Thursday 11/20/14 7PM-9PM
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Performances · Exhibition-Related

Open Pole

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Courtesy Shockra Studio

As part of Gerard & Kelly’s project on the Fifth Floor, and in conversation with the Fall 2014 R&D Season thematic CHOREOGRAPHY, the public is invited to observe and participate in pole-dancing classes, practice sessions, and on occasion, hosted events. These “Open Pole” gatherings will occur during “Pay-What-You-Wish” Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the New Museum. Pole classes by invitation only will be held from 7–8:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to observe. From 8:30–9 p.m., the artists open up the floor and invite visitors to practice their pole skills.

November 6*
November 13
November 20*
December 4
December 11*
January 8
January 15*
January 22*

*Class with Keisha Franklin, yoga, dance, and pole instructor at Shockra Studio

Classes are led by Shockra Studio. With the goal of inspiring ordinary people to start dancing, these sessions are held in a fun, rewarding, and unintimidating atmosphere that welcomes “movers” of all levels—especially beginners. Shockra is known for its expert instruction, contagious energy, creative persistence in teaching, and unconditional faith in its students’ ability to improve. Shockra teachers are passionate about what they do and champion the motto that anyone can dance.

More about Shockra’s classes can be found at Shockra Studio


Artist residencies at the New Museum are made possible, in part, by Laurie Wolfert.

Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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