Channel Dance

In 2018, Fort Point Theatre Channel launched a movement-focused learning/performance program for children and families.

On Sundays during the summer of 2018, we invited children and families to join us for dance, art, and music-filled events along Fort Point Channel.
Waterfront Plaza
290 Congress Street
(across from the Children’s Museum)

All programs were free

Dance Free Sundays
a dance and art-making event

July 15, July 22, August 19, 1018

Dance Free Sundays offered kids and families dance lessons and chances to perform in a choreographed dance number or theater piece. A “music and dance playground” invited everyone to explore and play with a keyboard, drums, stage props, and costumes. Each week featured a different dance style, such as ballet, hip hop, folk, creative dance, and tap dance, with guest dance teaching artists and musicians.

On Sunday, August 19, we welcomed dance teaching artist, Chanel Thompson (aka Miss 5678) to share her love of hip-hop dance. Children came to learn some fun steps and choreography! Or to make mini-painting, read a book, paint water designs on the patio, or explore our music instruments and dance props.

Story Dance
a creative movement story hour

August 5, September 2, 2018

Story Dance invited children (and parents/caregivers) to dance, play, and use their imaginations to act out a story. A six-foot-high book (the stage scenery) was a central element. The covers of the giant book open, enabling kids to walk through and “enter” the story. Story Dance combined natural movement and storytelling with music, games, hands-on materials, and musical instruments.

Three goals guided FPTC during this development period:

  • All programs would be free.

  • Participants would build skills, explore arts, and perform.

  • We would seek collaborations with community organizations, libraries, and others.