The Underground Garden: MetaMovements

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For eight years, Metamovements has held Salsa in the Park (SITP) at the Boston Centers for Youth and Families’ Blackstone Community Center courtyard park at 50 West Brookline Street in the South End of Boston. This year’s installment began on June 8, 2015 and runs through Monday, August 24th. This event is scheduled begins at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. every Monday, is free for all ages, backgrounds and abilities and occurs rain or shine!

MetaMovements is “an entrepreneurial artist collective dedicated to using the arts as a tool for positive transformation of self and community, creating bonds, fostering meaningful relationships and creating lasting social change.” It is wonderful to note that “funds raised through sponsorships, contracts and donations help MetaMovements continue its work in the community creating employment opportunities for youth and young adults at community centers and at programs throughout the summer and all year round.”

Through ongoing fundraising, MetaMovements creates opportunities for Boston youth allowing them to gain experience and skills in areas such as entrepreneurship, event planning, marketing and public relations, financial literacy and fundraising. In that meanwhile, they also develop teaching and performing skills, engage in community outreach, enjoy fitness and health and sharpen natural problem solving and conflict resolution tools.

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SITP is powered by the people: Partners, Volunteers, Friends and Supporters and is for the People. “A public health initiative, featuring movement as a key to wellness, Salsa In The Park provides culturally relevant health promotion through free dance lessons, opportunities for social dancing and low cost healthy snacks at the ‘health corner’ where Masters of Public Health candidates (from Boston University & Tufts) engage with attendees, hand out surveys and educational pamphlets, facilitate health and wellness activities for attendees and tend a free fruit infused water bar with healthy snacks.”

On Friday, July 10, MetaMovements debuted their MetaMoves Friday Eve Dance Party Series at The Lawn on the D! MetaMovements has combined Electronic, Dancehall, Top 40 Latin Mix, House, Salsa and more featuring DJ’s from in and around Boston, dancers and party starters, line dancing and live instruments for people to play along. Their opening night drew close to 2,000 people! They Declare: “Together we will move! Together we dance!”

MetaMovements invites you to SITP at The Lawn on the D every Friday through July 31 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and again Every Monday(!) through August 24 at the Blackstone Community Center courtyard park, 50 West Brookline Street the South End. You are encouraged to “come dance or learn to dance with your neighbors and dancers from across Boston.” No experience or partner required!

This is a positive charge to the electricity of summer nights. Learn more at the links provided and/or contact Lady Eli Pabon of MetaMovements Artist Collective at epabon@metamovements.net for further information!

QUE VIVA <3

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Liza Zayas is a lover of writing and dancing and celebrates both as a singer and songwriter performing as Luna del Flor. You can hear her collaborative sounds and experience life through her storytelling. She invites you to dance. Her poetry seeks to initiate dialogue by intentionally expressing consequences of love, lust, ego and self-respect

 

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