Ballet, modern, hip-hop, and Broadway dance will all be represented in the East Room of the White House on September 7 for the “White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison.”
First Lady Michelle Obama invited has invited some of the country’s leading dance companies to perform at the celebration of Jamison’s career as a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the past 20 years. (Robert Battle succeeds her in the post in July 2011.)
The participants include the Ailey company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Washington Ballet, one of the boys playing the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical, Super Cr3w, and New York City Ballet.
Each of the participating companies will lead a segment of a dance workshop that will be held in the East Room at 3 p.m., two hours before the tribute.