The National Museum of Dance’s second annual Black History Month Celebration will feature a program of music and dance with performances from the Mt. Olive Southern Missionary Baptist Church gospel choir and dancers, as well as Rithmos, a dance group from Skidmore College.
This year’s program will celebrate the influence and impact of African Americans on American contemporary dance and recognize the different dance styles they helped to develop throughout American history. The story of African American dance in this country is part of a spiritual journey and grows out of the need to preserve and celebrate life and culture.
Distinguished guests in attendance will include Professor Stephen Tyson, Francelise Dawkins, Tina Baird, Yonka Beckem, Professor John Beckem, and Jahvtz Blanton.
Saratoga Reads! representatives will be present at the celebration to talk about the book Twelve Years a Slave written by Solomon Northup, a free black man, who was captured and forced into slavery in Saratoga Springs in 1841 and freed in 1853. Guests will be able to learn about the book and purchase copies.
The free celebration will be held February 24 from 2 to 5pm at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York. For more information, visit www.dancemuseum.org.
A new 2013 calendar shows Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre’s first African American female soloist in more than two decades, striking jaw-dropping poses that celebrate her enviable figure and the beauty of dance.
“I decided to do the calendar to share the beauty of classical ballet with a more artistic twist,” Copeland told The Huffington Post. “I wanted to be able to give my fans and people who might not be so familiar with ballet a more intimate look into my world, to focus on the body with a beautiful, classic, and vintage feel. I wanted the images to be appealing to everyone, with or without knowledge of or exposure to dance.”
Copeland has been busy this year with principal roles as Gamzatti in La Bayadère and the Firebird in the ballet of the same name, so fans are thrilled she took the time to work on this project.
The calendars are currently available for $19.99 on Copeland’s website, http://www.mistycopeland.com/home.html.
To see the original story and more photos from the calendar, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/13/misty-copeland-calendar_n_2121368.html#slide=more262796.
Ballethnic, a professional company that blends classical ballet with African American and other ethnic dance forms, will perform The Best of Ballethnic April 22 to 25 at the Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The company, based in East Point, Georgia, was formed in 1990 by Nena Gilreath and Waverly T. Lucas II, both formerly of Dance Theatre of Harlem and Atlanta Ballet.
For tickets or more information, call 404.762.1416 or visit www.ballethnic.org.