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STEPPING THRU THE SNOW Performance Review

I had the pleasure of attending StepAfrika! closing show for the 2018 year~ Magical Musical Holiday Step Show . It's always a Party with these exciting and riveting performers. They come together from different parts of the country, cultures, fraternities and sororities to bring audiences at the Atlas Theatre on H Street Washington DC what they do best....STEPPING. Arriving early, is always best when seeing a show, and so I did. It allows the audience time and opportunity to dive into the experience be seated and actually browse through the program, learn the details of the show and discover the persons and organizations who make it all possible. Upon entry an interactive table greets audiences at the door where we can quickly craft and design their own instruments and noise makers. This is what makes StepAfrika! a household favorite, they provide creative and interactive seg ways for the public engage throughout the show. This is Brilliant for audiences with children, s

The Legacy Continues...

Thanks to our passionate and dedicated PGPCS Dance Photographer Rodney Rice Jr. we have some glimpses from the evening of Dance Our Legacy. Audience from the showcase are eagerly awaiting the next endeavor from us and the amount of support and interest in donating to the scholarship fund is humble, yet generous-- a true testament to the caliber of work that was shown. The International Association of Blacks in Dance Board Member, Carol Foster was buzzing through the week with how impressed she was stating, ". ..the Legacy, is definitely in good hands ." Here are a few moments captured of Ms. Foster giving the Directors some energy, character and LIFE as she enters the stage during the Q+A. It was a pleasure to have this DC Dance Veteran join us for an evening of Excellence--celebrating all of those who cam before us to make an our passion and purpose in dance a Lifelong endeavor.  We've not stopped short of Excellence at the stage... In the season of change, ne

An Evening of Excellence turned into an Evening of SUCCESS

Thank You to the Dancers and Directors of the Dance Our Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser Showcase The Collectif Project Release Dance Company Future Destiny Dancers The Conway Academy Jyla's Dance Studio Divine Dance Institute Neema Dance Collective Thank You to our opening act and featured Singer, Ryan Collins! Thank You to Photographer Rodney Rice Jr., Pierre Cannon and Videographer Kester Brown Thank You to our Production Sponsors: The Savvy Business Chic, Kisha Holloman, and Everett Browning. Thank You to DC Dance Veteran Carol Foster, Special Programs Director of the International Blacks in Dance Association for all the exceptional work she is doing in the community. Thank You to Starbucks for offering refreshments in the Lobby. Thank You to the Ticket Booth Attendants, Ushers and Maintenance and Production Staff for helping bring an Evening of Excellence to LIFE!   And of course, this all would not be possible without the generous support and contri

CTV Interview about Dance Our Legacy

Thank You to CTV Anchorwoman Denise Douglass for spending time with the Freshman Dance Students at Suitland High School for the VPA Monday September 24th Kayla has the opportunity to share the details of the scholarship with the dancers, teach a warm up class and hold a Q & A about the life and career as a professional dancer. Kayla was the first in the history of the VPA Dance Program in Prince Georges County to attend the NFAA YoungARTS Week--she wanted to be sure that they students understood the value and importance of academia going forth.  Experience the Wonderful Performance on Saturday October 6, 2018 @7pm - 9pm www.bowiecenter.org TICKETS ON SALE $10 The Bowie Center for Performing Arts 15200 Annapolis Rd Bowie, MD 20715

Dance Our Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser Event: All Day of Dance Support the Next Generation

Dance: Our Legacy Saturday October 6, 2018 Bowie Performing Arts Center (9am - 1pm) Workshops $Pay as You Can, Donation Based (7 - 9pm) Evening Performance $10 Tickets Tickets on sale NOW! https://www.tix.com/ Event.aspx?EventCode=1095259 All of the proceeds will go towards the building of a Scholarship Fund Featured Performers: The Conway Academy Neema Dance Collective The Collectif Project AfroTempo: AfroDance Revolution Release Dance Company Divine Dance Institute Future Destiny Dancers Jyla Dance Studio The Dance:Our Legacy Scholarship is the first of many announcements that our Dance Community is one of Spirit, Integrity, Achievement, and Excellence. We are coming together so that our children can witness the power of a collective effort. We place our imprint on the greater Dance Community by raising our voices so that the echo can be heard from now and for generations to come. All of the proceeds collec

Help US Keep Dance Alive

This Fall we are coming together as the Small World that we are....to connect to our Greater Dance Community in the US Virgin Islands. After the devastation of Hurricane Irma in 2017, the course of civilians lives were changed, homes, business and roadways were destroyed and all that is left today is hope that the people have to carry on and the courage that it takes to start a new life.                                       The International Blacks in Dance Association received a call for help from Director of Music in Motion School of Higher Dance Education, Sharlita Schuster: requesting organizations to contribute to their efforts to restore and rebuild what was lost from the disaster.  We as a community, in the DC Metropolitan area are responding to that call by being of service and giving all that we can. We have asked of nearby dance schools, studios and companies to collect  New and New Condition Dance Wear to prepare for shipment by Sept 12, 2018. We are also putting

AfroDance REVOLUTION

I think Gil Scott Heron got it right when he said, "The Revolution will not be Televised". This evening's performance was one not to be missed. As a dancer in the DC Metropolitan area, I have the pleasure of knowing a few of these great dancer's personally who graced the stage with their AfroDance Magic.... However, I got to see them in a new light-one that makes me to understand why they are such spectacular dancers. The energy was palpable from beginning to end, the story line was uniquely designed to educate the audience on the legacy, history, and presence of AfroDance the costumes were vibrant and attractive and of course the music was a non-stop party. AfroTempo, a movement consisting of evening classes held in the Laurel area by Elizabeth Liadi--Dancer, Wife and Mother, brought dancers from various African Diaspora Nationalities together to showcase the various styles within this popular dance form: AfroModern, AfroBeat, Afro Hip Hop, Afro Latino, Afro

theGKBabe is in Session: with Mommies

Expectant Mother, Dancer, Reiki Naturalista, and Certified Notary-- Ms. Beverly Hunter came in for her first experience with GYROKINESIS® with theGKBabe. She was greeted with the sounds of Native American Flute and a smile as she filled out her intake form at the Elements Wellness Center Studio. Now in her final trimester of pregnancy she is finally coming to glacial pace whereas she can prepare to deliver her first child. She comes with a good report of have already having strength, endurance and a pain-free preganancy course taking part in such as activities as Yoga, Reiki, Meditation and regular walking. Now, with her encounter with Kayla she can take things a step further using GYROKINESIS® to facilitate movement that releases tension in her hips and shoulder and upper back areas.  Beverly is taking the natural birth approach in hospital. While she has the support of loved ones and family members she will need to be in full control of her breathing to find stability during t

BEYOND by Deaviated Theatre

It was a night of intergalactic experiential WONDER. Congratulations to Deviated Theatre for celebrating their 10th Anniversary! What a fantastic way to ring in the first decade of work at Dance Place amongst friends, family, loved ones and supporters. Myself, along with other fellow Practitioners of the Elements Wellness Center came out to support our beloved Kimmie for the World Premiere of BEYOND. It was a personal pleasure to experience the unfolding of her brilliance as a Choreographer. The house was welcomed by Co-Artistic Director Enoch Chan, swarming in like a Jurassic Park themed hurricane rollercoaster. He requested that we explode with excitement--as we should, like comets shooting out into space. Short, Fun and Sweet, the audience did a collective WAVE and the curtain peeled back.  Luna, the main character of the piece finds herself somewhere between a dust storm and planet Mars. Her journey is one that of her own mind as she is travels in time to retrieve,

Healthy Hues: Cooking Workshop w/Brandi

Today's Workshop at the Smith Center for Healing & the Arts was led by Chef Brandi Redo. This was Brandi's second time offering the community a special cooking course entitled, "Cooking with Healthy Hues"-- encouraging the use of color in our food choices to bring in variety and multi-sourced nutrients. With (5) participants joining in with Brandi on an adventure in the kitchen with foods that hit just about every color in the Rainbow, the class turned out to be a HIT! Although one might flinch at the idea of spending 3 hours in the kitchen when it's not the holiday season, Chef Brandi had a fun-filled interactive experience in store for all who came to be a part of the workshop....including myself. *the designated helper, preparer, washer and support* Brandi was such FUN. The energy about her from the moment she walked thru the door was BRIGHT, Confident, Welcoming and Assured. Stepping into the kitchen with Brandi is like opening up a magical cupboard