2017 Amanda Selwyn’s White Night: Refuge

Amanda Selwyn's White Night Fundraiser Gala. Reflections Center for Conscious Living & Yoga. April 11, 2017. © 2017 Nir Ariel (http://www.nirarieli.com/)

Living in New York sometime presents the ultimate challenge of committing to only thing especially on a weekend. There have been times where I wish I could split myself into several parts to explore what every part of this majestic city has to offer.

Since that is not a possible resolution, the ultimate way to troubleshoot this situation is to find a refuge, by starting at one place and keep it going through the night – wherever the concrete jungle streets of Manhattan lead into. On Saturday, April 8, the Reflections Center for Conscious Living & Yoga hosted the annual White Night Gala Fundraiser presented by Amanda Selwyn.

Founded in 2000, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre has presented over 30 productions at NYC venues including Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York Live Arts, Dance Theatre Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Danspace Project, Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Kumble Theater, and John Jay College. Additionally, the production has presented twice at Jacob’s Pillow, Westfest, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Dance Teacher Summit, COOL NY, Movement Research, and Pushing Progress Series.

Consider this night a sneak preview of sorts to the newest work from Amanda titled Refuge. What more can you ask for a Saturday night which includes a small plate dinner presented by guest chefs Sammy Voit, (Master Chef Junior, Chopped Junior, and Food Network’s Star Kids and Sal Soldo?


Cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, a chance to bid on awesome gifts during the silent auction, interactive dance workshops, meet and mingle with the dancers and pick their brain on their elaborate dance moves – nothing expected except to have a good time and create memories while supporting dance education.

For those who have never experienced the Arts in any way, this is such a great experience, overall especially watching the dance performance – or any type of live situation, the only expectation is to erase what you think you might feel or get from it.

Dance has a way of connecting the missing links of life and making them whole again through this procession of movement filled with trust, enlightenment, and transformation – and this what Ms. Selwyn translates this personal journey into a vocabulary of immediate, athletic, sensuous, and raw movement that has come to define her work.

The production, Refuge does not premiere until later on in the year, however, in the meantime, feel free to check out more details, including how to donate by clicking here – and let’s all try to find our refuge- whatever and wherever it may be.

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