Spring 2021 / Current Programming

Enrollment is currently closed as we are nearing the end of the spring 2021 semester.

Check back for announcements about our late summer 2021 in-person Next Level Dance Academy (dates TBD, usually 4 weeks mid-August through mid-September) and Fall 2021 programming. Our online enrollment form will reopen in advance of the dance academy or Fall session.

Contact Program Director Joy Leonard at j.leonard@newsettelement.org with any questions!

Current classes:

Project VIP (Voice, Identity, Power) Theater games, improvisation & collaborative play-writing, grades 6-12. MONDAYS 4:45-6pm ALL REMOTE  Starts  Monday, January 25th, 2021.

G.O.A.L. Healthy Relationships, Reproductive wellness, College Access & Prep. Grades 9-12, must be enrolled in HS or equivalent program. Meets MONDAYS weekly 6:30-8pm, HYBRID (every other week in person; all remote is an option) + 2 TUESDAYS per month 6:30-8pm REMOTE (College Explorers workshops). For IN-PERSON sessions, the class meets at 1525 Townsend, basement. This program pays a STIPEND for perfect or near perfect attendance. For more information about GOAL curriculum and typical sessions (prior to covid-19), visit our GOAL page. Download the GOAL Program Agreement FALL 2020, which can be filled out digitally OR printed, signed & scanned — then email to j.leonard@newsettlement.orgNOTE: There are only 10 Hybrid spots, for safety, these will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis based on the return of the completed Agreement. Starts back up Monday, January 25th, 2021 REMOTE for all, Hybrid option available by March (we hope). The first Tuesday College Explorers workshop for new participants is February 9th.

Sadie Nash Leadership Project  Leadership development, youth activism & participant-led projects. Grades 9-12. Meets TUESDAYS 4:30-6pm REMOTE; possible in-person project work late in semester. 100% Remote projects also an option. *This program pays an attendance-based STIPEND. Starts back up Tuesday, January 26th, 2021. Watch invite/orientation video!

EDsnaps Interactive STEAM workshops, special guests and mentors, relaxing but challenging project-based exploration. **Supplies will be mailed home for hands-on projects this semester!** Grades 6-12. WEDNESDAYS 5-6:15pm ALL REMOTE.  Starts back up Wednesday, January 27th, 2021.  See sample student projects from summer online session: Kimarah and Ashley.

Build Her A Bridge Self-esteem & mental wellness support group. Grades 6-12. Meets twice a month on WEDNESDAYS 6:30-8pm, HYBRID; plus one-on-one mentoring sessions scheduled as needed (REMOTE or IN-PERSON). For IN-PERSON sessions, the group or one-on-one meets at 1525 Townsend, basement (maybe staring in March, all REMOTE in Jan/Feb). Starts back up Wednesday, January 27th, 2021. Watch Tasheema’s video invitation!

Next Level Dancers  Hip Hop dance classes. JUNIORS (ages 10 up, beginner/intermediate) meets THURSDAYS 6-8:30PM. IN PERSON @ 1514 Townsend Ave. *Space is limited to 10 students for safety & social distancing. Starts back up Thursday, January 28th, 2021.

Next Level Dancers – Hip Hop dance classes. SENIORS (ages 14 – YA, advanced) meets SATURDAYS 12:30-4PM. IN PERSON @ 1514 Townsend Ave.  *Space is limited to 10 students for safety and social distancing. Starts back up Saturday, January 30th, 2021.

Girls EnCourage  Adventure Learning and team-building, grades 6-12. Program dates TBD, sign up to show interest and be notified. Outdoor day-trips (typically Sundays, & weather permitting) with pre-expedition remote planning and team-building sessions. No further trips schedule until weather warms up enough to be outside!

Regular attendance is required to stay enrolled, and some classes may close enrollment after a few weeks even if the maximum has not been reached, as group projects or program content may have progressed too far. All classes will open enrollment again for a spring semester sometime in January 2021.

PERFORMANCES: Project VIP will not culminate in a performance this year due to covid and a year of quarantine & Zoom sessions. But next fall we will once again offer dramatic writing and performance which WILL end in an actual performance! Last spring’s dance ensemble put together an amazing recorded performance titled The New Normal, shaped by the sudden disruption of all of our lives by quarantine, and the protests sparked by George Floyd’s and Breonna Taylor’s deaths at the hands of police. The winter 2020-21 dance ensemble released a series of short performance “Chapters” of Not Your Average Fairy Tale. 

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, in honor of Juneteenth, the dancers will perform Metamorphosis live, outside! Check back for details as the date approaches – due to safety concerns our capacity will be limited, with reservations required and strictly adhered to.

Covid-19 safety measures: For all in-person sessions, temperatures will be taken upon entry and everyone (staff and participants) must wear a mask, wash & sanitize hands frequently, and remain socially distant. Class materials will be personal and kept separate, and the space will be cleaned and sanitized before and after every session. Masks and hand sanitizer and easy access to restrooms will all be provided, though participants are welcome and encouraged to wear their own reusable masks. Windows will be kept open as long as weather (and heat) permit. **If at any point the number of Covid-19 cases city-wide (or program-wide) requires a tighter lockdown, hybrid and in-person classes will shift to remote. **

Ongoing partnerships that have allowed us to continue offering online classes during this difficult time include Sadie Nash Leadership Project, EDsnaps, and En Foco, Inc.

Support for our online and in-person programming has also been provided by Bronx Council on the Arts, City Council (Young Women’s Initiative), Washington Square Fund and Poets & Writers

Stay home as much as possible, stay safe, and keep others safe by continuing to wear a mask and practice social distancing!

 If you, your family or someone you know are in need of resources, including food, educational equity advocacy (i.e. help obtaining promised services such as devices or internet), legal assistance, mental health support or if you are experiencing domestic violence, please visit New Settlement’s COVID-19 Update & Resource links page and/or get in touch with Program Director Joy Leonard at j.leonard@newsettlement.org.