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The New Victory Blog is a place to learn more about New York's theater for families and the shows we produce. Find out what we do and what we're passionate about—exploring the arts as a family.

This season boasts a variety of art forms from an international roster of companies. We've created this guide in age order to help you choose what shows best suit your family.

For Little Ones
Taking place in an intimate setting, these shows are designed to gently introduce little ones to their first theatrical experiences.

THE WORLD INSIDE ME
For ages 0 – 2
Musical theater with live music

THE WORLD INSIDE ME
For ages 2 – 4
Musical theater with live music

BOUT À BOUT
For ages 2 – 4
Puppetry

BOING!
For ages 2 – 5
Dance theater

Bridge to the Big TheaterThese shows are for kids who are ready to experience a traditional theater setting for the first time.

TINGA TINGA TALES – THE MUSICAL
For ages 4 – 7
Musical theater with live music

EMILY BROWN AND THE THING
For ages 4 – 7
Theater with music and puppetry

FIESTA CON SONIA DE LOS SANTOS
For ages 4 – 7
Concert

For Everyone Else
The ages noted below are the youngest advisable age for each show. That doesn't mean, for example, that a show labeled "For everyone 6 and up" was created for 6-year-olds; rather, 6 is the youngest age we suggest. 
 
CIRCUS ABYSSINIA: ETHIOPIAN DREAMS
For everyone 5 and up
Circus
 
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
For everyone 7 and up
Theater
 
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
For everyone 6 and up
Theater with live music
 
MACHINE DE CIRQUE
For everyone 8 and up
Contemporary circus and acrobatics with live music
 
A SIMPLE SPACE
For everyone 6 and up
Acrobatics with live music
 
VELOCITY
For everyone 8 and up
Tap and Irish step dance with live music
 
SNAP
For everyone 6 and up
Magic and illusion
 
THE NATURE OF FORGETTING
For everyone 9 and up
Physical theater with live music
 
AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND
For everyone 7 and up
Storytelling with puppetry and live music
 
SILENT VOICES: LOVESTATE
For everyone 12 and up
Concert
 
 
 
The New Victory Theater Do you have questions? Please call our box office at 603.223.3010 and we'll gladly assist you. 
Posted by Beth Henderson
Tags: 2018-19

Discover your dance aesthetic, explore different rhythms and make up your own dance moves in this Family Activity for Victory Dance! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.

Your I-Dance-Ity

Every dancer has a style, or aesthetic—something unique about the way they dance that makes them special. In this activity, discover your dancer identity and design a fantasy dance costume to match!

Materials: Dance costume worksheet

Step One: There are many, many, many kinds of dances. From tap to flamenco and from kathak to ballet, humans from all over the world have found different ways to move their bodies throughout history. Watch the videos below to see some of the dance styles coming to The New Victory Theater this summer:


Step Two: Now it is your turn to choose your favorite dance style! Try out some dance moves that you saw in the videos, or think about the style of dance you like best. Ask yourself: 
  • Do you like to move your feet quickly?
  • Do you like to move with grace and poise?
  • Do you like to boogie?
  • Do you like to dance with other people or as a soloist?
  • Do you like to dance with props?
Once you have discovered your favorite dance style, it's time to give it a name. Decide on an adjective that personalizes your dance move, and then the dance style that inspires you. Are you a Boogying Ballerina? A Funky Tapper? Fill it in on your dance costume worksheet.

Step Three: Take a look at some of the costumes from Victory Dance.

Victory Dance Costumes

With your dance style in mind, design your costume on this worksheet. Think about what you will be most comfortable in, what fits your dance style and, most importantly, what represents you as a dancer.

Groove is in the Heart

Music makes you move, and if you can move, you can dance! Our Victory Dance companies dance to a variety of musical styles, spoken word poems and unconventional sounds. In this activity, see how different sounds influence the way you move. 

Step One: Before dancing, take a minute to stretch, change into comfortable clothes and find a place in your home where there is room to move around. To warm up, try the following:
  • Roll your shoulders backwards and forwards.
  • Stretch your arms all the way up towards the ceiling.
  • Sit on the floor with your knees bent and the bottoms of your feet touching each other. That's butterfly position. Now, try to smell your toes. Pee-yew!
  • Lift your shoulders up towards your ears.
  • Bend over and stretch your arms towards your toes. Can you touch your toes? Your shins? Your knees?
Stretch!

Step Two: Now it's time to find the rhythm. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, put on a playlist and try to bounce to the beat of each song. Once you get into the groove, try the next song and see how fast you can find the rhythm with your body.

Step Three: You found the rhythm by bouncing—now, put on your favorite song and find the beat with different parts of your body. Can you find the rhythm...
  • In your shoulders?
  • In your hips?
  • In your feet?
  • In your neck?
  • In your fingers?
  • In your chin?
  • In your nose?
  • In your eyes?
Dance Till You Drop

Get ready to move as you put your dance aesthetic and rhythm skills to the test by creating your very own dance phrase! That is a small piece of choreography that you can expand into a larger dance sequence. 

Step One: From the previous activity, pick three body parts that you like putting rhythm into the most. Name them A, B and C. Put on a song and see all the different ways you can move them. For example:
  • A = Shoulders. I roll my shoulders forward.
  • B = Hips. I isolate my hips and swing them from side-to-side.
  • C = Fingers. I reach my fingers towards the sky while my feet come into relevé.
Each member of your family can create their own three moves!

Step Two: Once you have created your three moves, try to find a way to transition from move A to move B to move C. Do all three in a row, and repeat them to the rhythm of the music. You have just created a dance phrase.

Step Three: Perform your dance phrases for each other. Invite friends and family members to watch you perform them to the music. 

BONUS: Put on different songs and see how your phrase changes depending on the different rhythms of music. 

EXTRA BONUS: Learn each other's dance phrases, combine them to make one longer dance sequence and perform it as a group.
 
 
The New Victory Theater Get your tickets today to see the best dance New York City has to offer!
Posted by Beth Henderson
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