Ronald K. Brown and Evidence conduct residency at CityDance

Washington DC, Jan 17, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ronald K. Brown, Founder and Artistic Director and Arcell Cabuag, Associate Artistic Director of Evidence, A Dance Company will be in residence at CityDance Center at Strathmore for two weeks, beginning January 18. During the residency, Brown and Cabuag will set a work from the Company’s repertory on CityDance Conservatory students and teach over 21 contemporary dance classes for students of the school. Additionally, CityDance will host two special contemporary master classes led by Ron K. Brown on Friday, January 18 and Friday, January 25 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in CityDance Studio 405 at Strathmore. The class fee is $25/per class and it is open to the public.  The class will be intermediate level. Visit citydance.net to register.

Brown will also work with over 150 students from CityDance Community Programs during a series of workshops offered at eight DC Public Schools and one KIPP DC charter school. On Wednesday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m. Ronald K. Brown will give a workshop at CityDance’s Strathmore studios for students from M.C. Terrell and Simon Elementary Schools who participate in Washington Performing Arts Society’s Capitol Dance Project. The residency will culminate in a co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts Society of Ronald K. Brown and Evidence at GW Lisner Auditorium on February 1, 2013 at 8pm. The performance, including a series of vignettes On Earth Together, set to Stevie Wonder songs, is a unique chance for students and dance lovers alike to experience this progressive and poetic company in action. Tickets: $20-$35, $10, student ticket price available. Visit wpas.org.

About Ron K. Brown: Ron K. Brown was born in Brooklyn and founded the New York-based contemporary dance ensemble EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY in 1985. Because of the highly collaborative nature of his work Brown has worked with a wide variety of artists from composer/designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, and Ernie McClintock’s Jazz Actors Theater, to name a few. In fall 2006, Brown received The United States Artists Rose Fellowship one of only four choreographers of 50 artists to receive the inaugural award. Numerous other fellowships and awards include: Foundation Fellowship in Choreography; a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography; New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie); a Black Theater Alliance Award; the American Dance Festival, Humphrey/Weidman/Limón Award; Fellowships from the Edward and Sally van Lier Fund; AUDELCO Black Theatre Award (2003); and being named the Def Dance Jam Workshop Mentor of the Year in 2000.

The mission of Evidence, Inc. is to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken word, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation. Evidence’s Artistic Director, Ron K. Brown, makes dance stories in response to the human condition and the current cultural climate. He shares various perspectives of life through modern dance, theater, and kinetic story telling. Traditional sensibilities of community, ritual and collective understanding are expressed through the stories and the movement and reinforced in the work. Dance is Brown’s unique way of retaining African Culture for a new generation. For more on Ronald K. Brown & EVIDENCE visit their website.

CityDance provides arts education, professional dance training and performances across the DC metropolitan area including the Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, where CityDance School & Conservatory train young dancers for professional careers; the Center at DC Dance Collective; The Madeira School in McLean, VA as well as many other area public, private and Charter Schools. CityDance’s Community Programs, located at over 20 sites across the region, provide free performances, afterschool programs and summer camps to over 15,000 students a year in the region’s most under-resourced neighborhoods and schools. CityDance presents professional dance in its new state of the art CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore through the CityDance Professional Artist Series. The series is comprised of performers from the Resident Artist Program, which provides talented local professional dancers and choreographers with the opportunity to create and perform original works in the CityDance Studio Theater and the Guest Artist Program, which brings world-class professional dancers from outside the region to CityDance’s studios and area performance venues.

CityDance Center at Strathmore provides excellence in dance education for students of all ages and levels. With classes and camps for children, youth and adults, plus the Conservatory/Select Program for advanced dancers ages 11-19, CityDance is committed to providing students with quality dance education that nurtures the relationships between young dancers and professional artists. CityDance provides its young dancers with opportunities to work with professional artists from around the globe in order to facilitate personal, professional, and artistic growth, while integrating the next generation of dancers into the professional dance world.

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