Union Square's Free Summer Programs Include Kids Yoga and Lunchtime Jazz

By Heather Holland on May 21, 2013 8:11am 

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 Union Square's Summer in the Park series will bring nine weeks of free programming in June.
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UNION SQUARE — Free early-morning boot camps, dance classes and kids yoga will kick off a nine-week summer series at Union Square beginning next month.

The Union Square Partnership has released the lineup for its free summer programming series, Summer in the Park, which is slated to begin June 13 and includes everything from lunchtime jazz performances to dance classes.

“[We] are proud to put on a free, nine-week series that really caters to all of our constituents, whether they’re young or old,” said Jennifer Falk, executive director of the partnership.

Every Thursday during the summer, Union Square will offer free activities for the community all day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The day begins with free adult fitness classes including a morning running club with Paragon Sports, a boot camp with Circuit of Change and yoga.  Paragon Sports, a new partner of the Union Square Partnership, will be distributing prizes and giveaways during the events, Falk said.

In past years, the boot camp portion was held at 8 a.m., but due to feedback from participants, the camp has been moved to 7 a.m. so that people will have enough time to get to work after the class, she added.

Kids activities — including Storytime, the Gazillion Bubble Show, Baby Loves Disco, and kids yoga — will begin at 10 a.m. and take place at the South Plaza.

“Some of our most popular events are really our kids events,” Falk explained. “We are excited to have as many of our young constituents come by to practice their downward dog in the park.”

The City Parks Foundation will also be hosting a new children’s marionette show of "Red Riding Hood" on June 20.

Students from the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music will perform jazz for the lunch-time crowd at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dance performances and dance classes by Peridance Contemporary Dance Company will be coming to the South Plaza at 5 p.m. on Thursdays, but with four performances this year instead of two.

All programs are free and no registration is necessary. For more information, visit unionsquarenyc.org.

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