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Dance Iquail presents panel discussion for Black History Month

Dance Iquail presents panel discussion for Black History Month




Riverside Theater, 91 Claremont Avenue (entrance on Claremont & 121 Street), NYC


Monday, February 2, 2015 - 6:30pm




DANCE IQUAIL, in partnership with DANCE/NYC and HAA: HARLEM ARTS ALLIANCE, presents

A Panel Discussion: Black Swan: Solidarity Beyond Colored Pointe Shoes

Monday, February 2, 6:30   (reception will follow)
Riverside Theater, 91 Claremont Avenue (entrance on Claremont & 121 Street)
Free Admission - reservations are recommended, as seating is limited
For reservations e-mail iquail@iquaildance.org 

Dance Iquail, in partnership with Dance/NYC and the Harlem Arts Alliance, presents a free panel discussion titled Black Swan: Solidarity Beyond Colored Pointe Shoes, which will examine the importance of resilience as seen in the stresses on black artists, communities and institutions. A panel of distinguished women of color in the ballet world will gather for what promises to be a lively and stimulating discussion on how dance as an art form can help organizations and individuals adapt and recover from the stress of racial segregation, diminished resources, and social disenfranchisement, Monday February 2, 6:30 PM, at Riverside Theater.

Scheduled to appear are:
Baraka Sele (Moderator), Independent arts consultant, former VP of Programming at NJPAC
Zita Allen, dance historian
Delores Brown, former ballet dancer and teacher, member of NY Negro Ballet in 1957
Karen "KB" Brown, former Artistic Director Oakland Ballet
Andrea Long-Naidu,  former NYCB and DTH dancer
Iqail Shaheed,  Artistic Director, Dance Iquail

This Town Hall is part of an community engagement campaign surrounding Dance Iquail's "Black Swan," a new 75 minute dance-based production choreographed by Iquail Shaheed to the music of artist/activist Nina Simone (1933-2003). The project explores the experience of the black ballerina as a window into issues of race, identity, and isolation, incorporating elements of performance art to investigate these psychological tensions.

Dance Iquail is a 21st century cutting edge dance company that was created to not only educate and empower both talented dancers and audiences, but also to offer a positive influence to inner city youth through education and community awareness.  As part of its dual mission, Dance Iquail is hosting this Town Hall to facilitate communication between the dance community and the community in New York City interested in equality in arts and education.  

In its 8th season, also held during Black History Month, Dance Iquail will follow with presentations of its new full evening work, "Black Swan," in NYC Feb 13-14 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, and in Philadelphia Feb 25-27 at the Mandell Theater.   A press release devoted to the "Black Swan" performances will follow soon.  

For more information at this time, please contact Dance Iquail through 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danceiquail
website: http://www.danceiquail.org/
twitter: https://twitter.com/DANCEIQUAIL

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