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'Soul Train' Dance Party Rolls Through Fort Greene to Kick Off Arts Fest

By Janet Upadhye | July 28, 2014 4:57pm
 Performers outside Barclays Center at last year's BEAT Festival.
Performers outside Barclays Center at last year's BEAT Festival.
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FORT GREENE — The "hippest trip in America" is set to roll through Fort Greene on Tuesday.

Organizers at Brooklyn's annual BEAT Festival are hosting a Soul Train dance party in Fowler Square for Brooklyn artists, fans and passersby — as part of a celebration to mark the unveiling of this year's festival lineup.

Dancers from Bed Stuy Veterans, contemporary jazz dancer Shirel Jones and ballerina Kyla Ernst-Alper will kick off the train at 11 a.m., dancing to music by Sister Sledge, Manu Debingo and Michael Jackson.

Everyone is welcome to join in.

"We hope people on the streets will join in," said Stephen Shelley, BEAT Festival organizer. "This is not an exclusive line."

The event will mark the unveiling of details, venues and other information about the 2014 BEAT Festival taking place from Sept. 11 through 20 in Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Crown Heights and East New York.

The third annual festival features 17 events with dancers, musicians and other artistic performers. It begins at the Brooklyn Museum, where performers will be stationed throughout the space and people can "choose their own adventure" to see the shows.

Last year more than 1,500 guests attended the opening night event, according to Shelley.

On Sept. 12 and 13 a walking tour through Greenwood Cemetery will reveal dancers emerging from behind tombstones during another BEAT Festival event.