Past Jumpin Juniper Events

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Video: Jumpin’ Juniper hosts Brandin Steffensen’ Space To Play — November 22, 2009

Jumpin’ Juniper hosts an interactive hour of story, song, film, or dance. Immerse yourself in the excitement of high-quality live performances by celebrated guest artists.

Click on each ARTIST’S NAME to learn more about the show!

Ghostly Tales and Sickening (silly) Songs with Robin Bady

The Pop Ups

Suzi Shelton

Jamal Jackson Dance Company

Brandin Steffensen

Bindlestick Bill

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JUMPIN’ JUNIPER presents
GHOSTLY TALES AND SICKENING (silly) SONGS!
with Storyteller/Guitarist Robin Bady

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 at 11AM

Parents, Caregivers and Children are encouraged to come in costume.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Storyteller ROBIN BADY draws upon world folklore,fairy tales, oral traditions, ghost stories and literature for fun interactive storytelling performances that educate as well as entertain. With guitar and songs, movement and madcap characterizations, she brings her stories to joyful life, creating an electric and engaging rapport with her audience. Her storytelling connects us to each other across cultures, traditions and time, powerfully reminding us that we are all members of one world family.

For the past 30 years, Robin has explored various forms of story as storyteller, actress, musician, playwright and director. Formerly artistic director of two youth theater projects, she is currently a teaching artist and staff developer. She often works with guitarist Bob Jones and homemade instrumental musician/composer Skip LaPlante.

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JUMPIN’ JUNIPER presents
The POP UPS

Sunday, December 19th, 2010 at 11AM

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

THE POP UPS believe that everyone loves hot beats and great songs and that people of any age respond to music written without compromise.

THE POP UPS are veteran kids rockers JACOB STEIN (6 years and counting as the creator and driving force behind Tribeca’s break out BIM BOM MUSICFEST class) and JASON RABINOWITZ (auteur of indie-pop sensation THE BLOODSUGARS, and co-writer/producer of 3 LITTLE MAESTROS albums). The duo has built a high-energy live act around the songs that includes live-drawing, dance-beats, large-scale puppets, guitar riffs, and rocking interactive dance numbers that catapult kids out of their seats guarantee a good time for everyone.

The duo was fortunate enough to catch the ear of acclaimed MULTIPLE-GRAMMY WINNING children’s musicians CATHY FINK and MARCY MARXER who agreed to to lend their voices to the record. Being steeped in Brooklyn’s community of uber-talented musicians didn’t hurt either. SLAVIC SOUL PARTY’s BEN HOLMES, and OLD TIME MUSKETRY’s ADAM SCHNEIT also agreed to lend their horns.

THE POP UPS represent the peak of the new wave in children’s music. Dedicated to educating, engaging, and enlightening through imaginative musical fun, and guaranteed not to embarrass you if the songs come up on shuffle in public; you and your family are sure to enjoy THE POP UPS musical odyssey. www.thepopups.com

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Suzi Shelton

JUMPIN’ JUNIPER presents
SUZI SHELTON

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 at 11AM

Join local Brooklyn favorite Suzi Shelton as she returns to the stage at Brooklyn Arts Exchange along with rockin’ NYC guitarist Steve Elliot and special guest Albert Elias for a musical concert full of fun!

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Brooklyn-based kindie rocker SUZI SHELTON will be performing tunes from her solo CD Simply Suzi as well as her latest release, No Ordinary Day, which include high-energy favorites like “Goin’ on a Road Trip” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. “Held up by a folk-influenced backbone, Shelton’s music offers wit for parents, and snakes, tigers and turtles for the kids.”– Cleveland Sun Press. Shelton has over 10 years experience and over six prestigious awards under her belt including Parent’s Choice, The Children’s Music Web, and iParenting Media. This energetic mother of two brings families to their feet singing and dancing along to her original tunes, and is a true favorite with the playground set. Shelton teaches music and movement classes at many local preschools and elementary schools in the Park Slope area. At the show, Shelton will be joined by rockin’ NYC guitarist Steve Elliot and special guest musician Albert Elias as well as son and daughter, Sebastian and Emma.
www.suzishelton.com

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JUMPIN’ JUNIPER presents JAMAL JACKSON DANCE COMPANY

Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 11AM

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

JAMAL JACKSON DANCE COMPANY (JJDC) was founded in 2004 with the purpose of fusing various traditional African dance styles with Modern and Hip Hop techniques and diverse contemporary music styles in order to create a new, unique technique that is relevant to a multifarious community of Americans. The movement and storylines of JJDC choreography focus on redefining ideas of community and blurring divisive lines, while still celebrating the beauty of individual cultures. Jackson has a strong desire to not only entertain and educate an audience, but to pass on dance to people of all ages, which he does through regular dance workshops throughout the year. In keeping with the strong mission, the company used 2010 to begin work on a youth outreach program with Berean Baptist Church’s youth drum line. The dancers of JJDC have donated their time to working with the drummers, dancers and choreographers to impart dance training, as well as to impart discipline, professionalism, work ethic and self-confidence.

JAMAL JACKSON DANCE COMPANY has established a strong presence in New York City, performing year round in festivals, self-produced shows, and private events. The company has presented work at venues including, Jennifer Muller/The Works series, DanceNow Festival, Battery Downtown Dance Festival, and White Wave’s Cool New York Dance Festival. JJDC has also toured to Big Range Austin in Austin, TX, the Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and Performance Spaces of the 21 Century in Chatham, NY. Jackson has also created work for the Diversity in Dance Project at The Yard alongside the Urban Bush Women and the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company.

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THE JUMPIN’ JUNIPER SHOW featuring BRANDIN STEFFENSEN

March 27, 2011 at 11AM

Gertrude Stein meets Space to Play for the very very young at heart. All you need is space to play when Poetry (with a capital P) is motion in words.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

BRANDIN STEFFENSEN is an independent dance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has had the pleasure of dancing with choreographers Brian Brooks, Tiffany Mills, Cherylyn Lavignino, Lawrence Goldhuber, and Yoshiko Chuma, Doug Varone, and Sean Curran, among others. Brandin holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. He performed extensively in the reconstructed works of Alwin Nikolais with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company under the direction of Alberto Del Saz and Murray Louis of the Nikolais/Louis Foundation. He also taught creative movement classes for K-12 throughout the four years he performed with Ririe Woodbury. He has toured his solo adaptation of Deborah Hay’s News extensively and studies improvisation and performance with Nancy Stark Smith. He currently performs with the lovely Keely Garfield and Liz Gerring Dance. His Pentamodal Adaptations has been performed at The Tank, the Harkness 92nd Street Y, the New Museum, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), and at AIR on Metropolitan. He facilitates a monthly Underscore practice through Underscore NYC.

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JUMPIN’ JUNIPER presents
BINDLESTICK BILL

Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 11AM

You can call him “Bindlestick” for short. He is a traveling troubadour that walks into towns all along the Hudson River and sets up camp. With his black hat slightly tilted to one side and his bindlestick resting on his right shoulder, Bill gathers young and old together for song and laughter. His original songs, containing educational concepts, are reminiscent of long ago with a blend of folk, jazz, ragtime and a touch of the blues.
Between songs, he has been known to tell jokes, stories and even juggle. If you listen carefully, you might overhear Bindlestick talking with his traveling companion “Professor Sock-ra-tease.” Sockratease loves to share his extensive knowledge about the world. It’s hard to believe that a sock monkey could be so smart!

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Erin Lee & Marci — October 25, 2009
Brandin Steffensen’ Space To Play
 — November 22, 2009
Charles Dennis’ The Wizard of IZ
 — January 31, 2010
BAXco Dance Company 
— Sunday, February 28, 2010
Erin Lee & The Up Past Bedtime Band
 — Sunday, March 28, 2010
Broadway Bound with Leigh Stein 
— Sunday, April 25, 2010

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