throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia since 1980. Renowned for their dynamic presentations of world tales and their work in teaching storytelling, they are available for performances, workshops, author visits and extended residencies. Their twenty-one books and recordings have won numerous awards including Parents’ Choice, National Parenting Publications Awards, Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (from Bank Street College of Education), and the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award.
$501- $1000
Drums of Japan, Ryu Shu Taiko Japanese Dance & Martial Arts Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The traditional Japanese Folk Dances and the Martial Arts moves known as KATA, provide a glimpse into the unique YAMATO DAMISHI -SAMURAI SPIRIT-. This spirit has pervaded Japanese culture for hundreds of years and still influences the Japanese today as seen in the popularity of Samurai based Anime & Manga; as well as the countless martial arts studios-dojos- throughout the world. Accompanied by the thunder of the Taiko drums and the elegant sounds of the Koto and Shakuhachi; Karate & Kendo Kata are performed with Samurai Swords, and flying fists and feet. This is juxtaposed with the refined movements of classical Japanese dance. The influence of the martial spirit can be seen in these refined dances as well as the energetic movements of traditional local village folk dances. This program is presented by the Ryu Shu Kan and sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University's Community Outreach programs.
$501- $1000
Knight, Leonora Toddlers/Babies in Motion Life Skills- Parenting,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Here is a chance for you and your child to dance and sing together in a group. We dance the tarantella, country style and a lot of Latin beats! There is a circus with costumes, jumping, balancing, throwing and catching. Circle time includes finger play, rhythm repeating, how to encourage proper speech with your child, stories, and more singing and dancing together! It's a great time for you and your toddler.
$201- $350
Clive, Young, Yikes: The History of Movie Stunts History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Yikes: The History of Movie Stunts is a fast-paced sequel to my popular Kaboom: The History of Special Effects program, tracing the action-packed evolution of stunt work in movies.

From car chases, explosions and leaping off bridges, to sword fights, motorboat jumps and hanging from helicopters, Hollywood stuntmen and women risk their lives daily to bring excitement to the silver screen.

Starting in the early 1900s, the program follows a timeline of movie stunts throughout the ages, presenting some of the most spectacular acts ever put to celluloid while explaining the advancements in technology, training and safety that made them possible.

Amazing stories and profiles reveal how and why stuntmen do what they do. What feats are they most afraid of? How do they focus when they know their next move could be their last?

Illustrating the program are legendary stunts throughout film history, from the work of pioneers like Harold Lloyd, to clips from The French Connection, The Bourne Identity, The Road Warrior, Smokey and the Bandit, the James Bond series and more. Presented with plenty of “don’t try this at home” reminders, Yikes is an exciting program for all ages.

$201- $350
Richter, Chip Cabin Fever Family Concert Chip-solo Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
What is a Cabin Fever Family Concert? If you've been to a Chip Richter Family Concert before you know they are interactive, entertaining and inspiring for kids, parents and even grandparents. It truly is an all age event designed to be something children and adults will enjoy together. In the middle of the cold, snowy, dark days of winter what could be more welcome than a warm and cozy night of music and melody, love and laughter shared with the whole family? Chip's Cabin Fever Concert can be just the thing to get us through to spring. It's a wonderful community outreach event that will entertain, inspire, educate and just be plain fun.
$351- $500
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