Friday, April 12, 2019

Deeply Rooted Hosts Dance Education Showcase May 11-12

putting the spotlight on its cross-
generational movement education 
programs by hosting a Dance Education 
Showcase May 11 and 12 at St. 
Benedict the African Parish, 6550 S. 
Harvard Ave., Chicago.
The performance will feature work by 
DRDT’s Youth Ensemble, its Apprentice 
dancers and participants in the 
Mature H.O.T. (Health-conscious, 
Optimistic, Triumphant) Women 
program, which provides technical 
training and repertory workshops to 
strengthen the body, challenge the 
mind and nourish the spirit of 
women who are average age 
40+. “The performance is a reflection 
of our dance education programs, filled 
with various techniques, conversations 
of artistic exploration and 
choreographic workshops led by 
Deeply Rooted's Artistic Team, 
company dancers and guest artists,” 
said DRDT Dance Education Director 
Nicole Clarke-Springer.
Proceeds from these 
performances will support 
DRDT’s annual educational 
programming, master classes, 
outreach programs and local 
and national performance 
Deeply Rooted Dance 
Theater’s Dance Education 
Showcase takes place 
Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. 
and Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m.
at St. Benedict the African, 
6550 W. Harvard Ave., Chicago.

A reception follows the Sunday 

General admission is $20; 
patrons who purchase a 
$150 ticket become 
members of 
DRDT's Harvest 
Group, providing additional 
support for these programs.

Tickets are available 

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Premiering in 1996, Deeply 
rooted in traditions of modern, 
contemporary and African 
 dance, as well as storytelling, in 
universal themes that spark a 
visceral experience and 
ignite an emotional response in 
diverse audiences worldwide. 
Collaborating with 
nationally renowned 
 choreographers across the 
spectrum of modern, ballet 
and African dance, DRDT 
presents work that reflects 
eclectic voices in contemporary 
Deeply Rooted’s programs are 
partially supported by the 
Alphawood Foundation Chicago, 
Arts Work Fund and Smart 
Growth program of the Chicago 
Community Trust, Chicago 
Park District’s Night Out in 
the Parks Program, Ginger 
Farley Charitable Fund at the 
Chicago Community 
Foundation, Gaylord and 
Dorothy Donnelley 
Foundation, John D. and 
Catherine T. MacArthur 
Foundation, Illinois 
Arts Council Agency, 
 International Association 
of Blacks in Dance,the 
Martha Struthers Farley and 
Donald C. Farley Jr. Family 
Foundation, Reva and David 
Logan Foundation the 
Richard H. Driehaus 
Foundation and the 
Deeply Rooted Family of 
Friends. Special thanks to 
Ballet Chicago, Chicago 
Dancemakers Forum, 
Chicago Community Trust, 
Chicago Park District, Reva 
and David Logan Center 
and St. Benedict the 
African Church for their 
partnership and support.
Photo by Ken Carl.

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