If you’re in the New York area, you are invited to the three-day dance celebration for Dancing While Black’s fifth year anniversary, May 3-5.
Presented by Angela’s Pulse and BAAD! Bronx Academy Of Arts And Dance, the festival will feature performances led by guest artists, Dancing While Black Fellows and BAAD!’s youth dance program, AATT Academy as well as a panel discussion, short film screening and, of course, a dance party.
The artist-led initiative was founded by award-winning dancer and choreographer, Paloma McGregor who has made it her mission to amplify and bring the voices of black dance artists into the center focus.
Even with the rise of such internationally renown black dancers as Misty Copeland, black dancers across artistic genres are still vying to be seen and recognized for their craft. McGregor has made it her personal mission to help create safes spaces for those artists to raise their profile while exploring their artistic process and creating living archives of their works.
Guest master artists include Arthur Aviles, co-founder/artistic director of BAAD!; Chanel DaSilva, co-founder/artistic director of Move NYC; Emmy award-winning tap dance master Jason Samuels Smith and Donna Clark, associate director of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. Alethea Pace, J. Bouey, Jasmine Hearn, Kayla Hamilton, NIC Kay and Shelby Felton are featured as the 2017-18 Dancing While Black Fellows.
“Dancing While Black” is set to take place Thursday-Saturday, May 3-5 at the Bronx Academy Of Arts and Dance, located at 2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10461. Tickets range in price from free and pay what you can to $15-20 for the dance performances on days two and three.
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