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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.

The New Victory Theater launched the New Victory Usher Corps the day the theater opened to provide paid employment, job training, academic support, mentorship and an introduction to the performing arts for over 50 young New Yorkers each year. Since then, the program has provided over 400,000 hours of paid employment to over 500 NYC teens from across the city. Find out how teens ages 16-21 in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program here!

All season long, we'll be featuring young people from the Usher Corps in our New Vic Bills and here on the New Victory blog. Today we're talking to third-year usher Anabel Rivera from Harlem, New York.
 
Anabel Rivera
My favorite show at The New Victory was…
I loved Cuba Vibra because it was a dance show. It was so much fun to watch people dance to songs that I connected with. Every time I watched the show, I would always dance along.
 
The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I like getting to interact with patrons from different cultures. I always learn something new from them!
 
My love of theater started...
It first started when I attended a performing arts high school.
 
Who inspires you?
My grandma inspires me because she's been through so much. She's a strong woman who overcame a multitude of obstacles to build a life for her family.
 
What was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school was math class because it always felt easy for me. 
 
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I really enjoy getting to spend my free time with my family.
 
What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Randall's Island is special to me. My family would always go there on Sundays to play soccer when I was little!
 
Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
The most challenging thing about being an usher is probably handling more than one role at a time. It always keeps you on your toes because you don't know what's coming next!
 
Describe your dream vacation.
My dream vacation would be to go to Puerto Rico. All I want to do is lay down in the sand, watch the palm trees and eat great food while listening to reggae.
 
What is your favorite childhood memory?
I always had the best time riding bikes with my cousins!

 
New Victory Thumb Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!

Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
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Put a little funk in your step, create a crew identity and start a Soul Train line at home in this Family Activity for Funkedified! For each show in our season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts here on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.

Put a Little Funk in Your Step

Inspired by the soundtrack of his youth—Soul Train on the T.V. and James Brown on the radio—Rennie Harris celebrates all that is funk in Funkedified. In this activity, get to know a little bit about the fascinating history of funk and learn a few simple locking moves! 

Step One: Read through these fun facts.

Funk Facts
Step Two: Get inspired by some of these professional and amateur dancers on Soul Train by watching this video.
Step Three: Follow along to learn these three easy steps.
 
 
Working Through Your Crew

Most of Soul Train's success is owed to the dancers' colorful costumes and amazing moves. In this activity, you'll create a name and look for your crew!

Materials: Dancer template

Step One: Look at some of these dance crew styles for inspiration!

The Lockers
The Lockers
 
The Lockers
The Lockers
 
Nerd Alert
Nerd Alert
 
Boogie Bots
Boogie Botz
 
Fanny Pak
Fannie Pak
 
Jabbawockeez
The Jabbawockeez

Step Two: Create your signature move! This can be anything you want. It could be your own spin on popular dances of today like dabbing or the backpack kid. Maybe you could bring a new flare to a classic, like the electric slide. If the spotlight is on you, what's your move?

Signature Dance Move

Step Three: Let's start with your crew name. You and your family or friends can draw inspiration from your hometown, where you live now, your favorite colors, your favorite hobby or your go-to dance moves. You can even use some nicknames. Here are some dance crew names to inspire your creation. 

Crew Names

Step Four: Get your look on point! Whether you're inspired by a cool over-the-top hat, some shiny pants or your favorite color, create a memorable look for your dance crew! Once you figured it out, print out one of these templates and sketch out some of your crew's outfit ideas. 

Dancer Cutouts

Souuuul Train!
You have your crew, you have your look and you even have a few moves! Test out some of these moves at home in a Soul Train line with your family and friends!

Step One: Start by making two lines, or even a small huddle.

Soul Train

Step Two: Give everyone a chance to show off their moves or dance down the line with a partner, but never stop moving or cheering them on!

Step Three: Turn on some of these tunes to get the party started!
 
 


 

 
Funkedified Thumb Get on up with Rennie Harris Puremovement! Inspired by the soundtrack of his youth—Soul Train on the TV and James Brown on the radio—Rennie Harris celebrates all that is funk in the world premiere of Funkedified. Get your tickets today!
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