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Balance Dance Theatre | Clyde Wilder & the Harlem Swingers | Forces of Nature |
Los Pleneros de La 21 |Queens from the Cast of Fela | Something Positive



Balance Dance Theatre Balance Dance Theatre

 

Now is in its eighth year under the artistic direction of internationally known choreographer Obediah Wright.  The company performs a repertoire of eclectic works with a strong base in ballet, modern, musical theater & African dance styles. They have performed in such prestigious places as  The World Financial Center, The American Museum of Natural History, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the River to River Festival, Lincoln Center, Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, The Brooklyn Museum, and  One Police Plaza for the United States Attorney General Eric Holder and many others. Mr. Wright's choreography is innovative, powerful,passionate, dynamic, sensual, and visceral there is truly something for everyone to take home from a performance. 12 technically pristine dancers bring audiences to their feet after each ballet.

BDT is available for performances and Master Classes and is especially interested in cultural exchange projects due to their mission being one of enhancing both the artist, theater person, and community individuals of all ages.


For more information visit:
www.Obediahwright.com

www.balancetheatre.org


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Clyde WilderClyde Wilder & The Harlem Swingers

The Harlem Swingers, directed by Clyde Wilder, is a performance group dedicated to preserving the legacy of traditional jazz dance and music in its purest forms such as the Blues, the Charleston, the Lindy Hop, the Shim-sham Shimmy, and Tap. 

Through performances, lectures, and interactive workshops, the Harlem Swingers traces these traditional music and dance forms from its African roots, through the slaves plantations, and through the Harlem Ballrooms.  The Harlem Swingers does programs for schools, colleges, festivals, senior citizen centers and family reunions, and theaters.

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Forces of Nature
Forces of NatureExecutive Artistic Director/Choreographer Abdel R. Salaam and Executive Managing Director Olabamidele Husbands co-founded the Forces of Nature Dance Theater Company in 1981.Along with founding company member Dyane Harvey, Forces has produced high quality ballets, conducted dance classes and presented concerts and educational programs in New York City ,the United States, and throughout the world for over 23 years.

Forces of Nature’s cultural matrix is centered in an African and an American intelligence that is global and ecological. Its aesthetic has been critically acclaimed as visceral, thought provoking and creatively brilliant. Forces of Nature utilizes a unique blend of performing arts, which includes contemporary modern dance, traditional West African dance, ballet, house and hip-hop forms as well as live and recorded music and the martial arts.

For more information visit: http://www.forcesofnature.org/

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Los Pleneros De La 21Los Pleneros de la 21

Founded in 1983 by National Heritage Fellow, Juan Gutiérrez, Los Pleneros de la 21, is a non-profit, East Harlem-based group of Puerto Rican folk masters and professional musicians, united in common cause to expose and highlight the importance of the traditional musical forms of Bomba and Plena. Through energetic, sociable and interactive performances, Los Pleneros have developed an extraordinary presence in the Puerto Rican community and beyond. Since 1986 the group started presenting cultural and educational programs which led us to become a non-profit organization.


For music & more information visit: www.myspace.com/losplenerosdela21


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Queens from the Cast of Fela

Queens from the Cast of Fela

 

Queens from the Cast of Fela

Is a collective of cast members from the Tony Award winning original  Musical FELA!  Their performances on Broadway moved hundreds of thousands.  Recognized by the ACCA as Best Ensemble on Broadway in 2011 they continue to perform songs and dances inspired by the musical with some original songs.  They get their audiences up on their feet, singing and dancing to the legendary Afrobeat music of Nigerian musician/political activist Fela Kuti.



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Something Positive-Trinidad & Tobago

Something Positive


Something Positive, Inc. is an Afro-Caribbean performing arts and education organization dedicated to the art and culture of the African Diaspora. Utilizing a unique blend of poetry, storytelling, theater, music and dance, Something Positive specializes in multi-media performance art presentations.  Additionally, Something Positive collaborates with several organizations including Caribbean Cultural Center, American Museum of Natural History, Community Works NYC, Duwyer Cultural Center, Henry Street Settlement Theater and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.
Founded by Cheryl Byron, the ensemble comprises dancers, singers, and musicians. The company has performed for more than two decades, both nationally and internationally. The group has performed their original repertoire at venues including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, African Burial Ground National Monument, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Goldman Sachs Inc., Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, and the Whitney Museum. Something Positive believes that culture is our finest resource and has been continuously praised for “incorporating culture and education with entertainment.”



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