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Connecticut Dance Alliance to Host MLK Day of Dance

January 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Connecticut Dance Alliance (CDA) will host the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Dance on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The annual event, which features master classes, seminars and panel discussions, was created by the CDA to honor and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and teachings, as well as the significant contributions made by people of color to the world of dance.

The theme of this year’s event is Legends, Legacy and Lineage. Master classes on modern dance, Afro-Caribbean, stilt walking and jazz will be available for intermediate and experienced dancers. A seminar on how students can successfully apply to college dance programs will be held, as well as a panel discussion focusing on the African-American dance experience. The CDA Regional Meeting Networking Luncheon for members of the dance community will also take place during the event.

Guest artists for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Dance include Broadway musical theatre veteran Stephanie Pope; former principal soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company Kim Stroud; New Haven-based dance teacher, choreographer, dance educator and dancer Christine Kershaw; founding member of The National Dance Theatre Company of Trinidad and Tobago Stephen Hankey; and founding company member of Island Reflections Dance Theatre Company Melissa Craig.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Dance will be held at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, 15 Vernon Street, in Hartford from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Full-day admission is $25 for CDA members and students from CDA member schools; $35 for non-members. Financial assistance for students is available upon request.

On-site registration will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Classes will be held throughout the day from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants are responsible for their own lunches. The CDA Regional Meeting Networking Luncheon for members of the dance community will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Dance of Dance is supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, with major support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

To register online, inquire about financial assistance, and to learn more about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Dance, visit ctdanceall.org.

To register, contact CDA Board Member Alexis Melonopoulos Fleury at alexafleury@gmail.com. For those interested in sponsoring a young dancer, you can make a tax-deductible donation here: bit.ly/2RR3I1M.


Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
160-172 Huyshope Ave
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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