Thursday, November 06, 2008

8th Annual South Dallas Dance Festival starts tonight

[I received the following announcement from the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) about a 4-day dance festival happening at one of my favorite cultural spots in Big D, the South Dallas Cultural Center near Fair Park.]


Beckles Dancing Company
ARGA NOVA DANCE and the South Dallas Cultural Center invite you to the 8th annual South Dallas Dance Festival (SDDF 8), New Growth!

Events will start tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm with a Roundtable discussion on the relevance of dance in various pursuits - health, religion, art, self-expression. The Festival continues Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm with performances. A Praise Dance showcase will close the Festival on Sunday at 3 pm.

On Saturday at 1 pm, a master class in African Dance with guest artist Michelle Gibson will enliven the festival as it does every year. Additional events include a film and a reception. SDDF 8 is supported in part by the South Dallas Cultural Center, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the James and Gayle Halperin Foundation, the Star System of donors to ARGA NOVA DANCE. For further information, call 214-886-2321.


Michelle Gibson, choreographer, instructor, and performing artist received her B.F.A in Dance from Tulane University. Michelle, a New Orleans native, has also studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, and the Urban Bush Women's, "Walking with Pearl Primus" summer intensive. Her motion picture credits include having been cast as a featured dancer in the Academy Award nominated film, Interview With a Vampire, the Academy Award winning film, Ray, and the movie Just My Luck with Lindsay Lohan. Michelle's live performances include Confederacy of Dances, The Kid From Elysian Fields, tours in Germany, Japan, and Amsterdam, E- Women Network, LINKS Incorporated, Drum Café' and also performing at the UNCF's Patterson Research Institute Annual Conference. Michelle is the Founder and Artistic Director of Exhibit Dance Collective and her choreographic credits include Funk Nation, Bourbon Suite Women, Origins of Life, The River May Cry, Orumulia's Voices, Passions of Juno, A Creole Mass, and award nominated pieces Women's Evolution and Orisha Suite. Michelle has had the privilege of training under the direction of Ronald K. Brown, Sean Curran, Marlies Yearby, Max Luna, Alton Geno, Lula Elzy, Doug Varone, Baba Chuck Davis, Baba Richard Gonzales and Donald McKayle. Michelle is currently an artist in residence with the Ashe' Cultural Arts Center, choreographer for Six Flags/WOW Entertainment Dallas TX, member of Drum Café, and educator and instructor with the Dallas Independent School District teaching grades 9-12.

Participating companies are: A Dance Expression,Beckles Dancing Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Dallas Hispanic Dance, Ella Lois Hudson Ensemble, Khemetic Origins Rites of Passage Systems, Lisbon Elementary School "Character Counts" Dance Company, Mary Lois School of Dance Performing Company, Moving Canvas Dance Project, Tina Mullone, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, ORIZON "O.P.T." ft. R3venge of the Nerdz, Pearl C. Anderson Dance Ensemble, Phase 2 Dance Ensemble, Second Generation Dance Company (from Houston), SDDF Scholarship 2008 Recipient Lauran Spencer, Jhon R. Stronks (from Houston),The Hockaday School Dance Department, and W. E. Greiner Dance.

On Sunday - The Art of Praise Dance featuring: Beckles Dancing Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Dr. Cori D. Mooring, For His Glory Dance Ministry, Jubilee UMC Praise In Motion, Lisbon Developmental Dance Company, Ordered Steps Productions, The Men of Judah of Friendship West, Second Generation Dance Company (from Houston), and Friendship West Youth Praise Dance Community.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday November 6, 7 & 8, at 7 & 8:00 pm;
Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 pm.

Admission: $10; Seniors, Students, Members of Star System and
Dance Council $5; The Roundtable is FREE.

South Dallas Cultural Center located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave.

Visit or call 214/939-ARTS for more information.

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