BleedCulture is a local Yonkers creative collective. Some of our main focuses are to first & formost be inspiration to the generations that follow us.
We would like to help try to bridge the gap between the different demographics that our city has to offer. Yonkers Arts Weekend is a great way to bring the community together.
“For us, art is a way to connect with others through emotion and feeling. Art invokes an emotional response, whether good or bad, which triggers action. There is so much distraction for kids in the City, and we want art to be just as distracting. We want to capture the City in a light you haven't seen before, have been inspired by things around us before we knew art was important, and we want the kids to feel that same through us. There’s something fulfilling about starting on your own path. If there's a fork in the road, go straight.” - Sean Carter, Bleed Culture
The Dance Gallery
The Dance Gallery Company is the performing studio company of The Dance Gallery, a dance studio based in Tuckahoe, New York. The Dance Gallery teaches dance as an art form, emphasizing fundamental technique and diversity of styles including classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern, musical theater and hip-hop.
For students with a deeper commitment to dance and who are seeking more performing opportunities, The Dance Gallery Company offers the experience to dance as part of a troupe and perform at venues outside the studio. The Company consists of a junior troupe (8-12 years old) and a senior troupe (13+ years old).
The Company is led by studio owner and artistic director Shannon DiNota, who danced professionally for twenty years.
Founded in 2012, The Dance Gallery offers quality dance instruction by experienced professionals who possess a passion for teaching students of all ages in a disciplined and nurturing environment.
In addition, the studio offers an introductory musical theater program, led by instructors Lori Mortensen and Christine Magliari, in which students learn basic acting and musical theater performance techniques, as well as musical theater dance moves.
Meet Director/Owner Shannon Mulcahy DiNota
Shannon Mulcahy DiNota grew up in Miami, Florida, where she attended Southwood School for the Arts and New World School of the Arts. While in high school, she trained and performed with Rotaru Ballet in Atlanta and Freddick Bratcher Company in Miami. Following high school, she studied at the Lou Conte Studio in Chicago, home of the Hubbard Street Dance Company, and performed with Jazz Theater South in Atlanta.
Shannon received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she attended on a talent scholarship and received the outstanding modern dancer award. She was an original member of Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company, where she danced throughout her college years.
After graduation, she moved to New York City, where she studied on scholarship at the Paul Taylor Dance School. During this time, she met former Paul Taylor and White Oak dancer, Hernando Cortez, who also co-founded Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA). Shannon was an original member of New York-based Cortez Contemporary Ballet, where she danced for eight years. She performed Cortez's works across the United States, and proudly participated in numerous DRA benefits.
She then relocated to Cleveland to join Cortez's new repertory company Verb Ballets, where she continued to perform his works, as well of those of Martha Graham, Paul Taylor and David Parsons.
After having her first child, she performed with New York-based Amy Marshall Dance Company.
Shannon has taught all ages at studios in Miami, New York City, Atlanta and Philadelphia. She has also set works at the Belvoir Terrace Performing Arts Camp in Lenox, MA, The Chapel School in Bronxville, NY and The Bronxville School.
Shannon now lives in Westchester with her husband and 2 girls, Simone and Vivian.
The HD Quintet
The HD Quintet is a modern jazz quintet from New York, playing original music along with arrangements of standards, pop songs and compositions of great jazz composers. They are a band started by Alex Hambuger and Nicole Davis at SUNY Purchase in 2014. They have released an EP and a full length album, gone on three East Coast tours and held a regular gig/jam session for three years.
Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Outreach Program
Dear Natalie the Moon is Round
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
The Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Outreach Program presents a new play with music that explores the impact of climate change, pollution, and the loss of green space has upon the wildlife of Yonkers. Running time: approximately 40 minutes
Book and Lyrics: SLC Theatre Faculty Allen Lang Directed by MFA Theatre Alum: Nephrii Amenii Choreography by MFA Dance Alum Rourou Ye Music and Lyrics: Evan Ray and Walker May Set Piece Construction: SLC Theatre Technical Director Robert Gould Lighting Consultant: SLC Theatre Production Manager Patience Haskell Casting and Rehearsal Support: SLC Theatre Technical Assistant-Stephen Tyler Davis Sound Design: SLC Alum Streepy Swan Streepy Costume Design: Jordan Markum Stage Manager: Candace Hudert Puppets and Masks: Myriam Burger and Nephrii Amenii Guest Artist Rehearsal Musician: Peter Valentine Poster Design: Nephrii Amenii Special Thanks: Shirley Kaplan, SLC Theatre Program, Christine Farrell, Neelam Vaswani, Peggy McGrath, Susan Sears
Featuring the Incomparable: Myriam Burger, Cynthia Cunningham, Isabelle Deveaux, Henry Halkyard, Matt Landry-McWilliams, Emma Oppenheimer, Ella Huang Qing and Mariel Sanchez
Please come out and join us! Running Time- approximately 40 minutes
About the Author: Allen Lang
Allen Lang wrote ‘Dear Natalie, the Moon Is Round’ and is thrilled that his play is part of Yonkers Arts Weekends 2018. The Sarah Lawrence College Theatre outreach Program has a long history of sharing theatre and creative skills in the Yonkers. Allen Lang is on the Theatre Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and he is also the Director of the Theatre Outreach Program. Dear Natalie the Moon is Round is a new musical for kids for all ages. Using puppets, movement and masks, the play explores the effect that climate change, loss of green space and pollution is having on the wildlife that live in Yonkers. As a multi-disciplinary theatre artist, Allen’s work as an actor, writer, director and filmmaker has has been seen in theatres, museums, libraries, schools, community centers, storefronts, parking lots and bus stops in New York City, Yonkers, Westchester County and throughout the United States.
Way Down is an Albany based funk-fusion band comprised of Justin Hendricks on guitar, Dylan Perrillo on bass and Kevin Urvalek on drums. The band was formed 8 years ago upon their graduation from college and was their initial creative outlet. The three musicians all work on many music projects including their own bands but always make the time to get back together and make music together.
Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Java and Jazz at the Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music 1PM – 4PM
Come enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to some great music performed by our student ensembles
Open Classes at the Westchester Center for Jazz
Come sit in:
1:00 – 2:30 Beginning Improvisation
3:00 – 5:00 Big Band Ensemble
About The Center
After searching the area for a jazz ensemble program that would challenge their sons, Paul and Elizabeth Sander decided to create their own program and formed The Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music. The Sanders then appointed Joey Berkley, a successful professional musician and educator to be the Center’s director.
Veteran tenor saxophonist Joey Berkley has been a part of the NY music-scene for over 30 years. Originally from Toronto,Canada Joey’s career has evolved from being known as a highly sought after sideman at ease in a wide variety of musical settings, to the present where Joey focuses his energy mostly towards writing and performing with his bands.
The Center’s ensembles directed by Berkley will include professionals from his bands to participate and contribute to the teaching process. One of the key components of the Center’s programs is to bring in professionals to share their experience and advice while playing alongside the students, helping them to sharpen their skills.
Brought up as a jazz musician firmly rooted in the tradition of Coltrane, Miles, and Monk, Joey developed his own sound by incorporating these influences. Berkley’s career as a tenor saxophonist, recording artist has evolved through a variety of stages: first as an in-demand sideman; to the founder/leader of various bands including Joey Berkley Quartet (JB4), Funkasaurus Rex, Four Good Reeds and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, to present day band, Joey Berkley’s Bandits. In May, Joey Berkley’s Bandits will release their self-titled album.
His compositions can be heard on the CD releases “Made in NYC”, “More’n Four” and the instrumental single “No Blues for Vernon”. As an arranger, Joey’s charts are showcased on the Funkasaurus Rex CD’s “Etched in Stone” and more recently ” I Hear Voices.”
In 2009 Joey released his first educational DVD “All Things Saxophone” which continues to enjoy worldwide success.
Liz Sander is executive vice president and chief actuary at Odyssey Reinsurance Co. in Stamford, Ct. Paul Sander is a former software development professional who is a teacher and doctoral candidate in theology at Fordham. The Center is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a national nonprofit arts organization which is able to accept tax deductible donations on the Centers behalf.
Untermyer Performing Arts Council
The Untermyer Performing Arts Council is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to continuing the tradition of Minnie and Samuel Untermyer. Formed in 1976, UPAC has continuously brought free entertainment to the people of Yonkers since then, never losing sight of our mission, bringing unique cultural experiences to the people of Yonkers while sharing our magnificent site overlooking the Hudson, the Samuel Untermyer Park and Gardens.
UPAC looks forward to continuing to present professional entertainment, programs and events in Untermyer Park for many, many more years.
Saturday, May 5th
Jazz in the Park: Jazz Greats Perform at Untermyer Park
Location: In the Untermyer Amphitheater
12:30-2:00 pm: Carlos Jimenez Quintet
2:15- 3:45 pm: Marvin Lee & The Third Bell
Art in the Park
Location: Walled & Lower Gardens
1:30-3:30pm: Students from our art course for seniors and other visitors will sketch and draw while enjoying our outdoor performances in the outdoor ambiance of our beautiful Untermyer Park.
Carlos Jimenez Jazz Quartet
Carlos Jimenez- Flutist
Yonkers native Carlos Jimenez is an extraordinary Jazz and Latin flute player. As a six-year old musician living in Villalba, Puerto Rico Carlos was trained at the Fransisco Zayas Santana High School where he studied with the famous maestro, Professor Pablo Leon.
In 1995 Carlos returned to New York City and studied at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. He then expanded his repertoire to jazz studying with master musicians Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, Mario Rivera, Bobby Porcelli, Sonny Bravo, Mike Longo and Alfredo Valdes Jr.
Over the course of his musical career Carlos Jimenez has recorded and performed with many fine musicians from around the world including Hilton Ruiz, Stephane Ronget, David Schnitter, Edy Martinez, Dave Valentin, Sonny Bravo, Gilberto "El Pulpo" Colon, Ray Martinez, Enrique Haneine & Maestro Alfredo Valdes Jr.
Saturday, May 5th 12:00PM- 2:00PM Untermyer Park & Gardens
Collectively, The Eric Lesser Band has performed or recorded with some of the greats in Jazz, Blues and Soul Music including; Chuck Berry, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Johnny Winter, The Beach Boys & Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones. In the great tradition of Blues and R&B they give a performance to remember!
"The Eric Lesser Band combines the talents of some of the great sidemen in the New York area. They play the best of your favorite Blues, R&B and Soul music. Get ready to dance, sing along, or just have a great time." -Big Apple Blues
Lee Marvin & The Third Bell
If the first bell rings for the sun and the second for the moon, The 3rd Bell rings for all that lives between.
The 3rd Bell is an eclectic quartet that combines vocal and instrumental music inspired by world music, jazz, blues and an inclusive world view.
Singer, songwriter and bassist Lee Marvin leads The 3rd Bell. His solo album, Flowers To Strangers can be found on Youtube and Spotify. The band of seasoned musicians includes: Brad Hubbard on bari sax, flute and EWI, Todd Isler on drums and percussion, and David Phelps on guitar.