For the first time ever, on its 25th anniversary, SummerStage–the annual must-see summer event series–will be in Harlem at Jackie Robinson Park, as part of its new citywide initiative. This Friday, July 30, Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet Dance Theatre (CODT) and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion will be featured with what City Park Foundation calls “…modern and classical technique with African-American soul and spirit, [from] CODT … [and] eclectic, pure energy dance arrangements…from Abraham.In.Motion.”

On Saturday, July 31, the featured companies are Michael Leon Thomas’ Motion Theater Lab and Earl Moseley’s Institute of Dance (EMIA). City Park Foundation writes, “Moseley’s highly acclaimed Institute of the Arts star dancers…perform works grounded in ballet, modern, African, hip-hop, jazz and tap.” The young dancers of EMIA will be featured in Brian Brooks’ “Pump It”; Ronald K. Brown’s “One Earth Together”; Freddie de Jesus’ “A Sudden Manhattan of da Mind”; Moseley’s “Last Night I Dreamed of Balloons,” “SKETCHES” and “First Time”; Meredith Rainey’s “Recess”; and Vincent Tardy’s “Caged,” plus “Mix and Match” by Kevin Wynn. Motion Theatre Lab will premiere “Aquarius Rising” to the sounds of classic underground dance music.

This is a free event! Both evenings will begin with an hour-long open class for all ages. On Friday, there will be a contemporary, modern dance class with Jamel Gaines, and on Saturday, the Hip Funking Hop dance class with Calvin Wiley.

For more information, visit www.summerstage.org.