Gowanathon III – Stairway to Heaven

STH’s third GOWANATHON is a multi-faceted, arts “share-a-thon” where adults and kids can immerse themselves in an inspirational weekend of dance, theater, music, arts, crafts, cabarets, writers reading, experimental film and dance parties to help raise money for a new stairwell in the Gowanus Arts building on Douglass Street. But these new stairs come with a hefty price tag of $150,000 so step right up and help us build our new “Stairway to Heaven!” Checkout our DNA info article for the latest news on the larger Gowanus Arts Development Project which the new stairway will be the first part of.

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Full Weekend Pass: $150 Adults / $75 Kids & Seniors 62+
Full Day Pass: $100 Adults / $50 Kids & Seniors 62+
Showcase/Workshop Tickets Only: $20 Adults / $10 Kids & Seniors 62+ ($25 at the door)
Friday Night Music & Featured Film: $15



Cash Bar / Concessions generously provided by:
ThreesBrewing – Featured brew from our new neighbors and fantastic destination brewery
Shanty Distillery – “Dorothy Parker” Gin for “GRIN & TONIC” SPEAKEASY.
Special thanks to Gail Flanery, Tom Potter & Bill Potter – our oldest and dearest Gowanus friends!
Maria Kapsalis provides an array of Greek cookies and spinach pies for the whole weekend!
STH Volunteers & Families provide a selection of baked goods and treats for hungry audiences to enjoy.


Friday  March 27

Friday MARCH 27, 2015


Live Music By Josh Sinton & Friends 7:30pm Lynn Sachs
Feature Film Screening Begins at 8:00pm


by Lynne Sachs (PG-13)

Immigrant residents of a “shift-bed” apartment in the heart of NYC’s Chinatown share their stories of personal and political upheaval. 

Curated by M. Woods & featuring a program by Mononoaware the GOWANUS EXPERIMENTAL FILMFEST continues over the weekend in PREVIEWS (PG-13/R) of upcoming April 3 – 5 screenings MonoNoAware Spring Mix 2015″, “Gowanus Underground” & “Brooklyn Zoo” featuring the work of: Bobby Abate, Michelle Chu, Sarah Dahnke, Jimmy Ferguson, Lorenzo Gattorna, Steve Girard, Jason Halprin, Nick Heppding, Bryn Jackson, Josh Lewis, Simon Liu, Keith Miller, Michael Robinson, Margaret Rorison, Joel Schlemowitz, Cassandra Sechler, MM Serra, Jessie Stead, Mark Street and many others.

Check out monthly screenings by our supporters: Open Indie3B Brooklyn Bed & Breakfast


Saturday  March 28 

Saturday MARCH 28, 2015




 All day Squirrels Stories Booth – Jamie Courville 12:30 pm  Hawaiian Dance – Kaina Quenga
10:00 am Yoga – B. Shakti 12:30 pm  Karate – Randoph James Dojo
10:00 am KangaTraining – Sara Connelly 1:30 pm  Abada-Capoeira – Ryan Johnson
11:30 am Zumba – Laci Chisholm 2:30 pm  Chinese Ribbon Dance – Mei Yin Ng
11:30 pm Creative Dance & Yoga – Kat Stansell  2:00 pm  Life Drawing – William Bourassa, Jr.
 All day      Gowanus Arts Development Project Interactive Display –  Elise Long & Severn Clay



11:30am BIG CITY COUNTRY BAND CONCERTshowcase 1 By Brooklyn Music Factory Students (at BMF on 2nd Floor)

Sophia Schaedle, Moonlit Angels w/ Deanna Swan, Josh Van Biema , Laurel Project w/ Mei Yin Ng, Feel the Movement w/ Oscar SiFuentes, Ruby Dore / Brooklyn Music Factory, Trace DePass/Scholastic Young Writers Award Recipient, STH Young Artists Dance / Theater, STH Tap, Ballet & Contemporary

An evening featuring the wit and wisdom of local authors inspired by the great Ms. Parker. Featured Authors: Siobhan Adcock,Martin Rowe and Dan Wilbur. Hosted by Chiwoniso Kaitano & Donnaldson Brown. Music by Michael Hill & Guests
“Dorothy Parker Gin” courtesy of the Shanty Distillery.

7:30 – 9:30 pm GOWANA DanceTheaterMusic SHOWCASE #1

MC Mike Durkin / Freestyle Rep Theatre, Blowout Theatre , Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra, Burr Johnson, Emie Hughes, Feraba, There’s No Law, Jess Grippo, Josh Stinton, Matt Moran, Mindy Rebman, Nikki Theroux, Sherine Khatoun, Tatiana Keegan, Frederic Havez, Donofrio Dance Company, Tyrone Williams and Bethina Flores

9:30 – 11:30  LATIN LOUNGE with Bethina Flores, DJ Mambo Jazz

Sunday  March 29

Sunday MARCH 29, 2015




 All day  Squirrels Stories Booth – Jamie Courville 11:30 am Lamp Making – Aeilushi Mistry
10:00 am Yoga – Dalienne Majors 12:00 pm Dance of Isadora Duncan –
Lori Belilove Company Members
10:00 am Making Stories Together –
Alexander Borinsky
1:00 pm Take Better Home Movies –
The Video Mom
11:00 am Life Drawing – William Bourassa, Jr. 1:30 pm Indian Dance & Drumming – Gaarba
11:00 am Zumba – Bethina Flores  2:00 pm  Bow Making Station – Lesley Ware
 All day       Gowanus Arts Development Project Interactive Display –  Elise Long & Severn Clay



3:00-5:00pm GOWANA SHOWCASE #2
MC Mike Durkin / Freestyle Rep Theatre, Aeilushi and Paulomm, Ana Sosa, Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra, Blowout Theatre, Bridget Cronin, Burr Johnson, There’s No Law, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Michela Deidda, Sarah Pope, The Amazing Klemtones, Todd Henry, Tyrone Williams and Kaina Quenga.

5:30-7:00pm STOOP STORIES  
Curated by Marian Fontana and Louise Crawford an evening featuring local authors from around the ‘hood. Featured Authors: Marian Fontana, Jonah Kruvant, Kim Larsen and Aaron Zimmerman.

Music by Slackjaw.



Blowout Theatre Company
Jona’s plays have been produced at Pipeline Theater Co., The Brick, IRT Theater, Jimmy’s No. 43, and Forward Theater Company. Eli has directed pieces in the Frigid Festival, FringeNYC, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Lyceum, and two pieces at Spoke the Hub. More info on Jona, Eli, and Kerry at blowouttheatre.com.

Alexander Borinsky is a playwright and performer. Rustchuk Farm is an imaginary place for making inclusive, celebratory, challenging work with an insanely high and completely erratic standard of excellence. A 2014-2015 LMCC Workspace Resident, Alex is working on his MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College. He lives up the street.

William Bourassa, Jr.
Dynamic Figure Drawing in Brooklyn meets twice a month for live figure drawing and focuses on short, challenging poses to build speed and confidence in all artists, from first-timers to industry professionals.

Members of the Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra
A collective jazz/new music ensemble that presents a wide range of new works by its composer-members. BIO explores the intersection between what is written and what is heard, working with episodic forms, sound-colors, vectors in space, dancing rhythms, across borders and genres, with an improvisational ethos.

Brooklyn Music Factory
Growing Musicians, Building Community
Kids are motivated by two things: Fun and community. At the Brooklyn Music Factory, we combine those two things to make magic out of music education. Every day our students play games and make music together, developing the skills they will need as lifelong musicians and music-lovers.

Laci Chisholm is the owner of Fit4Dance, a dance fitness studio specializing in Zumba Fitness classes.  Laci truly believes that dance has the ability to elevate the spirit, focus the mind, and center the body. This belief is evident in her high-energy classes where her infectious smile and encouraging words will almost make you forget you’re even exercising.  To learn more visit www.fit4dancenyc.com

Jamie Courville has spent the last fifteen years working with storytelling. Many of those were wearing one hat or another in the film business sassily doing continuity for Muppets, editing video art and documentaries and founding a video collective.

These days, she like to record the voices and faces of those seldom heard and strives to get them to a place where they will be. You can hear more at www.JamieCourville.com

Michela Deidda also known as “Miki Tuesday” was born and raised in Italy. After dancing different styles, Michela fell in love with the urban dances at the age of 17 when she started studying Hip-Hop. She graduated from the M.C. School of Dance in Italy in 2000 and she became the technical director of the school in her own town Cagliari. Since then she has been working as a dancer, teacher and choreographer.

Donofrio Dance Company is a Contemporary Dance Company based in Brooklyn. Linking physicality, impulse, and intellect, DDC’s work is informed by their research and collaboration with technology and artists of different mediums. The presented piece, BYTE reflects our involvement and attachment to our online personas.  BYTE is a part of a larger in progress work, CAPTURE, set to premiere in Fall 2015.

MC Mike Durkin / Freestyle Repertory Theatre
Alumni of the Sandy Meisner’s Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Durkin’s love of theater propelled him and his wife Laura to start Freestyle Repertory Theater almost 30 years ago. Freestyle Rep’s mission is to combine the immediacy of improvisation and apply that to the rehearsed “spontaneity” needs of live theater.

Feraba-African Rhythm Tap
The award winning company – FERABA- A.R.T., a New York City based touring company, is a multicultural and multiethnic performance group, fusing the traditional sounds and movements of West Africa with the only true American dance form of Tap.

Todd Henry is a choreographer and writer who grew up in Norwood, NY and currently lives in Hell’s Kitchen. He has been performing and showing his work in NYC since 2001 and has been the co-founder of Dialogue Dance Collective and WOBBLE. He started The Todd Henry Movement in 2010.

The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation was founded in New York City in 1979 as a non-profit educational center and is dedicated to extending the dream, dance, and indomitable spirit of Isadora Duncan. The Foundation’s resident company, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, performs over 80 authentic dances that highlight the unique qualities of Isadora Duncan’s repertoire throughout the country and on international tours. In addition, the Company offers educational programs that teach the technique and repertory of Isadora Duncan with ongoing classes, intensive workshops, college residencies, teacher training, certification program, and apprenticeship program. For more information. visit www.isadoraduncan.org.


Randoph James Dojo
The Karate Jutsu dojo was formed to train students in traditional Budo martial Arts. It is a school dedicated to teach “Real Martial Skills”.

Burr Johnson dances for John Jasperse, Helen Simoneau, Christopher Williams, and Shen Wei. His choreographic work has been presented through Movement Research at Judson Church, Underexposed at Dixon Place, OneArmRed, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Emergency Glitter at Abrons Art Center, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Danspace Project, and New York Live Arts.

Tatiana Keegan and Frederic Havez
International Latin ballroom champions who left the competitive tour to form a thrilling new partnership focusing on Latin show dances. They will perform the Paso Doble, a dance based on music played at Spanish bullfights, with the man representing the matador and the woman his cape.

Sherine Khatoun is a professional Bellydancer of Middle Eastern heritage. An award winning dancer, Sherine continues to deepen her training in various styles within the genre of Middle Eastern dance with extraordinary teachers from around the globe and collaborations with international artists. Forever a student of dance & movement, Sherine shares her soulful & expressive artistry as both performer and devoted teacher.

Dalienne Majors has been dancing in Brooklyn for over 19 years, Dalienne has taught dance and performed at Berkeley Carroll School, Spoke the Hub and BAX. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and University of Iowa Dance Programs. Dalienne currently choreographs and performs with Parents Who Dance.

Laurel Project Dancers/Mei-Yin Ng is a professional dancer and Mandarin teacher and has worked with leading institutions to educate and promote Chinese language and Chinese cultural arts. Always cheerful and positive, Ms. Ng is wonderful at encouraging children as they learn to speak a new language.

Aeilushi and Paulomm Mistry
Brooklyn based performing arts teaching artists: Aeilushi a trained Indian classical dancer in Bharathanatyam and folk style Garba & Raas. Paulomm a musician who plays contemporary drumset and mridangam – a traditional hand drum from south India.They have taught at the Public Schools in Brooklyn, NY from to K to seniors, conducted  uccessful residency in-school and after-school in programs, performed at Fundraising event for the educational institutions and various festivals. We are both affiliated with Brooklyn Arts Council-AIE and Folkart programs.

Kaina Quenga, a native of Hilo, Hawaiʻi has been dancing hula professionally for over 20 years. She performs widely as a freelance Polynesian dancer in the tri-state area at themed parties, community events, schools, and senior centers. She is a true ambassador of Aloha and devoted to sharing and perpetuating the traditional dances and culture of Polynesia.

Sarah Ann is a licensed kanga and personal trainer. Kangatraining, the newest fitness craze, is for expecting and new moms.

Sarah Pope is a Brooklyn-based dance artist who enjoys clowning around. She performs regularly with Mark Lamb Dance, and is currently collaborating on a new dance work with Renee Gerardo.

B. Shakti
Spiritually athletic in nature and practice, Be finds gratitude in movement, stillness, and transition. She teaches sequencing that is traditional, spiritual and geometric -with boundaries of line and space that do not limit, but rather guide and show oneself – to oneself.

Ana Sosa moved to NYC to study business and dance at 18 years old. She has since displayed her choreo at the Hatch Presenting Series, Eryc Taylor Dance Grant show, Chen Dance Center’s New Steps Series and she will be participating in the Moving Beauty Series, and NYC Dance arts residency.

Oscar Sifuentes is an 18 year old Hip Hop dancer/choreographer that was born in Texas. Started off with ballroom dancing in grade school, this pushed his desire to learn and enroll in the Brooklyn Dance Center. There he found his passion for Hip Hop, he continues to take classes and train at Broadway Dance Center in order to improve and share his skills with his dance group Feel The Movement.

Kathleen Stansell is formerly a southern girl from Mississippi and moved to Brooklyn in 2008 to continue her career after graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi and obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance and Choreography. Kathleen has been teaching dance, physical fitness, creative movement, and gymnastics to children of all ages both in the south and the northeast for 10 years. She currently dances with Catey Ott Dance Collective and creates works of her own under Move for Change. Kathleen is the co-creator of Move for Change and the Brooklyn Culture Jammers, a performance art group whose mission is to use dance and other movement-related performance art as a venue for hot social topics such as nuclear warfare and food justice.

Nikki Theroux received her BFA in Dance with a choreography concentration from Marymount Manhattan College. She has presented work at Steps Beyond/REVERBdance Performance Lab, Marymount Manhattan’s Dancers at Work, and Peridance Capezio Center’s Student Showcase. Nikki teaches at Dancewave and was recently a guest artist with Dance to the People.

The Video Mom – Heather Weyrick is a TV producer on a mission to help moms and dads make beautiful, compelling home videos. She’s distilled the most powerful tricks and tips from the entertainment industry to enable you to shoot better videos, organize and store them effectively, and edit them into “video scrapbooks.” Too often, we shoot videos of our kids, and we never look at them again. But she believes anyone can shoot great videos and edit them into finished works your family will cherish forever.

Lesley Ware is an author, teacher, artist, zinemaker, art gallery co-owner, and former nonprofit program manager with a MPA. She just finished writing her 2nd book about fashion + style for tween girls being published by London-based Laurence King. When she’s not writing, teaching, or making things you’ll likely find her spending time with her husband having fun someplace in Brooklyn, NY!


The Prince
Tyrone Williams has been dancing for about nine years now.  He began dancing by mimicking moves he saw in music videos and TV shows.  Eventually he began watching tutorials on YouTube. Everyday before and after school he would practice these moves. Now he uses his knowledge to teach others.