Maybe the fireworks will die down after the Fourth of July is over, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to celebrate — and in this case we’re talking about Harlem’s always dynamic art scene and a centennial observance of one its most famous artists.

On July 7th, The Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre will mount a performance of “On the Block,” an original ballet inspired by the iconic collage, “The Block,” by renowned African-American artist Romare Bearden, to benefit ArtCrawl Harlem™ and the Romare Bearden Foundation.

The fundraiser, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Oberia D. Dempsey Multi-Service Center at 127 W. 127th Street, costs $25 for admission ($20 is tax deductible) and gets you into both the performance and the reception, which follows at 8 p.m. at the Maysles Cinema with a short film on Bearden.

You’ll see original “On the Block” cast members Dudley Williams (dancer emeritus with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and Dyanne Harvey (Alvin Ailey and Forces of Nature Company) in performance, as well as Sarita Allen (former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and Walter Rutledge, the choreographer and associate artistic director of the troupe.

For more information and/or tickets, contact Jacqueline Orange at 212-866-7427, send an email to or go to the website at