Rain dance: Salt Marsh Nature Center celebrates Earth Day

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Brooklynites celebrated Mother Earth with singing, dancing, and storytelling at Marine Park’s Salt Marsh Nature Center’s annual Earth Day celebration on April 28, six days after the official holiday.

Attendees were treated to the Native American narrative work of Roman “Redhawk” Perez, the soothing vocals of August Michael, and a variety of dance routines courtesy of the Brooklyn Dance Center, whose leader called the event a success.

“It went very well. We had about 75 people,” said Gail Kroog. “We used to get a lot of people from the neighborhood, but now we get people from all over come to celebrate.”

Kroog treated guests to a nature-inspired performance with her seven-strong dance squad, she said.

“We do a couple different dances, we do belly dancing, some contemporary dancing,” she said. “All the dances are Earth Day themed.”

Mother Earth even played a starring role in the festivities, as rain forced the celebration into the Nature Center Visitor’s Center.

“We did the event indoors because of the rain,” said Kroog. “But, it went great anyway. We had the doors open, and everyone had a good time.”

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Posted 12:00 am, May 2, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Honeyford Doodle from Park Slope West says:
Save the earth! Save the earth!
May 2, 1:11 pm
Cally from Maui says:
Again with the cultural appropriation. You people are going to go to hell you know.
May 3, 12:53 pm
Virginia from Environmentalist says:
What does taking off your clothes to perform a vulgar dance have to do with saving the planet?! Do you think the only thing a woman can contribute with is her sexuality ?! Get with the times!!
May 4, 9:38 am
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
Belly dancing is vulgar? Oy gevalt. Bet your husband sticks dollar bills in g-strings in one of those Sunset Park joints.
May 4, 9:18 pm

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