It was just announced that same day registrations will be accepted for the 9th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Dance, Monday January 21st at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, CT. This years’ theme: Creating Your Own Voice, is presented in partnership with the Connecticut Dance Alliance (CDA), and is open to all dance students, teachers, and dance enthusiasts age 12 and up.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day, the event will include a variety of master dance classes, discussions, and performances that will address the question “can dance be your “voice”?” offering participants an opportunity to explore this concept together with their like-minded dance peers. According to CDA President Robert Reader: “It is important that we encourage creative ways for the next generation to find their own voice, to address issues of diversity and social growth as it will be their responsibility to speak out in the future”.
Registration opens at 8:30 am. The first session for this inspirational day begins at 9:30 am and will be instructed by master teachers from the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. Participants will have a choice of attending either Afro-Caribbean dance taught by Stephen Hankey; Hip-Hop taught by Cheree Knight-Camara; or Jazz dance - with its roots in African dance - taught by Christine Kershaw..
At 11:00 am special guest master teacher and dancer, Antonio Brown, of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company of NYC will begin a two-hour dance workshop specifically focusing on the theme of creating one’s own voice. Choreography will be taught from the showcase offering interested workshop participants the option to perform later that afternoon. After a short break for lunch Deborah Goffe, and Leslie Frye Maietta from the Hartford-based collaborative dance theater, Scapegoat Garden, will lead a discussion of the day’s theme focusing on the personal and cultural perspectives.
The event concludes with an afternoon showcase with solo performances by Antonio Brown, Jolet Creary, Artistic Director of Hartford’s EQulibrium Dance Theatre; a duet by Deborah Goffe and Leslie Frye Maietta of Scapegoat Garden; a performance by Stephen Hankey’s new Hartford based dance company Island Reflections, as well as from students of the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School.
Creating Your Own Voice: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Dance, Monday January 21st 2013, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, 177 College St, New Haven, CT 06510 (one block from the Shubert Theater).
8:30am registration; event: 9:30 am. - 4:00 pm; Showcase: 3:00 – 4:00 pm open to the public
MINIMUM AGE: 12 years
Prices: CDA members: $25; Students of CDA members & group bookings (8+): $10 each
Non-members: $35; Students of non-members: $15
Water and snacks will be provided. Bring your own lunch
Details and parking info at: www.ctdanceall.com click on “What’s New”
Same day walk-in registrations will be accepted.