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Did Someone Say Dance Party? Here's How You Can Join the Fun

Imagine you’re on a bus, mind numb, traveling from Point A to Point B. You’re worrying about the bills you have to pay, the errands you need to run, and…suddenly, people start dancing on the bus with you. COV200 signs surround you. Wait, what’s COV200? You look outside the window – more people dancing. What is happening? Is this the coolest thing you have EVER seen? Is your day officially MADE? Join in the celebration of your neighborhood, public transit and COV200 with a mini mobile dance party!

When: Tuesday, March 24th leaving at approximately 3:20p.m. from the Covington Transit Center on the #1 bus.

Where: The bus will travel to the following stops, anyone is welcome to ride along or come see us at any of the stops: 

  • Kenton County Library + Gateway Center on Scott
  • Pike Street between Scott & Holman
  • Exit the bus at Pike and Holman around 3:30p.m.
  • Get back on the inbound bus at 3:39p.m. or 4:09p.m.
  • The day ends with a pop-up dance party at the Covington Transit Center from 4:16-4:40p.m.

How to Participate: You can participate however you feel comfortable. You can ride along on the bus getting on at 3:20p.m. from the Transit Center, come to the Transit Center to dance or watch at about 4:15p.m., or just come outside if you’ll be along the route to cheer on the crowd or hold COV200 signs.

This event is part of the Pones in Public project, created by Pones, Inc. Pones in Public (PIP) presents dance as a non-traditional form of movement that brings accessible art to people in their normal surroundings. This site-specific interaction gives participants a chance to see their neighborhoods through a different lens. During PIP, dancers and music encourage movement from people who may not normally consider themselves dancers, and remind them of the social aspects of dance. The program invites and welcomes newcomers, allowing the average person to be involved without worrying about specific equipment or knowing the rules of dance.

Pones in Public is funded by a Creative Community grant from the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington (CGN) to hold eight performances around Covington in 2015. This winter, CGN announced eight Creative Community grant awards totaling over $35,000 to artists and creatives who proposed unique solutions to the community identified issue of safety. These funds are available thanks to a multi-year grant that CGN received from The Kresge Foundation to implement creative placemaking activities in Covington.

The Pones in Public project addresses safety by creating a vibrancy and excitement around public spaces that might otherwise feel empty or underutilized. Pones Inc. has found that connecting neighbors and strangers through a shared activity inspires them to frame a story about the spaces in which they connect. In the Pones in Public series of events, a variety of safety themes will be addressed such as knowing your neighbors, inclusivity of diverse populations, and occupying vacant spaces. Pones Inc. believes that art creates powerful change, and dance is an exciting and engaging vehicle for democratizing art and involving people in their community.

Founded in 2008, Pones Inc. has collaborated with over 200 artists and 80 arts and service organizations. The company creates site-specific performances through a fusion of movement and dance with other art forms. Pones Inc.’s accessible and participatory performances have been seen in over 90 Greater Cincinnati locations, as well as Indianapolis, Chicago, and internationally in Italy. Ongoing programs are available year round for artists and art groups, schools, and businesses. 

More Pones in Public events to look forward to and get involved in include the following:

Pones Inc. Workshop to Engage LGBTQ Community

Saturday, March 21 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Participants will join with Pones, Inc. dancers to create a multi-disciplinary (video, music, spoken word, acting, and/or dance) work about the change that they would like to see in their communities. The site-specific piece will be created on location at the Hellmann Lumber Mill and Linden Grove Cemetery on the Westside of Covington as we engage our creative sides and think critically about issues and topics relevant to our own lives. RSVP on Pones, Inc.'s Facebook event page.

Spring Ladies

Friday, April 10 7:00-8:30p.m.

Pones, Inc. will be providing a "traveling dance performance/party" to the restaurants, retail stores, and bars of Mainstrasse.  This is part of the Spring Ladies event put on by the Mainstrasse Village Association and Pones, Inc. will be partnering with musicians who will be providing live music.

 

John G. Carlisle Elementary Dance & Art Event

Thursday, April 16 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Pones is partnering with John G. to create an event that uses art and dance to address food allocation and food deserts at a level that is relevant and “digestible” for second and third graders and their families.

Flash Mob Rehearsal

Saturday, April 18 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Pones, Inc. will provide a workshop for up to 40 people (ages 5-adult) at Baker Hunt to learn some basic dance steps to be a part of a flash mob performance the following weekend (April 25). Contact Kim Popa at [email protected] to sign up.

Great American Cleanup

April 25 12:30-1:00 p.m.

After a morning of hard work and community improvement, the GAC volunteers at Goebel Park will be treated to some interactive Pones entertainment.

City Heights Workshops

June 3, 10, 17 2:00-3:30 p.m. & 23 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The residents of City Heights will join with Pones, Inc. dancers to create a multi-disciplinary work about the change that they would like to see in their neighborhood. Grades 6-9 will work side-by-side with Pones professionals as they become advocates for their community and express themselves through dance. There will be a final performance with dinner provided for participants and family and friends

Bicentennial Block Party

Saturday, July 11 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Pones, Inc. dancers will perform a pop-up dance at the Westside neighborhood block party at Orchard Park, followed by audience interactive dance party.

- Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington

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