5 Free Events, Step It Up NYC Semifinals, champion ice artists and more

5 Free Events, Step It Up NYC Semifinals, champion ice artists and more

Looking for something to do this week? Here is a selection of free performances and presentations taking place virtually. Find this week’s top picks below.


Music, Decolonization and Activism
When: May 4; 6 p.m.
Host: National Sawdust
Join educator and singer Martha Redbone in conversation with Diné composer Raven Chacon. The two will discuss the often overlooked deep roots and wide influence Native American musical traditions.

Step It Up NYC Semifinals
When: May 4; 6 p.m.
Host: NYC Department of Youth & Community Development 
Watch local youth tear up the dance floor in the Step It Up NYC Semifinals. Dancers will perform “#BLM-inspired choreography” as they compete to secure a spot in the Juneteenth finale.


Pivoting Through the Pandemic
When: May 6; 8 p.m.
Host: Ice Theatre of New York
Step back into the world of ice dancing and enjoy intimate performances by champion skaters Jason Brown, Kaitlyn Weaver, Elladj Balde and Adam Rippon. Stay longer for an intimate conversation about how the skating community responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.


At Home with Irish Arts Center: Shrines
When: May 7; 5 p.m.
Host: Irish Arts Center
Enjoy a night of spell-binding Irish-langauge music in this virtual concert by Brooklyn-based musician Shrines (Carrie Erving).

“The Bridge”
When: May 7; 11 a.m.
Host: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Participate in free daily dance classes taught by innovative BIPOC teachers. This Friday, Yuka Notsuka will lead a class on “Kinetic Spiral,” a cross-cultural dance style that blends elements of tai chi and contemporary American dance.