Who We Are

Beach Sessions is
A pioneering performance series supporting and presenting site-responsive work by New York-based choreographers in Rockaway Beach, Queens.

An outdoor public program providing dance performances, public events, and environmental initiatives.  

Free and open to the public.

Beach Sessions 2015. Video Documentation by Ursula Sommer, Edit by Brian Agamie.

The mission of Beach Sessions Dance Series is to support creativity in the Rockaways, inspire sustained investment in the natural beauty of the Rockaway shoreline, and facilitate public engagement with contemporary dance on the peninsula.  

Through its public programming and outdoor performances, Beach Sessions stimulates critical dialogue about art and the environment in the broader community of Rockaway Beach, Queens. With collaboration inherent to its mission, Beach Sessions brings the visionary edge of dance to a democratic audience, with art made and presented in Rockaway that is fused with interventions for environmental awareness and action.

Photo by John Suhar Photograpy

Photo by John Suhar Photograpy

Our Story
Beach Sessions was established in the winter of 2015 by Rockaway resident and curator Sasha Okshteyn, with the goal to explore the creative capacity of dance, in its myriad of forms, and its potential to encourage environmental change in the area. Within its first year, it launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and formed instrumental partnerships with local institutions such as Rockaway Artists Alliance, Surfrider, and NYC Parks. These efforts supported the creative processes of four choreographers and two photographers, produced eight outdoor performances on Beach 84th for over 1,000 people, actively addressed local environmental issues through a weekly beach cleanup, and produced a photo catalog distributed at New York Art Book Fair.

Founding Artists
Shannon Gillen, choreographer
Loni Landon, choreographer
Emery LeCrone, choreographer
Reggie Gray, choreographer
Samantha Casolari, photographer
Daniel Terna, photographer

Production Team
Sasha Okshteyn, Artistic Director
Cameron Cuchulainn, Operations
Emma Exley, Graphic Designer
Brian Agamie, Video Editor