Parks may be a great place to take the family on these warm Summer days, but, park -goers in Long Island City were treated to something a bit different. NY1's Gene Apodaca has more on this unique dance festival.
It was a sight some park goers were not expecting Sunday.
“Shocked, I was like what’s happening here,” said spectator, Avni Patel.
A modern dance number broke out right in the middle of the playground. While it may have looked like a flash mob here at Hunters Point South Park, it was actually all part of a brand new dance festival.
“This is the first year we started with a big bang I always say go hard or go home,” said Svea Schneider, founder of the INSITU Site-Specific Dane Festival.
The first-time event brought dance to four Long Island City waterfront parks.
24 New York City Based dance companies, performed everything from contemporary, hip hop, to modern dance. Using the park as their prop and stage.
Many of the dances included audience participation and a lot people were happy to join in, some even stole the show.
One little guy couldn’t help but to join in on one of the routines.
“I’m dancing and I’m literally playing with this kid who is just entertained by me being a little bit strange,“ said dancer, Bryan Strimpel.
“That’s kind of the beauty of site specific community performance,” said dancer Shaina Branfman. “You spend so much time preparing and maybe you don’t get to do that, maybe we switch angles,“ she added.
The free event was made possible through support from New York City Parks and Recreation, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Recreation and Historic Preservation. It ran all weekend, and Schneider says it met its simple goal.
“Bring the joy of dance to the public make it accessible that’s always been really important,“ said Schneider.
Important, fun and unusual. She hopes it can be repeated next year.
Schneider havs started a Kickstarter page, you can visit it at: