IABD Brings Regional Programming to Georgia
Atlanta, GA (March 22, 2019) – The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) has partnered with Anthony Burrell Center for Dance, Atlanta Dance Connection, and Ballethnic Dance Company to provide a convening of Atlanta artists to learn and share together through EVOLVE | Atlanta. Tri-Cities High School's Visual & Performing Arts Magnet Program lends its East Point, GA location, April 13 & 14, 2019, as dancers ages 14+ take part in a weekend of master classes, symposium, summer intensive scholarship auditions, networking reception and receive a ticket to the EVOLVE dance showcase. Administrators and professionals in dance are also invited to convene at Ballethnic Dance Company for a round table discussion on the Atlanta dance scene Sunday, April 14 at 9:30am.
Composed of an Atlanta-based faculty, technically proficient dancers have the opportunity to train in a variety of techniques including jazz, hip hop, contemporary and ballet at intermediate and advanced levels. This experienced dance faculty has credits in television, film, Broadway, and set work on internationally-acclaimed dance companies. A summer intensive scholarship audition is offered on Saturday afternoon for dancers who are interested in continued training(included in program registration). Allyne Gartrell, Founder/Artistic Director, Atlanta Dance Connection and Anthony Burrell, Founder, Anthony Burrell Center for Dance will set work on participants to be premiered in the Sunday afternoon showcase! .
"It is important to unite and collaborate to share the collective resources of our community", says Nena Gilreath of BallethnicDance Company. Facilitated by IABD President/CEO, Denise Saunders Thompson, Atlanta dance leaders, studio owners, instructors, choreographers, and enthusiasts of all genres are encouraged to attend and engage in a dialogue on the needs of their community and its growth and future. "Being a native of Atlanta, I have had the opportunity to see the dance industry grow and change over the decades. EVOLVE comes at the right time, as the lack of local collaborations needs to be addressed, while also encouraging the education of our history in dance and bridging the generational gap to remind us that all forms of dance are important and necessary for the longevity of our art form," says Gartrell.
EVOLVE is a two-day artist networking experience designed for the dance community in IABD member regions. EVOLVE invites IABD members and non-members, students, professionals, and studio owners to share their love for dance while expanding their technical proficiency and knowledge through this trans-formative dance experience. True to its mission, vision, and values, EVOLVE continues the IABD tradition of inter-generational learning aimed at maintaining the aesthetic and integrity of Black Dance in the American tapestry.
"This program is necessary because the Black Dance community and Atlanta market are incredibly rich with talent and history. We share in the connectivity of commercial and concert dance, and I'm elated to take part in this program as a new addition to this community to also bridge the gap between "old school and new school," says Burrell. To share the diversity and range of talent in Atlanta, the weekend culminates with a showcase presentation, open to the public,at Tri-Cities High School Sunday afternoon. EVOLVE registrants are encouraged to submit performance pieces for adjudication.
"IABD's focus on nurturing and supporting growth, knowledge, and visibility begins with implementing programs that fulfill its mission. EVOLVE provides aspects of what is experienced at our Annual International Conference and Festival, but on a localized scale and tailored to the regional needs of the dance community. The opportunity to hold a convening of commercial and concert dance with our new program is our gift to my home city", says Omar Ingram, IABD Programs Director.
The International Association of Blacks in Dance preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry or origin, and assists and increases opportunities for artists in advocacy, audience development, education, funding, networking, performance, philosophical dialogue, and touring. IABD has become the Mecca for Blacks in Dance. The Association, founded in 1991, provides a network, formal newsletters, choreographers directory, published papers and is the raison d'être for the annual international conference and festival. The Association also responds to and initiates dialogue around issues that impact the Black Dance Community as well as the Dance community at large. IABD has developed national prominence and allowed the Black Dance Community to come together on issues important to them. www.iabdassociation.org
About Anthony Burrell Dance Center
The Anthony Burrell Center for Dance (ABCD) is a multifaceted dance institution positioned to become Atlanta's premier dance studio for pre-professional dancers and elite rehearsal space of touring artists and dancers. Founded by Hollywood Choreographer and Artistic Director Anthony Burrell, ABCD utilizes its associations with top choreographers, dance educators, and industry professionals to help shape the Art with culture, diversity, and rigor. ABCD is dedicated to becoming the epicenter for dance education, teaching students from ages 2 to Adult, professional level dancers, and offering rehearsal space for entertainers. This cultural hybrid for Atlanta talent is also the national headquarters o f Anthony Burrell's successful summer program Breaking Barriers, providing free dance classes, seminars, and workshops for deserving youth.https://www.abdanceco.org/atlanta/
About Atlanta Dance Connection
With an ever-expanding national and global audience, Atlanta Dance Connection is a professional dance company made up of ten ethnically-diverse artists who perform for a wide range of demographics. The company currently presents two public performances in the city of Atlanta and tours nationally and internationally, presenting a mixed repertoire of dance, drama, and live instrumental and vocal music. https://www.atlantadanceconnection.com
About Ballethnic Dance Company
Atlanta's first and only African-American professional ballet company, Ballethnic is a 29 year-old classically trained culturally diverse ballet company that blends traditional ballet with the artistic influences of other ethnic cultures. Acclaimed throughout the dance world for commitment to artistic excellence and cultural diversity, Ballethnic is dedicated to providing training and performance opportunities to professional dancers, children, adolescents, emerging artists, retired professionals, senior citizens. http://www.ballethnic.org
BREAKING BARRIERS 2019
Expression is the foundation of all human emotion. The art of dance creates a language that resonates across the heart mind and body. It removes the division. It expresses unity. It elevates the conversation of Breaking Barriers.
Breaking Barriers is dedicated to providing training to youth and adults dancers with dance education, health and wellness, and professional development classes taught by industry professionals.
LEGAL NAME AB Project
STATUS 501(c)(3) Nonprofit
EIN/FSCS ID 81-0824515
Executive Director: Anthony Burrell
Breaking Barriers is designed to offer pre-professional dancers and marginalized youth with technical dance training and educational support in order to build well rounded artists. This intensive acts as a space for artistic development, community engagement, mentorship, and cultural exchange between students and dancers/choreographers in the concert and commercial dance industry.
To educate youth on commercial and concert dance industry. To provide mentorship and networking opportunities. To promote leadership and higher education.
Dancers both nationally and internationally flock to BREAKING BARRIERS to be trained, inspired and mentored by Anthony Burrell and his world-renowned faculty. Students work to improve their technical skills and broaden their artistic horizon with dance knowledge/terminology over the course of the 1-2 week program. Each week of training will consist of 40 hours to include Contemporary, Vogue, Street Jazz, etc. and workshops designed to learn various iconic music video and tour choreography. The Intensive culminates in a spectacular showcase which demonstrates all the hard work and dedication put forth in the previous weeks.
BREAKING BARRIERS Dance Intensive schedule is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The program will consist of Ballet, Horton, Contemporary, Jazz & Tap. In addition, students will have mock audition, resume building, dance history and can expect an array of surprise guest teachers, artists, lectures, choreographers during the week. Students will showcase choreography learned throughout the week during the final performance.
A Celebration of Black History
Join Anthony Burrell and the dancers of Anthony Burrell Center for Dance as we embark on a journey of Black history and dance! *************************************************
When: February 26th, 2019
Where: Barack and Michelle Obama Academy- 970 Martin St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
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Breaking Barriers 2019
ANTHONY BURRELL CENTER FOR DANCE will be holding Auditions Every Sunday this month for @breakingbarriersab SUMMER INTENSIVE 2019!
Atlanta (Session 1)
Atlanta (Session 2)
July 8th -Info coming soon
July 29th- Aug 2nd
ABCD Presents: A Contemporary Ballet Experience w/ Anthony Burrell & Jennifer Davis
Understand the depth of contemporary ballet when Anthony Burrell and Jennifer Davis take you on a journey through a deep, informative, and empowering symposium of the technique of Contemporary Ballet/Dance. If you are wanting to explore modern on another level or tap into ballet for your first time, this is for you! Register NOW!