Dance Council of North Texas presents Dance Planet 15, a festival of free classes, workshops, and performances, April 16 and 17 at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, Texas.
The event is a community-based dance festival with a performance showcase by 80 dance companies, 25 master classes in dance and fitness for all ages, a Pilates Zone for personal workouts, and a free adaptive dance teacher workshop. Special guest is Nem Brito, a celebrated Afro-Brazilian dance artist from Bahia, Brazil, who will teach Afro-Brazilian ritual dances and samba. Brito is the founder and artistic director of Diáspora Cia Baiana de Dança in Bahia. He was formerly with Dance Brazil as a principal dancer and associate director for 10 years.
The Performance Showcase will feature performances from dance companies from public schools, studios, colleges, professional companies, and cultural and senior centers in hip-hop, ballet, tap, tango, flamenco, folklorico, and more. Twenty-five dance and fitness master classes will be taught on the hour, and the Pilates Zone will offer 30-minute personal workouts taught by certified instructor ChaCha Guerrero of Metroplex Pilates.
All activities and events are free. Class and performance schedules will be posted at www.thedancecouncil.org in April.