Dazzle Dance in Monroe, LA Hosts 'Dance Day at the Museum' at the African-American Heritage

The month of February is coming to a close, and a huge number of Black History events were hosted across the country. In the middle of February, a dance studio in Monroe, LA organized a free dance event at one of the museums in the city. The owner of Dazzle Dance, Jessica DeTiege, encouraged the community to spread the word about Dance Day at the Museum, which was held at the Northeast Louisiana Delta African-American Heritage Museum on February 18th. This was the first of any kind of dance related activity at the museum. Jessica and her additional dance instructor for the event, Chelsea Wyatt, taught four styles of dance to the girls: ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern. These four genres are

Dancer Plans to Return to Competition after Kicking Leukemia's Butt!

After five difficult months of chemotherapy and battling leukemia-- dancer and leukemia patient, Aliyah Petrone, met Jordan Matter of Jordan Matter Photography a couple of days after Valentine's Day at Cohen Children's Medical Center. Photographer Jordan Matter was shooting a new video in Cohen Children's Medical Center when Aliyah made a request to her nurse for Jordan to visit her room. The photographer said Aliyah reached out to him years ago about shooting for her, but they never connected until now. In September 2017, Aliyah was diagnosed with leukemia, and left college shortly after. During these five months, she has been through four rounds of chemotherapy. This month of February was

Watch Love Work: Presenting 'Rise' Spotlighting Collage Dance Collective in Memphis

The trajectory of excellence of what is Collage Dance Collective actually begins with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968. Founders Kevin Thomas and Marcellus Harper explain how Arthur Mitchell, who was the first African-American dancer with the New York City Ballet, decided after the assassination to leave his position as principal dancer at that top-tier company, where he had been since the pre-civil rights days of 1955, to start Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), a school and company dedicated to showing that Black people could indeed do classical ballet. In this film, Thomas tells us that he was empowered by his experience with DTH where he first danced with other people of c

President's Day: These First Ladies of the U.S. Welcomed Dance to the White House

A brief reminder to us all: President's Day is an American holiday, which occurs on the third Monday in February that was originally established to recognize the late George Washington's birthday, who was the first President of the United States. In later years, Presidents' Day became known as a holiday to honor former presidents and the current one in this country. By honoring Presidents' Day today, we are acknowledging the First Ladies of the United States who welcomed dance to the White House. First Lady, Dolley Madison (1809-1817) First Lady of the United States, Dolley Madison, was the wife of the fourth President, James Madison. Her public social presence was said to be the cause of he

Curly Dancer Search: Q & A Session with NaturallyCurly's Content Editor

Issues in the dance world are on a rise when it comes to naturally curly hair, but more so with kinky curly hair. Typically while studying ballet, taking class in the dance studio or performing on stage, dance instructors prefer the "slick bun." On the other hand, there are companies that are starting to allow dancers with textured hair to embrace their natural hair on stage. In November 2017, the Pacific Northwest Ballet featured a brown ballerina starring as the iconic and leading character, Clara, in the Nutcracker. The Pacific Northwest Ballet received much appreciation for using their stage to recognize diversity during one of the most famous performances in ballet. However, textured ha

SKYPE Session: Dance Mom from Maryland Creates Resourceful Conversations

Families with young dancers can relate to this dance mom; especially if the young dancer is highly active in conferences, summer intensive workshops and daily rehearsals. Aiyda Evans is the dance mom from Baltimore, MD that can be found on social media sharing informative posts about what’s going on in the dance community and special youth programs. Ms. Evans has a fifteen year old daughter by the name of Sage Sarai, who just recently attended the 2018 International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and Festival in Los Angeles, CA. Her daughter Sage dances for Ballet Nouveau School in Baltimore, which is owned by Kristen Stevenson, who’s a graduate from the University of the Arts in

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