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SWEET WATER DANCE & YOGA TO UNVEIL NEW MURAL BY FINE ARTIST JACQUELINE COMRIE GARRIDO
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Bronx, NY – September 26, 2016 – Internationally acclaimed fine artist Jacqueline Comrie Garrido will unveil a new mural at Sweet Water Dance & Yoga as part of their 2nd Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser scheduled to take place on Friday October 7th at 7PM.

Jacqueline graduated from OCAD University in Toronto and has dedicated her practice to revitalizing indoor and outdoor spaces for organizations in Toronto and abroad. Her works create stimulating environments that positively affect mental wellbeing through the conscious choice of bold colour palettes.

Comrie’s body of work is deeply influenced by concepts of color therapy and its great ability to positively affect a person’s state of mind, themes which are well-aligned with Sweet Water Dance & Yoga’s mission to promote health and wellness in The Bronx. “Jackie will bring Sweet Water’s stairwell to life” said studio owner Yosara Trujillo. “Flowing against the current can serve as a powerful metaphor for how health and wellness develops in both our communities and our lives” she added referring to the symbolic imagery.

In 2013, Comrie’s Desintegración was awarded 1st Place in the Roberto Lewis Fine Arts Competition in Panama City, Panama, the country’s highest national honor for a fine artist, making her the first woman to receive this award. The painting was later selected for their national collection of art work exhibited at The Seventh Summit of the Americas (VII Cumbre de las Americas).

Sweet Water Dance & Yoga will host its 2nd Annual Gala & Fundraiser on Friday, October 7th, 2016 in its studio located at 876 Gerard Avenue, just a block away from Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. The party will benefit the studio’s operations and non-profit arm Bronx Kids Boogie with a portion of the proceeds going towards the funding of its Roots & Rivers Cultural Arts Program for children. The reception will begin at 7:00PM.Proceeds from the Gala will help support the incorporation of Bronx Kids Boogie and the continued operations of its Roots & Rivers Cultural Arts Program. Food and refreshments will be provided, including an open bar and featuring some of The Bronx’s most delicious eats.

Individual Gala tickets start at $50 for standing room, and existing members enjoy a 30% discount.
Early Bird Discount ends on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th.

To purchase tickets and support Sweet Water Dance & Yoga and Bronx Kids Boogie, call 718-992-2484 or visit http://www.sweetwaterdanceandyoga.com

2nd ANNIVERSARY GALA & FUNDRAISER ON FRIDAY OCT. 7
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Bronx, NY – September 23, 2016 – Sweet Water Dance & Yoga will host its 2nd Annual Gala & Fundraiser on Friday, October 7th, 2016 in its studio located at 876 Gerard Avenue, just a block away from Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. The party will benefit the studio’s operations and non-profit arm Bronx Kids Boogie with a portion of the proceeds going towards the funding of its Roots & Rivers Cultural Arts Program for children. The reception will begin at 7:00PM.

At 8:00PM the show kicks off with the exciting unveiling of a new mural by internationally acclaimed artist Jacqueline Comrie Garrido, followed by an electrifying showcase of the studio’s selection of dance and yoga offerings. Closing the evening will be a dynamic series of musical and spoken word performances by some of The Bronx’s most talented local artists.

The unveiling of the mural by Toronto-based fine artist Jacqueline Comrie Garrido will be accompanied by a special discussion exploring the concepts that inspired the vibrantly colorful new work and its stunningly symbolic imagery. “Jackie will bring Sweet Water’s stairwell to life” said studio owner Yosara Trujillo. “Flowing against the current can serve as a powerful metaphor for how health and wellness develops in both our communities and our lives” she added referring to a theme of the work.

The dance and yoga showcase will highlight the wide array of disciplines lovers of both can practice at the studio. A truly impressive line-up includes: Salsa; Ballet; Bharathanatyam; Tap Dance; Modern Dance; Pole Dance; Egyptian Belly Dance; Samba; Capoeira; and Hip-Hop.

Topping off the evening will be a captivating series of music and poetry performances by some The Bronx’s most talented and inspiring voices.

The evening’s celebration of art, dance, community, and wellness are a perfect reflection of Sweet Water Dance & Yoga’s core values and its mission to advance health and wellness in The Bronx. “Health and wellness in the Bronx is in crisis. The Bronx has now been ranked dead last among New York’s sixty-two counties in health, wellness and quality of life indices by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation... for 7 YEARS IN A ROW. That the Bronx is also among the youngest and poorest of NY counties, means that it is our most vulnerable citizens that are suffering: children in poverty. This is unacceptable to us!” said Trujillo.

With a commitment to help reverse this troubling trend, in 2015 Sweet Water Dance & Yoga launched Bronx Kids Boogie, “a community initiative dedicated to creating an organic, authentic and self-perpetuating culture of health, wellness and mindfulness among Bronx kids and their families.” The organization donated nearly 200 yoga mats to children in their local community and exposed them to fun, new ways to stay healthy through free yoga, dance, fitness and nutrition classes held in local parks and community gardens.

These accomplishments notwithstanding Sweet Water Dance & Yoga felt it could do more to advance the cause of health and wellness in The Bronx. To that end in the summer of 2016 they hosted the Roots & Rivers Cultural Arts Program, a six week intensive focused on four concentration areas: Community & Environment; Mindful Movement; Fine Arts; and Applied Skills. The program proved a resounding success, positively impacting 15 Bronx families who adopted valuable health and wellness practices that will profoundly affect the rest of their lives.

Ms. Trujillo and the entire Sweet Water Dance & Yoga team are both humbled and inspired by these successes. “It is our vision that we can change these statistics and what they say about us by empowering our kids both in their own skin and in the environment just beyond. Our mission is to continue to refine our curriculum, deliver this programming at little or no cost to Bronx Kids, and with the help of impact studies conducted by the appropriate partners in Public Health, identify those practices that will not only propel us out of last place, but take us straight to the top of the list” said Trujillo.

Proceeds from the Gala will help support the incorporation of Bronx Kids Boogie and the continued operations of its Roots & Rivers Cultural Arts Program.

Food and refreshments will be provided, including a heavy appetizer spread and an open bar featuring some of The Bronx’s most delicious eats.

Individual Gala tickets start at $50 for standing room. Existing members who have taken at least 5 classes in the last 6 months also enjoy a 30% discount (see below):

Guest | Member*

Standing Room: $50.00 | $35.00* No seating, Standing Room (unobstructed) View of Performance
Open Bar & Food Service

Theater Seating: $75.00 | $50.00* Theater Style Seating, Seating is First Come First Served
Open Bar & Food Service

Table Seating: $100.00 | $75.00* Table Seating all with Prime View of Performances, Seating is by Request & Assignment
Open Bar & Food Service

Organization Table Seating: Whole Table (Seats 10) for $1,250.00

To purchase tickets visit http://www.sweetwaterdanceandyoga.com  or call us at 718.992.2484.

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Bronx, NY 10452

Phone. 718-992-2484

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