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Classic Soul Train line kicks off Brooklyn’s annual BEAT festival

Posted: 6:02 PM, Jul 29, 2014
Updated: 2014-07-29 18:02:07-04

FORT GREENE, Brooklyn (PIX11) – Over the years the borough of Brooklyn has churned out some of the biggest names in the performing arts.

Director Spike Lee, legendary hip hop mogul Jay Z and Oscar-winning songstress Barbara Streisand to name a few.

You just can’t deny the talent and come this September, Brooklynites will be able to celebrate it at the 3rd annual Brooklyn BEAT Festival.

“We have the most forward thinking artists in America [here] and there’s no opportunity for them to come together on a yearly basis,” artistic director and Executive Producer Stephen Shelley explained to PIX11 News.

“The BEAT festival lets them show all the cutting edge work being made and produced here.”

Showcasing the borough’s emerging crop of eclectic local theater, dance and voice talent – BEAT Fest sets up shop across locations in Brooklyn like the Brooklyn Museum and green-wood cemetery, giving fresh faces a platform to share their craft.

Dancer Kyla Ernst-Alper has plans to mash-up her craft with social media.

“Anybody can write a tweet, using the hashtag #tweetdance and the dancers will see that tweet and then will do an on-the-spot dance.”

Other artists and performances in this year’s roster include renowned poet Aja Monet, an opera by entitled “Stop & Frisk: The Musical,” and Improv Everywhere’s The Mp3 Experiment.

The Brooklyn BEAT Festival takes over the borough starting September 11 through 20th.

For more information on tickets and this year’s roster, visit their website.