Past Event

Storytelling & Somatics: Watercolor and Dance Workshop with Leah Yassky

November 16, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library: 205 W. 115th St.

Explore your artistic potential with Creative Aging, a series of art workshops for adults 50 and older.

As part of the series, join the Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library for a watercolor and dance workshop with teaching artist Leah Yassky of Urban Stages. 

Have you ever taken a dance class and left with an impulse to create? Or taken a walk and found the next line of a poem? Movement can clear cluttered thoughts and help us follow our core creative impulses. This class series by choreographer Leah Yassky asks students to use movement prompts as an influence for visual storytelling. Each class begins with a guided somatic exploration focusing on growing internal physical perception. When translated into symbols and stories, this practice of tuning in can strengthen the body-mind connection. In this investigation of a merging drawing & moving practice, we layer somatic and mark-making exercises.

No experience is necessary. Students can expect gentle movement exercises and guided drawing and watercolor meditations.  

All materials will be provided. 

Attendance at all sessions is recommended. Space is limited and registration is required. 

This series will consist of 6 sessions, 90 minutes each, and will take place on the following dates: 11/9, 11/16, 11/18, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14. 

About Creative Aging
Creative Aging is a series of free art classes for adults 50 and older. This year, in-person programs are available from branches throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.  Come discover a new art medium or deepen your skills in a practice you’ve explored before! Visit for a full list of programs.

About The Artist
Leah Yassky (they/them) is a movement artist in NYC. With a foundation in contemporary choreography, Leah creates dynamic movement for commercial shoots, film, and performance. Leah teaches group classes and private sessions to find language to develop a practice.

Event Contact Information
Chantelle Grant
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Storytelling from Somatics poster.