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oming together are 1500 dancers from across the country to perform a site-specific dance at a river, a bay, a lake, the ocean, or any water site nearby. Miami-Dade County dancers and students will join others from colleges and universities, private dance schools, elementary, middle and high schools, and professional dance companies, around the country, uniting to celebrate Water. “My desire in creating National Water Dance was to inspire artists of all ages to go beyond the studio and the stage with their art; to connect with the environment and realize the power of art to bring awareness to environmental issues, particularly water,” said National Water Dance founder and artistic director Dale Andree. “Through the internet National Water Dance has become the community of artists/activists that I hoped it would.” The Miami performance of National Water Dance will feature 90 dancers and 100 singers and musicians at the Deering Estate at Cutler, as part of their Festival of the Arts, at 4pm on Saturday, April 16. The dance artists will perform to an original percussion score based on Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and will be sung by the Bridgeprep Academy of Arts & Minds choir. Students from participating schools will also share original poetry inspired by water. a sign language interpreter will also be at the event. All National Water Dance events at the Deering Estate are handicapped accessible. Admission from 3:30pm on is FREE. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue. For information visit: nationalwaterdance.org.
Free Yoga for Parkinson’s or Related Disease Sufferers
um hOMe Shala, a yoga studio and school in Coconut Grove, will offer free yoga therapy sessions in April and May for those with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neuro-motor degenerative diseases. Research shows the impact of yoga as a therapeutic modality for PD suffers. Yoga protocols have shown to have a positive effect on clients with a wide range of diagnoses associated with chronic degenerative disease. The goal is to help individuals manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance and increase vitality. These Yoga therapy sessions address the specific needs of each individual with a customized protocol of postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. “AUM’s yoga therapy program has had documented success with clients facing PD, multiple sclerosis, Epstein-Barr and other chronic fatigue syndromes, in addition to multiple other conditions that present symptoms of limited mobility, balance issues, chronic pain, etc.”
Classes are funded by a grant from the National Parkinson Foundation and are scheduled for Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 pm, April 16th and 23rd, and on May 7th, and 21st. Participants are invited to bring one caregiver to participate in class. For more information and to reserve a place in class, visit AumHomeShala.org or call (305) 441-9441. AUM Home Shala is located at 3104 Florida Avenue in Coconut Grove. See ad, page 43. 10
Biscayne Bay Needs our Help! Baynanza Clean-Up
he Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day will be celebrated on April 16, when thousands of volunteers will come together to clean up the shoreline. Baynanza is now known as a celebration of Biscayne Bay and its significance as one of our most important ecological systems. Biscayne Bay is a precious part of south Florida’s unique environment, offering locals and visitors alike calm warm waters, sandy beaches, fun marine activities and amazing natural wildlife. But this gem wasn’t always so beautiful. By the early 1980’s, it was suffering from pollution, which caused a steep decline of its marine life. It was then that Miami-Dade County launched Baynanza Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day as part of a larger effort to save the Bay. This happening also includes more than 20 events throughout March and April hosted by a number of local organizations. Participants and volunteers will have 22 locations to choose from, including five where volunteers will be transported on boats to nearby islands to pick up trash. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. To volunteer, register, clean up site lists, general event information and help keep our Bay beautiful visit www.miamidade.gov/environment/baynanza. asp. Boat captains are also welcome to help transfer volunteers from five designated locations beginning at 8am. Boat Captains are automatically qualify for a chance to win an annual boat Ramp Pass good at any Miami-Dade Park Marina.
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